Croatian emigrant poetry association New York, a member of the American Croatian Congress, held its 21st meeting of emigrant poets at the Pontifical Croatian Institute of St. Jerome in Rome entitled “Croatian Emigrant Poetry under the Roman Sky”.
The ceremonial academy of the opening of the 21st meeting of emigrant poets, the Croatian emigrant poetry association New York began with the intonation of national anthems.
Welcome greetings in front of the hosts were sent by the Vice-Rector of the Pontifical Croatian Institute St. Jerome in Rome, Rev. Marko Škraba, while on behalf of the Croatian-Italian Association Rome, the audience was addressed by President Svjetlana Lipanović and Nada Pupačić, President of the Croatian emigrant poetry association New York (HIL NY) on behalf of the emigrant poets.
The program continued with a recital entitled “Feast of the Poetic Word” with the participation of poets members of the Croatian emigrant poetry association New York and guest poet, 12-year-old Mia McCarthy, a third generation American Croatian from St. Louis Missouri.
Then the monograph “Thousands of miles entwined with verses” was presented. Twenty years of work of the poetic association of Croatian emigrant poetry association New York 2000-2020.
The monograph was presented by HIL NY member and member of the American Croatian Congress, Tuga Tarle, a Croatian diplomat, member of the Croatian Diplomatic Club, writer, member of the Croatian Writers’ Association, promoter of Croatian culture, founder and first leader of the Dora Foundation.đ
The 20th jubilee collection of poems by Croatian emigrant poetry association titled “Nobody Else and Other People”and created at the gathering of HIL NY poets last year in Zadar, hosted by the University of Zadar, was presented. Editor Nada Pupačić and reviewer of the collection prof. dr. sc. Gordana Laco from the Faculty of Philosophy in Split.
Editor Nada Pupačić and prof. dr. sc. Gordana Laco from the Faculty of Philosophy in Split spoke about and reviewed the collection of poems “Niko drugo more i drugi ljudi”.
On the second day, the gathering of the Croatian emigrant poetry association from four continents began with Holy Mass in the Croatian Church of St. Jerome, led by the rector of the Pontifical Croatian Institute, St. Jerome Rev. Marko Đurin, and preached by Rev. Danko Kovačević, member of the Institute of St. Jerome.
Members of the association, poets and guests gathered at the mass. The celebration was enriched by musicians from Vienna Mijo Biuklic and friends Dubrovnik Cavaliers. After the Mass, the program continued in the salon of the Papal Croatian Institute of St. Jerome with an expert lecture on the language of prayer by prof. dr.sc. Gordana Laco.
New poets and new members of the Croatian emigrant poetry association were introduced to the audience with their songs, including several from Rome and the province of Molise (Molise Croats).
Two books were presened: “Slightly Scattered Languages of Croats in the Diaspora Part I.” by Sanja Vulić from the Faculty of Croatian Studies and “Songs” by Vlasta Sindik-Pobor.
Then Ivana Bačić Serdarević, journalist, announcer and editor of one of the Australian state stations, presented the collection “Anatomy of Sorrow” by Tuga Tarle, and the author herself recited her poems.
The program of this praiseworthy association with the intention of preserving the Croatian cultural heritage and the Croatian language ended with the announcement of the 22nd meeting set to take place in 2023 in Dubrovnik.
On behalf of the association and poets, President Nada Pupačića thanked the hosts, organisers, patrons and participants.
The meeting was organised by the Croatian emigrant poetry association New York (HIL NY) Croatian-Italian Association – Rome and the American Croatian Congress – American Croatian Congress (ACC) while the sponsors of the meeting were the Papal Croatian Institute of St. Jerome in Rome and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Holy See.
The Croatian emigrant poetry association New York was founded in the Croatian Catholic Mission Astoria, New York, in September 1999. On April 4, 2008, the association became a member of the Croatian World Congress (HSK) and a member of the American-Croatian Congress, as well as a member of the United Nations.