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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3


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Editor's Note: I’m pleased to have the opportunity to present Melissa Howard’s black and white photography to the world. Her ability to capture the essence of her subjects, in this case, her children, is strikingly evident. She possesses a poetic eye that gives each photograph its own story that yearns to be told.   ~jd


Melissa Howard


Jerry Dreesen ~



Melissa Howard calls herself “just a mom.” After college and years in the workforce, she is content to stay at home and care for her daughters.
Melissa and her husband Tim and their two daughters live in the suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Her art work stems from a need to give a heartfelt and honest response to life and the world around her. If something moves her, it will find its way into an expressed response.


 Jerry Dreesen
has been writing poetry for more than forty years. Since his          
 retirement in 2002, he has discovered the challenging world of haiku and the art
of haiga, the combination of art and haiku into one art form. Jerry spends much
of his time now creating haiga watercolor images as well as creating and selling
 watercolor note cards. When time permits he also makes artist trading cards
(ATCs) from his watercolor and pen images and draws cartoons for his own
enjoyment. He continues to write free verse poetry and has been featured
 poet at several local poetry readings.

Jerry has created an art and poetry e-gallery that features his haiga and photo-haiku: . He recently has become an avid blogger. His blog, includes his non-haiga art as well as free verse poetry.

Jerry’s watercolor haiga has been featured in Simply Haiku, Moments, Reeds, Mindfire Revisited and Haiga-On-Line as well as others.

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