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Winter 2009, vol 7 no 4


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Pamela A. Babusci and Lori Bonati ~ haiga

A Tribute to Georgia O'Keeffe

I have always loved and admired Georgia O'Keeffe's artwork and her eccentric and bohemian lifestyle. Her innovative works of art, her deep love for Alfred Stieglitz and their tumultuous relationship have intrigued me for years. This haiga project collaboration is between an old high school girlfriend, Lorraine Bonati, who lives in Tucson, AZ and myself. After I viewed and admired Lorraine's beautiful photos from the desert Southwest, I asked if she wanted to collaborate with me on a haiga project for Simply Haiku and I was thrilled that she agreed. Lorraine and I hope you will enjoy this tribute to Georgia O'Keeffe.
—Pamela A. Babusci


Pamela A. Babusci Pamela A. Babusci is an internationally award winning haiku, tanka, poet and haiga artist. Some of her awards include: Museum of Haiku Literature Award, International Tanka Splendor Awards, First Place Yellow Moon Tanka Competition (Aust), First Place Kokako Tanka Competition, (NZ), First Place The Saigyo Awards for Tanka 2009, Fifth Place Award in The International Tanka Festival in Tokyo 2009, Basho Festival Haiku Contests (Japan), Honorable Mention Suruga Baika Literary Festival (Japan), and Joint 3rd prize for the 1st With Words International Online Haiku Competition. Pamela has illustrated several books, including: Full Moon Tide: The Best of Tanka Splendor Awards, Taboo Haiku, Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka 2008, the haiku chapbook: Chasing the Sun and her first tanka collection: A Thousand Reasons 2009. She was the logo artist for Haiku North America in NYC in 2003 and Haiku North America in Winston-Salem, NC in 2007. You can visit her solo exhibit listed under archives at: . She was the sponsor and judge for the First International Erotic Tanka Contest in 2008. Pamela has a deep desire to be creative on a daily basis, which feeds her spirit and soul and gives meaning to her life. Poetry and art have been an integral part of her existence since her early teen age years and will continue to be a driving force until she meets her creator.

She welcomes any feedback at: moongate44(at)


Lori Bonati Lori Bonati is a school psychologist who grew up in Buffalo and Rochester, New York. She now makes her home in Tucson, Arizona. Lori owns a Pentax SLR camera, but she uses her digital Canon exclusively these days. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, songwriting, and hiking in the Sonoran Desert. She also sings and plays guitar and keyboards for the band Pacific Buffalo (“cool rock and hot jazzy folk”). She sees music, art, poetry, and nature as interconnected and essential aspects of her life.

You can contact Lori at loribee2(at) You can also preview Pacific Buffalo’s CD, Earth Tones (released October, 2009) at .