Željka Horvat Čeč was born in Čakovec in 1986. She graduated in Croatian language and literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka. She published one prose and two poetry collections: I zvijezde se smiju krhkosti [The Stars also Laugh at Frailty] and Moramo postati konkretni [We Have to Become Concrete] (2015), a highly-acclaimed book even outside the regional context. She's one of the authors in the anthology Ima boljih stvari od suhe odjeće [There are Better Things Than Dry Clothes].
She won the first prize at the “Zlatko Tomčić” short story competition, a success which she repeated at the poetry competition organized by the magazine Ulaznica. She's a member of an informal literary association of writers from Rijeka Ri-Lit with whom she performs on a regular basis. She lives in Rijeka where she organizes book launches, discussions and readings.
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