Benedict was born and raised in Ireland. She went to live
in Canada in the early 70s, leaving behind a budding career as an
She enrolled at the University and earned a BFA and MFA in Acting
and Directing, and taught at the University of Calgary for seventeen
years. In 1997 she took early retirement and was awarded the status
of Professor Emeritus.
She became interested in Haiku in the '80s and has been writing and
publishing her work ever since.
She is a long standing member of Haiku Canada. She is also a member
of Magpie Haiku Poets of Calgary, who are in the process of launching
their first Haiku Anthology, A Piece of Egg Shell. She lives in Calgary
with her husband and Irish Wheaten terrier, and finds retirement has
provided much needed time to push more creative envelopes, the more
challenging, the better.