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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3


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Cathy Drinkwater Better

Cathy Drinkwater Better Cathy Drinkwater Better is a newspaper editor, humorist, poet, and children's book author. Her poems, including haiku, senryu and tanka, have appeared in print and online journals, books, anthologies, and newspapers in the U.S. and around the world for over thirty-five years. She has won numerous awards for both poetry and journalism, most recently receiving second runner-up in the 2007 Kokako Tanka Competition, and First Place, Local Column (Humor/Feature), in her newspaper's circulation division, in the 2006 Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association Editorial Contest.

Since 2002 she has been editor of The Medical Bulletin, a family of newspapers for physicians in Maryland, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and the San Francisco Bay area—where she works incognito (that is, under her married name, "Walker").

As "Drinkwater Better," Cathy has authored more than forty books, including children's, humor, and spiritual books; and three collections of haiku and senryu. Most recently, Flying Frog Publishing released a collection of four storybooks by Cathy called God's Little Zoo; and two large-sized pop-ups entitled A Day on the Farm and A Day on Safari. Cathy is also co-owner—along with her husband, Doug Walker—and editor of Black Cat Press, which has produced limited-edition, soft-cover anthologies for the Tanka Society of America as well as collections by individual poets.

Working with ink and brush, sketch pencils, watercolors, or pen-and-ink, Cathy—a watercolorist and illustrator in her younger days—is still new to haiga. She enjoys the process of combining art and text to bring haiku to another level. A traditionalist by nature, she does not use computer-generated or manipulated images, and she hand-letters her poems directly onto the art. Because she allows the poem to dictate the image, Cathy's depictions may be impressionistic, realistic, or fall somewhere in between.

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