The Poets

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STAFF POETS AND EDITORS:

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Dick Whyte (see poems; see bio)

Laurence Stacey (see poems; see bio)

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OTHER CONTRIBUTORS:

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• • • (see poems)

Born in Texas after a hurricane, • • • grew up on a beautiful farm in Appalachia. Rather reclusive, • • • currently makes their home in the midwestern US where they work at art, design, and programming when they’re not raising house plants to be trees or writing poetry. They’re interested in pretty much everything. Read more of their poetry on their website Last Ammonite and their Twitter page.

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S.M. Abeles (see poems)

S.M. Abeles’ poems have appeared in RIBBONS, Frogpond (forthcoming), Prune Juice, Shamrock, paper wasp, South by Southeast, and other journals. These and other works are collected at his blog Everything Is Empty. He also tweets as DreamsOfTaos.

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Michelle V. Alkerton (see poems)

Michelle V. Alkerton (formerly Lohnes) is an artistic spirit who cannot contain her excitement when inspired. An internationally published poet, she thrives best when close to nature and enjoys the therapy her writing, art, photography and other creative outlets provide. Her haiku and related forms have been published in the haiku journals Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Acorn and Raw NerVZ Haiku (among others). While her collaborations of linked verse forms with marlene mountain, as well as Marco Fraticelli, have seen publication, her most recent appearance in Lynx was for three solo renga. Michelle has recently become interested in the study and creation of digital poetry and shares her constantly evolving digital poetry experience with her beta test site “On the Surface” which includes links to her main web site “Brain Angles” originally created to show her online computer art exhibit “A brain from all angles.”

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Melissa Allen (see poems)

Melissa Allen started writing haiku after years of trying and failing to write novels, and discovered that three lines of poetry was much more suited to her attention span. She has a blog called Red Dragonfly, on which she posts a daily haiku and a weekly respectful but irreverent column about doings in the haiku world called “Across the Haikuverse,” as well as intermittent more-or-less-uninformed musings about miscellaneous matters pertaining to the writing of haiku. Her haiku and haibun have been published in Notes from the Gean, and she has several other journal publications coming up soon. She lives in Wisconsin, USA, with her husband and teenage son. In the time she spares from writing haiku she is earning a master’s degree in library science, working at various library-related jobs, overseeing the home education of her son, and running whenever it’s not too cold, which it is always is lately.

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Jenny Ward Angyal (see poems)

Jenny Ward Angyal lives with her husband and one Abyssinian cat on a small organic farm in Gibsonville, NC, USA. She has written poetry since the age of five and tanka since 2008. Her tanka and other poems have appeared in various journals and may also be found online at her blog, The Grass Minstrel.

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Aditya Bahl (see poems)

Aditya Bahl grew up in the beautiful mountain state of Himachal Pradesh (India). His poems have been rejected by numerous magazines and journals.

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Ed Baker (see poems)

Ed Baker is an artist and poet who resides in Takoma Park, Maryland. He is 67. See more of Ed’s work on his website Bare Bones Bonz. Read more of Ed’s poetry at Sketchbook (he appears in every issue) and Moonset. Read an interview with Ed at Tobacco Road Poet and an article on his poetry and paintings at DPQP: Visualising Poetics. Ed’s poetry has also been published in Simply Haiku, Modern Haiku and Modern Haiga (among others).

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Johnny Baranski (see poems)

Johnny Baranski started writing haiku and its related forms under the tutelage of Lorraine Ellis Harr (Tombo) in 1973. Since then he has been widely published and anthologized. In 2001 his collection Convicts Shoot the Breeze was a grand prize winner in the Virgil Hutton Memorial Haiku Chapbook Contest. His latest chapbook, Just a Stone’s Throw, is available for $5.00 US ppd. from the author at jbsgarage[at]aol.com. Mr. Baranski makes his home in Vancouver, Washington USA.

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Zofia Barisas (see poems)

Zofia Barisas, originally from the Lithuanian community in Montreal, Quebec, now lives in a Mexican village on lake Chapala. She’s a short story writer and she has also published articles on living in Mexico. Recently she started writing haiku as a way of breaking writer’s block and got hooked. Her haiku have been accepted by the Christian Science Monitor and also appear in Pamela Babusci’s first issue of Moonbathing.

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Robin Beshers (see poems)

Robin Beshers is a happily residing among the apple orchards of west Sonoma County California, with her fiancé, who understands her need to study and write haiku.  She discovered a love of haiku, senryu, tanka, renku and rengay in late 2007 and has dedicated herself to finding her voice within these poetry forms ever since.  One of Robin’s favorite creative outlets is photographic haiga which she discovered in 2009.  She is a member of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, and also meets bi-monthly with a talented group of haijin for haiku discussion and critique.  This new poet has recently been published in Mariposa and Moonset.

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Marnie Brooks (see poems)

Marnie Brooks has been a chambermaid, deep sea fisherwoman, woodworker, PR/advertising executive, magazine editor, and book review columnist. She still wears many hats: freelance editor, author, photographer, haikuist, writing instructor, traveler, community activist, in-line skater, sky-diver (once), and avid night sky watcher. Her haiga and haiku have been published in Frogpond, Modern Haiga, 1000VerseRenga, And Anthologies, A Travel-Worn Satchel and WAR. Visit Marnie’s blog to see more poems and photos.

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Tom Chapman (see poems)

Tom Chapman lives aboard SV Tatoosh in Astoria, Oregon while doing ranger work at Nehalem Bay State Park and preparing for a circumnavigation. See more of Tom’s work at his blog SV Tatoosh.

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Sandip Sital Chauhan (see poems)

Born and raised in India, I have been based in Northern Virginia, USA for a number of years. I am proficient in three languages: Punjabi, Hindi and English. I mainly write in my native language Punjabi. I hold a Masters, M. Phil and a PhD degree from Punjabi University Patiala, India. Poetry has always been part of my life, but I started writing Haiku about three years ago and now I am hooked forever.

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Sonam Chhoki (see poems)

Born and raised in the eastern Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Sonam Chhoki has been writing Japanese short forms of haiku, tanka and haibun for about 5 years. These forms resonate with her Tibetan Buddhist upbringing and provide the perfect medium for the exploration of her country’s rich ritual, social and cultural heritage. She is inspired by her father, Sonam Gyamtsho, the architect of Bhutan’s non-monastic modern education. Her works have been published in poetry journals in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, UK and US.

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Kirsten Cliff (see poems)

Kirsten Cliff currently spends her days creating a collection of haiga (haiku poems with images) to help her mentally and spiritually process her recent journey through leukaemia. Her haiku have been published in journals and anthologies, and placed in competitions, both in New Zealand and overseas. Kirsten lives with her fiancé Cameron Elliot (also a writer and poet) in a house dedicated to writing, “Wordsmith House”, in Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. You can read more of her work at Swimming in Lines of Haiku.

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Susan Constable (see poems)

Susan Constable began writing haiku in 2006. Since then, she’s tried her hand at haiga, haibun, and tanka. Her work has been published in over 40 journals dedicated to Japanese poetry forms, as well as numerous anthologies including Montage: The Book, New Resonance 6, several Red Moon anthologies, and 57 Damn Good Haiku by Some of Our Friends. Susan is currently the tanka editor for A Hundred Gourds. She lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, off Canada’s west coast.

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Candi Cooper (see poems)

Candi Cooper-Towler was raised in the desert of Southern Nevada and now lives in the high desert of Colorado. She has been writing haiku seriously for about five years and finds haiku a perfect fit for her minimalist style.  She is accompanied by her novelist husband as well as a horse, three cats, a dog and a tarantula. Somehow the tarantula never seems to get poems written about her.

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Armando H. Corbelle (see poems)

Armando H. Corbelle (Catbird 55)—was born in Cuba and except for early childhood has lived in the United States, especially along its eastern seaboard. He called New York City’s South Bronx ‘home’ for several years as well as Sunbelt ‘frontier towns’ like Tampa and Miami. But he is far from a dweller of concrete canyons, having lived in college towns and neighborly rural places in the American South. He came to haiku early—as a 6th grader – abandoned it for decades until embracing its brevity and immediacy a few years ago. Visit his blogs Haiku by Catbird and Naked Haiku.

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Steven Cottingham (see poems)

Steven Cottingham (a.k.a. Haijin Amin) lives in El Paso, Texas with his wife Janelle, and their son, John Rumi. Steven is a published poet (Modern Haiku, Bottle Rockets, American Poetry Review, and others). Several of his short stories appear in a wide variety of publications. His book, “My Tiny Words” was published in 2005, and another one is on its way. You can see his work on his blog Haikjin Amin, or follow him on Twitter.

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Janet Lynn Davis (see poems)

Janet Lynn Davis and her husband live in a semirural area outside the small town of Magnolia, Texas (USA). She has been writing tanka and other poetry off and on for several years. Her work has appeared in numerous online and print venues, including most recently or forthcoming in American Tanka, Moonbathing, Red Lights, and A Hundred Gourds.

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Sara P. Dias (see poems)

Sara P. Dias was born and raised in Johannesburg. After high school she attended various tertiary institutions, obtaining qualifications irrelevant to her later life. She has worked as a Girl Friday, a lab technician sorting mosquitoes, a lab assistant handling bodily fluids, and as an art director in advertising agencies in Joburg and Cape Town. She lives in the Durbanville Wine Valley in the Western Cape with her geeky wordsmith life-partner, is owned by four cats and works as a freelance website designer, which affords her the opportunity to paint and write. Some of her writing can be read at her blog Paprika.  Several of her haiku have also been published online on the Asahi Haikuist Network of the Asahi Shimbun.

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Garry Eaton (see poems)

Garry lives in Port Moody, BC, is semi-retired, and enjoys writing, walking, listening to music, drinking, conversations, gardening and making mobiles. He is working on a biography of Cyrus Stephen Eaton, and has been writing haiku, haibun and tanka since 2006. So far, he has had work published in The Cambridge Quarterly, Simply Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Presence, Tinywords, The Geantree Press, Roadrunner and Contemporary Haibun Online, for which he volunteers his skill as a copy editor. One of his haiku was recently chosen for the 2010 Red Moon Haiku Anthology.

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Claire Everett (see poems)

Claire Everett’s haiku and tanka have been published worldwide. She was a contributing poet for cycle 11 of DailyHaiku and was delighted to be on the editorial team for ‘Take Five Best Contemporary Tanka 2011′. She is the tanka prose editor at Haibun Today. Claire lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and five children and blogs regularly here: At the Edge of Dreams.

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Seren Fargo (see poems)

Seren Fargo lives in a poetic, rural setting in Bellingham, Washington with her three cats and two snakes. She has been writing poetry off and on most her life, but only became a serious writer in 2007. Shortly thereafter, she discovered haiku when a friend gave her a classical haiku book. The moment-oriented and observational quality of this genre, and of other Japanese forms like tanka and haibun, was a perfect fit for her writing style. In 2009, she founded the Bellingham Haiku Group, which she currently coordinates. Seren’s poems have been published in the United States and internationally. They can be found in print and online journals and anthologies, such as Mu Haiku, Ribbons, The Red Moon Anthology, bottle rockets, Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine, and in Robert Epstein’s anthology, Dreams Wander On. Her poems have received awards from several organizations, including Tanka Society of America, New Zealand Poetry Society, Haiku Poets of Northern California, and Washington Poets Association. You can see more of her work on her website.

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Bryce W. Fauble (see poems)

Started writing poetry in the early 1990′s but only became serious the last two years concentrating on a few shorter forms, like haiku and tanka. This is partly due to my use of Twitter, and it’s what has pointed me towards some haiku outlets as well as some prolific short-verse writers. I prefer free-form verse and a more modern interpretation of haiku. Let’s adhere to the spirit of the poetry while utilizing whatever feeling moves us. I used to be a social worker but decided to be a stay at home dad after our third baby. Read more of my work at my Tumblr account and on Twitter.

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Al Fogel (see poems)

Al Fogel is a 66 year old retired gentleman residing in Miami Beach, Florida, has been writing haiku (and other Japanese-related poems) since November 2010. Recent publications include World Kigo Database, Notes From The Gean, A Thousand Gourds, Paper Wasp, Prune Juice, The Herons Nest, Modern Haiku, Frogpond and Chrysanthemum.

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Lorin Ford (see poems)

Lorin Ford lives in an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Her haiku have been widely published in Australian and overseas journals and anthologies since 2005 including the Red Moon Anthologies (2008-2011), Montage: The Book, A New Resonance #7 and Haiku 21. Her first haiku collection, a wattle seedpod, was awarded first prize in the 2009 Haiku Society of America Memorial Merit Book Awards. A Few Quick Brushstrokes, a short collection of Lorin’s haiku and other poems, is one of the winners of the 2011 Snapshot Press eChapbook Contest. Lorin was one of the four founding editors of Notes From The Gean and served as haiku editor from June 2009 through to its ninth issue in June 2011. She is currently haiku editor for the new haikai journal, A Hundred Gourds.

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Laryalee Fraser (see poems)

Lary Fraser lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she enjoys gardening, photography, writing and playing with her grandkids. Her work is in several publications (Simply Haiku, Tinywords, The Heron’s Nest, Sketchbook) and in 2006 she compiled a haiku online anthology A Procession of Ripples. Read more of Laryalee’s poetry at her website Along Poetry Creek and her blog A Leaf Rustles.

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Bill Frayer (see poems)

Bill Frayer is a retired community college humanities professor from Maine now living and writing in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. During his working days he published many educational articles, op-ed pieces and a textbook on critical thinking. Although he has had a lifelong interest in writing poetry, his career as a poet began seriously when he arrived in Mexico in 2007. Since then he has self-published two volumes of poetry, Sacred Lake and Agave Blood. He has won a poetry contest on OurEcho.com, and was awarded the 2009 Best Poem Award in El Ojo del Lago, one of Mexico’s leading English language publications. He has been producing a blog about living in Mexico, Maine to Mexico, regularly since his move south. As a writing teacher, he has long been an advocate of being concise. His interest in haiku puts this to the supreme test!

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Terri French (see poems)

Terri L. French is the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.  She works as a Massage Therapist in Huntsville, Alabama.  Terri’s haiku, haiga, haibun and tanka, have appeared in many print and online journals.  She and her husband Ray have four mostly-grown children and three perpetually juvenile cats.  They enjoy travel, hiking, yoga, good food and fine wine.

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Jack Galmitz (see poems)

Jack Galmitz was born in 1951 in New York City.  He received a Ph.D from the University of Buffalo in English Literature. He has written four books of haiku: A New Hand; Driftwood; For a Sparrow; and Balanced is the Rose.  He was awarded the Ginyu Prize in Japan for his first two collections in 2006.  He currently resides in New York with his wife and stepson.

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Denis M. Garrison (see poems)

Denis M. Garrison, editor of Concise Delight Magazine of Short Poetry, lives in Baltimore, Maryland. His poetry’s widely published in journals and anthologies. Garrison’s books in print include Hidden River, Sailor in the Rain and Other Poems and Fire Blossoms: The Birth of Haiku Noir. Links: Denis Garrison’s Blog, Modern English Tanka Press, Concise Delight, Tanka Central and Modern English Tanka on Scribd.

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Michael Goglia (see poems)

Michael Goglia is an electronic assembler in Dallas, TX. He has lived in NYC, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans and a few other places. After being struck with the haiku bug in early 2010, he hopes to write haiku the rest of his life. So far, he has had one haiku published in The Gean Tree Press (and now, one here on Haiku News). You can read more of his poetry at his blog, Garo Haiku.

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Alicia Hilton (see poems)

Alicia Hilton is a poet, essayist, fiction writer, law professor, and former FBI Special Agent. She received an MA in Humanities with a focus on Creative Writing from the University of Chicago, a JD from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She began writing haiku in 2009. Her haiku have been published in Acorn, Asahi Shimbun, Bottle Rockets, Chrysanthemum, Frogpond, Kokako, Mayfly, Modern Haiku, Paper Wasp, Shamrock, Taj Mahal Review, The Heron’s Nest, Ulitka and World Haiku Review. Read more of her work on her website.

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Mark Holloway (see poems)

Mark Holloway is a gardener, now finding his way as a writer of small things. He lives, with his partner and their son, in Bedford, UK, too far from the sea. To read more of Mark’s work see his micropoetry blog, Beachcombing for the Landlocked, and his Twitter account.

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Maya Idriss (see poems)

I am a poet of senses and nonsense. Check out my blog Abundantly, Heart My Laughter. Lebanese origin, enjoying an outer space soul. Passionate and foolish writer.

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Bill Kenney (see poems)

One day in December 2003, Bill Kenney, a retired college professor, said to his wife Pat, “I think I should write haiku.” Bill didn’t know what he meant by that, since he knew very little about haiku, and what he did know was all wrong. Anyway, he’s been trying to get it right ever since, and he has occasionally come close enough to have seen his work published in numerous print and online journals, among them Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Simply Haiku, Roadrunner, and The Heron’s Nest; to have had it included in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku (Red Moon Press 2007); and to have had it selected for the Red Moon Anthology of Haiku in English 2006, 2007. and 2008. His work can also be found at his weblog Haiku USA.

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Doug Kutney (see poems)

Doug Kutney is a commuter from New Jersey. His poems have been spotted in Ambrosia, The Heron’s Nest, moonset, Prune Juice, Roadrunner, Stylus, White Lotus, and beyond. Visit Doug Kutney’s blog Den of Poetry.

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Michael Henry Lee (see poems)

Michael Henry Lee seeks to honor his father and grandfather with a pseudonym that by no coincidence connotes a Japanese feel. Haiku poetry is consistent with his appreciation for most things Japanese including the arts of bonsai, aikido and sushi (to name a few). Michael works in maintenance for a condominium located on the Florida inter-coastal; an environment rich in solace and natural inspiration. Recent accomplishments include: recognition as one of Alibi Weekly’s “favorites” in their annual haiku contest, and contributions in the latest edition of Word Salad Poetry. Michael also served as a contributing co-editor for The Work Book: Employees Only (a chap book anthology of work related poetry by Chris Bodor). In addition upcoming work is due to appear in Robert Epstein’s anthology of death related haiku, and Michael’s own Zengelical inspirational haiku.

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Catherine J.S. Lee (see poems)

Catherine J.S. Lee lives, writes, teaches, and gardens on an island on the coast of Maine, USA, near Canada. A published short-story writer for twenty-five years, she began her haiku journey in July, 2007. Her haiku and senryu appear in a variety of print and online journals. All That Remains, her first collection, won the 2010 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition and will be published later this year.

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Kris Lindbeck (see poems)

Kris Lindbeck teaches Jewish Studies at Florida Atlantic University. In that life, she recently published a book, Story and Theology: Elijah and the Rabbis. In her other life, she has recently become a Twitter short form poet, where you can read more of her poems. To see her two lives intersect you may search the web for “Gomer’s Complaint,” originally published in CrossCurrents magazine.

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Chen-ou  Liu (see poems)

Chen-ou Liu is a freelance writer. He lives in Ajax, a suburb of Toronto, where he has been struggling with a life in transition and translation. His poems have appeared in Ribbons, Modern English Tanka, Gusts, American Tanka, Magnapoets, Simply Haiku and The Concise Delight Magazine of Short Poetry. Read more of Chen-ou’s poetry at World Catalyst and his haiku blog Stay Drunk on Writing.

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Lauren Mayhew (see poems)

Lauren Mayhew lives in an urban area on the outskirts of Boston, and works as a Health Coach at MIT. She began writing haiku, senryu, and tanka in 2010. Her poems have appeared in The Heron’s Nest, bottle rockets, Modern Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, Acorn, GUSTS, Ribbons, Moonbathing, Skylark, Frogpond, and tinywords. These and other works are collected at her blog An UnHurried Life. She also tweets at WispofHair.

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Diane Mayr (see poems)

Diane Mayr is a public librarian and a writer for children. She’s also crazy about haiku and senryu. Her haiku have been published in The Christian Science Monitor (a million years ago), the anthology, Stories from Where We Live: the North Atlantic Coast (Milkweed Editions, 2000), and more recently in Frogpond. She’d love to sell her book of haiku for children, Ants to Zenith, but as long as trade publishers continue to think that haiku is only 5-7-5, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Check out her blog, Random Noodling.

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John McManus (see poems)

John McManus is an english poet from Carlisle, Cumbria. He is 28, happily married and has two children. His haiku and senryu have been published worldwide. He is a founding editor and current expositions editor for online haikai journal A Hundred Gourds.

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Paul David Mena (see poems)

Paul David Mena has been writing haiku since 1992, and is presently a member of the Haiku Society of America, the Boston Haiku Society and several on-line haiku communities. He has published three chapbooks and has contributed to Frogpond, Modern Haiku and Brussels Sprout, The Heron’s Nest and other journals and is an active participant in several on-line haiku communities. To find more of Paul’s work see his website Extra Special Bitter and his Twitter page.

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Vasile Moldovan (see poems)

Vasile Moldovan (b. 1949) is a Romanian journalist and poet, and is the president of the Romanian Society of Haiku. He has published a number of books, both solo and in collaboration with Magdalena Dale. Some of his poetry can be seen on-line in the Photo-Haiku Gallery and Haiku to Vilnius. He has previously been published in Heron’s Nest, The Mainichi Daily News, White Lotus, Paper Wasp, 3Lights Gallery and Yellow Moon (among others). You can read a review of his solo collection Ikebana in Modern Haiku, and a review of Fragrance of Lime (with Magdalena Dale) in the New Hope International Review. Read an extended biography at the World Haiku Association. Read an on-line version of Moldovan’s Ikebana in The Haiku Foundation’s digital library.

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Mike Montreuil (see poems)

Recently retired from managing his son’s minor hockey teams, Mike Montreuil is now looking forward to the Montreal Canadians winning the Stanley Cup again. A chapbook of his haibun, Last Away Tournament, was published last May by Bondi Studios. A book of French Tan Renga written with Luce Pelletier is forthcoming from les Editions de Tanka Francophone. Check out more of Mike’s poetry at Ink, Sweat and Tears, Simply Haiku, TinyWords and Haibun Today.

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Robert Moyer (see poems)

Robert Moyer wrote haiku in Winston Salem, N.C., for six years before he ever submitted anything. Since that time he has published in numerous journals, most recently as one of the twelve poets this year selected to contribute to the respected webzine Daily Haiku. He has appeared in a number of anthologies, most recently Loose Thread, the Acorn ten-year anthology. He also edited Chasing the Sun, an anthology of haiku about Winston Salem that came out of Haiku North America, held in Winston Salem in 2007.

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James Newton (see poems)

James likes laying down the stepping stones for other people’s thoughts and writing about himself in the third person. James is also a regular contributor to the message board Gogyohka Junction.

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Terry O’Connor (see poems)

Terry O’Connor, an Irish carpenter, painter and candlestick-maker, drifts about Ireland and Europe getting into, and out of, all sorts of adventures. In between his escapades he enjoys writing little stories, poems, haiku and some things, so pricelessly unimportant, that they don’t even have names. He enjoys short walks along the beach and long walks back from short walk along the beach. Read more of Terry’s haiku at The Irish Haiku Society, Notes from the Gean, The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond and Shamrock. He was also the winner of the 2009 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival International Haiku Competition. Congratulations Terry!

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Rita Odeh (see poems)

I was born in Nazareth 29 of September 1960 to a christian Palestinian family. I have B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Haifa University. I have Published 6 books of poetry, one book of short stories, three electronic novels, one e-book of Haiku. My poetry has been published in several international publications and I have a blog devoted to haiku and haiga.

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Rob Odum (see poems)

Rob Odum is an expatriate southerner living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he works within the Native American community and with Karen refugees from Burma. Rob was, for many years, a Habitat for Humanity International Partner and worked in the Philippines, Armenia, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Rob started exploring the Haiku form after emerging from a sweat lodge in 2009. He has committed to writing something approaching Haiku everyday in 2010. His attempts can be found at his blog Halfassed Haiku.

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Pravat Kumar Padhy (see poems)

Pravat Kumar Padhy hails from Odisha, India where he lives with his wife Namita and two daughters, Smita and Rupa. He holds a Masters in Science and a Ph.D in Applied Geology. His poems have appeared in various newspapers and journals including The Times of India, The Indian Express, and Commonwealth Quarterly, and his haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga have been published in various journals including Lynx, Notes from the Gean, Ambrosia, The Mainichi Daily News, and Shamrock (among others). To see more of his poetry check out his blog Poetic Resonance.

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Vijeta Pai (see poems)

Vijeta Pai was born in Mysore, Karnataka and grew up in New Delhi, India. She started blogging recently at The Sound of Silence. She has had few of her poems published in Children’s World (Children’s Book Trust, India), Times of India (NIE, Student edition), school and college annual magazines. She has organised plays and seminars in her college as the President of the Literature society and a core member of the Women’s Development cell. Her first haiku submission and acceptance was by Haiku News.

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Jimmy the Peach (see poems)

Jimmy the Peach, Peach for short, is a published poet, author, and songwriter. As a punk in and around San Francisco in the late 70s and early 80s, he was part of the seminal movement that, much like the Beat Poets of the 40s and 50s, rebelled against social conformity and conventional musical traditions. An internationally published poet, he is well into his third year writing and publishing haiku daily on his web site, HaikuToday, Recently, he was commissioned, to write haiku specifically to be printed on collaborative materials for Hotel H2O, a new luxury hotel in Manila. He can be seen in and around Washington DC, notebook in hand, talking to strangers. He is busy writing and editing material for books of poetry and essays, scheduled for release in 2010. Peach lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, two parakeets, and the ghost of a cat named Slap Jack. See here for more examples of his work.

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Brett Peruzzi (see poems)

Brett Peruzzi, of Framingham, Massachusetts, has been writing and publishing haiku, haibun, and renku for 25 years in many leading journals and anthologies. His renku writing and performance collaborations with two other well-known poets are done under the Metro West Renku Association name.

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Stella Pierides (see poems)

Stella Pierides, born in Athens, Greece, now divides most of her time between Germany and the UK; the rest of the time she misses the Aegean. Her poetry and prose appear in a number of online and print journals and anthologies. Read more of her work on her blog.

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Karen Pressley (see poems)

Recovering her freedom of speech and mobility after sixteen years within an oppressive religious group, Karen Pressley turned to writing as she rebuilt her life and new career outside the group. She earned a B.S. in Communication at Kennesaw State University, where she is now completing her Master of Arts in Professional Writing with plans to graduate May 2011. Her research interests include how rhetoric affects the power dynamics of victims in coercive/oppressive environments. She has published non-fiction books and articles exploring cultic studies, human rights issues, and women’s development. View her writing portfolio.

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Nu Quang (see poems)

Growing up in a predominantly ethnic Chinese society in Cholon, Vietnam during the war, now a naturalized US citizen, Nu Quang writes in her adopted language – English. Her haiku, haibun, and tanka have been published in and accepted for publication for the upcoming issues of Notes from the Gean, A Hundred Gourds, The Heron’s Nest, and Multiverses. One of her haiku is also included in Carving Darkness: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku. She holds an MFA in English and playwriting. Since 1992, she has made her home in Seattle, Washington. To find out more about her, please visit her blog.

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Karthik Rajamani (see poems)

Karthik Rajamani is an aspiring writer born in a small town called Pollachi in South India. He is 26 and lives in Bangalore, where he has a day job. His interest in haiku is deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism. Previously unpublished, his haiku appears on the internet for the first time in Haiku News. Currently, he is working on a short-story collection.

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Kala Ramesh (see poems)

An exponent of Hindustani Classical Music, Kala Ramesh was bitten by the haiku-bug in 2005. Since then, she has explored various genres like haiku, tanka, senryu, haibun and renku, (collaborative poetry) and has been published in leading e-zines and anthologies. Recently she had 25 haiku showcased in Simply Haiku, a number of haiku published as part of the Mann Library Daily Haiku project and a feature on Tanka Daily.

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Michael Rehling (see poems)

Michael Rehling is a quiet poet who lives in Michigan. Read more of Michael’s poetry at Simply Haiku (Spring 2007 and Autumn 2009), Day Poems and his blog Haiku Mike. He is also runs the excellent haiku resource Haiku Hut with Deborah Russell, and is the (un)editor of Short Stuff Journal.

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Ernesto P. Santiago (see poems)

Ernesto P. Santiago is a recent haiku convert living in Athens, Greece. His haiku and other non-haiku poems have been published worldwide. To read more of his poetry, visit his blog Otsenre P. Ogaitnas.

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Minal Sarosh (see poems)

Minal Sarosh is an awarded Indian English poet. She has poems published in print and online journals like Muse India, Asia Writes, Danse Macabre, Other Voices International Project, The Brown Critique, Nether, The Four Quarters Magazine. Her short form poetry (haiku, tanka) have been published in online journals like Muse India, World Haiku Review, unFold, Four and Twenty journal and The Four Quarters Magazine.

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Judy Schattner (see poems)

Judy Schattner is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in private practice as well as a certified poetry therapist. As a part of her meditation practice of deep listening and paying attention, she began to read and write haiku. She is thankful to the members of the NC Haiku Society for all their valuable tips and inspiration to keep writing and striving for a clear essence of the poem. She also has had the privilege of holding the atmosphere for others to create haiku during the ginko that she has lead. Her inspirations are nature and her family and friends.

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Joshua Sellers (see poems)

Joshua Sellers is a 39-year old musician and has been involved in various genres over the years. He is one half of the US/New Zealand rock duo Joker (see here as well) and also records ambient music under the name of Murmur. After a very long hiatus from writing poetry and co-editing the (now-defunct) philosophy journal Hart Beats, he has returned to writing as a student of haiku. His blog Sketches from Life is a journal recording his own explorations in writing. Josh currently lives in West Memphis, Arkansas.

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Guy Shaked (see poems)

Guy Shaked is a PhD student of Musicology at Bar Ilan university, Israel where he writes his dissertation regarding 19th century Christian composers for Roman synagogues. His haikus have been recently published in World Haiku Review and Frogpond. Guy’s studies have been visited online more than 700,000 times and his essay on Plato’s Phaedrus has won the approval of the late French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Visit Guy’s website.

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Radhey Shiam (see poems)

Born on Jan. 14 1922; inherited a love for literature, the Gandhian way of life, universal brotherhood and human religion. Influenced by Danish saint Mr. Alfred Emanuel Sorensen popularly knows as ‘Sunyata’ and American artist-cum-philosopher Mr. E.Brewster (both friends to Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru). Contributed articles and poems in English, Hindi and Urdu languages to Indian and foreign magazines. Contributor to the First Hindu Haiku Anthology (India, 1989), First Hay(Na)ku Anthology (USA, 2005) and several anthologies in Hindi. It is He, who started writing Haiku songs, Haiku riddles and Haiku Ghazals in Hindi and Urdu. His haiku and tanka have appeared in World Haiku Club Showcase, Seasons Greeting Letter, Moonset, Modern English Tanka and Among the Lilies (among others).

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Paul Smith (see poems)

Paul Smith lives in Worcester in the UK with his wife and children. Alongside poetry he has recently developed a passion for longbow archery. His poems have been published in numerous print and online journals including Modern English Tanka, Blithe Spirit, Ambrosia, Presence, Magnapoets, Ash Moon Anthology, Simply Haiku and 3Lights Gallery. Read more of Paul’s poetry at his blog PaperMoon.

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Tristan Steiner (see poems)

Tristan James Steiner studied creative writing in Montreal at Concordia University, and film in Toronto at the Toronto Film School. He has published one short story and two short poems, and written, produced, and directed one short film and one short documentary. He is currently sifting through and dusting off a dune’s worth of first drafts. Read and watch more on his website Port Foliage.

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Barbara A. Taylor (see poems)

Barbara’s haiku and short form poems have appeared on Poemeleon, Kaleidowhirl, Stylus, Lynx, Simply Haiku (Summer 2007 and Autumn 2009), Modern English Tanka (Spring and Winter 2008), Loch Raven Review, 3 Lights GalleryFrogpond, Presence, Sketchbook, Shamrock, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun, Ambrosia and others. She lives on a mountain top in the Rainbow Region, northern  NSW, Australia. More of Barbara’s diverse poems (with audio) are available at Batsword.

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Hansha Teki (see poems)

Hansha Teki, born in New Zealand (1949), lived among other writers and artists in his youth and early adulthood before moving on to earn bread for his growing family by the sweat of his brow.  In late 2010 he woke up to the clarity of his youth and began writing minimal poetry in the Japanese traditions. His work appears in Haijinx, Simply Haiku, Notes from the Gean, Multiverses and Heron’s Nest. He has no personal blog at this stage.

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James Tipton (see poems)

James Tipton lives in the tropical mountains of central Mexico. His most recent collections of poetry are Proposing to the Woman in the Rear View Mirror (2008, haiku and senyru); Washing Dishes in the Ancient Village/Lavando platos en el antiguo pueblo: Short Poems about Mexico and Latin America (2009) which is in both English and Spanish (Ediciones del Lago, contact); and All the Horses of Heaven/Todo los Caballos del Paraíso (2009, tanka) also in both English and Spanish. His collection, Letters from a Stranger (with a foreword by Isabel Allende) won the Colorado Book Award (Conundrum Press, 1998).

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Bill Waters (see poems)

Bill Waters loves to write! He lives in Pennington, N.J., U.S.A, with his wonderful wife and their three amazing cats. Bill’s haiku and senryu have appeared over the years primarily at Tinywords. More of his writing can be found there and on Bill’s Twitter account.

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Justin Webb (see poems)

Justin Webb is a working writer from central New York, currently finishing his BA in Philosophy. A long time writer of prose and poetry, Justin has only recently started studying eastern poetry in great depth; he tries to use his tanka and haiku both as concise snapshot poems, as well as jumping points to delve into larger works. After graduating, he plans on pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetry, hoping ultimately to teach at a university.

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Michael Dylan Welch (see poems)

Michael Dylan Welch has been active in haiku since 1988, has served as an officer of the Haiku Society of America, cofounded the Haiku North America conference and the American Haiku Archives, and founded the Tanka Society of America. He edited the haiku journal Woodnotes from 1989 to 1997, and has since edited Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem. His haiku have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies in more than a dozen languages. Read more of Michael’s poetry at Terebess Asia Online and Captain Haiku’s Secret Hideout. Read an interview with Michael at Blogging Along Tobacco Road.

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Angie Werren (see poems)

Angie Werren lives and writes in a tiny house in Ohio. Her haiku and haiga appear in places such as tinywords, Sketchbook and the zen space. She has a micropoetry blog she calls feathers.

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Christopher A. White (see poems)

Christopher A. White (Chris) lives in the UK and discovered haiku whilst studying for a BA in philosophy. Reading, writing, and learning about haiku quickly came to occupy much of his free time, and has subsequently led him to undertake an MA in English Literature. He owes a huge amount to two good friends, Laurence Stacey and Dick Whyte, for encouraging his study and writing of haiku from the beginning. That they now run Haiku News shows that his haiku education was always in safe hands. His haiku have been published in Blithe Spirit, 3Lights Gallery, Frogpond, Simply Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Riverbed Haiku, and now Haiku News.

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Neal Whitman (see poems)

Neal Whitman has published over 70 haiku and over 70 “regular” poems since 2006 [he enjoys a good debate over whether haiku is either a poetical form or its own entity, for more on this, see here]. In 2009, he won two honorable mentions in the Yuki Teikei Haiku Contest judged by haiku masters in Japan and won 1st place in the James McIntyre Poetry Contest in Ontario, Canada. His haiku can be found in Frogpond, Simply Haiku, Bear Creek Haiku, Heron’s Nest, Mariposa, Ambrosia and Modern Haiku, as well as in several general poetry journals. He also provides a haiku per season for the online journal, Getting Something Read.

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Liam Wilkinson (see poems)

Liam Wilkinson lives in North Yorkshire, England. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Modern English Tanka, Ribbons, Paper Wasp, Atlas Poetica, Aesthetica and many more print and online journals. Liam is the editor of Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu & Kyoka, editor of Modern Haiga and was the curator of the 3lights Gallery before it closed. More of his work can be found at his website. He also regularly posts his haiku and micropoetry on Twitter. Read more of Liam’s poetry at Simply Haiku and Roadrunner. Read a short interview with Liam on Blogging Along Tobacco Road. Read Liam’s first book of tanka The Darkening Tide on-line.

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Steve Wilkinson (see poems)

I was born in 1963 in County Durham England,where I still reside.I’ve been writing poetry for quite a few years now.Started with rhyming poems then free verse.Next came haiku then gogyohka closely followed by tanka and senryu.One day I may settle on one form but then again… no. Read more of Steve’s work on his blog Reflections On Life and on Twitter.

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Jane Williams (see poems)

Jane Williams lives in Tasmania, Australia. She is the author of three collections of poems and one of stories. She has recently returned to writing haiku and is discovering a passion for haibun. A detailed bio and samples of her work can be found at her self-titled blog.

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Juliet Wilson (see poems)

Juliet Wilson lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. She blogs at Crafty Green Poet and edits the online poetry journal Bolts of Silk. Her chapbook Unthinkable Skies was recently published by Calder Wood Press.

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Kath Abela Wilson (see poems)

Kath Abela Wilson travels the world to mathematics conferences with her Caltech professor husband Rick Wilson and has found so far that everyone speaks English and loves Americans. She listens poetically to science lectures, and sketches portraits of each speaker. They’ve recently traveled to Iran, Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Turkey, and Slovakia and she will post poems from Croatia in the spring. She’s had haiku published by Tinywords and Asahi, and tanka in Ribbons and Red Lights. She is the creator and leader of the band of Poets on Site, a poetry performance group where poets collaborate with dancers, musicians (her husband a collector and player of historical and world flutes) artists and scientists to perform on site of their inspirations. Poets on Site has produced 14 books and performances at museums, galleries and gardens in Southern California. You can hear Poets on Site do the first US poetry audio tour of a museum collection at the Pacifica Asia Museum. Her poem A Dark Matter was featured in the Autumn 2009 issue of Astro Poetica. See a near complete list of her previously published work at Pathetic.

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Robert D. Wilson (see poems)

Robert D. Wilson is the author of Jack Fruit Moon, Vietnam Ruminations and owner, Editor and Chief of Simply Haiku. He moderates two poetry forums, and is an volunteer educational consultant in the Philippines where he lives somewhere with his wife and son. Check out more of Robert’s work at his blogs The Wonderland Amusement Park and A Lousy Mirror.

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