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Summer 2009, vol 7 no 2




Raquel D. Bailey Raquel D. Bailey, a mother and Special Event Manager for the Children's Campaign, Inc.  Her poetry has been published in The Heron's Nest, Other Poetry, Modern Haiku, Acorn, Simply Haiku, Presence, Frogpond, Mainichi Daily News, Chrysanthemum, Shamrock, Wisteria, and Cider Press Review. She is the founding editor of Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine:

Don Baird Don Baird describes himself as a simple man looking at nature's things through the lens of a haiku.  He has placed third twice in Japan's Kusamakura International Haiku contest (foreign division).  Between special moments of capturing glimpses of nature in haiku, he is a kung fu teacher, musician and photographer.  He’s always searching . . . yet deep inside, he knows there is nothing to be found but himself.

John Barlow John Barlow is the editor of The Haiku Calendar, which has appeared annually since 2000, and co-editor of The New Haiku (2002) and Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku (2008), written and compiled with Matthew Paul. His other books include Flamingo Shapes (2001) and Waiting for the Seventh Wave (2006). His haiku have received awards in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Susan Constable Susan Constable has numerous forms of poetry published in both print magazines and on-line journals. Since 2006, however, haiku has become her form of choice and, early in 2007, she ventured into haiga. She lives with her husband on Canada’s west coast, where the natural world provides much of her subject matter, inspiration, and pleasure.

William Cullen Jr. is a software project manager who works at a non-profit in Brooklyn, New York. He has published in most of the major haiku journals and his work has been anthologized in the Red Moon Anthologies.

Garry Eaton Garry Eaton is a newcomer to the world of haiku/haibun. He has been published only recently by Red Thread Haiku Sangha and by Contemporary Haibun Online. He is retired, and lives in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada.

Merrill Ann Gonzales Merrill Ann Gonzales is an artist as well as a poet. Her work has been published in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Nor’easter, Presence, Pine Island Journal of New England Poetry, The Aurorean, Tanka Café, bottle rockets, Red Lights, Ribbons, Reeds: Contemporary Haiga, as well as several anthologies. She was the grand prize winner for the official cover of The Heron’s Nest for March 1, 2006-March 1, 2007. She was appointed a resident artist for Moonset, the Newspaper in 2007.

Jyothirmai Gubili Jyothirmai Gubili lives in New York City and has been in medical editing since 2002. She started writing haiku in 2006, some of which have appeared in Science Editor. She reads, knits, and does origami in her spare time.

Colin Stewart Jones Colin Stewart Jones lives with his books in Aberdeen, Scotland. He holds a Master's degree in Irish and Scottish Studies which he gained from the prestigious Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, Kings College, Aberdeen—though he regards his education as ongoing. Colin has had some of his poetry published in Simply Haiku, paper wasp, The Heron's Nest, Haigaonline, WHR, Clouds Peak, Snapshots, Mainichi Daily News, Rusty Tea Kettle, CHO, Haibun Today and White Lies (The Red Moon Anthology 2008). He also has had a book of haiku published, called A Seal Snorts out the Moon.

Horst Ludwig, originally from Germany, is Associate Professor of German at Gustavus Adolphus College and makes his home in St. Peter, Minnesota. In 1981 he published Wind im Bambusspiel (Wind in Bamboo Chimes), which was reissued in 1991 with an English translation by Nancy Hanson Nash.

Peggy Willis Lyles Peggy Willis Lyles, Tucker, Georgia, is an Associate Editor of The Heron's Nest and a Red Moon Anthology staff member.  Her most recent book is To Hear the Rain, Brooks Books, 2002.

AA Marcoff is an Anglo-Russian poet, born in Iran, who has lived in Africa, France, and Japan.
He read English at Cambridge and many of his longer poems have been published as well as haiku and tanka.

Ed Markowski Ed Markowski lives and writes in Auburn Hills, Michigan. His poetry was featured at Cornell University's Mann Library in March of 2005.

Tyrone McDonald Tyrone McDonald is a Brooklyn resident. His haiku/senyru and tanka have appeared in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, The Heron's Nest, Modern Tanka, the defunct Raw NerVZ and Black Bough, South by Southeast, Frogpond, and Haiku Presence.

Jo McInerney Jo McInerney is an Australian poet who has been writing haiku and tanka for about two years.  She is a secondary school teacher working in country Victoria.  She has had work accepted by a range of publications, including The Heron's Nest, Modern English Tanka, paper wasp, Stylus, Eucalypt and Atlas Poetica.

Scott Metz Scott Metz is the editor of Roadrunner, a haiku e-zine, and the Blogmaster for The Haiku Foundation. His work has been spotlighted in the pinch book series (No.10, 2005, tribe press), Simply Haiku (spring 2006, 4:1), tel-let (2006, online), A New Resonance 5 (Red Moon Press 2007), Modern Haiku (autumn 2007, 38.3), ant ant ant ant ant (Number 9, winter 2009), ginyu (No. 42, 2009, Japan) and Montage #3: Frontiers (Red Moon Press/The Haiku Foundation 2009). He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

Linda Pilarski Linda Pilarski is Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Nanotechnology at the University of Alberta. She has published extensively in the scientific literature and has recently applied her skills to haiku and haiga. She has lived and worked in the USA, Australia and Canada. With her camera, she has hiked in wild and beautiful places on all seven continents. Her haiku and haiga have appeared or are forthcoming in Daily Haiku, the World Haiku Association Haiga Contest, Modern Haiga, Haigaonline, Acorn and Wisteria.

Patrick M. Pilarski Patrick M. Pilarski lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His haiku, haibun, and related work have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, including Modern Haiku, Frogpond, contemporary haibun online, Simply Haiku, Modern English Tanka, Wisteria, White Lotus, Haibun Today, Other Voices, The Antigonish Review, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio One. He recently released his first chapbook of haiku and haibun, Five Weeks, and is the co-editor of the print and online haiku journal DailyHaiku.

Tyler Pruett Tyler Pruett is a poet with a special interest in English language haiku. He recently won first prize in the Japanese Mainichi Daily News, Haiku in English 'Best of 2005', and has also recently appeared in Acorn, bottle rockets, Roadrunner Haiku Journal, and Frogpond. He is a member of The Haiku Society of America, and a 1998 graduate of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He lives in Augusta, Maine, USA with his wife, Ellen, and their four daughters.

Lilia Racheva Dencheva Lilia Racheva Dencheva was born in Rousse, Bulgaria. She now works as a journalist, and has written for the centralmedia Septemvriiche, Srednoshkolsko zname, Sudentska tribuna, Narodna Mladej, and Az Buki. Her poems have appeared in Pristine Love (2001), Invasive Fires (2005), and in The Rose (European haiku, 2003).

Kala Ramesh Kala Ramesh: Searching—the one word that seems to say everything about me. I went through the path of Indian Classical Music, first instrumental then vocal, from South Indian Classical crossed over to North Indian Classical music, performed in various cities in India. Then plunged into Yoga, Hindu Philosophy and Vipassana—and this accidentally led me to haiku in 2005, and since then it has been haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun and renku that I breathe. _kala

Dietmar Tauchner, is a social-worker, author and passionate traveller and trekker. His work, mainly haiku, has been published worldwide, including The Red Moon Anthology, Acorn, Modern Haiku, and Frogpond. He has received several awards, including the First Prize at the International Haiku Contest in Croatia, 2004, and the Third Prize at the Kusamakura International Haiku Competition, 2005. He is presently Associate Editor of the German Webzine Haiku heute. His homepage can be viewed at:

Diana Webb Diana Webb is very much interested in the connection between haiku and well-being. She has run workshops in haiku related writing at an arts centre for people with experience of mental distress. Much of the inspiration for her own writing comes from the area around the River Mole in Leatherhead near London where she lives. Currently she is events officer for the British Haiku Society and is hoping to promote haiku and haiku related forms among a wide range of people.

Neal Whitman Neal Whitman of Pacific Grove, California, is a member of the Yuki  Teikei Haiku Society of San Jose, Haiku Poets of Northern California,  and Haiku Society of America. In the belief that "to teach is to  learn twice," he improves his own haiku by teaching others at the  annual Stebbins Asilomar Workshops. He also writes in other forms of  poetry, both short and long, and is published in several journals.

Frank Williams Frank Williams lives and works in London. He has been previously published in various haiku journals and anthologies, including Blithe Spirit, Presence, Snapshots, The New Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2002) and The Red Moon Anthology, inside the mirror (Red Moon Press, 2006). Some of his haiga were published in the winter 2008 edition of Haigaonline. His own collections of haiku include Bumping Along (2001), Triptych (2005) and Rush Hour Over (2008) — all three published by Hub Editions.

Dick Whyte Dick Whyte is a haiku poet from Wellington, New Zealand. He recently got his Masters in Film writing on New Zealand experimental film-maker Joanna Margaret Paul. One of the central points of his masters thesis was developing a connection between experimental film and the Japanese haiku poem, particularly in terms of "floating lines," quantum physics and multiplicity.  Dick's haiku and tanka have been been published in Roadrunner Journal, Modern English Tanka, Three Lights Gallery and Chrysanthemum.

Dave Young is a mental health nurse and Chinese martial arts instructor. He lives with his lovely partner and two sons in Nottingham.

Peter Yovu fell into his father's dictionary when he was 5; onto and off the Staten Island ferry; into a bad bus home when he was 14; into poetry when he was 17; down in the snow of Vermont; into a vast, complete emptiness when he was 20; into some arms but none as sweet as Edie's; under the spell of his children; into a huff, a tiff, a tizzy; into an enneagram, a diamond, a pearl; through the night; like a brick and like a feather. He is falling still.