Photo by Marin Rukavina, 2017.
Born 1987 in Rijeka, Croatia, Vesna Kurilić holds MAs in library science and art history (her first love will always be 17th and 18th century architecture in Europe). She has had several short stories published, earning several awards, most notably three SFERA awards (2012, 2014 and 2018) and one Artefakt (2018). Izazov krvi, which earned two of the awards, is Vesna’s first novel in print, but the fifth one she’s written (good riddance!). Her main literary focus is “re-claiming” local history on behalf of non-binary, queer folks like herself, and making it accessible and identifiable for young(er) readers.
Izazov krvi originated as a NaNoWriMo novel in 2012, when Vesna co-coordinated the Croatian region. This planetwide “call to arms” encourages everybody to write a novel in just thirty days, providing moral support, coffee and some of the best writers’ camaraderie out there. Her recent NaNo effort was the first Izazov krvi tie-in novella, set for publication late in 2019.
As a librarian, she’s constantly trying to connect to quirky young minds, especially sci-fi geeks, and promote graphic novels, book clubs and personal involvement as an important part of contemporary culture. She has previously been recognized on a national level in the librarian community through her column Page 33, Rijeka City Library’s “insider” column.
She’s passionate about volunteering, and has been a volunteer in several NGOs, especially sci-fi groups (and one library) since 2001. Her current responsibilites as an assistant in program coordination at the Rijeka City Library are too many to mention, but if she’d have to pick, her favourite one at the moment would be Knjiga do knjige… a strip u centru (Books back to back… with comics in the centre), a monthly discussion about graphic novels. Her recent volunteering foray was into Team Croatian in OTW (AO3) translation.
Her other pursuits include cosplaying with her partner and friends, gaming and tending to a growing collection of potted plants named after her favourite characters (her cat is particulary fond of nibbling on Mick Rory, the spathiphyllum). She dedicates a surreal amount of time to reading fanfiction and queer romance, way more than writing. Her ukulele project, Random Ukulele Encounter, is a teamup with a geek singer friend from Istria, performing in the hallways at Croatian sci-fi conventions, most notably songs from video games, musicals, fantasy and sci-fi movies and fan songs (“filk”) from all over the world.
contact her via: firstname.lastname@example.org
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