Irena Stanic Rasin holds master’s degrees in English and Italian language and literature, and has translated and published texts from and into English, Italian and Croatian. She was born and raised in Croatia and has been living in the U.S. for longer than she has lived anywhere else.
Her first book A da se to dogodi tebi: Priručnik za odrastanje, co-authored with psychologist Latinka Basara, was published in Croatia in 2014. Based on the expert opinion issued by the Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency, the book has received a recommendation from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and Croatian “for use by students, parents and teachers as a handbook for growing up, in addressing themes dealing with issues of children and youth in their formative years”. The book is also listed on the Croatian Library Association “Good Book List” for 2014. The book is currently being translated by the author and her oldest daughter into English as What if That Happened to You: A Handbook for Growing Up and is expected to be available to the English-speaking audiences in 2016.
Irena’s English translation of Gianna Manzini’s Threshold (Sulla soglia), coauthored with Laura E. Ruberto, will be published by Italica Press in 2016.
In addition to her work as an author, translator, and language instructor, Irena is a Co-founder and Director of the Croatian School of Boston in the metropolitan Boston area. She is also a member of the Croatian-American tamburitza band and chorus Pajdashi, which performs traditional Croatian folk songs, and which in 2009 released its first CD U kolo.
Irena’s community involvement includes co-founding of the PTO Thrift Shop for the Arlington Public Schools, for which in 2007 she was among the recipients of the George P. Faulkner Annual Citizens Award for Outstanding Service to Youth, presented by the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.
For most of the year, Irena lives in Massachusetts with her amazing husband, their three beautiful children (one of whom is in college for most of the year), and a dog named Toto. She spends summers on the stunning Adriatic Coast, and sometimes a year, or half-year in Zagreb, Croatia.