Contributors and Haijin 


Haris Adhikari is from Nepal. He is a graduate in English & American literature from Tribhuvan University. A lecturer of English by profession, and the editor of Misty Mountain Review, an online journal of short poetry.

His first poetry anthology Flowing with a River has been published by The Society of Nepali Writers in English (NWEN). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Red Fez Journal, Buddhist Poetry Review, Cyclamens and Swords Publishing, and The Citron Review, to name a few. 

Haris enjoys writing meditative and conversational poetry, digging into the layers of phony faces, violence, injustice, shattered dreams, disillusionment, etc. And he describes himself as œa branch extended to aloofness that heavily swings when the day is windy.

To read more of his poems, visit: http://ripplezhome.wordpress.com/


Nicholas Damion Alexander is a teacher of English and Philosophy. His works have been published in The Gleaner, The Observer, Caribbean Voice magazine, Small Axe: sx salon, Tongues of the Ocean(Bahamas), Poets against War, The Cartier Street Review, Auckland Poetry(New Zealand), The Black Collegian, Angelfire, Mr. Africa Poetry Lounge, Eos, Truml(Poland), Poemhunter, The First Cut(Ireland) and the 'Calabash' anthology So Much Things To Say. In 2008 he was awarded a fellowship with Calabash International Writers' Workshop. He has been featured on e-Buffet's online magazine: "Postcards from the people of Earth" and in Squid Inc.(UK). His blog is: nicholasdamionalexander@blogspot.com

 

Austin Alexis has published in Six Sentences, Tuesday Short, The Journal (Ohio State University Press), Barrow Street, The Pedestal Magazine, Clockwise Cat and in the Poets Wear Prada chapbook series. He has work forthcoming in Lips, Caper Journal, Vwa: Poems for Haiti, and in an anthology of poetry about Frederick Chopin.


Ramesh Anand authored Newborn Smiles, a book of Zen poetry published by Cyberwit.Net Press, 2012. His haiku has appeared in 14 countries including Print Journals, Magazines, Anthologies, Japanese Newspapers, E-Zines and E-Journals. His haiku has been translated in Japanese, German, Croatian, Serbian, Telugu and Tamil. His tanka works are forthcoming in many publications.


Daya Bhat from Bangalore, India writes short fiction and poetry.' A maiden of 29' is her first book of poems. Her writing has appeared in national and international literary journals. She loves painting and reading. 

Prerna Bakshi is a sociolinguist, research scholar and writer, based in Macao. Prerna's poetry has previously been published, or is forthcoming, in Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Indiana Voice Journal, Red Fez, Muse India, Postcolonial Text, Theory in Action,Hysteria, Misfit magazine, The Grey Sparrow Journal, Your One Phone Call: Poetry with a knife edge!, Asahi Shimbun (Japanese Daily newspaper), Bottle rockets and elsewhere.

Jane Banning lives in Oregon, Wisconsin with her husband, son and a bossy dog.  Her work has been published in Brava Magazine, Six Sentences, Tuesday Shorts, Long Story Short, University of Iowa Daily Palette and the Boston Literary Magazine.  She received honorable mentions in the Micro Fiction Award contest in 2008 and the Glass Woman Prize contest in 2009.


Danny P. Barbare resides in Greenville, SC. His poetry has recently been included in Breadcrumb Sins, Leaf Garden Press, and The Boston Literary Magazine.


Lana Bella has a diverse work of poetry and flash fiction anthologized, published and forthcoming with more than ninety journals, including a chapbook with Crisis Chronicles Press (2015), Aurorean Poetry, Chiron Review, Poetry Quarterly, elsewhere and Featured Artist with Quail Bell Magazine, among others. She resides in the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam with her novelist husband and two frolicsome imps.


Casey Bottono is currently studying English - Creative Writing as an undergraduate at Falmouth University in England and previously had literature published in the university's student journal With, in addition to maintaining a blog on the subject of grieving the death of an online friend. This may be viewed at http://navigatingcyberloss.wordpress.com

 

In 2012, Owen Bullock published his second collection of haiku "breakfast with epiphanies" (Oceanbooks). He also edited "Poetry NZ" #45 and "Building a time machine", the New Zealand Poetry Society's annual anthology, and was one of the editors of "Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka", Vol IV.

He has previously published a collection of poetry, "sometimes the sky isn'™t big enough" (Steele Roberts, 2010), another book of haiku, "wild camomile" (Post Pressed, Australia, 2009), and the novella "A Cornish Story" (Palores, UK, 2010).


Matthew Ivan Bennett is the Resident Playwright with Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, where he's premiered several plays, including MESA VERDE, which was nominated for a Steinberg award. His poetry has been published with the Kolob Canyon Review and Mixer Publishing


James Bertolino'™s tenth volume of poetry, Finding Water, Holding Stone, was published in 2009 by Cherry Grove Collections. His fellowship awards and residencies have come from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Djerassi Foundation and the Espy Foundation. He has twice received the Quarterly Review of Literature Book Award and, in 2007, the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State poets. He received his MFA at Cornell University.  He lives outside Bellingham, WA.


 
Jeni Booker Senter is currently a managing editor for the Panhandler. Her writing has earned awards in the Duque Wilson Essay Contest and the LaRoche Memorial Poetry Contest, and she is a contributor to NW Florida Business Climate, Blackwater Review, Journal of South Texas Studies, Socialist Women Magazine, A&U, and Troubadour.

 


Judi Brannan Armbruster is a direct descendant of Ah Ish Ka'a, Full Blood Karuk of northern California. In the mid 90's  she returned to ancestral territory, and found the threads of her poetic voice. She is 61 years old, married, and the mother of one daughter. Her poetry is found on the internet and in literary magazines  and anthologies Such as Autumn Leaves, www.sondra.net, and Yellow Medicine Review.


Miki Byrne is the author of ˜Nice-bits and Hissy-fits,™ a large collection of poetry. She has won prizes for her work and judged poetry competitions. She has read and performed her poetry on both TV and Radio. She reads at many Literary Festivals and open mics and her work has appeared in over twenty-five respected poetry magazines. Miki has also run poetry workshops. She also writes short stories. Miki is disabled and writes something every day.


Theresa A. Cancro  writes poetry and short fiction.  Her poetry has been published in print and on online sites, including Kind of A Hurricane Press sites and anthologies, Three Line Poetry, A Handful of Stones, A Hundred Gourds, and Shamrock Haiku Journal.


German-born, Ute Carson's first story was published in 1977. Her novel "Colt Tailing" was a finalist in the 2003 Peter Taylor Book Award Prize and was later published in September 2004. Ute's poems have appeared in The Inkpot Press, The Jimson Journal and Secret Attic. She resides in Texas. Visit her site: Ute Carson.


Anna Cates resides in Wilmington, Ohio with her two cats, Freddie and Christine, writes, and teaches English and education online for several universities.


Kim Chamberlain's haiku have appeared several times this year in Asahi.com and recently in Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine.  He is currently seeking representation for his most recent novel, which contains one haiku.  He lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and two daughters.


Yuan Changming, an 8-time Pushcart nominee, is the world's most widely published poetry author who speaks Mandarin but writes English. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver, and has since mid-2005 had poetry appearing  in 1019 literary publications across 32 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, and Threepenny Review. 


Cherese Cobb is a freelance writer from Knoxville, Tenn.  She's created copy for top-notch blogs such as Lumoid, Take Lessons, the Penny Hoarder, and The Krazy Coupon Lady, the number one couponing blog in America.  She won third place in the International Polish Haiku Contest and 20th Kusamakura Haiku Contest. Her poems have been published in Shemom, A Hundred Gourds, The Mainichi, and the Asahi Shimbun.


Kathy L. Cobb is a graphic design graduate from Manatee Community College. Kathy has won numerous awards in haiku/tanka competitions and has been Associate Editor for White Lotus (haiku/tanka journal) since 2005.


Bill Cooper serves as distinguished university professor and president emeritus at the University of Richmond.  His haiku appear in a variety of journals.


Amelia Cotter is a writer with works ranging from the novella, This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost to a children's series, The Adventures of Oskar and Atticus: Read and Learn German. Her poetry and short fiction have been featured in publications like The Heron's Nest, the Way of the Word anthology, and Black Oak Presents: A Journal of Mid-American Culture. Amelia lives in Chicago, Illinois. Her hometown is Bel Air, Maryland.


Elizabeth Crocket's chapbook, "Not Like Fred and Ginger" published by Red Moon Press was shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Book Award. She has been published in Cattails, Mayfly, The Asahi, NeverEnding Story, Shamrock, Failed Haiku and more. Her haiku received the Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine's Best of the Best Award for 2015.


William Cullen, Jr. has had his poems published in a number of journals over the years including Asahi International Herald Tribune, Boston Literary Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Farming Magazine, Grey Sparrow Journal, Home Planet News, Mainichi Daily News, Modern Haiku and Plainsong. Bill works at a non-profit in Brooklyn, New York. He's married and has two college-age sons. He was nominated for a Pushcart prize for a poem that appeared in the journal Magnapoets in 2010.


Robert Davey lives in Norfolk (UK).  He has had a long interest in poetry, and started reading and writing haiku a year ago.  His haiku poetry has been published in Blithe Spirit and Presence.  Visit his website is at  http://spinglespong.wordpress.com


Tracy Davidson enjoys writing all forms of poetry, and flash fiction. In 2010 she won a humorous poetry competition run by United Press, was shortlisted in two other poetry contests and received a Highly Commended certificate for Haiku in the Winchester Writers comp. Other interests include photography, travel, crosswords and reading crime (the gorier the better!). She lives in a small village near Stratford-upon-Avon, England, with her mad Miniature Schnauzer, Jasper.


Janet Lynn Davis lives with her husband in a wooded community outside the small town of Magnolia, Texas (USA). She has written poetry off and on for several years, and her work has appeared in various online and print venues.


Melissa Davis is a doctoral student and teacher. Her poems and fiction pieces have been published in journals such as Leaves of Ink and The Circle Review. Her nonfiction has appeared in various journals including the American Reading Forum Yearbook and The Commonline Journal.


Tatjana Debelja'i, born on 23.04.1967 in ice. Member of Association of Writers of Serbia UKS since 2004 and Haiku Society of Serbia HDS Montenegro-HUSCG&HDPR,Croatia. Up to now she has published three collections of poetry: A HOUSE MADE OF GLASS, published by ART ice; YOURS, published by NARODNA KNJIGA Belgrade and VULCANO by Haiku Lotos, Valjevo. CD-BOOK, A HOUSE MADE OF GLASS. ART+ Uzice. 

"AH-EH-EEH-OH-OOH" published by Poeta Belgrade. 2008.


Frank De Canio was born & bred in New Jersey. He works in New York. He loves music of all kinds, from Bach to Dory Previn, Amy Beach, to Amy Winehouse. His works have  been published in over 300 magazines(and/or e-zines); Danger, Pleiades, Genie, Write On!!, Red Owl, Nuthouse,  Love‘s Chance, Words of Wisdom, Rook publishing, Illogical Muse, Writer’s Journal, The Lyric, Free Lunch, Art Times, Pearl; Hazmat, Medicinal Purposes, Blue Unicorn and Ship of Fools, and Raintown Review
 

Jennifer Didier is a junior Writing and Education double major at Drake University. This is her first published piece of writing.


Helen Ditouras is an Associate Professor of English at Schoolcraft College. Her passions include cooking, movies and literature of all genres.


Patrick Doerksen is a social worker armed with degrees in literature and theology. He and his wife live in Victoria, British Columbia, where flowers bloom as early as January and it is very difficult to be unhappy. His work has featured in a number of journals, including Presence, Simply Haiku,  Acorn, Wild Plum, A Hundred Gourds, Sonic Boom, Prune Juice, Modern Haiku, Bones, Under the Basho, NeverEnding Story, Cattails, and HaikuJournal.



Jerry Dreesen has been writing Japanese short-form poetry for over ten years. He is known for his minimalist haiga, having been published in Simply Haiku, Haigaonline, Reeds, Contemporary Haiga, and Sketchbook. He is a past haiga editor for the Japanese Poetry Journal, Simply Haiku.


Lee Evans was born in Maryland, spent most of his life in that state, and is currently living in Bath, Maine. After graduating from college he held a variety of jobs, including those of landscape laborer, floral delivery man, collection attendant for Goodwill Industries, and clerk at the Maryland State Archives. His poems have appeared in such journals as Contemporary Rhyme, The Golden Lantern, The Road Not Taken and The Deronda Review.  He has produced two poetry collections, Maryland Weather and Nor'™easter, which are available on Lulu.com.  


Claire Everett can't remember a time when she didn't write poetry and it has been a constant companion through the rearing of 5 children. She recently remarried and has gained 2 stepsons, but she's now taken the time to think about submitting poems for publication. Shorter forms, such as haiku and tanka have been her passion in recent months; having dedicated herself to longer more traditional forms in the past. She has been delighted to be part of the blossoming Gogyohka Junction, inspired and established by Enta Kusakabe who recently selected one of her gogyohka poems to read at a presentation in Japan entitled Gogyohka to the World.

Claire lives in County Durham, England with her husband, children and two beautiful cats.


Jason Price Everett was born in Orlando, Florida in 1972. He was educated at Lafayette College, Cornell University, and the University of Paris. He has held twenty-six different positions of employment to date, one of the more recent being that of English professor at a university in Xian, China. He is the author of Unfictions, a collection of short prose available from 8th House Publishing. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as Si Senor, Hubris, CRIT Journal, The Mad Hatters'™ Review, BITEmagazine, Writers Notes Magazine, Farmhouse Magazine, The Quarterly Review, The Prague Literary Review, City Writers Review, Riverbabble, Underground Voices, BLATT, The Alchemy Review and Revue tropolitaine. He currently lives in Montreal.


Seren Fargo 
previously a wildlife biologist, is now a writer, primarily of Japanese-form poetry. In 2009, she founded the Bellingham Haiku Group. Her work has won awards and been published internationally in many literary journals. She lives with her two cats in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Daniel J. Flore III's poetry has appeared in various online and print  
publications such as Red Lightbulbs magazine, Many Mountains Moving, Long Story Short
Quantum poetry magazine,the Eunoia review,and Short, Fast, and Deadly. He has taught poetry as a 
recovery tool for those suffering from mental illness and was awarded the Florence Kerrigan memorial scholarship to the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Dan has read his poetry throughout Pennsylvania and has published three chapbooks of poems (lapping water, humbled wise men:Christmas Haikus, and Home and other places I've yet to see)

Jay Friedenberg is a member of the Haiku Society of America. He is a regular attendee and presenter at the New York Metro HSA organization. He is also a member of the Spring Street Haiku Group that meets monthly in New York City. Jay has had his work accepted in numerous U.S. and international journals including Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron's Nest, Acorn, Mayfly, Tinywords, Chrysanthemum, and World Haiku Review.


Colin Gilbert recently won the Hughes, Diop, Knight Literary Awards, he also has poems appearing in recent or upcoming editions of Pedestal Magazine, Matrix, Gloom Cupboard, Mobius and Cantaraville. His poetry manuscript, The Mattress Parlor was published by Scribble Fire Press in 2011.


After earning his M.A. in English, Mel Goldberg taught literature and composition in the California, Illinois, Arizona, and in England as a Fulbright Exchange teacher.  His poetry and stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Anthology, Midstream, Poetica and Acumen (England). Mel's detective stories have appeared in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine and on line at Orchard Press Mysteries, Hand Held Crime, and Midnight Times

Mel published a book of poetry and photography, The Cyclic Path in 1990, and Sedona Poems in 2001 for the Sedona, Arizona centennial.  In 2003 iUniverse published his novel, Choices. 


Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the California Sierra. His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, International Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetry International, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. His work also appears in the anthology, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present. My book The Downstairs Dance Floor was awarded the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize, and he is a finalist in 2010 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange.


John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in International Poetry Review, Vallum and the science fiction anthology, The Kennedy Curse with work upcoming in Bryant Literary Magazine, Pennsylvania English and Nerve Cowboy.


A mother of three children, Deirdre Grimes has always lived in her native County Clare in Ireland. In 1997 Deirdre kept a journal of her first pregnancy which she's published to the internet, making it an early ˜blog™; which was in turn reviewed and part published in Othermindedness, the emergence of network culture, by M. Joyce.

Publications include: Red lights, April 2010, Crannog magazine, January 2010 Electronic acorn vol 6, LYNX XV-2 June, 2000 - A Journal for Linking Poets, Haiku Harvest 2000-2006 compilation edited by Denis M. Garrison, The Burning Bush, American Tanka issue 8 spring 2000, Aha! Poetry, The Heron's Nest - a haikai journal .Volume II, Number 7: July, 2000.



Deborah Guzzi writes full time; when she’s not reading.  She travels for inspiration. Her new book The Hurricane is available now through Prolific Press. She is a candidate for the 2015 Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. Her poetry appears in: Existere - Journal of Arts and Literature and Scarlet Leaf Review, Canada - Tincture, Australia - Cha: Asian Literary Review, Hong Kong, China - Eunoia in Singapore - Vine Leaves Literary Journal in Greece, and Ribbons: Tanka Society of America’s Journal, Sounding Review, Kyso Flash, Bacopa Literary Review, The Aurorean, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Liquid Imagination, Concis, The Tishman Review, Page & Spine and others in the USA.


Simon Hayward currently works as a bookseller in Waterstones, he adores his career simply because it gives him the opportunity to spread his love of Poetry. Before working at Waterstones he began his studies toward a bachelors degree in Philosophy and then for an Mphil(b) in Cultural Inquiry. He has been published previously in Canon's Mouth magazine, Liquid-e fanzine and an anthology called Shelter from the storm. 


Kevin Heaton writes in South Carolina. His latest chapbook, "Measured Days," is published by: Heavy Hands Ink Press. His work has appeared in: The Catalonian Review, Nibble, Elimae, Pirene's Fountain, Bananafish Magazine, and others. He is listed as a notable poet at: KansasPoets.com.

http://kevinheatonpoetry.webstarts.com/publications.html


Amanda Hempel's work is forthcoming in The Literary Review and Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal.  I received my MFA Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Carolyn M. Hinderliter is a member of the Haiku Society of America and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Her poems have been translated into multiple languages and published in a variety of anthologies, online and print magazines around the world, including Scifaikuest, Chrysanthemum, Prune Juice, and The Mainichi Daily News.


C. William Hinderliter lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is a graduate of both Arizona State University and The University of Arizona. Despite having degrees in both psychology and history, he prefers spending his time writing poetry. This year, his work can be seen in several online and print publications, including Chrysanthemum, Frogpond, Prune Juice, Beyond Centauri, Fear & Trembling, Illumen, and Scifaikuest.


Judith Huang is a Singaporean writer, translator and editor. A recipient of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award in 2001, 2003 and 2004, her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies at home and abroad. She graduated from Harvard University in 2010, and is a member of the Signet Society of Arts and Letters. 


A.J. Huffman has published nine solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. She also has two new full-length poetry collections forthcoming, Another Blood Jet (Eldritch Press) and A Few Bullets Short of Home (mgv2>publishing). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry, fiction, and haiku have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com 

Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa was born in Warri, Nigeria, and he is currently living in Ireland. He studied at the University of Lagos, and the University of Iowa. He obtained an MA from Waterford Institute of Technology. His poetry has been published in over 400 online and print journals and an Irish-Canadian anthology, Landing Places, and the African American Review. He was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize by The Swarthmore Literary Review, The Taylor Trust, and Jack Magazine. And He received the Yeats' Pierce Loughran Scholar Award in 2008.


Alexander Jankiewicz was born and raised in Chicago, IL, USA. He currently resides in Kansas and is a full-time ESL instructor at Kansas State University. 


Pijush Kanti Deb is a new Indian poet with around 252 published or accepted poems and haiku in around 81 nos of national and international magazines and journals [,print and online] like Down in
the dirt, Tajmahal Review, Pennine Ink, Hollow Publishing, Creativica Magazine, Muse India, Teeth Dream Magazine,Hermes Poetry Journal, Grey Borders, Dagda Publishing, Blognostic  Black Mirror Magazine, Dissident Voice Journal , Indiana Voice Journal Aji Magazine, Calliope Magazine and many more. His best achievement so far is the publication of his first poetry 
collection,’’Beneath The Shadow Of A White Pigeon’’published by Hollow Publishing is available on AMAZON.


M. Kei is a tall ship sailor and award-winning poet. He is the editor-in-chief of Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, and the editor of Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka. His second collection, of Slow Motion : The Log of a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, is Recommend Reading by the Chesapeake Bay Project.  He also the author of a gay Asian-themed science fiction/fantasy novel, Fire Dragon. He can be followed on Twitter @kujakupoet, or visit AtlasPoetica.org.


David J Kelly is an ecologist based in Dublin, Ireland. He has been reading and writing Japanese short forms since 2010 and continues to be amazed by the potential of stories told in so few words. He has had haiku/senryu, tanka, haiga and haibun published in a number of print and online journals.



A resident of Denver, CO, since 1999, Daniel Klawitter is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and a full-time community organizer who works on issues of economic development and workers' rights. He has a BA in Religion Studies from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals both online and in print, including: Sacramental Life, Quietmountain: New Feminist Essays, Blue Collar Review, Indelible Companions, Struggle: A Journal of Proletarian Literature, The Progressive Christian, Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on the Current Immigration Debate (from Orbis Books), The Smoking Poet, Cyclamens and Swords, The Atonal Poetry Review, Penwood Review, Umbrella: a journal of poetry and kindred prose, and Your Hands Your Mouth.



Padmini Krishnan lives in Singapore and has a penchant for writing. Her work has been published in Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, Presence, Shamrock and A Hundred Gourds.


Henk de Kruyff: "I turned to writing after working with other people's creativity as a studio technician proved to frustrating. Stories kept popping up that needed venting. I work and live in the Netherlands. English is my second language. A close second, though!"


Sean Lause teaches courses in Shakespeare, Literature and the Absurd and Medical Ethics at Rhodes State College.  His first book of poems, Bestiary of Souls, was published last year by FutureCycle Press.  His favorite poets are Emily Dickinson, Rimbaud and the Ramones.


Gary LeBel lives, works, writes and scissor-cuts in the Atlanta, Georgia area. His e-book, Abacus, was published by Modern English Tanka Press in 2008.


Angeline Lim is presently enjoying the Japanese culture and has been living in Japan for roughly 10 years. She graduated from the University of Tsukuba in 2006 and is now working for the Japanese public schools as an Assistant English Teacher. She recently found her passion for haiku.


Darrell Lindsey  is a freelance writer from Nacogdoches,the oldest town in Texas. His haiku and tanka have won awards in the United States, Japan, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Canada. Most recently, he won First Prize in the 6th International Klostar Ivanic Haiku Contest In English 2009.  One of his poems published in 2006 was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Martin Lochner stays in Cape Town and currently studies at the University of South-Africa. 


Alison Lock is a writer of poetry and short stories. Her work has been published in: Assent, Pennine Platform, Reach, Sarasvati, Dawntreader, Southlight, Pennine Ink.  Poetry Cornwall, The Word (YSJ), Uroborus, Off the Coast, Westward Quarterly, The Lake, And Other Poems, and Haibun Today. Her first collection of poetry A Slither of Air (2011) Indigo Dreams Publishing; and a collection of short stories, Above the Parapet (2013). Her work also appears in various anthologies: Virginia Warbey Anthology (2010), Soul Feathers Macmillan Anthology (2012), Heart Shoots (2013), A Speaking Silence (2013), and For Rhino in a Shrinking World (2013), Musings on Mothering - Mother's Milk Books (2013). She has an MA in Literature Studies. www.alisonlock.com


Bob Lucky teaches at the International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His work has appeared in various journals, including Modern Haiku and The Prose-Poem Project. He is co-author of the chapbook "My Favorite Thing" and one of his short stories was a recent finalist in a Glimmer Train contest.


Omar Majeed is a graphic design student, living in London, England.  He was introduced to poetry as a child and has been reading and writing it sporadically ever since. He is of Arab/Scottish ancestry. Omar is also a photographer, musician, artist and aspiring novelist.


Robert L. Martin is published in "Mature Years," "Alive Now," "Purpose Magazine," "FreeXpression," among others.  He has won two Faith and Hope awards from "In His Steps Publishing", and authored two books.  He is also a church organist for 21 years. 


Nancy May has poetry published in Haiku Journal, Three Line Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, Inclement Poetry, Twisted Dreams Magazine, Vox Poetica, Eskimo Pie Icebox, Dark Pens, Daily Love, Leaves of Ink, Kernels, The Blue Hour Magazine and The Camel Saloon.  She has reached The Heron's Nest consideration stage twice.

 

Jenean McBrearty is a graduate of San Diego State University, and former community college instructor who taught Political Science and Sociology. She received the EKU English Department's Award for Graduate Non-fiction (2011), and her fiction, photographs and poetry have been published in many journals and anthologies including, Dew on the Kudzu,  Hawaii Review, Van Gogh's Ear, and many others. Her young adult novel, Raphael Redcloak, was serialized by Jukepop. 


John McManus is a 29 year old poet from Carlisle, Cumbria, England. His poetry has been published and anthologised in various print and online publications all over the world. He is one of the founding editors and current Expositions editor of the online haikai journal A Hundred Gourds. John is married and has two children.


Joan McNerney'™s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Boston Review of the Arts, Kalliope, Mudfish, Spectrum and Word Thursdays. Four of her books have been published by fine literary presses. She has performed at the National Arts Club, State University of New York, Oneonta, McNay Art Institute and other distinguished venues. A recent reading was sponsored by the American Academy of Poetry. Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky, A.P.D. Press, Albany, New York.


Elizabeth McTaggart was born and raised in Louisiana and was re-introduced to haiku when gifted  with a copy of the book, "The Haiku Year" . As the book was modeled, the authors encouraged and challenged readers to write one haiku a day for a year. Elizabeth began posting to the "The Haiku Year" website under the name 'Daysleeper' from May 2000 to May 2002 and her love for the literary artform has grown since then.

In reaction to the September 11th attacks, Elizabeth started a monthly email news commentary, called The Month in Haiku for family and friends. Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine is the first to publish her work. Member of HSA


Paul David Mena was born in New York and now lives in Cochituate, Massachusetts, where he works as a computer professional in the financial industry. He has been writing haiku since 1992, and is presently a member of the Haiku Society of America, the Boston Haiku Society and several on-line haiku communities. He has published three chapbooks and has contributed to numerous haiku journals, both on-line and traditional. Among his ongoing projects is an effort to combine his haiku with his wife Mary's black-and-white photography and making it available on the World Wide Web. His haiku website can be found at http://www.haikupoet.com


Rev. Judith Mensch served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church.  She began writing poetry in the last years of her life, as a way of responding to and coping with breast cancer.  She passed away in 2003.


Lad Moore enjoys hundreds of publishing credits in print and on the web, and has earned several writing awards including a nomination to the Texas Institute of Letters.  Mr. Moore is a five-time contributor to Adams Media anthologies, and has been published in Amarillo Bay, Paumanok Review, Manx, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Three collections of his work, Odie Dodie, Riders of the Seven Hills," and Tailwind,are available through major booksellers. The author resides in Jefferson, Texas.


JBMulligan has had poems and stories in dozens of magazines, including recently, Autumn Sky, Chiron Review, Argestes, Blue Fifth Review, 63 Channels, and Aunt Chloe, and two chapbooks: The Stations of the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS, and has appeared in the anthology Inside Out: A Gathering of Poets (http://www.geocities.com/anneyohn2003/index.htm)


Christina Nguyen is a writer and poet who lives in Minnesota. This year, her poetry will appear in Prune Juice, red lights, Atlas Poetica, Moonbathing, tinywords, and other journals.


Ayaz Daryl Nielsen is a poet, father, husband, veteran and a hospice nurse - he is editor/custodian Bear Creek Haiku.


Nancy Nitrio has been writing haiku for over three years. She has been very fortunate to be published in a number of journals.  She belongs to Haiku Poets of Northern California and the Yuki Teikai Haiku Society.


Michael O'Connor was born in Hartford, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut. After spending some time living and working in Ireland, Michael returned to New York City to pursue screenwriting. After several successes in the film industry Michael turned his writing to non-fiction historical works on the Second World War, publishing articles for the Centre de Recherches et de Informations sur la Bataille des Ardennes. He has maintained deep interest for poetry, being influenced by Robert Frost, William Butler Yeats, and James Joyce. Michael currently resides in the Boston area.

 


Clive Oseman was born in Birmingham, England and now lives in Swindon. He has been published in several journals but drifted away from poetry for a while. His interest rekindled, he rejoined the Tanka Society of America and is currently concentrating his efforts on tanka and cinquain. He works as a greyhound racing manager at Swindon Stadium.

 

Steven Pacheco is a history student living in Western North Carolina.  He began writing at a young age and fell in love with poetry during his tenure working on a school literary magazine and his torrid affair with the written word has grown ever since.  After years of honing his craft he has now begun seeking publication and desires to show his work to a broader audience.


Stephen Pain based currently in Denmark, is a contributing editor and researcher in the field of applied semiotics (biosemiotics and zoosemiotics). He has had poetry published both online and offline. His main influence is Osip Mandelstam.


Shimon Palmer was born in Michigan, US in 1975. Came to Israel as a teenager and has been living there ever since. Palmer's poems have appeared in several anthologies here in Israel and online. Shimon lives on a small eco farm in Judean Desert. Palmer's writing deals mostly with inner life.


E. Martin Pedersen, a native San Franciscan, has lived in Messina, Sicily for over three decades. He teaches English, American lit., translation and composition at the local university. When not teaching or writing, he sings and plays the old-time banjo. His poetry publishing credits are few, but he did win the EdPress feature award in 1998 and is a 2011 alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.


Nu Quang: Growing up in a predominantly ethnic Chinese society in Cholon, Vietnam, during the war, she lived under the Communist rule for ten years after Saigon fell. Now, a naturalized US citizen, she writes from her background consisted of three cultures. Her haiku, haibun, and tanka have been published in and accepted for publication for the upcoming issues of Notes from the Gean, A Hundred Gourds, The Heron's Nest, Haiku News, Multiverses, Moonbathing, Red Lights, Lynx, the Ribbons, Atlas Poetica.


Ernesto P. Santiago has authored two books of poetry: The Walking Man (2007) and The Poet Who Asked The Birds How To Fly (2009), both published by Outskirts Press. His poetry has won several international awards, including the Nosside World Poetry Prize, Special Mention, (2010), Italy; the International Academy Orient-Occident Grand Prize for Arts, (2008), Romania; and PoetrySoup International First Prize œAward of Excellence, (2007), USA. Currently he lives in Athens, Greece, where he enjoys exploring the poetic myth of his senses, and has recently become interested in the study of haiku and its related forms. His haiku and tanka have won or placed in international contests, including: Kernels "Pen this Painting, "Winner," (Spring, 2013), USA; Vladimir Devide Haiku Award, Runner-up (2013, 2011), Japan, Librasia; Diogen "Waters of Spring" Tanka, Second Prize (2013), Serbia; Diogen Winter Haiku International Competition, First Prize (2012), Serbia; Haiku Euro Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors (2013, 2012, 2011), Poland; NAR Haiku Contest, Winner (2012), USA. He is a member of the Haiku Society of America, the Italian Haiku Association, the World Haiku Association, and the United Haiku and Tanka Society. He is Filipino.


Sue Scalf is a retired teacher of English and creative writing. She has written eight books of poetry and has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer prize. Her first chapbook "To Stitch a Summer Sky" just won the Alabama Chapbook Award.  She is listed in A. Directory of Poets and Writers.


Carl Scharwath's interests include competitive running and he has a 2nd degree black belt in TKD. Most of his poems had their birth while he was out on his evening run.  Print publishing credits include; Not Popular Magazine (short story), Lake Healthy Living, Paper Wasp (Australia), Pulse and Abandoned Towers (3 consecutive issues.) Web publishing credits include; Pens On Fire, Calliope Verve, World Salad Poetry, Sketchbook (Haiku) and Language & Culture. Net. I recently had a news story in the Orlando Sentinel and a two page feature in Lake Healthy Living Magazine. Both articles discussed the "Running Poet." Carl recently won 2nd place in the Lake County Library, Best Poems of 2009 and also Best in Issue of Haiku Reality Magazine, Serbia.


Carl Seguiban's native tongue is Chavacano, spoken by less than half a million people and dwindling. A trained architect, haiku appeals to his modernist leanings. 'Less is more', form follows function these dicta for modernism also guide his haiku. His poems have been published  in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Bottle Rockets, A Hundred Gourds, Moongarlic, Presence, Under the Basho, paper wasp, FreeXpression, The Heron's Nest, cattails, Prune Juice among others. He hopes to publish a haiku book in Chavacano before he or the language disappears.


Adelaide B. Shaw lives in Millbrook, NY with her husband. Her haiku and other Japanese short form poetry, such as tanka and haibun have been published in a number of journals, both in print and on-line, in the US and abroad, including Modern Haiku, Ribbons, Frogpond, Heron's Nest, Presence, Simply Haiku, Stylus Poetry Journal, Moonset, South by Southeast, Modern English Tanka, Nisqually Delta Review, Contemporary Haibun, Bottle Rockets and others. Her collection of haiku, An Unknown Road, was awarded third place in the 2009 Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Awards for 2009 and is available at www.modernenglishtankapress.com/ Her blog is: 

www.adelaide-whitepetals.blogspot.com/ She also writes short fiction and has been published in several journals.


Brendan Slater was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, but now lives in Overijssel, The Netherlands. He has been writing haiku and tanka since 2009.


Paul Smith lives in Worcester in the UK with his wife and children. Alongside poetry he has recently developed a passion for longbow archery. His poems have been published in numerous print and online journals including, Modern English Tanka, Blithe Spirit, Ambrosia, Presence, Magna Poets, Ash Moon Anthology, Simply Haiku and 3Lights Gallery. Read more of Paul's poetry at his blog PaperMoon.


Sherry Steiner: Housatonic MA. Writer of eclectic spoken word pieces and more. Visual artist and arts educator. www.sherrysteiner.com Published in Imitation Fruit,  spokenwar, Berkshire Review, Chronogram,  Poets West,  physiognomy in letters, Haiku Journal, The Sound of Poetry Review, The Haiku Foundation, High Coop Journal,  marcopoloartsmagazine.


Lucas Stensland co-authored (along with Michael Ketchek and Bob Lucky) my favorite thing, a collection of poetry forthcoming from bottle rockets press. His poems have appeared in the following publications: American Tanka, bottle rockets, contemporary haibun online, Frogpond, Gusts: Contemporary Tanka, Haibun Today, The Heron'™s Nest, Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine, Mainichi Daily News, Mayfly, Modern Haiku, Notes from the Gean, Presence Haiku Journal, Prune Juice, Ribbons, Roadrunner, Shamrock Haiku Journal and Simply Haiku.


Shelby Stephenson's Family Matters:  Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, Allen Grossman, judge.  Shelby Stephenson was the editor of Pembroke Magazine from 1979 to 2010. 


Richard Stevenson is the author of 25 full-length books, a CD of jazz and poetry with jazz/poetry troupe Naked Ear, and 6 chapbooks.  His twenty-fifth book, Casting Out Nines: Tart Pops for Teens, has just been accepted by Ekstasis Editions in Victoria, B.C. His other collections of haikai poetry include Hot Flashes (Ekstasis Editions, 2001), A Charm of Finches (Ekstasis Editions 2004), Flicker At The Fascia (Serengeti Press, 2005), Tidings of Magpies (Spotted Cow Press, 2008), The Emerald Hour (Ekstasis Editions, 2008)  and Windfall Apples (Athabasca University Press, 2010). Athabasca University Press is bringing out Windfall Apples,a collection of tanka and kyoka in the new year.  Richard teaches Canadian Literature, Creative Writing, Children's Literature, and Business Communication at  Lethbridge College in southern Alberta.


Debbie Strange is a member of the Writers' Collective of Manitoba and the United Haiku and Tanka Society. She feels fortunate to be the recipient of awards for writing in a variety of genres (poetry, fiction and non-fiction), and her  work has been published in print and online. Leaf Press recently published Debbie'™s leaflet, Riding Mountain Haiku. Though words are the source of her solace and salvation, Debbie's other passions include haiga, photography, gardening, singing/songwriting and playing guitar. She loves exploring nature with her husband and their dog in a lime-green 1978 VW camper named Ludwig Van.

 

Dietmar Tauchner, born in 1972 in Austria, lives & works in Puchberg & Vienna, as social-worker, author and passionate traveller and trekker.

His work has been published in various magazines & anthologies worldwide.

He received some awards as the First Price at the International Haiku Contest Ludbreg in Croatia in 2004, and the Third Prize at the Kusamakura International Haiku Competition 2005, 2009 & 2010, the Naji Naaman "Creativity Prize" in Lebanon 2009 as well as twice the "Scorpion Prize" for the best haiku published in Roadrunner and the First Price of the Haiku International Association (HIA) in Tokyo 2008 .

He attended the First and the Second European Haiku Conference, The Haiku North America Conference in 2005, as well as the World Haiku Association Conference 2009 in Lituania, where he held lectures and readings

Co-Director of 4 short Haiku Films. www.bregengemme.net. He is Editor of the Austrian-based international Haiku Webmagazine "Chrysanthemum": www.chrysanthemum-haiku.net


Gretchen Tessmer lives/work/writes in Northern New York between the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence River.  She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from SUNY Potsdam in 2007. Check out http://misstessmer.tumblr.com/ for more poetry/prose by this author.


Jan Theuninck is a Belgian painter and poet. Although born in Zonnebeke, Belgium, and a native speaker of Dutch, he writes in French and occasionally English. His painting is abstract, falling somewhere between minimalism and monochrome expressionism.


Besides college publications, Peter C. Venable has been published in Chrysalis, Crucible, Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, The Roll-Schola Contemplationis, American Vedantist, The Christian Communicator, The Penwood Review, Word Riot, Ancient Paths and Vineyards.


JOANNA M. WESTON has had poetry, reviews, and short stories published in anthologies and journals for twenty five years. Her middle-reader, 'Those Blue Shoes', published by Clarity House Press; and poetry,  Summer Father™, published by Frontenac House of Calgary. Married; has two cats, multiple spiders, a herd of deer, and two derelict hen-houses. Her middle-reader, 'Those Blue Shoes', published by Clarity House Press; and poetry, 'Summer Father'™, published by Frontenac House of Calgary. Her eBooks found at her blog:  http://www.1960willowtree.wordpress.com/ 


Neal Whitman  splits his time pretty evenly between Western form and Japanese haiku form poetry. In 2009 his free verse won the James McIntyre Poetry Contest in Ontario Canada, and two haiku were awarded honorable mention in the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Contest judged by masters in Japan. Neal's haiku has been published in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Simply Haiku, Ambrosia, Heron's Nest, Notes from the Gean, and Mariposa, as well as in several general literary journals.


Daniel Wilcox's wandering lines have appeared in many magazines including Front Porch Review, Enhance, Quill & Parchment, The Danforth Review, and Unlikely Stories. Two collections of his published poetry are in print. Before that he hiked through Nebraska, Cal State Long Beach (Creative Writing), Montana, Pennsylvania, Europe, Palestine/Israel...worked in a mental institution, helped on a reservation, and taught students literature for years. He now lives with his wife on the central coast of California where he ages.


Jane Williams is the author of three collections of poems and one of short stories. She lives in Tasmania, Australia.  www.janewilliams.wordpress.com


Darryl Willis has worked with non-profit organizations for 30 years. He currently works with an international organization focusing upon Eastern Europe. Darryl has lived and worked in Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kansas. He holds a M.A. from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Some of his favorite poets include Wendell Berry, Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Wilmer Mills, and Joy Harjo.


Tanvi Yenna is a senior in high school in West Des Moines, Iowa.



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