Born in Virovitica, Croatia, 1982, Goran Gatalica got both physics and chemistry degrees from the University of Zagreb, and proceeded directly to a PhD program after graduation. He has published poetry, haiku, and prose in literary magazines, journals, and anthologies. He has published haiku, senryu, tanka and haiga poetry in journals: A Hundred Gourds, Acorn, Akitsu Quarterly, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Atlas Poetica, Autumn Moon, Better Than Starbucks!, Bonsai Journal, Brass Bell, Cattails, Chrisanthemum, Creatrix; Daily Haiga, Failed Haiku, Frameless Sky, Frogpond, Gnarled Oak, Haikuniverse, Hedgerow, IRIS International, Kabocha, Lilliput Review, Modern Haiku, Nature Writing, Presence, Revija Apokalipsa, Skylark Tanka Journal, The Asahi Shimbun, The Cherita, The Cicada’s Cry, The Heron’s Nest, The Mainichi, The Mamba Journal, Under the Basho, Wales Haiku Journal, Wild Plum, World Haiku Review, and in the anthologies like: The light singing (ed. Olimpia Iacob and Jim Kacian; Haiku e Orchidee spontanei all’Elba, Beyond the Grave: Contemporary Afterlife Haiku; Atoms of Haiku Vol. III: A Haiku Collection by Authors United (Vol.3), Haiku: A Concise Anthology (ed. S. Kumar). He is a member of the Croatian Writers’ Association.
Awards and Other Honors: Award Dragutin Tadijanović, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts for book of poetry Kozmolom (2017); Basho-an haiku Award (Tokyo, Japan, 2019.), second place on 33rd Annual Sakura Festival (The University of Alabama, 2019); first and second place on Second Weelunk Haiku Competition (Wheeling, West Virginia, USA), The Haiku Moment Award: (Best of Volume 1, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, 2018); first and third place on 32nd Annual Sakura Festival (The University of Alabama, 2018); third place on Oceanside library Haiku Contest (New York, USA, 2018.), Haiku Master of the Month (Rikugien Gardens, Tokyo, NHK WORLD TV, Japan, 2016); Haiku Master of the Month (Biei, Hokkaido, NHK WORLD TV, Japan, 2017); Honorable mentions: EHS Contest (European Haiku Society, Pordenone, Italy, 2016); the 71st Basho Memorial Haiku Contest (Iga City, Mie prefecture, Japan, 2017); Sharpening The Green Pencil Haiku Contest 2018; Wild Plum Haiku Contest 2018, 33rd Annual Sakura Festival (The University of Alabama, 2019.), International Pumpkin Haiku Contest (Ivanić Grad, Croatia, 2019.), Anam Cara Haiku Competition (Ireland, 2019.)
long winter – my mother wears her mother’s scarves