Božica Jelušic ́ was born in Pitomača, Croatia, in 1951. She completed her studies in Croatian literature and English language at the University of Zagreb. She lives in Ðurđevac, where she works as a poet, essayist, translator, and Professor of English. Her first collection was published in 1973 while she was still a student. As a Fulbright scholar she spent some time in the United States at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her best known collections include Kopernikovo poglavlje, Libela, and Rukavica soneta. In her work one may find echoes of American and Russian poets, among them Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Boris Pasternak and Marina Tsvetaeva. She has published some twenty books of poetry and literature for children. Last year she was given the Zvonimir Golob award for the best unpublished love poem ‘Žeđ’.