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Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3




Mike Andrelczyk has had haiku published in The Heron's Nest, Frogpond, Acorn, Road Runner, and Masks.

David Ash David Ash is the poet and publisher behind Basho Press, which produces the Haiku for Life® series of gift books. This is the first English language series of humorous 5-7-5 haiku to be demographically targeted by interests, occupations, foods, or lifestyles. The series should consist of a dozen titles by the end of 2009 such as Haiku for Coffee Lovers and Haiku for Dog Lovers. Whether Matsuo Basho would roll with laughter or roll in his grave, Ash figures rolling is good exercise. But every now and then, Ash's frog likes to exercise his literary legs and hops into a different pond. When not on the road shamelessly selling his books, he resides in Mukilteo, Washington with his wife and son.

Raquel D. Bailey Raquel D. Bailey is a mother and Special Event Manager for the Children's Campaign, Inc. Her poetry has been published in The Heron's Nest, Other Poetry, Modern Haiku, Acorn, Simply Haiku, Presence, Frogpond, Mainichi Daily News, Chrysanthemum, Shamrock, Wisteria, and Cider Press Review. She is the founding editor of Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine:

Don Baird Don Baird describes himself as a simple man looking at nature's things through the lens of a haiku. He has placed third twice in Japan's Kusamakura International Haiku contest (foreign division). Between special moments of capturing glimpses of nature in haiku, he is a kung fu teacher, musician and photographer. He's always searching . . . yet deep inside, he knows there is nothing to be found but himself.

Alan S. Bridges Alan S. Bridges began writing haiku in 2008 after a chance meeting with a well-known American haiku poet on a cross-America and back train trip. His haiku have been published by The Heron's Nest, Frogpond, Modern Haiku and Bottle Rockets Press. When not writing haiku he is a small independent natural gas producer with interests in wells in Texas, Louisiana and Wyoming. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Margaret, daughters, Holly and Emma, and a pug, Ruby.

Susan Constable Susan Constable's haiku and senryu have been published in Canada, the United States, Australia, Ireland, and Germany, both on-line and in print. Most recently, her work has been featured in New Resonance 6, July 2009. She has also achieved recognition through The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Canada's Betty Drevniok Award, the 6th White Lotus Haiku Contest, and a Reader's Choice Award, also in White Lotus. She lives with her husband on Canada's west coast, where the natural world provides much of her subject matter, inspiration, and pleasure.

Tish Davis Tish Davis lives in central Ohio with her husband and two children. She works as a New Product Development Program Manager. Early publications were written under the name of Theresa Kiko and include poetry and a technical handbook on printed circuit boards. Her recent interests include haiku and haibun. Her haibun have been accepted for publication in Contemporary Haibun, Simply Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online and Haibun Today.

Wende Skidmore DuFlon Wende Skidmore DuFlon lives in a semi-rural town outside La Antigua, Guatemala with her husband and three children. She has lived and worked in Mexico and Central America for the last 25 years working to reduce poverty through improved reproductive health, basic education, and nutrition. She enjoys her newfound living through the haiku optic and relishes the learning process that comes from mutual sharing of work with other writers. Her poems have been published in Ribbons, The Heron's Nest, and the Haiku Society of America 2009 Anthology.

Garry Eaton Garry Eaton is a newcomer to the world of haiku/haibun. He has been published only recently by Red Thread Haiku Sangha and by Contemporary Haibun Online. He is retired, and lives in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada.

Lisa Greer Lisa Greer is an adjunct English instructor and online lead tutor living in Mississippi. She enjoys writing and autism activism in her spare time.

Carolyn Hall Carolyn Hall lives in San Francisco and is an active member of the Haiku Poets of Northern California. Her haiku have been widely published and anthologized in the U.S. and abroad, and she has received numerous awards, including both "Poem of the Year" and "Poet of the Year" in The Heron's Nest Readers Choice awards and the Museum of Haiku Literature Award. She was an editor of Mariposa (the membership journal of HPNC) and served as a member of the Red Moon Anthology editorial staff. She currently is editor of Acorn: a journal of contemporary haiku. Water Lines, her award-winning individual collection of haiku and senryu, was published in 2006 by Snapshot Press. As winner of the True Vine Press Autumn Chapbook Contest, her chapbook In and Out of Shadow was published in 2008.

John Holt John Holt, known also by his haigo "tori inu" is an American military officer and haiku poet currently living in Japan. He has earned degrees from Park University and Webster University. He is a member of the Haiku Society of America and his work has appeared in numerous leading haiku journals and magazines and was recognized most recently at the 2009 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

Peggy Willis Lyles Peggy Willis Lyles, Tucker, GA, is an associate editor of The Heron's Nest and a Red Moon Anthology staff member. Her most recent collection is To Hear the Rain: Selected Haiku of Peggy Lyles (Decatur, IL: Brooks Books, 2002.)

Francis Masat Francis Masat moved to Key West, Florida, after 35 years as a university professor in the Midwest and New Jersey. He now enjoys living, volunteering, and writing in a tropical setting. His older work appears in Avant, Instructor, Liberal Education, Mathematics Magazine, Pony Tracks and Buffalo Trails, and The Pentagon. Recent work, which reflects his Midwest roots, some new directions, and the tropics, has been accepted by Amaze, Artistry in Poetry, bottle rockets, Frog Pond, Haiku Harvest, Haiku Spirit, Heron's Nest, Illinois Times, Life in Alaska, Lynx, Mayfly, Modern Haiku, Muse, Apprentice Guild, Paper Wasp, Poetry Midwest, Prairie Poetry, Short Stuff, Solares Hill, Tiny Words, and others.

Ashraful Musaddeq Ashraful Musaddeq was born in Kishoreganj, Bangladesh in 1958. He is a public servant, currently living in Dhaka. His published books are: Beckoning Jade-dreams (2007), Firefly Can't Make A Day (2008), and other 10 books in Bangla. His poems may be seen at:

Lars Palm Lars Palm is the author of several short books of poetry. He also runs ungovernable press, publishing free pdf-books. He doesn't write very many haiku these days, though he once used the form to learn poetry. He works in healthcare and lives in Malmö in southern Sweden.

Linda Pilarski Linda Pilarski has lived and worked in the USA, Australia and Canada. With her notebook and camera, she has hiked in wild and beautiful places on all seven continents. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DailyHaiku, the World Haiku Association Haiga Contest, Modern Haiga, Haigaonline, Simply Haiku, Acorn, Wisteria, White Lotus Shadow Poetry, Chrysanthemum, Moonset, World Haiku Review 2009, Prune Juice, Canadian Zen Haiku, Haiku Dreaming Australia and Frogpond. She is the editor of DailyHaiga.

Jennifer Gomoll Popolis Jennifer Gomoll Popolis lives in Springfield, IL, where she writes everything from literary fiction to crochet patterns.  Her haiku have most recently appeared in bottle rockets, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Mayfly, The Heron's Nest, Acorn, and The Mainichi Daily News.

David B. Ring David B. Ring lives in Palo Alto, California. This is his first submission of haiku. He also enjoys writing poems about nature in alliterative meter.

Camilla Sayf Camilla Sayf, currently residing in Holland and a mother of two, is a haiku poet, freelance writer and the author of various works that include poetry and short fiction. She is a former language teacher and translator who finds her greatest inspiration in researching cultural heritage left to the world by past civilizations. Some of her writing, including "Lebanese Chronicles" and "Innocent Heart" have been translated and published in other languages. Her favorite quote is "A single rose can be my garden, a single friend my world," by Leo Buscaglia.

Peter Scacco Peter Scacco, born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1951 and a graduate of Fordham University in New York, has lived in Paris, Tokyo, Brussels and cities throughout the US. He spent his career as a corporate communications executive, retiring to pursue his love of the arts. He is a woodcut artist and illustrator whose work can be seen at . He has been writing poetry since the late 1960s.

Adelaide B. Shaw Adelaide B. Shaw lives in Millbrook, NY with her husband. Her haiku and other Japanese short form poetry, such as tanka and haibun, have been published in a number of journals, both in print and online, in the US and abroad. She has published one collection of haiku, An Unknown Road, available at .
Her blog is: .

Susan Solomon Susan Solomon is an MFA candidate at Hamline University and the editor of Sleet Magazine, an online literary journal.

Diana Webb Diana Webb is very much interested in the connection between haiku and well-being. She has run workshops in haiku related writing at an arts centre for people with experience of mental distress. Much of the inspiration for her own writing comes from the area around the River Mole in Leatherhead near London where she lives. Currently she is events officer for the British Haiku Society and is hoping to promote haiku and haiku related forms among a wide range of people.

Christopher White Christopher White lives in Dorset on the South coast of Great Britain. His interest in haiku developed whilst at university where his study of philosophy inadvertently led him to the form.

Dick Whyte Dick Whyte is a haiku poet from Wellington, New Zealand. He recently got his Masters in Film writing on New Zealand experimental film-maker Joanna Margaret Paul. One of the central points of his masters thesis was developing a connection between experimental film and the Japanese haiku poem, particularly in terms of "floating lines," quantum physics and multiplicity. Dick's haiku and tanka have been published in Roadrunner Journal, Modern English Tanka, Three Lights Gallery and Chrysanthemum.

Robert Wilson Robert Wilson is the Co-founder, Owner, and Managing Editor of Simply Haiku. A retired educator and magazine columnist, he lives in the Philippines.

Nora Wood Nora Wood is a writer and poet living in Atlanta, Georgia with her two daughters. She took up daily haiku in 2007 as a discipline, creative outlet, and challenge. She has had poems published on line and in print, and one of her haiku is included in the upcoming Lilliput Press Basho Challenge chapbook.

Peter Yovu Peter Yovu is currently, for the next two or three minutes anyway, a deconstruction worker living in Vermont, though at the moment it's too dark to tell. His first name, from the Greek,  means "rock" or "stone"; his last name, he claims, means "forty or forty one steps away from enlightenment", though he refuses to say in what language. He is therefore caught between a rock and no place at all.