Domagoj Biletić was born in Pula on 22nd March, 1957. Having finished the Grammar School and the Teacher Training College in his home-town, he graduated from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where he received M.A. and doctor's degree. Today he lives in Pula and in Rovinj heads the City Library of Matija Vlačić Ilirik (lat. Matthias Flacius Illyricus).
Since the second half of the 1970s
(more serious beginning in the Pula Literary Club, whose publication was
soon banned, and in the journal Istarski borac
/ Ibor), his poetry, reviews, essays, studies and translations
from Italian and German have appeared in the Croatian and foreign publications.
His poetry has also been read in the Treći program
Hrvatskog Radija / the Third Programme of the Croatian Radio –
Poezija naglas. Together with the two painters,
Zdravko Milić (Mala lirska kronika, 1989)
and Bruno Mascarelli (Istarski rukopisi – Caligrafie
istriane, 1998), a co-author of the two graphic-and-poetic maps.
Included in a couple of the Croatian and foreign anthologies of the Croatian
poetry, i.e. those prepared by Mirjana Strčić (Hrvatsko
pjesništvo Istre 19. i 20. stoljeća – Istarska pjesmarica, Pula
1989), Ante Stamać – Ivo Sanader (U ovom strašnom
času, Split, 1992; Zagreb, 1994), Łucja Danielewska (Żywe
źradla, Warsaw / Poland, 1996), Josip Bratulić – Stjepan Damjanović
– Vinko Brešić – Božidar Petrač... (Mila si nam
ti jedina..., Zagreb, 1998), Božidar Petrač (Hrvatska
uskrsna lirika: od Kranjčevića do danas, Zagreb, 2001), as well
as in literary lexicons, surveys, etc... Mentioned in historical overviews
Hrvatska književnost 19. i 20. stoljeća
by Miroslav Šicel (Zagreb, 1997) and Povijest
hrvatske književnosti by Dubravko Jelčić (Zagreb, 2004). Some poems
or cycles translated into about fifteen languages.
Also known as an editor of numerous
publications, mostly in the field of fiction. Until 1990, a member of
the editorial board of the cultural journal Istra
(Pula), the edition Istra kroz stoljeća;
an active member of the Čakavski sabor.
Initiator and editor-in-chief of the Pula literary, cultural and social
journal (since its beginning in 1996) – Nova Istra
; www.dhk.hr ). Member of the Association
of Croatian Writers (since 1988) and its management team (three terms
of reference), the Croatian P.E.N. Centre (1993 - 2013) and member-employee
of the Central Croatian Cultural and Publishing Society / Matica
hrvatska (since 1990). One of the founders of the Istrian branch
of the Croatian Writers’ Association (whose first president he was from
1990 to 1993), the Croatian Cultural Society of Franjo Glavinić from Rovinj
as well as one of the initiators of the Days of Šoljan / Šoljanovi
dani held in Rovinj. In 1997, a guest-writer within the international
Zagreb Slavic School. Established the international literary meeting “Pula
Essay Days” (Pulski dani eseja) in 2003. Participated in a wide range
of international and Croatian poetry festivals, as well as literary meetings.
Holder of the following literary awards: Mlada Struga (Struga Evenings of Poetry, Macedonia, 1984; Zublja šutnje), Tin Ujević (1997; Radovi na nekropoli), the award given by the Austrian foundation “KulturKontakt” (2002; Bartuljska jabuka), Julije Benešić (2008; Pristrani čitatelj, I-II); Sv. Kvirin (2012.; for his poetry), “Fran Galović” (2013; Istarski pisci i obzori). Due to his literary and cultural activities, Boris Biletić was also given the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the Effigy of Marko Marulić (1996) and the Medal of the City of Rovinj (1997), as well.