Stuart Van Hoozer* is a retired land surveyor, nurseryman, restauranteur, and has
had assorted other professions. He is a native Mississippian (USA) but he was raised
and educated (mostly) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Except for a few years in
California, he has lived in the South his entire life. He wrote his first haiku in 1960
as a writing exercise, but there was little known of the form at the time. He and his
writing friends soon deserted and went back to more conventional Western forms.
He is now homebound to a great degree, attached to the world by a small plastic
tube supplying oxygen to his tobacco diminished lungs. He started writing haiku
again just a few years ago but he has made no attempt to publish until now.
[*Stuart Van Hoozer passed away a few days ago. The Staff of Simply Haiku wish
to express their sympathy to his family. He will be missed in the haiku
community. Robert Wilson, Editor.]
Since the writing of this biography, my father,
Stuart Van Hoozer, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2006. A loving father,
friend and writer, his legacy will continue on in his poetry. His
haiku was exceptional and we are delighted to provide it for your