"soji" is the haiku name (haigou), of Gary Barnes. I am a semi-retired computer tech, semi-adventurer (I worked on deep sea & offshore drilling ships, including the Glomar Challenger), and full time grandfather of eight. I grew up in Kansas and have lived in California, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, and currently live in Virginia, my home for more than 23 years. I have been privileged to travel to countries on five continents (seen pieces of a sixth sail by), and sailed most of the seven seas, adventures I would gladly embark upon again.
I discovered haiku about 38 years ago, but have only been seriously involved with it for about 15 years. I have a web page dedicated to haiku, Haiku Poet's Hut, http://www.haikupoetshut.com . A section of that site is reserved for my other poetry and is called RetroPostNeoModernClassical Poetry; that title describes my approach to haiku as well as Western poetry, a little of the old, a little of the new, and a little experimentation.
My haiku have been published in Acorn, the Frogpond Anthology, and Herons Nest, and have received awards in several international competitions. I have had photo haiku and haiga published online at Haigaonline, The Green Leaf, the WHC Review Multimedia pages, and the first issue of Simply Haiku. I have been a member of the Haiku Society of America and the World Haiku Association.
My other pastimes include participating in Renaissance Faires, designing web graphics, and an ongoing quest for the perfect glazed doughnut.