Laurence Stacey is a 26 year old college student in Powder Springs, Georgia. He works as a technical writer and is completing his graduate studies at Kennesaw State University. In his spare time, Laurence is an avid student of the martial arts. Laurence is interested in promoting haiku as a teaching medium in grade schools and universities.
Dick Whyte is a 31 year old senior tutor at Massey University in Wellington New Zealand. He recently finished his MA thesis on the poetic cinema of Joanna Margaret Paul, which (among other things) explored the link between experimental film, haiku poetry and metaphysics. He became interested in Japanese poetry after noticing that it shared many common structures with metaphysics. Haiku also interests Dick because of its ability to invest everyday experiences with both personal and political resonance, without needing to be didactic or polemical. As Dick writes, “For me, haiku is an extremely powerful tool for approaching personal politics from an ethical, rather than moralistic point-of-view.” As well as writing poetry, Dick also makes videos, images and music which can be seen on his blog Art Dick.
Dick’s haiku, senryu and tanka have appeared in Simply Haiku, Acorn, Modern Haiku, Roadrunner, Prune Juice, Frogpond, Chrysanthemum, Ambrosia, Modern English Tanka and Presence (among other web and print-zines).