Board first discovered haiku while living
in Japan in 1989, where he was employed as an English Teacher
and studied haiku under the tutelage of headmaster Ryo Suzuki.
He also studied literary composition at Columbia College
in Chicago and is a member of The Spring Street Haiku Group,
in New York City.
a poet, he made the transition to Senryu poetry because: “My
talent seems to be in noticing human foibles.”
hip-New York-punk-burlesque style of senryu poetry employs
the use of sarcasm, witticism, puns and wisecracks. His keen
observations reveal the true-to-life absurdity of people and
Mykel Board’s poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, Frogpond,
Raw Nervz, The Haiku Anthology (3rd Edition, edited by Cor van
den Heuvel. W.W.Norton, 1999) and in a small booklet, I'm not
at home, published by Red Iron Press in Canada. He has also published
17 novels under pseudonyms (including: Switch-hitting Teens, Popping
Nancy's Cork, and Hot Firemen in Drag). His first book with his
name on the cover, I A Me-ist, will be published in May by Hope
and Non-things press.
Another book, Even A Daughter Is Better Than
about his adventures in Mongolia, will be published by Garrett
County Press in September.
2005: Simply Haiku