Željko Ivanković (Vareš, August 29th 1954.) is Croatian and Bosnian-Herzegovinian poet, storyteller, novelist, essayist, radio-drama writer, literary critic, translator, publicist and journalist.
He attended elementary school in his hometown Vareš, Franciscan classical college in Visoko, Educational Academy in Sarajevo and Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Novi Sad and Sarajevo where he graduated.
He edited, as editor or editor-in-chief various periodical publications, such as: Lica (1979.-81.), Život (časopis) (1985.-89.), Dalje (1991.-92.), Obzor (novine) (1991.), Herceg Bosna (1991.–92.), Radovi Hrvatskoga društva za znanost i umjetnost (1993.-97.), Stećak (časopis) (1994.), Hrvatski i bošnjački tjednik (1994.–95.), Slovo (1994.-97.), Novi Izraz (1998. -), BiH Kult (1998.-99.), Revija slobodne misli 99 (1999. -), Bobovac (1999. -).
He edited and prepared for print numerous works of world, Croatian and Bosnian-Herzegovinian literature, works of children's literature, historiographical and publicistic works, and he was a collaborator or/and is presented in distinguished projects: Bosnian-Herzegovinian literature in 50 books, Bosnian-Herzegovinian literature for children in 25 books, Muslim Literature in 25 books, Bosnian literature in literary critic in 6 books. He is presented with poetry, prose, and essays in numerous anthologies and panoramic views of Croatian and Bosnian-Herzegovinian literature in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and in the rest of the world. He is presented in Anthology of Croatian literature for children in 25 books, as in the list of required reading and textbooks for elementary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is co-author of four elementary school textbooks. He won national literary awards for poetry, essay and radio-drama and for one story he won International Serra award in 1999. (third) and in 2001. (first), while his book of essays (D)ogledi, II won the prestigious Antun Branko Šimić award. A certain number of his essays, prose works, and poetry are translated in English, German, French, Italian, Catalan, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian, Albanian, Macedonian, Slovenian and Esperanto. He is a member of Croatian Writers' Association, Bosnian and Herzegovinian Writers' Association, Croatian P.E.N. Centre, P.E.N. Centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian and Herzegovinian Journalists' Association, Union of independent intellectuals Circle 99, International Bosnian Forum, and he is a regular member of Croatian Society for Science and Arts in Sarajevo.
In additon to his participation in numerous conferences and symposiums, he has undertaken the following study visits: Humboldt State University in Berlin (4 months in 1985.), Lion Feuchtwanger Foundation in Los Angelesu (3 months in 1996.) and Heinrich Böll Haus Langenbroich 2000. (4 months in 2000.). His works are published in esteemed national and international publications like Who is who, various lexicons and encyclopaedias, and he is a collaborator of Croatia Encyclopeadia. He published 26 books of prose, poetry, essays, journal notes, children's stories, edited anthologies and translated six books. His stay in Rijeka is a part of the Award od the 15th International Publishers' Meeting in Pazin in 2011.