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Winter 2005, vol 3 no 4

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Robert Wilson ~

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Robert D. Wilson is a 56 year old father of two sons, Levi and Eriq; and three daughters, Leah, Krystal, and Bobbie. His wife, Gigie, is from the Philippines. They have a home in Northern California near Yosemite National Park, and another in the Philippines. Robert served in South Vietnam in 1968, with the US Navy, and was stationed in Dong Tam in the Mekong Delta.

Currently, Robert is the director and head teacher of a community day school serving students who get expelled from the district's two high schools, and writes a column for Teacher Librarian Magazine. He is the owner and managing editor of Simply Haiku. He is also a painter, and the author of an as yet unpublished mystery novel entitled "Late For Mass." Robert is a performing poet, who reads and performs his poetry on cable television, radio, college campuses, in bookstores, and in saloons.

Robert's work has been included in Ikuyo Yoshimura's college textbook, The Internationalization of Japanese Poems; the World Haiku Review (all issues), The Heron's Nest, In Buddha's Temple, The Mindprint Review, the Union Democrat Newspaper, Nightingale, Midwest Poetry Review, Tempslibres (Free Times), Short Stuff, The San Fernando Poetry Journal, Foothill Peace Forum Newsletter, The Banner, Central Sierra Arts Council Newspaper, Haiku Poet's Hut, Waterblossoms, HaikuHarvest, Midnight Edition, Kusanohana Magazine, Acorn, Simply Haiku, The Makata, Mainichi Daily News, Sakura, Cherry Blossoms, The Writer's Hood, Lynx, stylus, SP Quill Magazine, Hermitage, Aozora, Red Moon Anthology 2003, The Haijin's Magazine, Haiku Stvarnost, poeticdiversity, Mountain Echoes, Saruga Baika Literary Festival (Selected Works, vols. 6-7), Full Moon, Canadian Zen Haiku, Senryu Magazine, Frogpond, Haiku Herald, The Roadrunner, bottle rockets, Autumn Leaves, Letni casi / Seasons, VI monath, The Road, White Lotus, Kokaku, Mravka, Borba, Ygdrasil, Circle Review, The Daily Yomiuri, paper wasp, and others.

Robert is the 2003 winner of the Hoshino Takashi Award, administered by the World Haiku Club. He received an Honorable Mention, Mainichi Daily News: "Haiku in English" Annual Selection-2003, and he was 2nd Place Winner, Mainichi Daily News: "Haiku in English" Annual Selection-2004. He received an Honorable Mention, Saruga Baika Literary Festival, 2004 and 2005.

He is currently co-writing a book of poetry with Anita Virgil.

Of Robert Wilson's e-book of haibun, entitledVietnam Ruminations, reviewer Michael J. Rehling said: "The author is a poet with a special love of haiku, and when his poems are combined with a prose style that is as succinct as his poetry, and many times more potent, the result is a unique experience for the reader." It is available for purchase at: http://www.vietnamruminations.com

 


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