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Robert D. Wilson, Editor

New Editor's Introduction:

Simply Haiku has a new Haiku Editor! Lenard D. Moore, poet extraordinaire, professor of creative writing, and a delightful person to talk to. I had the privilege of attending a workshop on haiku he conducted at the 3rd Quarterly Meeting of the Haiku Society of America in Winston-Salem in September 2006. His presentation was not only inspirational, it was fun.

Lenard will assume the duties of Haiku Editor on May 16, after this issue has been published. He has not written a statement yet about what his expectations are from submissions, but go ahead and send him 10-15 of your best unpublished haiku. The policy of Simply Haiku is that haiku should contain a kigo (season word), and that it should focus on Nature rather than Human Nature, which is the distinction made in the Senryu Section of Simply Haiku between haiku and senryu.

Send haiku submissions to him in the body of an email (no attachments):

All submissions should be in the hands of the Simply Haiku editors by June 15 for the August issue. That will give the editors time to make their selections and send the manuscripts to the production staff by July 1.

Please join me in welcoming our new Haiku Editor to the Simply Haiku Staff.

Johnye Strickland, Associate Editor



Lenard D. Moore Lenard D. Moore, founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective, is a Cave Canem Fellow (1998-2000). He is the author of Forever Home (St. Andrews College Press, 1992). His most recent publication is the collaborative chapbook Gathering at the Crossroads (Red Moon Press, 2003) with haiku by Lenard D. Moore and photographs on The Million Man March by Eugene B. Redmond.

Moore's poems have also appeared in Callaloo, African American Review, Agni, North Carolina Literary Review, Blues Revue Quarterly, Blues Access, Modern Haiku, and elsewhere. In addition, his poetry has appeared in more than forty anthologies, including The Haiku Anthology (Norton, 1999). He is the recipient of the Readers' Choice Poet of the Year Award and the Readers' Choice Poem of the Year Award, and his haiku were featured in the Sixth Annual Valentine Awards (for Volume VI:2004) issue of The Heron's Nest, an online and print haiku journal. He also is the three-time recipient of the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award (2003, 1994, and 1983). In addition, he is the First Prize Winner in the Traditional Haiku Category sponsored by the Mainichi Daily News in Tokyo, Japan. His most recent collection of poetry, titled "Dear Maiisha," is about the loss of his daughter and in memory of her; and the collection seeks a publisher. He is the Executive Chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society. He teaches African American Literature, Creative Writing, and Advanced Poetry Writing at Mount Olive College.

Send haiku submissions to him in the body of an email (no attachments):

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