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Summer 2009, vol 7 no 2


Remembering Joyce

I don't know if any of you knew Joyce Maxner, but she was a good friend
and extraordinary haijin. Joyce passed away last week after a long battle
with lung cancer. We grew to be close on-line and telephone friends and,
as a practicing Jewish/Buddhist, she was fully in touch with an astounding
inner awareness and, in the end, was at peace.

This haiga was our last collaboration. She sent me the poem and wanted me
to make a haiga from it. Time ran out and I only yesterday completed it.
So for you and for my friend and life mentor Joyce.......
                                                                           Jerry Dreesen


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Joyce Maxner

Joyce Maxner Joyce Maxner, a native of the Massachusetts seacoast north of Boston, resided in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the last 30 years. After attending Centenary Junior College, Harvard University School of Extension Studies, College of the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and receiving a Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University, she had careers in advertising, in both radio and newspaper journalism, and in juvenile justice and family therapy.

She began composing short poems, including haiku, in her teens. She published two children's books in narrative verse, Nicholas Cricket, with illustrations by William Joyce (Harper Collins, 1989), and Lady Bugatti, illustrations by Kevin Hawkes (Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1991).

She was a member of various internet haiku groups, notably WHChaikumultimedia, where she served as "haiku coach" and earned the deep respect of the list's members for her insightful critiques.

Jerry Dreesen Jerry Dreesen has been painting since his retirement in 2002. Jerry’s watercolor haiga has been featured in Simply Haiku, Moments, Reeds, Mindfire Revisited and Haiga-On-Line as well as print journals such as the Gator Springs Gazette, Artella and the White Lotus. He is past Haiga editor of Simply Haiku, a journal of Japanese short form poetry. Jerry is a member of the Hamilton County Artist Association, The Artists Gallery on the Square in Noblesville, IN and the Big Car Art Gallery in Indianapolis. He has exhibited an eclectic mix of work in various local art shows and exhibitions including the Indyfringe Festival in Indianapolis and Penrod during the last 2 years. He has been featured in a pilot program for area artists with work displayed in the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development. Jerry recently had an exhibition of thirteen abstract acrylics in the Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis. He has been successful in selling work including several commissions throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Europe and Japan.

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