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was born at the beginning of 1976 in the Subcarpathia region of
Poland but he is now living in Ireland with his wife - Aneta and two
kids - Amelia and Yeshe; teaching English to immigrants. He
published two haiku chapbooks; some of his haiku also appeared in
various online magazines. Enjoy.
|Mary Angela Nangini's poetry
has appeared in the World Haiku Review, HaikuHut's
Short Stuff, Visual Haiku and Photo Haiku, WorldWall2,
Poet's Porch, Poetry Life and Times, PoeticVoices
tribute 9-11 special, and several anthologies. She has two
poetry books published by The Edwin Mellen Press and was a
finalist for the Rielo World Mystical Poetry Prize 2001. I
live in the GTA, Brampton, Ontario, Canada. For
more information visit her website:
and its Shadow.
was born in Motherwell, Scotland in 1970. He has recently published
at Otoliths, Double Room and elimae, and
is very much option d) all of the above. He blogs at
Deborah Rachel Ngo, SG: is a self-taught artist and poet who
was never formally trained in either art forms except for
attending enrichment classes at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
(NAFA). She was born in 1988 and is of Chinese and Eurasian
heritage. Deborah calls Singapore home and although she is
relatively unknown, writing and painting have been lifelong
passions for her.
|Ruth Nott is
65, a native Floridian, who has found poetry to be a valued part of
her life. Her poetry reflects her faith and values and a deep love
for God and family. Her work has been published in various
anthologies of the
International Library of Poetry, small press
magazines, Poetry Canada magazine, The Quilter
magazine, The Joy of Living Poetry Collection by Hazel
Street Publications, Sea Oats Review a magazine by the
Panama City Writer’s Assoc., Mahogany and Molasses, Verse-a-tility
(chapbook of the Chiefland Poetry Group), Anthology
Twenty-Four of the Florida State Poets Assoc., Inc., Of Poets and
Poetry (newsletter of the Florida State Poets Assoc., Inc.),
various newsletters, and several poetry websites, blogs, and groups.
In January, 2005 Ruth self-published her first book of Christian
poetry, “A Pure and Simple Faith” and in January 2006
assisted her family in self-publishing a family anthology titled
“Family Matters.” In 2007 Ruth has self-published
“Crazy Patch”, “Haiku for Lovers”, “Where Memory Lingers”,
and “Garden of Faith”. Please visit
|Christina Nguyen is a
writer and poet living in Hugo, Minnesota, USA. She plays
with words and poetry on Twitter as @TinaNguyen. In 2011,
her work appeared in Ribbons, Gusts, red lights,
American Tanka, Frogpond, Prune Juice, Moonbathing,
tinywords, Atlas Poetica, and other journals.
|Magnus Amudi Nwagu is from
Enugu State of Nigeria. He is currently enrolled in a Law
programme at Enugu State University of Science and
Technology. He has published one book, We Must Learn
Again To Fly: (A Call for change)
|Rita Odeh is a
Christian Palestinian who was born in Nazareth and, following a
B. A. in English and Comparative Literature from Haifa
University, returned to teach high school in her hometown. A
member of the World Haiku Association, she has published five
books of poetry in Arabic, and maintains a trilingual
her poetry may be read in Arabic, English and Dutch
www.geocities.com/ana_keyan She began writing haiku on
Oct.15, 2006. Since then she's devoting all her time to this
type of poetry since she believes that: the scent, not the
flower, is driving her crazy.
Ogryzko was born in Bialystok, Poland in 1977 and he lives there
with his wife and son. He works as a biology teacher in a primary
school. Enjoying writing haiku and haiku related forms he is a
member of Polish Haiku Forum 'Haiku po polsku'. His poems were
published in Modern Haiku, Asahi Haikuist Network, Frogpond
and haiga at World Haiku Association.
|Lisa Okon was
born in Brooklyn, studied at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
and has lived for most of her life in Jerusalem, where she raised
her family. She works in private practice as a marriage therapist
and family mediator and has recently completed her first novel,
dealing with the relationship between two bereaved parents, an
Israeli and a Palestinian. For over ten years she has been involved
in a love affair with Japan and writing haiku has been one of its
|Karen O'Leary is a wife, mother,
nurse, and freelance writer from North Dakota. Writing affords her an
outlet for her creativity. Her articles, short stories, and poetry have
appeared in various venues including SP Quill, Storyteller, Amaze,
Beyond Katrina, Purpose, Art With Words, and Sketchbook.
|Tomas O'Leary saw a
gentle ogre exhale a sparkling evergreen sprig in a photo
which invited a few attentive words to keep it company on
its journey into one mind or another. His third book of
poems, A Prayer for Everyone, was recently
published by Ilora Press and is available from Grolier, the
oldest and best all-poetry bookshop in the country. He lives
in Cambridge, MA, where the Grolier lives.
is a Christian from North Dakota majoring in Elementary Education. I
have published some poetry through the writing forum. I continue to
write in hopes of learning through not only my writing, but other
people 's writing as well.
|norman j. olson is a
small press artist and poet who has published more than 200
poems and an equal number of artworks in literary journals
all over the USA and in 15 other countries... he was born in
1948 and lives in maplewood, minnesota usa... he worked for
20 years in a factory printing telephone books and then for
20 years at a civil service job from which he retired in
2011... his first book of poems and drawings, Pleasure in a
Stained Universe is scheduled for publication by Lummox
Press in 2012... he has shown his original art at Jay
Gallery in Seoul, Korea and at the World Erotic Art Museum
in Miami. Florida... he does not sell his originals and so
has nearly his entire life's work (about 400 artworks) in
his personal collection... website:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Photo: Tokyo, July 2011)
Antonio Ortiz, US
is a retired educator, poet, and photographer. He has a
B.A. in English literature, and a M.A. in philosophy.
Flutter Press released his debut chapbook, At the
Tail End of Dusk, October 2009. Ronin Press
released his second chapbook, topography of a
desire, May 2010. Avantacular Press released his
first photographic chapbook: The Sugarcane Harvest,
May 2010. His third chapbook: Wet Stones and
Bedbugs in My Mattress, will be released by
Flutter Press, November 2010. He was recently published,
or is forthcoming in: Fried Eye, Shot Glass
Journal, Cavalier Literary Couture, and Touch: The
Journal of Healing. He is a three-time nominee
to the 2010 Sundress Best of the Web Anthology, and a
2010 Pushcart Nominee.
Osofsky bumbles his way to
deeper understanding; sustains a wild
and nurturing relationship with his two teenage sons; provides fiscal
wellness to the local public health agency; sleeps most nights in
westwood, california … found in various poetry venues
is the author of 7 collections of poetry and over 800
published poems, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review
and 234, and recipient of awards for his work
from the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Academy
of American Poets, the NC Poetry Society, NC Writers
Network, and other places. His haiku have appeared in
Heron's Nest, Notes from the Gean, Magnapoets, and
Shamrock among others. He lives in Hickory, NC, USA,
and teaches at Catawba Valley Community College.
is a retired environmental manager/biologist now living in rural New
Mexico, with interests in heritage livestock, pottery and, of
course, haiku. Peter and his wife are pictured here on their 2007
trip to Glacier National Park.
Pacini is a freelance writer from Land O Lakes,
Florida. She is a 1994 graduate of Houghton College with
a B.S. in Business Administration. She is the poetry
editor for Long Story Short and was previously a
volunteer reader and editor for Short Poem ezine.
She is the founder of Pasco Poets, and has held
memberships in Poets Live, Brandon Poets & Artists
Guild, the International Women's Writing Guild, and The
Write Time. Her work has been published in Hope
Whispers, Hanging Moss Journal, Sand Literary Journal,
Captains of Consciousness Journal, Moondance Online,
and Creative Writing Online. She writes poetry, short
stories, personal essays, and motivational quotes. Amy
owns and operates A.S.P. INK and its site
Padhy is a Petroleum Geologist. His literary works are
referred to in Spectrum History of Indian Literature in
English, Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Poetry
etc. His poetry won the Editors’ Choice award at Asia
American Poetry, Poetbay and Writer Guild of India award. His
poems, haiku and tanka appeared in Commonwealth
Quarterly,Poet, Poets for Living Waters, The Enchanting Verses,
The Houston Literary Review, World Haiku Review, The Notes From
the Gean, Ambrosia, Sketchbook, Simply Haiku, The Mainichi Daily
News, Haiku Reality, The Heron’s Nest etc. Haiku
accepted for exhibition by the HAS “haiku wall” in the historic
Liberty Theatre Gallery at the Quarterly National Haiku Society
of America Meeting in Bend, Oregon, June 3-5, 2011. The
Tiny Pebbles is his latest collection of verse.
Paul, aged 62, is a retired person, and lives in
Kharagpur, West Bengal, INDIA. He loves poetry and prose
poetry. He writes poetry in English and Bengali. He is the
author of three poetry books; 1. Three Poems
(2005), 2. Winter Shade to His Liking (2007,
and 3. Azure (2010). All his poetry books are
self published. And all three books are praised by Dr.
Benjamin Zephaniah. He has Poetry Blog Sites:
http://asimkumarpaul.wordpress.com/ which gets
2200 visits worldwide in 10 months shown in a review
Now he has a new blog started on 04.01.2012 together with
http://asimkumarpaul.blogspot.com/ He posts poems
Asim is a member of
Pavlinovic, born in 1968, is an English teacher and occasional
tourist guide from Pula, Croatia. He has been writing haiku since
2007. So far his haiku has received awards and commendations in
Croatia (Krapina 2008-2nd prize) and Japan (Kusamakura 2009-2nd
prize, Itoen 2009-Merit award). When not being captured by his
family, work, travel, sea, sun, football, music and other blessings,
Dejan occasionally publishes his haiku both in English and Croatian
on his blog
Peacock was born in Zagreb ( Croatia ), in 1930, but lived
in Slavonski Brod with her aunt and uncle until, age13; they
were imprisoned. She was released on condition she spent the
rest of the war in an orphanage, while most of her family
perished in Auschwitz. She joined her mother in England in 1946,
learned English quickly and fell in love with the language. She
taught English, Drama, German and Commerce in Secondary schools.
At age 48, she had a massive stroke, but luckily recovered and
continued teaching. She wrote poetry as a teenager and took up
writing seriously after retirement, publishing her memoir,
She has won first and second prizes for poetry in Writers’ Forum
and for haiku and tanka; also she has had haiku published in
Roumania, haiku and haibun in Croatia, articles on the
Paraolympics and travel, as well as stories in My Weekly. Her
hobbies are writing poetry, particularly haiku, translating her
own and Dobrisa Cesaric's and Vesna Parun's poetry, meeting
people, line dancing and caravanning. She is married to Graham
and they have a son and a daughter and four beloved grandsons.
She is a member of National Association of Writers' Groups (NAWG),
The Inn Scribers’ writing group in England and Spark in Croatia
|Eric Pederson is a senior at the
La Crosse; he is majoring in English and High School
Education. In addition to writing poetry, Eric is writing a
novel which he hopes to have completed by the end of summer,
2009. He enjoys all types of outdoor activity, including
biking, Frisbee, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and hiking.
Eric is pictured with
Kristi Sauer, his fiancée; the couple will be
married in the summer of 2009. Kristi is an English major at UWL.
Perfetti grew up in the small town of Lowell,
Indiana, where she first learned to love reading and
writing. She graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in
writing and literature from Millikin University. Natalie now
attends Florida State University in Tallahassee where she
pursues her master's degree in literature. When not immersed
in a book or a poem, Natalie loves to swim, bike, and travel
Her tanka have
appeared in a number of magazines, including the Tanka
Society of America journa, Ribbons and
Dirty Napkin, and Moonbathing, and
Modern English Tanka.
Moon's Edge as part of her James Millikin
Scholarship project, "At the Edges of Traditions: Poems of
Our Own," which won the Outstanding Project Award for 2009.
Edge, by Natalie Perfetti, illustrated by Laramie
Hutchens. (Decatur, IL.:
Bronze Man Books,
2008). 38 pages, 9 x 6, saddlestitched. ISBN
978-0-9787441-0-6. $12.00 and $2.50 postage from the
publisher at or by mail from: Bronze Man Books, Millikin
University, 1184 W. Main, Decatur, IL 62522.
Liudmila Petrova lives in Bulgaria, but was born in
Ukraine before ... many years. Well, the important thing is
that my heart is young. I am glad to take care of my
grandchildren, flowers and vegetables, and now to write
|Stella Pierides grew
up in Athens, Greece. She now divides her time between
London and Munich. This European background underpins her
work. Her poetry and short stories have been included in
anthologies, in print and online magazines, and elsewhere.
She has co-edited Even Paranoids Have Enemies (Routledge,
1998) and Beyond Madness (JKP, 2002). Stella is currently
working on her second novel and participating in the
“NaHaiWriMo” Facebook community, “A River of Stones” and
other poetry and fiction projects. She reads, walks, and
potters; the rest of the time she daydreams about the
http://stellapierides.com and Twitter:
lives in a small town in upstate NY with two grown children &
assorted pets. Poetry is my escape from my real life as a nurse.
Asian forms & the related cinquain are my favorites & have been
published in Moonset, Ribbons, Red Lights, White Lotus, Modern
English Tanka, Frogpond & Amaze.
New Zealand: I
live in Papamoa, New Zealand. I write short poetry and have
been published in Valley Micropress, A Fine Line (N.Z,
Poetry Society magazine), Takahe; and Kokako and Paper Wasp,
two magazines specialising in haiku and tanka.
publishes two journals on line; Shot Glass Journal and
the Fib Review for Fibonacci poetry. I frequently
have my work published in these journals.
In the past year I’ve sold one poem to South Pacific Press
for a poetry math book for the middle school children in
American; and recently came in 3rd in the Clarity Contest
for the Lucidity Poetry Journal, USA.
I enjoy playing with words and have had two short stories
published in HER Magazine and several pieces
of flash fiction published in on-line sites. I was a
finalist in the 2011 AUT 10 minute Screen Play contest and
I’m currently working on a mystery romance novel and trying
to find a home for a paranormal novella.
Read my poetry
visit my website:
www.derynpittar.co.nz for news
My first love is poetry.
Pogorilic was born Radovan in Rovinjsko Selo in 1948 where she
lives today. She graduated from Pedagogical Academy in Pula
(Geography and History).
Marija publishes poetry and prose in the Chakavian dialect of
Rovinjsko Selo and standard Croatian. She writes down sayings and
proverbs of her place. So far she has published three collections of
poetry: Dih ljubavi (A Breath of Love), Kap rose (A Dewdrop)
and Zrno soli (A Grain of Salt). She is presented in 12
joint collections and over 50 literary magazines and takes part in
poetry recitals in the country.
She publishes Haiku in IRIS haiku magazine and joint
haiku collections in Klostar Ivanic, Ludbreg, Obrovac („Rene
Matousek“ haiku meeting). For her haiku she has received an award
and commendment. (The 12th Mainichi Haiku Contest 2008 - Honourable
Mention, The Klostar Ivanic 2009, 2nd Prize
|Reason A. Poteet,
USA, IN: I was born in the US in Kentucky in 1943, moved in
Indiana in 1968, graduated with a Master's from Indiana
University in 1969. Married Henry in 1975, we have two sons
and two grandchildren. I am retired from teaching elementary
school for nearly forty years. My relationship with poetry
(with no formal training) began in 2005 after retirement and
I have published work in newspapers, anthologies and online
at several sites. I am a Christian and my passion for my
Lord is displayed in most of my 200+ pieces. I write under
the penname, Reason A. Poteet.
Predojevic was born Đerek in 1961, in Imotski,
Croatia. She lives and works in Zagreb. Jasmina publishes
haiku in the magazine Haiku, Iris, joint haiku
collection in Ludbreg and Kloštar Ivanić, taking part in the
meetings of haiku poets throughout Croatia. For her haiku
she received a number of awards and commendments in Croatia
|My name is Katarzyna
Predota. I was born in Poland, in 1983. I live there with my
husband. I have been interested in haiku since 2007 and now haiku is
my passion. My poems have been published
on the internet at Asahi Haikuist Network, Mainichi Daily
News, Shamrock Haiku Journal. My poems were noticed in the
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2008 (Sakura Award) and at the 1st
Polish Contest HAIKU 2008.
was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina; she lives in
Viskovo, Croatia. She is a retired teacher. For many years
she worked abroad in Croatian Schools; there she was also
writing and painting on silk. She had a number of noted
independent and common exhibitions. She has published five
books so far: Utocista, haiku (2006.);
Komadic duse na dlanu, poetry, (2007); Tragovi,
haiku (2007); Mirisi zemlje, poetry, Rijeka
(2008); Druga strana zrcala, prose
(2008). For her haiku she received a number of awards in
Croatia and abroad.
Prokopiev is a short story writer and essayist. Born 24 February 1953, in
Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia. Ph.D. in Comparative
Literature and Theory of Literature. Works at the Institute of
Macedonian Literature in Skopje. Works: The Young
Master of the Game (short stories, 1983), ...or...
(short stories, 1986), Sailing South (short
stories, 1986), A Sermon on the Snake (stories,
1992), Was Kalimah a Post-Modernist? (essays,
1994), Fairytale on the road (essays, 1996),
Let's make a movie together (stories for children,
1997), Ars amator-ia (stories, 1998),
Image which rolls (haiky, 1998),
Anti-instructions for personal use (poetical diary,
2000), Postmodern Babylon (essays, 2000). He
tried his skills at scenarios for stage projects, comic
strips, quiz-shows, texts for rock-and-roll songs,
feuilletons, translations and radio adaptations.
is a writer with a special interest in English language
haiku. His work appears in many journals including
Acorn, Frogpond, Haiku Presence, The Heron's Nest, and South
by Southeast. He has received critical acclaim for
his poems, including the Roadrunner Haiku Journal's
Scorpion Prize in 2009, and the Best Haiku for 2005
award from the Mainichi Daily News. Tyler’s
poetry is also featured in Haiku 21, an
anthology published by Modern Haiku Press.
|Dorota Pyra lives
in Gdansk, a spectacular city in the north of Poland, where she
works as a pre-school teacher. She commenced her haiku hike in 2005.
Beside this genre, she writes longer poetry and also children's
short stories and songs. Dorota's haiku can be found on Polish and
foreign websites as well as in paper publication. "Icy moon", her
first book of haiku and free poems, was published by Bernardinum
Press of Pelplin in 2009. By winning The 2009 Shiki Special Kukai in
memory of William J. Higginson and getting the prize - the journey
to Matsuyama - she was given the chance to feel the air that created
this miniature poetry. Dorota's fascination with photography and
visual art as well as the kind of education she got (Academy Of Fine
Arts in Gdansk) allow her to draw joy from joining word to image in
the form of photo-haiga.Her works can be seen on
WHA Haiga Web site,
DailyHaiga, and on her blog
rozsypany czas (scattered time).
Vietnamese, she grew up during the war and lived under the
Communist rule for ten years after Saigon fell. Now a
naturalized US citizen, she writes from her background
consisting of three cultures. Her haiku, haibun, and tanka
have been and will be published in the issues of Notes
from the Gean, A Hundred Gourds, The Heron’s Nest, Haiku
News, Mainichi Daily News, Multiverses, Moonbathing, Red
Lights, Lynx, Atlas Poetica, Ribbons, Lyrical Passion Poetry
teaches art in an elementary school in Crossville, Tennessee. She is
active in the promotion of the arts in the area. At the same time,
she is a busy wife, mother, grandmother.
|Zhanna P. Rader
writes a variety of poetry and short stories in Russian, her native
language, as well as in English. She is the moderator of WHCrussian
haiku forum (in Russian) and of WHCpoemsforchildren (in English).
She was the previous President of the Athens, Georgia Branch of
National League of American Pen Women. She is a member of: Georgia
Poetry Society, USA; Southeaster Writers Association; Society of
Children's Book Writers and Illustrators; and Greensboro Art
Alliance, GA, USA. She is a winner of many haiku, senryu and
children’s poetry contests. She has been published since 1986 in
numerous magazines, anthologies and books in several countries,
among which are the following: Amaze, Brussels Sprout,
Canadian Zen Haiku canadien, Cicada, The Daily Yomiuri, Dragonfly,
Ecopoems; Winners of the Rhyming Haiku, 1991; Fire Pearls; Four
Seasons Haiku Anthology, 1991; Frogpond, Haiku Canada Newsletter,
Haiku Zashi Zo, Haikumena, Hermitage; How to Write and Publish
Poetry, Larry Gross, Tallahassee, Florida, 1990; In Buddha’s Temple,
Ko, Lishanu, Lynx, The Lyric, Mainichi News, Mayfly, Midwest Poetry
Review, Modern Haiku, Moonset; “Na Pua’oli puke’eono”, Anthology of
HEA; South by Southeast, New Cicada, Nightshade, Mountain,
Samoborski Susreti, Sand & Gravel Press; Only Morning in her
Shoes, Utah, 1990; “The Reach of Song,” Georgia State Poetry
Society; The Red
Pagoda, Russia House, Short Stuff, Simply Haiku, Sketchbook, Ulitka,
Wind Chimes, World Haiku Review, “Write on, HEA! Hawaii”, Yellow
|Russell H. Ragsdale, KZ:
publishes through electronic submission only because he
lives in a dark corner of the world (Central Asia) where the
snail mail works erratically. He has been published in
Autumn Leaves, Banks of the Little Miami, Blue Fifth
Review, Luciole Press, Monthly Review and Pirene’s Fountain.
He teaches English at the Kazakhstan Institute of
Management, Economics, and Strategic Research in Almaty. His
blog is called Yuckelbel’s Canon and can be found at
has written in more than 30 forms with no formal
training in poetry or a degree in literature. She started
writing poetry as a means of expression, with her thoughts
searing away from the boundaries of cliché with practice and
maturation. Poetry is an important part of her, as important
as her research work in biology or shopping which being the
other essentiality of her life. Her previous publications
include Blossoms of India, Houston Literary Review,
Poetry Bulwayo, Muse India, MOLT, Green Silk review
and Asia Writes. She has an anthology
Gestures to her credit along with four of her poet
IN: I am a researcher in Computational Chemistry based in
Bangalore. I have an abiding interest in reading poetry and
literature. I came across haiku poetry for the first time in
2002 and have since attempted to write some of my own. A
couple of my haiku have appeared in Asahi Shimbun. I also
participate in the Shiki monthly kukai whenever I can.
Elena Ray: I am primarily a
photographer. My main subjects are people and natural
objects. The themes I am currently exploring are energy
and healing systems, and archetypal psychology. I work
extensively with Asian and handmade papers. I paint and
mix painting and collage with my photography.
(Scott) Ray was born in Alabama and spent most of his
first fifteen years with his family on Ernest Harmon Air
Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland until moving to
Woodstock Ontario in 1965. He lived in Toronto with his
(ex) wife and two daughters Leanne & Jaclyn from 1973-1988
when they moved to London Ontario in July of 1988. Wayne
is the founder of HMS Press Publishing, the Multicultural
Poetry Reading Series (University of Toronto), Scarborough
Arts Council Poetry Contest, co-founder and
Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Poetry Association
(1985-88 Toronto & 1992-1995 London) and co-chairman of
the League of Canadian Poets: Associates (Toronto) for
1985/86. He was co-director of the Beaches Poetry Workshop
(Toronto) in 1983. Since moving to London he has helped
form the Writers Resource Center & Online Bookstore and
was the National Coordinator of the C.P.A. He was the
recipient of the Editors Prize for 'Best Poet Published in
1989' from Canadian Author and Bookman. He was
instrumental in helping establish the London Arts Council
and is the Past President of the New London Arts Festival
for 1999-2001. He is listed in Who's Who in Ontario 1995.
Wayne has several books of poetry and non-fiction
published as well as credits in; anthologies, periodicals, journals and
newspapers across Canada between 1983 and 2006. He was
living in Fredericton New Brunswick in 2002/03 but is now
back in London where he is actively publishing and
writing. He operates a Book Repair business and a
Sarah Rehfeldt lives in
western Washington with her family. She is a writer, artist, and
photographer. Her most recent publication credits include: Modern
Haiga; Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction; The Golden
Lantern; Ascent Aspirations Magazine; ginosko; and DailyHaiga.
Photo: Alex, Sarah, and Allison
Relf (AKA semi), a life time member of the SFPA, lives
in Ocean Beach, located in San Diego, CA. In addition to
teaching Academic Writing and Critical Thinking at San Diego
City College and Woodbury University of Architecture and
Design, she is on staff at Sam’s Dot Publishing, where she
edits Hungur Magazine and The Drabbler,
and serves on the Special Projects Committee. Recent
releases from Sam’s Dot Publishing include The Poet’s
Workshop—and Beyond, Blood Journey, a vampire novel,
co-authored with Henry Lewis Sanders, and My friend,
the poet, and other poems about people I think I know.
She has been nominated for two Rhysling Awards, most
recently for a collaborative poem with her daughter, Willow
Katsumi Relf-Discartin, “Space Envelopes”. You may contact
her at: email@example.com
|My name is
Kristin Reynolds. I am a mother to five gorgeous
little ones and one husband. We live in the southern
Vermont green mountains now, which are a constant
inspiration, but I am originally from Winnipeg, Canada - a
true prairie girl at heart. I have been writing for as
long as I can remember, and I tend to write poems of
truth, nature, raw emotion and inspiration.
Richards lounges around the staffrooms of absolutewrite.com, womenwriters.net and moondance.org -
usually sipping tea, sometimes Jack Daniels. Off-line, she
teaches accounting-related subjects at the Nelson Mandela
Metropolitan University in South Africa.
Rogers began reading her poetry in San Francisco
cafes in the 1970’s. She has self-published four
chapbooks. In 2007 Vimala published her Buddhist hospice
manual, ‘Instructions for the Transitional State’. Her
main focus is the completion of several book-length
manuscripts of poetry including one solicited by Wild
Ocean Press. She has read on public radio and television
and at many venues in Oregon and northern California.
Her poems have been published in various anthologies
such as Poets Against the War and most
recently, Beatitude – Golden Anniversary 1959 –
Rojcewicz, US: a Past President of the National
Association for Poetry Therapy, is Board-certified in
both psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Steve has
always been fascinated with the relationship of mental
health to the creative arts and the humanities, and has
published numerous articles in this field. He has
created haiku and other poetry, has participated in renku, has translated poetry, and is the co-author of a
textbook on psychotherapy, published by the American
Psychiatric Association. In addition to his practice of
psychiatry in Maryland, Steve is currently a graduate
student in ancient Greek and Latin at the
University of Maryland.
|Emily’s first haiku appeared
in Modern Haiku in 1969. Since then over 6000
of her haiku have appeared in various publications. She has
received numerous awards for haiku.
Emily has written twenty chapbooks, and thirteen of these
can currently be purchased from Shadow Poetry’s Bookstore
online. Examples of Emily’s three chapbooks of full color
haiga can be viewed at
|Sana Rose is a 23 year
old new author from Kerala, India. She began writing at the age
of 13 and her debut book, The Torrent from My Soul : Poems
of A Born Dreamer was recently published in USA, which
she’s planning to republish in India, too. She has already
completed her next book of poetry, titled The Room of
Mirrors: Reflections in Words. She is also working on
her first fiction, titled Amidst Sandcastles.
Her poetry focuses on vivid romance, reflections, philosophy and
often some vehement socially relevant pieces, voicing her
protest against the suffering of women at various levels. She
has written quite a number of Haiku, Senryu and Tanka and also
experiments with various other forms of poetry. She is also
passionate about Art and Photography. When not writing, she is a
medical student. For more, visit Sana Rose at her personal
website. Sana Rose:
born in 1962 in Poland, is a psychologist (Ph.D.). He specializes in
social psychology. He lives in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He loves reading
and writing haiku - it is his passion. He also publishes his poems
at Polish haiku forum:
Cynthia Rowe is
President: Australian Haiku Society, Editor: Haiku
Xpressions, Immediate Past President: Eastern Suburbs (Bondi
Writers) Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW. She has a
degree from the University of Melbourne and has taught
French and English. She has spent time in France and the
French Territories and was awarded a Diplôme Approfondi de
Langue Française by the French Ministry of Education. She is
a Writing Fellow of the Fellowship of Australian Writers
Her poetry can be read in numerous literary journals in
Australia and overseas. Her haiku have won a number of
awards including the Polish International Haiku Competition
2011. She is a member of the Red Dragonflies haiku group and
Bowerbird tanka group. Her poetry collection Driftwood
was recently published by Ginninderra Press.
Her short stories have appeared in national magazines and
been broadcast on National Community Radio. Her play ‘Not
the Vice-Chancellor’ was performed in the Sydney Short and
Sweet Festival 2008.
Cynthia has published four Young Adult novels: Our
Hollow Sofa (2004), Ants in My Dreadlocks
(2005) [runner-up Society of Women Writers NSW 2007
Biennial Book Awards], Stinger in a Sugar Jar
(2007) and Bad Grass (2009) [Second Prize
Junior Fiction Society of Women Writers NSW 2011 Biennial
Book Awards], with a fifth YA novel My French Barrette to be
published in 2012. She has written one general fiction
novel, Couscous Threads (2008) [Highly
Commended Society of Women Writers NSW 2009 Biennial Book
|Durda Vukelic Rozic,
was born in 1956, lives in Ivanic Grad, Croatia, graduated from the
Faculty of Economy, Zagreb, now retired. She publishes poetry,
humorous sketches and haiku, editor-in-chief of bilingual (Croatian
and English) haiku magazine IRIS, founder of The
International Haiku Meeting in Klostar Ivanic and Haiku Association
"Three Rivers" Ivanic Grad. So far she published four books; three
collections of humorous sketches and a collection of haiku, For her
humorous sketches, haiku and poetry she received a number of awards
in Croatia and abroad. From time to time she puts her poems to
music. During 1972-1978 period she lived in Chicago, USA. Durdja was
awarded the 2nd Prize, Annual Haiku Contest by the Journal of the
Romaian-Japanese cultural interferences HAIKU, Bucharest, Romania,
2011: Published in journal HAIKU Serie 4, anul 21, Nr. 45/2011.
is an amateur musician, born in 1946 in Ivanic Grad, where he enjoys
his retirement. He has three sons and three grandchildren.
He has written haiku since 1996 and received a number of awards and
commendations in Croatia (The Haiku Days Dubravko Ivancan, Krapina
1st Prizes 2004 and 2007), and Japan (Itoen 1997, Kusamakura 1999,
2000, 2005, 2008, Mainichi 2004). His haiku have been published in
haiku magazines: Iris, Haiku, Kō, Moonset, on the
internet and several anthologies. He published the haiku collection
Proljetni vjetar/Spring Wind in 2005 and took part in
joint haiku collections Sedam prozora/Seven Windows,
Klostar Ivanic 2002, and Sedam novih putova/Seven
New Ways, Zagreb, 2003. He is among the founders of
the Haiku Association, "Three Rivers", Ivanic Grad and Klostar
Ivanic Haiku Meetings since 2003. Stjepan won 2nd Prize on 13th
Mainichi haiku contest, 2009.
Published a haiku collection Biglisanje / Song of a
Nightingale, Klostar Ivanic, 2010.
Awards and commendments in 2010: Ludbreg Grasevina* award by Prof.
Zeljko Funda; 2nd Annual Bashō Haiku Challenge Chapbook, Issa's
Untidy Hut, Philadelphia, SAD; Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival,
International Haiku Contest, Canada, KŌ Haiku magazine
in English Vol 24 No.4, Japan; The Ludbreg Column of Haiku Poets, a
yearly travelling recognition which has been awarded at Ludbreg
Haiku Meetings since 2003.
* among Croatian foremost wines
|Helen Ruggieri lives in
Olean, NY. A book of haibun,The Character for Kokoro (Spirit), will be out
soon from foothillspublishing.com Recent essays have appeared in
anthologies: Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual
(Celestial Arts Press) and In Pieces: An Anthology of Fragmentary
Writing (Impassio Press).
Kevin Ryan is the Director of Charnwood Arts, a committed
community artist, a keen photographer, writer and haijin. He has published
a wide range of books and magazines and has developed, managed, produced
or delivered well over 1,000 different arts programmes, projects,
residencies, festivals and events across all art forums. He is also a
documentary short video maker and an Ustad in a South Asian martial art.
Well known for her frankness, Sarojini Sahoo, is a prime figure and
trendsetter of feminism in contemporary Oriya literature. For her;
feminism is not a gender problem or any confrontational attack on
male hegemony. So, it is quite different from that of Virginia Woolf
or Judith Butler. She accepts feminism as a total entity of female
hood which is completely separate from the man's world. She writes
with a greater consciousness of women bodies, which would create a
more honest and appropriate style of openness, fragmentation and
non-linearity. Her fictions always project a feminine sensibility
from puberty to menopause. The feminine feelings like restrictions
in the adolescence, the pregnancy, the fear factors like being raped
or being condemned by society and the concept of a bad girl etc
always have the thematic exposure in her novels and short stories.
Born in a small town of Dhenkanal in Orissa (India), Sarojini has an
MA and PhD degrees in Oriya Literature and a Bachelor of Law from
Utkal University. She now teaches at a Degree college in Belpahar,
Jharsuguda of Orissa. She is the second daughter of Mr.Ishwar
Chandra Sahoo and Mrs.(Late) Nalini Devi and has married to
Mr.Jagadish Mohanty , a veteran writer of Orissa.and has a son and a
daughter. She has been conferred with the Orissa Sahitya Academy
Award, 1993, the Jhankar Award, 1992, the Bhubaneswar Book Fair
Award and the Prajatantra Award. She has published eight anthologies
of short stories and five novels. Recently an English anthology of
her translated stories is published by ‘Grassroots' of Kolkata/Bhubaneswar.Her
other anthologies are: Sukhara Muhanmuh (1981), NijaGahirareNije
(1989), Amrutara Pratikshare (1992), Chowkath (1994), Tarali
Jauthiba Durga (1995), Deshantari (1999), and Dukha Apramita (2006).
The novels are: Upanibesh (1998), Pratibandi (1999), Swapna Khojali
Mane (2000) Mahajatra (2001) and Gambhiri Ghara (2006).
She has been widely
translated and published in different Indian languages. Her stories
have been included in anthologies published by Harper Collins,
National Book Trust, Gnanapith and Sahitya Akademi.Once she was also
the editor of Oriya Literary Magazine the Pallaba and fiction
oriented English timely journal the Breakthrough. Delhi Doordarshan,
the National Channel of India has featured her life style and
creations in its special tele-serial "Literary Postcard ."
extended biography read this link.
Sanderson’s photography has appeared in
Verse Libre Quarterly (VLO) and in Boxcar Poetry
Review, and his haiga have been published in Haiga
Online, Simply Haiku, Short Stuff, WHA Haiga Contest archives,
and in Moonset The Newspaper. After many years of
landscape photography and traditional poetry, he switched to digital
photography and caught the Internet bug when in his seventies, then
plunged into the arcane world of photo-haiga three years ago.
Retired from his 34-years career in the Royal Air Force more than
twenty years ago, Geoff now lives in North Yorkshire, England, with
his wife Jill – an amateur artist. Much of their leisure time is
spent in hill-walking in all seasons, in the Yorkshire Dales
National Park, The Lake District, and Scotland, pursuing their
hobbies of photography, painting and writing.
Sapkota, from Nepal, has published Lights Along
the Road, a collection of haiku co-authored with the
American poet Suzy Conway. He won the Smurfit Samhain
International Haiku Prize 2006 and the Seventh Annual Ukia
Haiku Competition 2009. While on a writing residency at Cló
Ceardlann na gCnoc, Donegal, Ireland, he published
Full Moon, a limited edition of his haiku with Irish
language translations by Gabriel Rosenstock and images by
|Mel Sarnese is a
Toronto poet, published in anthologies and literary journals. Her
work has been broadcast on the CBC Radio and TVOntario. Mel has
performed her work at venues such as, 'Clinton's art bar series in
Toronto and The Bowery Poetry Café in NYC. She has published a
chapbook, Leper's Cave (Beret's Day Press, 2008) and
is editor of the anthology, 'The Poetry of Relationships'
(Federation of Canadian Poets). Mel Sarnese is an executive member
of the Canadian Author's Association and is a professional member of
the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Mel writes poetry, short
stories and essays with a novel underway.
Mel Sarnese lives with her physician husband and their three
I was born in the midwest, raised in OC, and now live in Los
I began shooting professionally
at 21. I have a variety of clients that range from celebrity, public
relations firms, magazine, print advertising, and weddings.
I began to document the poets
of Los Angeles through portraits roughly in 1997. To date, I have
photographed well over 100 poets and am currently working on a first
book of portraits. The website devoted to the project is
Poets are encouraged to contact me at
MarkSavagePhoto@aol.com if they wish to participate.
resides in a Washington DC suburb. An engineer by profession,
Rebecca first wrote song lyrics before attempting poetry. She
started writing poetry as another artistic outlet. In addition to
Sketchbook, her work has been published in Lynx, White Lotus
and Moonset Literary Newspaper. For her, the lure of haiku is the
ability to express the beauty of the everyday, whether seen,
remembered or imagined.
I am a father and that means the
most to me. My interests include competitive running and I have
a 2nd degree black belt in TKD. Print publishing credits
include; Not Popular Magazine (short story),
Lake Healthy Living, Pulse and Abandoned Towers.
Web publishing credits include; Lake County Library, Pens
On Fire, Calliope Verve, World Salad, Haiku Ramblings
(Haiku) and Language & Culture. I recently had a
news story in the Orlando Sentinel and a two page
feature in Lake Healthy Living Magazine. Both
articles discussed the "Running Poet."
Scheidemann: Most of my life I have lived as a farmer
and kibbutz member, practicing socialism in Northern Israel.
In this pastoral environment I wrote and published four
anthologies of poetry and numerous short stories. Recently I
have tried my hand at writing two novels and three plays for
the stage; all very rewarding. I enjoy practicing my poetic
craft by using traditional forms like the villanelle, the
pantoum and the sonnet. I like indulging in rhyme schemes.
I co edited two books on Peace through Poetry and Culture;
the material of two international peace conferences
sponsored by UNESCO. Indeed the honorary doctorate I was
given was awarded by the World Academy of Arts and Sciences,
associated with UNESCO, for coordinating the conferences. I
also happen to be President of Voices; the Israel English
Poetry Association; the largest group of Anglo Saxon poets
We see ourselves as the cultural link with Anglo poetsaround the world. To this end we have launched our 21st
international poetry contest (Ruben
Rose Annual Poetry Competition) and our thirty sixth
volume of poetry of which we are justly proud.
G. David Schwartz - the
former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee.
Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue.
Currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Schwartz
continues to write. His new book, Midrash and Working Out Of
The Book is now in stores or can be ordered. Check out my
G. David Schwaartz site.
is the staff cartoonist for SP Quill Magazine. His
haiku and other poems have appeared in various journals including
Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Writers' Journal, bear creek haiku,
Barbaric Yawp, and bottle rockets. In addition
to haiku, he also writes horror, and is a member of the Haiku
Society of America, Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction
Poetry Association, and Mid-Atlantic Horror Professionals. He can be
found online at
Scripca lived in Eastern Europe for the first 20 years
of her life, in a loving family. Her mom was a teacher and
high school principal and her dad a published writer, poet
and TV producer. She is a graduate of Foreign Languages
and Literatures from the University of Bucharest. Nowadays
she enjoys Southern California and possesses a CA Teaching
Credential. Ms. Scripca publishes in several
Romanian-American Newspapers both in Romanian and English.
She is married to Ron; they own a business and enjoy
traveling to exotic places.
Sedlar: I was born in 1932 in Jezersko near Krupa in
During WWII I found myself, like other young Serbs who survived
the war, in Vojvodina war orphanages, and afterwards in boarding
schools in Vršac, Rijeka and Belgrade, where I completed my
elementary and secondary education, as well as business school.
In February 1980, with a haiku seminar held by Aleksandar
Nejgebauer, I adopted haiku with Zen and discovered a new world,
a world where I was to forget the Christian teachings and
principles I had adopted until that time. Тhe seminar developed
into the so-called “Haiku class”, that is a haiku school
organized at the Vršac Literary Community, where I instructed
In 1982 I started the Yugoslav poetry/haiku marathon of Vršac,
to which a haiku contest was added in 1985, the first and, for
several years, the only one in the country.
In 1996 I was commended and awarded an honorary membership by
The Novi Sad Haiku Club “Аleksandar Nejgebauer” for my
exceptional contribution to Yugoslav haiku.
My haiku have been published in a number of literary journals,
in my country and abroad, in Serbian and other languages.
I am the recipient of
many commendations, recognitions and awards, both domestic and
foreign, and I myself have awarded many haijin as a judge of haiku
|Fred Jeremy Seligson was
born in 1945 (a "Haebang-dungi /Independence child") in Washington,
D.C.. A few days later, a stout, black nurse held him up to the
window, pointed across the street and declared, "Boy, someday you’re
going to live in that White House!"
F. J. earned a B.A. in International Relations from the University
of Southern California in 1967, and a J.D. from Indiana University
School of Law in 1970. J.D. means Juris Doctor, not "Jewish Doctor,"
as his wife first supposed. Joining the U.S. Peace Corps, he wrote
laws to improve the lot of peasant farmers under Haile Selassie’s
Government in Ethiopia. This one’s is not a joke!
From 1973 on, solo journeys took him into the Congo rainforest to
pygmies and learn about Nature. Then to India to inquire into Truth
from a guru. Australia to slave in a solar salt mine. And to Japan
to count syllables with a famous poet, Cid Corman. An old woman
caught him in Kyoto, set his bag of poems on her back, and sent him
packing to Korea.
Soon after arriving in Korea in 1977, he married his "pen pal" up on
a snowy Korean mountaintop.
From 1978 through 2003, F. J. taught at Hankuk University of Foreign
Studies in the Department of English Education, in S(e)oul.
Currently he is teaching Interesting Yoga English and, A Journey
through the World’s Religious Cultures on-line for Wangwan Buddhist
University in Ik-san, South Korea. Also, he is the Asia-Pacific Vice
President for the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
F. J. is the author of Oriental Birth Dreams (Hollym
1988) and Queen Jin’s Handbook of Pregnancy (North
Atlantic Books 2001) as well as of various poetry chapbooks.
He founded the Children’s Peace Train in 2002.
|Alex Serban: I was born in
Romania, in 2000. I like abstract painting and also I paint.
I had some exhibitions. I want to learn and write better
haiku. My website:
Sesling has published poetry in numerous magazines
both in print and online in the United States, Great
Britain, New Zealand, Canada and Israel. Among the
publications are: Ibbetson St., Midstream,
Poetica,The Deronda Review, Voices Israel, Saranac
Review, New Delta Review, Plainsong, Asphodel, Haz Mat
Review, Istanbul Literary Review, The Chaffin Journal,
Ship of Fools, Chiron Review, Poetry Monthly
Interational, Matrix, The Tower, New Vilna Review
and Main Street Rag. He was awarded
Third Place (2004) and First Prize (2007) in the Reuben
Rose International Poetry Competition and was a finalist
in the 2009 Cervena Barva Press Chapbook Contest. In
2008 he was selected to read his poetry at New
England/Pen “Discovery” by Boston Poet Laureate Sam
Cornish. He was a featured reader in the 2010 Jewish
Poetry Festival in Brookline, MA. He is a regular
reviewer for the Boston Small Press and Poetry
Scene and he edits the Muddy River Poetry
Review. He is author of King of the Jungle,
(Ibbetson St., 2010), which has been nominated for the
Massachusetts Book Award and a chapbook Across
Stones of Bad Dream (Cervana Barva, 2011) and a
second full length poetry book, Fire Tongue
to be published by Cervena Barva Press.
|Vaughn Seward (aka
Masago) is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He became interested
in Haiku in 2005 and has since written numerous haiku, senyru,
and tanka. He participates in several Yahoo haiku news groups
and in 2006 started a haiku blog. In April, 2006, after being
involved in several Renku projects he discovered the idea of 3x3
interlocking renku. Later this came to be known as
August, 2007 he completed a year-long linked haiku project and
in August 2008 he completed a year-long rengay project. He
has just started a
Shaffi: A beginner in the pleasures
of Haiku but carried away with the intensity of feeling 17
syllables can convey, can encapsulate so succinctly.
I have traveled widely perusing different fields of endeavor
and now reside in California. Poetry, painting, and
music all are part of my life.
Shecter, a native Baltimorean,
went to Drew University where she received a BA in
Anthropology and Religion in 1989. She now lives on the
Paulinskill River in Northern New Jersey and is a self
employed gardener. Her specialty and passion is container
gardening, but she also plants and maintains annual and
perennial gardens for homes and offices. She has been
writing haiku for a few years and is eternally grateful to
all the poets, teachers, editors, moderators, secretaries
and everyone in the haiku community keeping the haiku
spirit not only alive but rocking!
Sherri: Songstress and dweller
amongst the trees Upstate NY and now in the desert of the
I come from a pretty long lineage of teachers and
musicians, word smiths and innovators.
Born on Jan.
14,1922, inherited love for literature, Gandhian way of
life, universal brotherhood and human religion, influenced
by Danish saint Mr. Alfred Emanuel Sorensen popularly knows
as ‘Sunyata’. Contribute haiku, tanka, articles and poems in
English, Hindi and Urdu languages to Indian and foreign
magazines. Award Honarable Mention – The Saigyo Award for
Tanka 2009. The Japanese Tanka Poets Society 2009.
Publication – ‘Song of Life’ published by Bhartiya Vidya
studied Fine Arts and creative writing at Algonquin College in
Ottawa. Her first book of poetry, Soul Speak, was nominated for
a Lambda Literary Award in 2001. Her poetry and short stories
are published internationally. Trish’s first novel,
Inferno, was on The Open Book’s best seller’s list for
2004. The Canadian Poetry Association, The League of Canadian
Poets and the Canadian-Cuba Literary Alliance are a few of the
literary associations she belongs to. She lives on Vancouver
Sibiga lives in Tychy (Poland); she
graduated a school for nurses. Her passions are poetry, and
handicraft (with the usual twists—she
creates angels). The author has written haiku since 2004.
Bronislawa's haiku can be read at
Some of her poems have
been published in English.
Ph.D., Long Beach, New York, USA is a retired CEO of major
public companies. He served on numerous corporate and bank
boards. Herb created three collections of poems over half a
century and continues writing.
|Johnmichael Simon, born in
England, grew up in South Africa and has
lived in Israel since 1963. He has published three solo books of
poems and two collaborations with partner Helen Bar-Lev. His
poetry and short
stories have been awarded many prizes and he is published widely
in print and website collections. He is the chief editor of
Cyclamens and Swords publishing. The “Cyclamens and Swords”
His personal website
|Keith A. Simmonds was born in Barbados where he received his
early education at St. George’s Boys’ School, St George, and the
Modern High School, Roebuck, St. Michael, Bridgetown. He worked in
Barbados before migrating to Trinidad where he worked and studied.
He earned a B.A in French and Spanish at the University of the West
Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad, then won a French scholarship which
allowed him to acquire a Phd in France. He likes walking, travel,
nature, reading, teaching French, and writing poetry which is an
integral part of him now. He has won several awards for his
writings, especially for verse. For him, poetry is indeed a source
of consolation, peace, a means of exploring the inner sense of the
human experience, a benediction! The word, for him, is life itself!
For him, true poetry puts a premium on the eternal quest for the
values of truth, honesty, probity, pride, the dignity and power of
the human spirit and our relationship with the Supreme Creator of
the Word! Keith Simmonds is a regular contributor to Wonder Haiku
Worlds. He is bilingual and writes in both French and English. He
spends three months of the year in France and the rest of the year
in Trinidad where he writes and teaches French at all levels.
|R. K. Singh, IN:
Born, brought up and educated in
Varanasi, I am a university professor, teaching English
language skills to students of earth and mineral sciences. I
have authored over 150 articles,165 book reviews and 34
books, including Twelve collections of poems, among them,
two jointly with U S Bahri, TWO POETS (1994)
and COVER TO COVER (2002), and two others,
EVERY STONE DROP PEBBLE (1999) jointly with
Catherine Mire and Patricia Prime, and PACEM IN TERRIS
(2003, a trilogy collection, containing my haiku collection
PEDDLING DREAM). MY SILENCE AND OTHER
SELECTED POEMS:1974-1994 (1996), ABOVE THE
EARTH'S GREEN (1997), and THE RIVER RETURNS
(2006) are my other three important poetry books.
NEW INDIAN ENGLISH POETRY: AN ALTERNATIVE VOICE:
R.K.SINGH (ed: I.K.Sharma) is the latest publication on my
poetry. It contains 22 critical articles, six interviews and
over a dozen review/comments by about 30 scholars.(Details
from firstname.lastname@example.org). I have received several awards
and honours, including honorary Litt.D. from the World
Academy of Arts and Culture, Taiwan, 1984, Michael
Madhusudan Award, Calcutta, 1994 and Peace Museum Award from
Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, 1999. His blog is at this
|Born on 28th July
1979 at Budaun (U.P.), India, Shaleen Kumar Singh
after his post-graduation in English did his doctorate on
Mahashweta's Indo-English Verse- A Critical Evaluation." He is a
poet, critic, reviewer and translator. He has several research
articles, poems and reviews published in esteemed journals,
news papers of India and abroad including Remarkings
Poet (Chennai), Poets International
(Banglore), Metverse Muse (Vishakhapattnam),
Helicon Views (Amroha), The Green Lotus
(Bhubneshwar), Bizz Buzz (Mysore),
Contemporary Vibes ( Chandigarh), Free
Xpression (Australia) Voice of
Kolkata (Kolkata), Skylark (Aligarh),
Indo Asian Literature (New Delhi),
Poetcrit (H.P.), Shine ( Tamilnadu),
Mandakini ( Bareilly), The Golden
Vase (Bhubneshwar), Indian Book Chronicle
(Jaipur), Replica (Cuttack) etc. A number of his
poems have appeared in several National and International
like Kritya, Muse India, Poetsindia, Literary India,
Boloji, Lit.org, Neopoets and several others. Lectured
severally on A.I.R. Attended several Literary Seminars.
Translated the book Mahendra Bhatnagar Ke Geet in
English under the title Lyric Lute. Edited
collection of English poems entitled Creation and Other
Hindi poems entitled Dohe Tabib Ke. At present he is
editing the ezine
www.creativesaplings.com and a book of Critical essays
on Stephen Gill
|I am Anne Smith.
I started writing poetry again ( I wrote all the time when I was
young) when my husband died in February 2006. I do not only write
such short poems as I find with the Outlaw Poets but some longer
pieces. I am 70 years old and was a college principal before I
retired in 1999. I have three sisters and two children and my elder
granddaughter is training to become a blues and soul singer.
|Monica E. Smith
enjoys writing about everyday things, and feels that a poem can be
found anywhere. Her family continues to play a most important part
in her writing. About her writing, Monica explains "I feel poetry
need not be written in a complicated language for the select few. I
find, even in the brevity of poetry the freedom of expression, and
in that there is freedom in expression." She feels what is most
important in writing a poem is the sharing, as it is the
sharing/experience of the poem which makes it live.
Monica is the author of two poetry books,
Days of Fine Gray Ash, available through her web site, and
Kindred: A Family Portrait, available at
amazon.com,, as well as their affiliate
online bookstores. Her poems have been published in many
national and international journals.
Monica enjoys reading and exploring her family ancestry, as well
as her love of photography, which she calls "silent poetry". She
has been experimenting with creating Haiku-Photography, a form
which has recently risen from the original Haiga (Haiku
Painting). In August 2008, she released her first book of
blurb.com, Going Coastal, a
coffee table book containing photographs of coastal areas within
the United States. Since then, she has released two more books
with Blurb: Dog-matized: The Comical Truth of Life with a
Jack-A-Bee and Menagerie, a collection of her essays,
poetry, haiku and photography.
In 2009, Monica was asked by the chaplain at Mount Carmel Medical
Center in Columbus, Ohio (where she works) to create a photographic
work depicting the rhythms and harmony of birth and death. The
posters will hang in the palliative care unit at Mount Carmel.
Monica invites you to visit her website,
Purple Quill.com, and her blog
Rantings of a Mad
Monica welcomes all correspondence at
teaches at a private elementary school in Maryland
and is a single parent and is a "Muse" to several poet/artists..
Sketch by Ed Baker
Born in 1943, in
Donja Bistra nearby Zapresic, Zeljko Spoljar
graduated from The Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. So far he
has published four books of poetry and a haiku collection.
He is a member of several literature and cultural
associations, publishes in literature journals and takes
part in poetry and haiku recitals.
|J.E. Stanley is an accountant and
part-time guitarist from the grayscale suburban wilderness of Northeastern
Ohio. A member of The Deep Cleveland Tribe of Poetry, he is the author of
the book, Dark Intervals (vanZeno Press), the chapbook,
Dissonance (deep cleveland press) and the
short collection, Ink (Gypsy Lips Press). He has been a
frequent contributor to the deep cleveland junkmail
oracle and Sein und Werden. His work has also appeared or is forthcoming
in 103: The Journal of the Image Warehouse, Amaze, Asimov's, ChiZine,
The Ghazal Page, MoonLit, Stray Dog, tinywords, Three-Chord Poems: The
Poetry of Rock & Roll, water*fire*light and numerous other
Sedlacek's poems have appeared in a variety of
publications such as Audience Magazine, Hurricane
Review, Assisi Journal, Red River Review, Tertulia
Magazine, I-70 Review, InSpirit, Manorborn, Down in the
Cellar, Edgar Literary Magazine, Heritage Writer,
and Bear Creek Haiku. L.B. also hosts
a podcast for the small press, "Coffee House to Go."
L.B. Sedlacek is from Lenoir, NC.
was born on December 14, 1969 in Sliven – Bulgaria.
She has a Master Degree from the University “St.St. Kiril i
Metodi” in Veliko Tarnovo, in Bulgarian philology. She has
worked as an editor at “ArsMedia”; she is also the author of
two poetry books. In 2007 she experimented in yugen and
started to write haiku, some of which are in English. Her
poems were published in Crosspoints (Кръстопът),
Dictum, eLit, Forum for literature “Глоси”,
including its section for experimental haiku and short forms
(in Bulgarian). Her haiku was awarded in international
poetry competition (Melnik, 2009).
Steele is a writer and university biologist whose
creative musings occur in the urban countryside of
northwestern Pennsylvania where he writes for both children
and adults. His adult poetry has appeared recently or is
forthcoming in Willows Wept Review, The Edge Magazine,
WestWard Quarterly, Caduceus, Astropoetica, the Aurorean
|terrytip Terry Steudlein:
Born in New Orleans 1940. Spent six years in the US Navy, nine
months in Yokouska Japan in 1959-60. Returned to New Orleans to work
in the Space industry. Worked on the Apollo Program,
Saturn I and Saturn V Boosters and then the Space Shuttle program,
External Tank. I'm now retired, and live in
Slidell, Louisiana. Became interested in Haiku and Senryu in 2007 and
enjoy trying my hand at it...... My web page is
lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, and teaches at Lethbridge College. He
is the author of 22 books and a CD of original jazz and poetry on
the life and music of Miles Davis. Recent collections of haikai
literature include Hot Flashes (Ekstasis Editions, 2001),
A Charm of Finches (Ekstasis Editions, 2004), and Flicker At
The Fascia (Serengeti Press, 2005). Two new collections of
haiku, senryu, tanka, and zappai will be out later this year:
Tidings of Magpies (from Spotted Cow Press) and The Emerald
Hour (with photos by Ellen McArthur, from Ekstasis Editions).
lives in Buckinghamshrie, England (where he was born) and is now
retired. Some of Brian's writings (and some artwork) have been
published in a variety of small press magazines including Amaze, and
a number of internet poetry magazines. Brian Strand has published
three chapbook: William Soutar, Flowers of Life: A Selection
of Cinquains, Brian Strand, editor; Shorthand of the
Heart: A selection of poetic form, edited by Brian Strand;
and POIEMA: A selection of Ekphrasis poems, by Brian
Strand. PHANEROS: A selection of Lanternes by Brian
Strand. SEQUENCE: A selection of Fibonacci by Brian
Strand. INFORMEL & HEART OF CREATION: Art chapbooks of
a selection of Tanga by Brian Strand.
|Stevie Strang is a
ninth generation Southern Californian who has written short
stories and poems ever since her Great Aunt Lucille gave her
a pen for her 8th birthday. Her recent interests in Haiku,
Haiga, Tanka and Haibun have been an inspiring challenge to
her portfolio of poems. She also dabbles in free verse and
flash fiction and is currently working on a fictional novel.
Stevie has been published in MOONBATHING, Ink, Sweat &
Tears, ECLECTIC FLASH, and several other online
anthologies and webzines. She won Second Honorary Award for
the ANITA Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards 2010. Two of
her short stories from her book, "The Chapters - A Life of
Short Stories," are available on Kindle, on Amazon.com.
|Richard S. Straw
copyedits technical documents and prepares bibliographic databases
on health and substance use. He has lived in or near Raleigh, North
Carolina, since 1984. Before then, he lived in central Ohio, where
he taught freshman English composition at Ohio State University,
edited technical papers for a trade journal, proofread for a digest
of news from the former Soviet Union, and graduated from Ohio State
University (BA in English, 1977; MA in English, 1980).
He has collected and read books of haiku, senryu, haibun, and haiga
since 1966. In the late 1980s, he served as an editor of Pine
Needles, a quarterly newsletter for the North Carolina Haiku
Society (NCHS). He self-published A Hiker Sees His Shadow
(2001), an eight-page chapbook dedicated to the memory of his dad.
Selections of his published haiku are available at
http://nc-haiku.org/haiku-by-us.htm, courtesy of Dave Russo of
the NCHS. Along with other NCHS members, he attends monthly haiku
meetings, ginkos, and the annual NCHS Haiku Holiday.
|Sherry Steiner was
born in the Bronx NY but now lives in Housatonic MA in the
Berkshires of Western MA. Writer of eclectic spoken word
pieces. Arts educator, visual artist. Published and
exhibited in various venues.
is a working musician living in Northern California. Some of his
work can be found in Simply Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, and a
slew of obscure journals that nobody really reads.
Stroe is a Romanian cameraman and poet. He has published poems
and haiku in the following poetry magazines: Albatros, Dor de
dor, Haiku. In the last year he obtained honourable mentions
at the contest of the Haiku magazine (Romania) and at
the Ludbreg Calendar Haiku Contest (Croatia).
Born in Hull, England, André lives in the city of Hamilton,
New Zealand. He is the winner of several writing awards for
both poetry and playwriting.
E. E. Sule is the author of The Agatu Culture: Songs and Dances
(2002, a study of oral poetry); Impotent Heavens (2004, a
collection of short stories); Knifing Tongues (2005, a volume of
poetry); The Writings of Zaynab Alkali (2005, a critical work);
Naked Sun (2006, a volume of poetry); and Dream and Shame
(2006, a collection of short stories). He teaches African Literature,
Creative Writing and Modern Literary Theory in Department of English,
Nasarawa State University. His poems, short stories and scholarly essays
have appeared in both local and international anthologies, journals and
e-journals such as Asheville Poetry Review, Drumvoices Revue,
Camouflage: Best of Nigerian Contemporary Writing, Sentinel Poetry
Online, MindFire Africa, Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry, The Ker Review:
A Journal of Nigerian Literature, Benue Valley Journal of Humanities,
Ibadan Journal of English Studies, The African Journal of New Poetry,
KAROGS, and SemiCerchio. He is currently a writer-in-residence
with the PER SESH Writing Program in Popenguine, Senegal, where he is
working on his first novel.
Alan Summers: I live in Bradford on
Avon (just outside Bath, U.K.), but workshop and read around the U.K.
The haiku events I've been involved with range from the first ever
British Sign Language Haiku Festival, organised by the University of
Bristol; The Stars & Night Sky Challenge Haiku Competition for children
from the slum areas of Nairobi, Kenya; 'Rocket Dreams' a "live multi-haiga"
event matching haiku with NASA images, with a talk from award-winning
space historian Piers Bizony; the With Words Space Haiku competition
during National Poetry Day (U.K.) and World Space Week for local
schoolchildren in Bristol, including entries from Nairobi (Kenya) which
were so good that they became 'hidden haiku' for visiting local children
to find amongst the space exhibits in At-Bristol!
There have been a few haiku poet residencies including the U.K.'s
largest & month-long celebration of natural history, "Bristol Festival
of Nature 2004"; "Haiku Week" at Bath Spa University with projects
traditional & untraditional including a 24 Hour Haiku Answerphone;
Bristol café & art gallery Oppo} throughout 2006, even mentioned in the
Lonely Planet guide to Great Britain; various 'haiku inhabitances' and
'haiku karaoke' at a number of city Art Trails, and locally at the Ale &
Porter Visual Arts Centre, Bradford on Avon.
Next year I'm going out in a mobile
library meeting people visiting out of the way villages.
Various details about my haiku activities are on
worked as a software engineer. Literature and music are her
interests. Her haiku have been published in Simply
Haiku and World Haiku Review. Some
haiku are to be published in upcoming issues of Notes
for the Gean, Simply Haiku and haiku journal.
Her poetry has been published in an anthology of
Indian women poets, Roots and Wings.
|As a child I had a great
imagination and loved story writing. For a while my creative
writing took a back seat as I discovered the joys of foreign
languages and spent 2 years teaching abroad. Personal
circumstances have led me to focus on my writing again. I am
an active member of a writing group and have my own blog @
I have also had the pleasure of seeing many of my poems and
short stories published in various anthologies, journals and
newsletters including Forward Press publications,
thefirstcut, the Static Movement anthologies, Every Day
Poets, Shamrock (Irish Haiku Society) and Lynx
Szewczyk lives in Warsaw Poland. She is interested in
literature and photography. Irena practices yoga. She
started to write haiku and make photo haiga in March 2011.
She publishes her works in English, Polish and Hungarian on
http://iris-haiku.blogspot.com/. Her haiku and haiga
have been published in The Asahi Shimbun Digital,
Daily Haiga, Haigaonline, HIA Haiku Contest, Sketchbook, WHA
is a seventeen syllable poet and librarian living in the
antipodes. She has a passion for cheese, vodka, running
and riding a bike. She also writes flash fiction. Good
things come in small packages! She is 5ft 2.
Yayoi Tanida, US
Born in Kobe, Japan;
Been in New Mexico since 1998;
Working as a quality engineer;
Started to write English haiku early
A certified Ikebana (Japanese style
flower arrangement) teacher with Ichiyo School of Ikebana.
Tarlton, US: I am a
retired university professor from upstate New York (The
University at Albany), but I now live in Oakland, California
with my wife Ann who is a painter. I studied at the
University of California, Riverside and UCLA and I have
lived and taught in New Zealand, Malta, British Columbia,
and, most recently, in retirement near Bagnoles in Normandy.
I have published traditional western poems in
Landfall, Jack Magazine, Houston Literary Review, Tipton,
and Barnwood, and an e-chapbook in the 2River
Chapbook Series, entitled, The Vida de Piedra y de
Palabra: Twelve improvisations on Pablo Neruda's Macchu
Picchu. More recently, I have been writing haiku and
tanka, some of which have been accepted for publication in
Haibun Today, Red Lights, and Simply Haiku.
|Barbara A. Taylor
is inspired by her Rainbow Region of northern New South Wales,
Australia where she lives. Her work has appeared in journals and
anthologies including Atlas Poetica, crickets and
Chrysanthemums, Ludberg Calendar 2008, Presence, gaartisiluni, Lynx, CHO, Folly,
Flashquake, Shamrock Journal, Haiku Scotland, Simply Haiku,
Tinywords, Chrysanthemum, Stylus, Wisteria, Eucalypt, Kokako,
Triptychhaiku, Ribbons, Landfall: A Tanka Anthology,
Sketchbook, Wisteria, Shamrock, Tiny Words, Simply Haiku, Kokako,
Moonset, Eucalypt and
literary journals including Triplopia, Cezanne's Carrot,
Kaleidowhirl, Dusie and The Blue Fifth Review.
Her diverse poems with audio are at <http://batsword.tripod.com>
currently has many hopeful projects, a variety of styles
and a wide variety of subjects. She hopes for more
chapbooks and a nicely bound poetry book soon. She has
been accepted at Abraham Lincoln Magazine, Asphodel
Madness, Camel Saloon, 4 and 20 Journal - a short nature
poem, Just Another Art Movement - New Zealand,
Ken Again, Kerouacs Dog, Outward Link - three peaceful social
poems, Nefarious Ballerina, Pigeon Bike, The Scrambler
and other journals online and in print. Nicole Taylor
has been published and winning locally. She is a dancer,
an artist and a volunteer. She blogs at
|Cindy Tebo currently lives in
Catawissa, MO, with her husband and teenage son. Her collaborative
writings have appeared in Lynx and The Aroostook
Diana Teneva was born in
1966 in Haskovo, Bulgaria. She has a Master degree of French
philology and a Bachelor degree of English philology. She is
working now as a foreign language teacher. Her first book of
poetry, Scratched Soul, was published in 2005,
and the second one, A Painting in a Verse, was
published in 2010. Her third book of poetry, Awakening,
is expected to appear in 2012. Her poems were published in
lots of newspapers, anthologies, Internet literary sites and
She has entered many Bulgarian poetry competitions and
international haiku contests (The Haiku Foundation Contest,
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Concours de haïku en
forme fixe de revue HAIKU, Concours Haïkouest, 3e concours
Haïku et calligraphie).
Some of her poems are translated in Russian, French, English
IN: A postgraduate in English, A. Thiagarajan (b 1949) taught in
colleges in India, before joining the the finance sector. He has
been writing in English and Tamil since college days. His work
(poems, haiku, short stories and articles) has appeared in some
anthologies; it also has appeared in Subtle Tea, Poetic
Diversity, A Little Poetry, Poetry Canada, Ygdrasil, Lililitreview,
SAWF, Tinywords, pwreview, poetrysuperhighway, betterkarma, DNA,
NDTV, Indolink, The Heron's Nest, Haiku Harvest, Roadrunner, Simply
Haiku, Cloudspeak, Velvetillusion, Boloji.com, Meghdulam,
and Mainichi. Nuances of relationship between
individuals, mental pain and cruelty we inflict on each other and
ourselves are his obsession. Interests include finance, Sri
Aurobindo and mythology. He lives in Mumbai, India with his wife,
Rama. His only child, Ganesh, has just started working in the USA. -
Manuela Thiess is
Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico.
Manuela Thiess was born in Germany, lived most of her life in
California and plans to die in Mexico, thus coming to a kind
of full circle of her own personal evolution. She has spent
time as an actress in Los Angeles, a college ESL instructor in
Monterey, Ca., and a correctional educator at CTF Soledad, CA.
She and her husband, Gustavo Garcia Aguilar, moved to
Guanajuato in 2008 and opened an optics business there in 2009
as her husband is an optician.
She has written poetry through her life, and several
productions of her one-act plays in Los Angles where she
received favorable reviews in the LA Times as well as the
Santa Monica Herald.
In addition, she is an avid photographer, a sometimes painter,
and she enjoys doing abstract painting on furniture.
Her philosophy on life is to attempt to keep it as simple as
|Janice Thomson is
a multi-media artist residing on Vancouver Island BC, Canada. She is
a Chinese brush painting and digital graphic artist whose works have
been shown and sold across Canada. She also writes all forms of
poetry and has been published in various anthologies, chapbooks,
magazines and newspapers. She has been studying Japanese poetry
forms for some time writing haiku, tanka and now renhai. She is also
a photographer creating haiga and taiga with her photos. A book of
these is to be released sometime in 2009/2010.
Thymian’s Japanese form poems have appeared in
American Tanka, Simply Haiku, Modern Haiku, Matrix Magazine,
The Christian Science Monitor, and a variety of
other magazines. Her chapbook, The Meaning of Barns,
was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007. She grew up
on a Minnesota dairy farm and lived in Colorado for the last
25 years. More:
Tikkanen: I'm was born in 1945. I live in Turku, Finland. I
published my first collection of poems in Finnish 1966. I served as
a radio-man in the Finnish Navy. I began writing haiku (or just
three-liners) in English three years ago.
I'm an old sailor and Radio Officer. I sailed many places over these
Seas and Oceans, but twenty years ago I dropped my anchor. After
that I worked with computers and electronics, and now I am going to
retire in 2010. I write short texts almost daily. I am married with
a excellent blog-keeper (http://mataleena.blogspot.com).
There I am allowed to publish some of my photos. I have translated
some poems into Finnish. My e-mail: juhani (dot) tikkanen (at)
Blogging in Finnish:
was born and raised in Chicago and has lived in Illinois for over 50
years with an eye on south Florida. He has published two volumes of
poetry, Indigo Avenue and Tigertale,
selections from over 30 years of writing. Craig is most comfortable
writing structured lyrical poetry, having also composed many dozens
of original songs. "Rhythm and rhyme are key to making a poem
memorable," he states. Craig is married, has four children and two
grandsons. By day he is a software support specialist for a
well-known computer company. He fervently prays daily for a massive
outbreak of peace and love throughout the world.
was born in village Sacel – Maramures – Romania, in 1949. She
graduated from Mathematics – Mechanics Faculty – Babes Bolyai
University Cluj Napoca. She is a mathematics teacher at technical
college “Ion D. Lazarescu” in Cugir – Romania.
Her haiku and other poems have appeared in many literary sites
She has published in several national and international reviews:
Poezia, Haiku, Albatross, Oglinda Literara, Poets International,
KO, Revue de Tanka Francophone.
She’s anthologized in the following
Romanian haiku anthologies: Surasul crizantemei–
2004, Primele viziuni – 2005, Primele viziuni II –
2006 and in the following bilingual anthologies Flori
de tei/ Lime-tree flowers – 2006, Greieri si crizanteme/Crickets and
chrysanthemum – 2007, Scoici de mare/ Sea shells – 2007.
She wrote some books: Risipa de parfum haiku booklet 2005
and Culorile viselor – 2007.
She won the following prizes: great prize at haiku contest AD VISUM,
the first edition, 2005 -VISEU DE SUS; first place in the haiku
contest of “Haiku” Romanian magazine – 2006; first place in the
haiku contest AD VISUM 2006 – Viseul de Sus- Romania; an commendable haiku as
one of the most interesting poems The First international haiku
contest of Bulgarian haiku club HAIKU AND MUSIK 2006; Honorable
Mention Chicago Cicada Haiku Contest – 2007; the fifth prize of the
Poems for Mother Earth and Honorable Mention Mainichi Haiku Contest
Townsend used to publish Impetus
magazine (poetry, reviews, artwork, lots of yadda, yadda, yadda) and
ran Implosion Press. She hosted umpteen poetry reading venues in the
80's before opening cat's Impetuous Books in Kent, Ohio. None of the
above does she now do. She does write poetry, reviews, fiction,
comedy-mysteries, and is an avid photographer. Her poetry, prose,
reviews & photography have been published somewhat consistently
since 1982. She lives in Ohio with her husband of 26 years, two cats
and a yard full of demanding perennials
Jennie Townsend's work is published
in Red Moon anthologies, "inside the mirror" and "pegging the
wind"; in S x SE; World Haiku Review; The Heron's Nest; Hermitage II;
and in the 7th volume of Contemporary Haibun. Jennie writes with
fine poets on Marlene Mountain's site--several "Connections" were
published in Lynx and Mindfire. She has been included in
New Resonance 4 and in the upcoming "Echoes". Haiku is a gift
that has changed how I live my life and how I see the world.
|Kay Tracy lives in the
vibrant Pacific Northwest. She is an associate editor of Four
and Twenty poetry and has poetry published in Haibun
Today, Magnapoets, and Everyday Poets. Her
is a poet, novelist, professor, editor of the
Colorado Review [15 years], and reviewer whose
work has appeared in seven full-length volumes including
Crying in the Cheap Seats [UMass Press],
Duhamel: Ideas of Order in Little Canada
[BOA Editions Ltd.], and most recently Shooting
Script: Door of Fire [Eastern Washington
University Press] which won the Colorado Book Award. He
has received support from the NEA, the NEH, the
Fulbright Commission as well as The Pushcart Prize, Best
American Poetry, and the Corporation at Yaddo. Bill
wrote the libretto for an opera entitled SALEM
1692, a love story set in the turbulent era of
the witch trials: it will premiere October, 2010, in
Albuquerque, N.M. Visit the web site
was educated in Lucknow, JNU- New Delhi, and Hull University,
U.K. She was awarded Commonwealth Scholarship for PhD in English
at Hull University. She is a Professor of English at Lucknow
Her poems have been
published in Northern Poetry Vol.2 (Littlewood
Press UK), Indian literature, Kavya Bharati, Muse India,
Manushi and Femina. She has done poetry readings at
national and international literary festivals and her poems have
been translated into Malayalam, Uzbek and Hindi.
She is one of the
founding members of “PYSSUM” a charitable organization for
children with special needs in Lucknow.
|Sunil Uniyal is based in New
Delhi and works for Government of India. His haiku
'Milestone' first appeared in the early eighties in the
Mirror Magazine of Mumbai. Of late, these have found
space in e- journals like Muse India, Kritya, Haiku
Dreaming Australia and Notes from the Gean. He is also
engaged in the translation of the poems of Hindi and Urdu poets
like Kabir, Sur, Ajneya, Ghalib and Mir Taqi Mir. His other
interests include religion, art and archaeology and has even
written a monograph on Games and Sports in Indian Art and
a.k.a. “El Coyote” works and lives in San
Francisco, California. He has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from
The University of California Santa Cruz. He writes haiku and poetry
in his spare time. Eric posts haiku on different online websites and
occasionally reads at open mics throughout San Francisco.
Vaillancourt, CA: Over 200 of my poems have appeared
in more than one hundred journals in the U.S. and
Canada, in Japan and Australia, and the U.K, including:
Real Angry Poets, Quills, Unfeigned Coffee Fiend,
Detour Memphis, Why Vandalism?!, Plum Ruby Review, Vox
Poetica, Outcry, The Hudson Review, Whisper, Poetry
Space, Dangling Verbs, Writers Forum, Poesie, Cafe Del
Soul, South Jersey Underground-Issue 6,
Protest Poems, Poetry Stop, P&W, elffin&elffa,
and many others. I have had a series of chapbooks
published in the 1980's by 4 Winds Press, such titles as
"Doors and Windows", "Dancing in the Eighties" and "Slow
Burn". I have had four poetry books published, "Teardrop
of Coloured Soul" "I Walk Naked into a Cloud", "the
Rushing Stream of Desires", and "A Yellow Sunshine
Night". Chris G. Vaillancourt is a Canadian poet. He
resides in Windsor, Ontario.
|Saša Važić is a
freelance journalist, astrologer, translator, writer of prose and
poetry, essays, book reviews. Author of over 1000 articles on
various topics which appeared in newspapers and journals, Co-Owner,
Co-Publisher and Co-Editor of Simply Haiku, member of
the editorial board of Haiku Novine (Niš, Serbia),
International Editor for moonset (Oregon, USA), and
member of the World Haiku Club and the Haiku Oz (Australia), her
haiku have been included in over ten national and international
haiku anthologies and in a number of national and international
haiku magazines. They have been translated into English, Japanese,
Chinese, Macedonian, Slovenian, Croatian, German, Czech, Bulgarian,
Russian, Polish, Dutch, Norwegian, French, Italian, Hungarian,
Romanian and Greek. She is the recipient of a number of awards and
commendations in contests held in her country, in Japan (Water, Lake
and Sea; Suruga Baika; Basho Festival; Ito en; Mainichi), Germany,
Croatia, Bulgaria, Canada, the USA, France and Romania. Largely,
through her translation efforts she has brought English language
haiku poetry, articles and books to Balkan readers and vice versa.
Važić is the editor of the bilingual Haiku Reality (http://haikureality.webs.com/indexeng.htm).
She is the author of an e-book of haiku poetry entitled muddy
shoes candy heart, edited by Anita Virgil and published by
Peaks Press, USA (email@example.com)
She has translated more than 20 books of
haiku poetry by Serbian and some foreign authors (into English), as
well as David G Lanoue’s novels Haiku Guy and
Laughing Buddha into Serbian.
Apart from haiku, Važić also writes tanka, haibun and collaborative
She also creates haiga, some of which have been published at the
World Haiku Association’s website, Kuniharu Shimizu’s website See
Haiga Here, Haiku Canada Review, as well as in the
Contemporary Haibun published by the Red Moon Press, USA.
Her many longer poems and short stories as well as some literary
articles and book reviews have also been published in a number of
journals, in her country and abroad.
(1944, the Netherlands) writes and publishes haiku since about 1980.
1999-2003 president of the Haiku Circle Netherlands, since 2003
editor of Vuursteen (Flint), the oldest haiku journal in Europe.
Member of the editorial staff of the Red Moon Anthology (USA) since
2002. Translations published in English, German, Greek, Japanese,
Hungarian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Polish, French.
Villa: Born and raised in the Philippines; she currently
lives in California, USA. She is among other things, a
published children’s writer, a photographer, and a jewelry
maker. It was only in 2011 when she seriously started
creating haiku and haiga. Her work has appeared in
Berry Blue Haiku, A Handful of Stones, Notes From the Gean,
Asahi Haikuist Network, ITO EN North America New Haiku Grand
Prix (Semifinalist for the Month), One Hundred
Gourds, Haigaonline, Haiku Pix Review, DailyHaiga,
and See Haiku Here. She loves collecting her
haiku and photographs at
As an aspiring haiku poet, she intends to learn more. One of
her biggest dreams is to inspire more Filipinos to write and
share their haiku to the world.
|Sandy Vrooman has been
writing for a long time. Her first published work was in the
National Anthology of High School Poetry. Then she won a
hair dryer in the Woman's day Beautiful Words Contest. After
a hiatus including college, marriage(s) and a child, she
found her voice again. She has short stories and poems
published in Doorknobs and Bodypaint, Riverbabble,
Canadian Zen Haiku, Juice, Autumn Leaves, Dances with words,
40 Plus, Poets Against the War, Moonset, and Atlas Poetica.
She is currently teaching art to kids through a city funded
enrichment program and working on her book (isn't everyone?)
She also writes as Kitsune Miko, a heian period Japanese
courtesan, and Krystall Knobbs a wanna be Las Vegas show
Patrick Wafula: I am 38 years old,
a high school literature and language teacher. I have studied
Education and School Management from Kenyatta University.
I am married to Loise and we have four children: Faith,
Esther, Elizabeth and Vittorio. We live in Nairobi. I love
teaching children and youth and I enjoy writing stories and
poems for them. I also enjoy writing stories for adults. My
favourite poetry genre is haiku and haibun. My favourite hobby
is reading supernatural and adventurous stories, watching
adventurous and detective movies and listening to country
music. I also love traveling and learning more about the world
and foreign cultures.
Thank you for reading my stories. Leave your comments here in
the comments section or get in touch with me through:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +254 721 99 14 13.
Born sometime towards the end of September 1961 in Manila, Ella
Wagemakers emigrated to The Netherlands in 1988 and became a Dutch
citizen in 1993. She obtained a Master's Degree in Education in
Tilburg in 2003, and is currently teaching English full-time at the
Dutch Police Academy. Her first book (written in Dutch) is a
genealogy of the Wagemakers family. An essay of hers, 'Dutch
Journey', was included in the anthology Not Home, But Here
edited by Virginia-based author Luisa A. Igloria. Her first poetry
collection, Sorrows of the Chameleon, was published in
She lives with her husband,
Adrian, in West Brabant.
Ruth Walters: I live in
the U.K. just outside London. I'm 58 now and have two sons aged
33 and 30 who also write poems and my brother writes very funny
poems too. I divorced in 1984 and brought my two sons up by
myself while working for the National Health Service as an Oral
Health Promoter which I still do.
My poetry is diverse, funny, serious, witty, sexy, sad, spooky,
strange but always entertaining I hope.
I also write Haiku and dabble in all types of poetry. My sense
of rhythm comes from my love of music. I used to have a
classical singing voice, but these days, due to health problems,
it has gone. Nevertheless I still attempt to sing sometimes,
mainly when I'm vacuuming so nobody can hear me. Both my sons
write songs, play guitar and sing. My favourite pleasure is when
we gather in my little sitting room to play music and have a
|Wandering Poet is
a Buddhist monk, San Francisco poet and author. He has a masters
degree from California State University, where he also taught
English, liberal studies and library science. His books include a
translation of “Cold Mountain Transcendental Poetry,” by the T’ang
Zen poet, Han-shan; and “Geronimo’s Song of the Apaches,” an epic
poem by Geronimo about the history and culture of the Apache people.
He lives a solitary life in the mountains of northern California.
Visit Wandering Poet’s websites at
"The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work
instinctively and paint as naturally as he breaths or walks."
When I write or paint....it is with the thought of discovery,
awareness and awe. I know I am tapping into a region not of my own.
My part is to get still, to make the space for the muse to appear.
Sometimes the words just come, and it is my pleasure to write them
down. Other times...I sit and wonder, ponder...till the thoughts
flow through me. It is not mine...great spirit blows through...like
the clear air on a high mountain top. Then, I can hear the trees
speaking, the clouds singing, see the stars dance...and the words
tumble out, freely and spontaneously. It is a spiritual path, a
communion, a meditation, and I am very grateful for this gift.
|Susan Weaver is a
poet, cycling journalist and travel writer from Allentown,
Pennsylvania, who cares more about what she discovers on a bicycle
than how many miles she goes. For a year she's been writing a
two-wheeled journal in haibun and tanka prose. Married to landscape
painter Joseph Skrapits, she has finally caught the bug and is
experimenting with sumi-e painting. Weaver's tanka has been
published in red lights. Her haiku has appeared in
Modern Haiku and in the 2005 anthologies Common
Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and
Unexpected Harvest: A Gathering of Blessings.
resides in Central New Jersey, United States. Happily married with
two beautiful children. I am a proud Founding Member of Global Poets
Guild, an organization of poets who create projects where proceeds
benefit charities. Poetry has become my passion only within the last
few years. It is beginning to become a most enjoyable and rewarding
|Edward Wells II
is currently working in Antarctica. He is also contributing Poetry
The Houston Literary Review (an online e-zine). His work
has appeared in numerous publications both online and in print. He
is currently planning his next two years. He hopes that they will
prepare Him to begin what has become a long-term goal of
co-Authoring a book in Mexico with a multi-lingual native Mexican.
|Angie Werren lives
and writes in a tiny house in Ohio. Her haiku and haiga
appear in places such as tinywords, The Zen Space and
Red Dragonfly. She blogs her micropoetry on feathers
Wesling was born in Cambridge, England in 1962. The small town
of Colchester where he grew up had a Roman wall around the town, and
an 11th century haunted castle in its midst, where he frequently
played as a child. In his 12th year he discovered H.P.Lovecraft, and
this changed him forever. The hidden, dark, strange and occult
became his passion, and would influence his writings in later years.
His family moved to California in 1974, where he went to school and
then joined the job market in the graphic arts field. You will find
Ben's stories and poems at:
|Elaine and Neal Whitman
live in Pacific Grove, California. In nearby Carmel, they are
both volunteer docents at the Robinson Jeffers Tor House. Elaine
and Neal are members of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society and
regular contributors to its study-work journal, Geppo. They
particularly enjoy collaborating on the creation of haiga,
combining Elaine's photographs and Neal's haiku.
|Tammy Whisman resides in Southern,
West Virginia. She’s a member of the West Virginia Writers, Inc. and a
frequent contributor to several online poetry magazines. Author of two
poetry books, Fireflies, Moonlight and All That Jazz and
Cream which is in post-production and soon to be released.
My name is
Urszula Wielanowska. I live and work in Kielce
(Poland). In 2006 I first encountered haiku. Since that
time, I've been a faithful reader. Currently, the creation
of haiga and haiku is my new passion. Privately, I am a
great lover of flowers. My work has been published in online
“My hope is that at the end of my life, God might say, 'Bene
scripsisti de me' (you have written well about me).” ~Glenn
Penner, Voice of the Martyrs.
I am a freelance journalist, author and artist. My first
book, Save My Children, was published by
Bayridge Books in September of
2008. I am represented by Sandra Bishop of MacGregor
Literary. I write articles for Christian Week, Faith
Today, Adbusters, Geez, The Anglican Planet, Focus on the
Family, Christian Courier, In Touch, and others.
When I'm not writing, I play guitar, and I paint: oil,
acrylic. I paint people, in bright colors. My husband,
Trenton, is a math and science teacher. We've been
married seven and a half years, have a boy named Aiden Grey
(born Nov. 12, 2009), and live in a small home in rural
Alberta. We work with youth, drive a veggie-oil car, and
I come from a home-schooling heritage; my mum now battles
brain cancer. Her tumor is shrinking. She is my song. My dad
hero. He cares for her daily; pastors a church. I am the
eldest of four.
I love to travel. In June of 2009, an excerpt from Mum's
Dance secured a trip to a writing workshop in Lake Como,
also been to the Dominican Republic, Australia, Korea—where
Trent and I taught English for a year—Lebanon,
Jordan, Japan, China, Mexico, Holland, England and Germany.
When I was young,I lived in Africa along with my parents who
I host an online community of artists. We gather on
Thursdays, share a broken kind of theology called imperfect
prose. Join us.
Thank you, for standing with me in this literary and
Please visit my web site:
live in love.
|Don Wiggins is
semi-retired and lives in his childhood home of North Carolina
formerly a scientific librarian, has had four poetry collections
published, the latest being Sushi & Chips (Diehard
Publishers). He chairs the board of St Anza: Scotland's Poetry
Festival, and He is webmaster for Poetry Scotland. His blog is 'Sunny
Dunny', a reference to his home town of Dunbar, Scotland. His
personal website is at http://www.colinwill.co.uk
He is also a publisher of poetry and other chapbooks,
under the name Calder Wood Press. In January 2008 he was appointed
Poet Partner to Elgin, in North-East Scotland, for a two year
Robert D. Wilson is
Robert D. Wilson is Co-owner, Co-publisher, and Co-editor In Chief of
Simply Haiku with Sasa Vazic. Robert lives in the Philippines
with his wife Jinky.
Wilson is an Edinburgh based poet, reviewer, adult
education tutor and conservation volunteer. Her chapbook
Unthinkable Skies was published by Calder
Wood Press in 2010. She blogs at
Green Poet and edits the online poetry journal
Bolts of Silk
Linda Willets has been in Photography for about five years.
I shoot with Nikon cameras. My passion is floral photography. I love to
get close up to my subjects. I love to take photos of flowers from the
back , a view most miss but there is much beauty. The plant is Jimpson
Weed. I'm in Arizona, USA. I live in Southwest part of the state. The
photo was taken at the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden.
is a native San Francisco poet, writer and photographer, whose work
has appeared internationally, and has been translated into eight
languages. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University and a
member of PEN. He is the author of over forty-five books and
chapbooks of poetry and prose, including The Holy Grail:
Charles Bukowski and the Second Coming Revolution (Dustbooks).
A collection of Selected Poems was just published by
Presa Press. He is the former editor and publisher of Second Coming
Magazine/Press. He edited and published Second Coming for seventeen
years, where he met and became close friends with the late Bob
Kaufman, Jack Micheline, and Charles Bukowski. In 2005 a song poem
of his was performed at Tully Hally, NYC. In 2006 he was awarded a
PEN National Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. He can
be contacted at: email@example.com.
work has appeared in Simply Haiku, Contemporary Haibun, bottle
rockets, Poetry Midwest, The Jewish Spectator, ZYZZYVA, Noo Yawk,
Tattoo Highway, Poetry Motel, Sugar Mule, Rainbow Curve, Homestead
Review, Harrisburg Review, and poetry anthologies like:
AutoBioDiversity: True Stories from ZYZZYVA, ed. by
Howard Junker; In the Arms of the Words: Poems for Tsunami
Relief, ed. by Amy Ouzonian; and Taboo Haiku,
ed. by Richard Krawiec. Tad is the author of a novel, Lie
Under the Fig Trees, and a poetry chapbook, Where
Angels Catch Hell. He lives in Carmel, CA where he organizes
bohemian "poetry powwows" on the beach. Overseas on sabbatical,
currently he teaches Ginsberg and Bukowski in subtropical Asia.
lives in the heart of Green Lungs Poland (the
north-eastern area of Poland with wild and exuberant
nature). Mother of two wonderful girls - Alice and Joanne,
she likes family traveling among lakes and forests. She
enjoys learning about human nature and behaviour and she
works as a psychologist (PhD) and school pedagogue. To
improve her working ability she studies finger language
and English. Because of her brother Mariusz she began to
write haiku poems and she tries to discover the essence of
writes haiku, haibun, free verse, and paints watercolors
from a tiny apartment at tree-top level during winter, and
in summer, from a communal roof terrace overlooking Central
Park in New York City. She has published her novels,
illustrated children's stories, and poetry collections at
Lulu.com. Some books are free to download. She and a
film/graphics expert and friend, are currently collaborating
on producing a memoir collection of her haibun for
publication, which will also include her Chinese water color
art as well as primitive black and white drawings.
I have written poetry for more years than I care to mention,
usually free-form. I am most inspired by experiences within the
natural world and carry a notepad and pen on all my excursions.
I live in the UK in the newly created South Downs National Park.
My poetry webpages:
|Nora Wood grew up
near the Tetons in Wyoming. She is a writer and poet living in
Atlanta, Georgia with her two daughters. She took up daily
haiku-writing in 2007 as a discipline and creative outlet. Nora has
published haiku in Simply Haiku, The Heron's Nest, World Haiku
Review, and the Lilliput Press Basho Challenge
chapbook. Find her work on line at haiku a day.
|Although born in the
United States, Diana Woodcock has spent the best part of her
life living abroad—nearly eight years in Asia and the past five in
Qatar. Her first chapbook, Travels of a Gwai Lo, was
just released in September as one of four poetry chapbooks included
in Toadlily Press’s fifth quartet of poetry, By Way Of. Her
forthcoming chapbook, Mandala, is dedicated to the
Tibetan people and will be the 14th in Foothills Publishing’s Poets
on Peace series. In 2009, she received first, second and third
prizes from Artists Embassy International and an International
Publication Award from Atlanta Review. Recipient of the 2007
Creekwalker Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in Best New
Poets 2008 (selected by Mark Strand), Nimrod, Crab
Orchard Review, Portland Review, Southern Humanities Review,
and other journals and anthologies. Currently teaching writing
courses at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, she has lived
in Tibet, Macau and Thailand. She’s received residency fellowships
from Centrum, MICA/Rochefort-en-Terre, Vermont Studio Center,
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Everglades National
Wyszyńska lives in Warszawa, Poland; she works as an art
teacher in kindergarten. Beata began writing in 2008.
|Since 1970 John
Yamrus has published 2 novels, 15 volumes of poetry and more
than 900 poems in magazines around the world. Selections of his work
have been translated into several languages...most recently,
newest book, Shoot The Moon, is available from
Swedish artist Henry Denander
is a retired cytologist who lives on the Far North Coast of New
South Wales, Australia. Retired after forty years in this field of
Pathology, her life remains filled as a wife, mother and
grandmother. She is a director and National Master in the
fascinating game of Bridge, sings alto in the local Chorale, and
after years of writing traditional and free verse, has developed an
escalating passion for haiku. Quendryth’s first haiku collection,
The Whole Body Singing, was recently awarded second place
in the HSA Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Award for
“excellence in published haiku, translation and criticism”. Her work
has been acknowledged in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, NZ, Ireland,
Japan and Romania and Austria. Quendryth edits the haiku section of
the magazine FreeXpresSion, and coordinates a group of haiku
enthusiasts, Cloudcatchers, for ginko and workshops. As a member of
the Wollumbin Haiku Workshop, her work appears on
was born and raised in Missouri. He is a high school principal.
In his spare time he teaches a poetry class beginning with the
Beats. His recent poetry credits include: The Beat, Spoken
War, Asphalt Sky, Potpourri, and Pleiades.
a.k.a. “El Coyote” works and lives in San
Francisco, California. I have a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from
The University of California Santa Cruz. I write haiku and poetry in
my spare time. I post haiku on different online websites and
occasionally read at open mics throughout the city.
Zabratynski was born in Rzeszow, Poland, where he
still lives. He is an English teacher in a lower secondary school.
Rafal writes mostly haiku but also haibun, rengay and creates haiga.
His works appeared in numerous Internet publications, such as (among
others): Haiku Harvest, Asahi Haikuist Network, Tinywords,
Simply Haiku, Mainichi Daily News, The Heron's Nest, Contemporary
HaibunOnline. Rafal is a moderator at the Polish forum
ABC haiku po polsku and a member of the English
AHApoetry Forums. Since 2005, he has been running his
personal website Wordographs. Writing haiku and mountaineering are Rafal's favourite
ways of admiring the world.
Zafiris is a 60 year-old Montreal poet..he
has self-published 2 books of poetry, Very Personal and
Midnight Magic (1979/1981)..his more recent poems
can easily be found by googling his name...he has been
published in several periodicals, including Modern
English Tanka, though he doesn't send out his poems
as often as he should.
I am a published Romanian writer, member of the Uniunea Scriitorilor
RO/ Romanian Union of Writers. I have published poetry, two novels
and I write essays for several literary magazines. I was born in
Romania and I am a graduate in phylology. I live in the UK.
I have has been presented with:
- 4 Editor’s Choice Awards UK 1996, UK 1997, UK 1998, USA 2003
- The Third Prize and the Bronze Medal in the North American Open
Poetry Competition 1998
- The American-Romanian Academy Award for Poetry 2001
- The Ionel Jianu Award for Arts 2001
- Provincia Corvina – 2008 Diploma of Excellence for developing
Anglo – Romanian links and translations
- Award at the International Festival of Romanian Poetry (first
edition) RO 2008
James Zimba is a writer, poet and
freelance journalist who has been published in the Polish American
Journal and the internationally-read Pol-Am newsletter. Andrew is a
member of the Texas-based Golden Triangle Writer's Guild and the
Louisiana-based Bayou Writer's Group.
Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited more than 10 books
and co-produced 3 audio books, several pro bono for
non-profit organizations. Trained in publishing at
Stanford, with a theology masters in world religions
from Harvard and fine arts masters in creative writing
from Notre Dame, Desmond is a recipient of the Singapore
Internationale Grant and Dr Hiew Siew Nam Academic
Award. He has recent or forthcoming work in Caper
Literary Journal, Cricket Online Review, Dark Sky,
Fence, Pure Francis, Nano Fiction, Spilling Ink Review,
Spork Press, Swink, and Wag’s Revue.
Desmond also works in clay, his commemorative pieces
housed in museums and private collections in India, the
Netherlands, the UK and the US.
|Brian Zimmer is a
U.S. citizen living on the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Canada.
His work has appeared in various journals including: Gusts,
Modern English Tanka, Ribbons, Atlas Poetic, Simply Haiku,
Contemporary Haibun, Eratio & Moria.
was born in Serbia. She completed grammar school in Pancevo
and graduated at the Faculty of law in Belgrade. Besides
poetry, she also writes literary reviews. She has been
awarded several times for her poetry. She has won 42
international awards for haiku poetry. Her poems have been
translated into many languages: English, Japanese, Russian,
Spanish, German...She lives in Starcevo near Pancevo, SERBIA
(Yugoslavia). She has published five books of poetry:
Someone's Standing Behind you, A Sickle in Shirt, The
Undressed Sky, The Passer-by, Shift of the Moon, The Ripe
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