Lana M Rochel

Lana M. 'Rochel is a pen name of an English-language writer and poet from Ukraine, who was first published in BFS Horizons #10 in 2019.

With years of experience in teaching English and interpreting, she is developing her career in creative writing.

Lana writes creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and song lyrics. Among the rest, she enjoys writing for children.

Always keen to share terrific ideas and a sense of humor with her readers.

Apart from pencraft, the author is into many kinds of art, especially music, dancing, cinema and theatre. 

She admires art, photography, and architecture. 

Laura Lynn Driscoll

Laura Lynn Driscoll is married to her husband of thirty-one years (Dax), she is the mother of two adult daughters and the fun-loving grandmother of four grandchildren.  

She was first inspired to write poetry in 2013 while reading “Sitting by My Laughing Fire” by Ruth Bell Graham. She also enjoys painting, her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas.  A nurse by profession she resigned her role as a Office Nurse for a Family Physician in Ontario in 2019 to relocate West.  Now retired, Laura Lynn is pursuing her dream of writing poetry and painting. 

Lavana Kray

Lavana Kray is from Romania.

She is passionate about writing and photography.

As a photographer, she was featured in a few collective exhibitions, while also organizing a few of her own.

World Haiku Association (where she has been awarded the status of Master Haiga Artist) has selected some of her works for the photo-haiku Exhibition in Japan and Parma, Italy.

She is the haiga editor of the United haiku and tanka Society's Journal Cattails

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Lekha Desai Morrison

Lekha Desai Morrison enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and plays. Her work has been performed on radio, stage, Vimeo and YouTube. Her play Misfits was streamed live via Zoom during the lockdown and can be found on YouTube here . She wrote a monologue based on her experiences during the outbreak of COVID-19 which can be found on Vimeo here.

She grew up writing poetry and has recently started to write it again. She enjoys writing Haikus about nature and finds them very satisfying and rewarding.

She lives in Oxford, UK.

Linda L Kruschke

Linda L. Kruschke writes candid memoir and fearless poetry, and delves into hard issues others tend to avoid. She is a recovering lawyer and sexual assault survivor, and she aspires to show women that God’s redemption and healing are just a story away. 

Readers can get a free copy of “Harness the Power of Your #MeToo Story: A Guided Poetry Journal”   or a free copy of “All Creation Sings,” a book of haiku and photos. Linda’s print poetry books, available on Amazon.com, are “Light in My Darkness: Poems of Hope for the Brokenhearted” and “Rejoice! Rejoice! Poems for the Holidays

Linda L Ludwig

Linda Lee Ludwig is retired and now able to spend her time in creative ventures. She has always been interested in the creative arts but on a part time basis. She married and raised three children and spent most of her energies loving and playing and working as an equal support role in their welfare.

She has written poems and songs for many years and has a love of drawing and ceramic painting. She has  had several haiku published in Haiku Foundation and Femku Magazine. She has just started to find ways to participate and share  poetry and illustrations. She belongs to several online groups and enjoys sharing poetry with friends.

Lori Becherer

Lori Becherer is a life-long resident of southern Illinois, residing on her childhood farm with her husband for over 38 years.   She is a certified medical coder employed full-time by BJC Healthcare in St. Louis.  Her hobbies include gardening, photography, art, journaling and the magic of haiku poetry.   She is a member of the Haiku Society of America, Mississippi Mud Daubers Haiku Group and the Heartland Women’s Writers Guild near her hometown.  Lori finds that life in the rural Midwest provides endless inspiration for haiku.  Her haiku have been published in frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, bottle rockets, Prune Juice, failed haiku, hedgerow, Chrysanthemum, cattails, and other publications. 

Lorraine A Padden

Lorraine A. Padden is an award-winning scholar, former professional ballet dancer and contemporary haiku poet. Her work has been featured in various literary journals including frogpond, Akitsu Quarterly, Otata, bottle rockets, bones, as well as three anthologies edited by Robert Epstein, the most recent of which is slated for publication later this year. 

Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Rotary International Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Padden holds degrees in Art History from Brown University and Williams College, and she completed a year of post-graduate research at l'Università di Roma La Sapienza in Rome, Italy. As a professional dancer she trained and performed with world class artists from the National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet of London. She worked personally with Agnes DeMille and was also featured in works by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and Arthur Mitchell.

Ms. Padden is also an active arts administration and development consultant, having secured over $2.25M in funding for nonprofit higher education and arts institutions.  She has served on numerous Boards of Directors, advised on sustainable program design for a variety of arts and social services organizations, and has recently concluded a year-long project offering mindfulness meditation workshops for incarcerated youth in San Diego’s Juvenile Hall.

Lovette Carter

Lovette Carter is a travelling and homecare pediatric nurse for fragile children. 

She began experiencing the total joy of writing haiku and related genre after learning haiku is not all about 5-7-5 as she once believed. However, what she learned was- modern day haiku is just as challenging but more likeable. And it continues.

Lovette has an interest in trees as much as birds. She loves  days when nature walks, hiking or fishing comes into play. She particularly cherishes those early mornings, resting outdoors with her African Grey while drinking coffee and listening to songbirds. It is being in the mist of Nature, where many of her haiku has taken shape. 

She has an interest in publishing children's books, but wants to incorporate haiku throughout each story.

M Daneva

A Bulgarian-born Canadian national, M. Daneva lives and works in the Netherlands. She is a scholar, in the Computer Science Department at the University of Twente. She enjoys working across cultures and is passionate about languages and literature. After a decades-long hiatus, in May 2020 she returned to writing short poems, and haiku in particular. Her works have been featured in Frogpond, Failed Haiku and Haiku Today (Haiku Heute, in German).  She is a member of the German Haiku Society. Maya is also a lover of architecture photography and travel.

M Kelly Peach

M. Kelly Peach is a husband, father of four adult children and grandfather of three grandsons. He enjoys reading, writing, collecting books, baking, and camping. He’s been a taco fryer, dishwasher, cook, library aide, maintenance helper, teacher, workforce development professional, supervisor, and, for the State of Michigan, a Project Zero Coordinator, Eligibility Specialist, and Community Resource Coordinator.  He has works published or appearing in various venues including (but not limited to): Punchnel’s, Alternate Hilarities I-III, Mad Scientist Journal, Summer Issue 2014, Entropy, Woods-N-Water News, Inverted Syntax, Fiddler’s Green Peculiar Parish Magazine, Cheapjack Pulp, Unsung Stories, Woods Reader, In Medias Res: Stories of the In-Between, and Bloody Red Nose: Fifteen Fears of a Clown.

m shane pruett

m shane pruett lives in the state of Oregon on the west coast of the United States.

He is a biologist working at the Oregon State University studying bird demography, chiefly of owls. These days he mostly analyzes data other people have collected, but still loves to get out as often as possible. 

His hobbies include bird watching, baking and playing guitar. He loves being outside, getting exercise, and experiencing the small moments in a big world. 

 

Maggie Roycraft

Discovering haiku was a “Where have you been all my life?“ experience for Maggie Roycraft, who finds her greatest pleasure in nature and animals, and in observing and learning. 

Maggie has been writing Haiku for about four years,   Currently she is a member of the Haiku Society of America, and actively participates in the Haiku Poets of the Garden State. She’s a long-time member of Poets Corner, a writing group of Women Who Write and is the former editor of Writers Notes.  

Maggie has worked as a social worker, editor, and English as a second language teacher with some time out in between to study psychology and filmmaking.

Máire Morrissey-Cummins

Máire Morrissey-Cummins lives in the Garden of Ireland. She loves nature, her garden, her cat Athena, paints watercolours daily, her meditation. She writes a little, likes to go birdwatching at the weekends with her husband, spend time with girlfriends and travel. Retirement is a glorious time of discovery. Life continues to be an exploration, a search for a greater understanding of the world we inhabit and people we meet.

Mariela Coromoto

Mariela Coromoto was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to Minneapolis, USA to pursue a Masters of Science degree.

She now lives in The Netherlands writing haiku and teaching beginning piano lessons to children. 

Her first official haiku was published on the weekly Japanese newspaper, Shukan New York Seikatsu.

You can read more about her on the Haiku Foundation.

Marilyn Ward

Marilyn Ward lives in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, UK. She has been writing haiku for four years, 

Marilyn's  haiku and Senryu have been published in @FreshoutMag, Cattails, Plumtree tavern, Whispers in the wind, Frogpond, Haiku universe, Poetry Pea and Hedgerow. 

Often she uses the pen name Mal ward. 

Mark Farrar

Mark Farrar is a Brit who moved to the USA in 2005 for love.

While he has worked in and around information technology and computers since 1979, he discovered a passion for writing (mainly modern love poetry and flash fiction, as well as, of course, haiku) while online-dating the American lady who would become his wife in 2005. (She was the inspiration for the thousands of love poems that he created for her over the course of a few years.)

Although he has many ideas for novels and stories, he finds haiku particularly fascinating because the ultra-compact format forces you to focus on the essence of the world around us, and our experiences of that world, and as such, haiku becomes a tool for introspection too.

Much of his work has been self-published on Amazon under a variety of names, including his own, and he also creates a new haiku each day on his Medium publication, 17 Onji.

You may also be interested in reading an article he wrote about haiku.

Mark Gilbert

Mark Gilbert, formerly a scientist, lives in the UK. He writes tanka, haibun, haiga and senryu.

You can find out more details about him on The Haiku Foundation.

Maureen Lanagan Haggerty

Maureen Lanagan Haggerty finds inspiration for her poetry in the wonders of nature’s ways and the changing of the seasons, memories of childhood and family, and Irish country life. Her book of poetry, Deeply Home, reflects these themes. She often meets with two groups of writers: Poets’ Corner and the Haiku Poets of the Garden State. Her writing has been published in Off the Coast, EXIT 13, The Tower Poets, and other journals; her haiku has appeared in the Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology since 2015. Maureen is a career counselor at a community college in New Jersey, U.S.A.

Matthew Weigelt

Matthew Weigelt is an author and speaker. His book, The Adventures of the Mysterious Matt Barnes, is based on a unique college roommate who held tea parties. The second book in the series will be released in late 2020. He speaks about the different aspects of the writing process. His love of writing began due to summertime boredom. These days, he prefers writing on his phone at a busy fast food joint, watching all the diverse customers. He lives in Indiana with his wife and two boys. Read more about him at MatthewWeigelt.com and his books ReadBetweenThePages.com

 

 

Matt Snyder

Matt Snyder from Indiana to DC, and interesting places along the way. Avid reader of haiku, senryu, and haibun -- took up the pen in recent years. Spends his moments planting things, feeding the cats, reading widely, running, working, and listening to and playing folk, bluegrass, and related genres. Seeking like-minded music-makers in the DC area.

Melissa Patterson

Melissa Patterson is a nanny by trade and loves to write haiku. She has been writing haiku for over ten years and has been published a few times to her excitement. She loves haiku because it is like a snapshot of a moment like a photograph. As a hobby she enjoys taking photos of her family and nature.

Michael Baribeau

Michael Baribeau  of Michigan. Only in his later years did he discover he didn't hate all poems, only pretentious ones. Ever since then he's found profound insight and art in poetry. He mostly reads but occasionally composes for fun.

Michael Feil

Michael Feil grew up in small town Iowa in the post war auto boom, the baby boom.  Graduating from high school he was faced military conscripture during the Vietnam Conflict, he chose the US Navy.  Michael graduated with a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute.  He has written plays, fiction, poetry and non-fiction over the years. Michael attended the New York University Summer Writer’s Conference, he attended the Rutgers Camden Writer’s Conference, and the Upaya Zen Center Haiku Workshop. 

Michael lives with his wife, and a lovable pit bull in suburban Philadelphia.

Books Published: Camping In A Middle Class Pasture selected poems 1971-1999, 108 pps. Authors House, 2003.

Short Stories published: Last Night with Nora, High Plains Register, forthcoming Fall 2020.

Fiction Award: Couples, Families Friends and Naught, a short story collection was a Finalist for The Black Lawrence Press Best Fiction Prize 2018.

Play Produced: Technicians of the Sacred, based on Jerome Rothenberg’s poetry volume, Synthaxis Theatre Company 1974.

 

Michael Kitchen

Michael Kitchen is originally from Plymouth, Michigan and currently resides in Chesterfield Township, Michigan.  He has been writing since the early 1980's, however only the last couple years has he focused on haiku and senryu.  His haiku and senryu has been published in frogpond and failed haiku.  A complete list of his published work can be found on his website, along with his Detroit City FC Historical Digital Scrapbook containing individual game photos and videos of the team's home (and numerous away) matches since the team's inaugural game in May, 2012.  He also has a Facebook page titled Peanut Ledge Cafe, which is a collection of photos and adventures at the window ledge of his home where he feeds squirrels.  By day, he practices law as a court-appointed appellate criminal defense attorney in Michigan.  He enjoys Detroit City FC soccer, collecting and using typewriters, and spin classes on a stationary bike.

Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is an Irish poet and editor. His prose, poetry and haiku have been published throughout Europe, America, Australia, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Japan, Canada and Mexico. His writing has been translated into Japanese, Dutch, Croatian, German, Italian, Serbian and Chinese.

He won the Michael Hartnett Viva Voce competition in 2010 and 2016, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2011 and won the Desmond O'Grady International Poetry Contest in 2012.

In 2018, he was placed in Listowel Writers Week and in 2019 he won the Westival Poetry Slam.

His poetry collection Stick on Stone is published by Revival Press.

Mimi Ahern

The creative process has intrigued Mimi Ahern for over 50 years. Midlife, she returned to school to earn an interdisciplinary masters in Creativity at San Jose State University. Throughout her personal and professional life (as a teacher, designer, and staff developer) this interest in creativity has continued.

For the past decade, her creative energy has been focused on haiku. More interested in process than product, she does manage to finish some haiku, submit them for publication, and enjoy seeing them in journals (Heron’s Nest, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Geppo, Aurorean, Mariposa, and Acorn) and in books (Haiku 2020; Wind Flowers, The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2019; The Signature Haiku Anthology, Including Senryu and Tanka; Another Trip around the Sun, 365 Days of Haiku for Children Young and Old.)

Currently Mimi is President of Yuki Teikei Haiku Society and busy with the educational focus of its 45th Anniversary year which will include a book by Patricia Machmiller, dojin, and video clips of her teaching at YTHS workshops. In November of 2020 the clips will be available on YTHS’s Website

Minal Sarosh

Minal Sarosh is an awarded Indian English poet and novelist. Her first poetry book Mitosis and Other Poems, was published by Writers Workshop (1992) Kolkata. Her first novel Soil for My Roots was published by LiFi Publications, New Delhi, 2015.

She has won awards at the All India Poetry Competition 2005, of The Poetry Society (India) Delhi (Commendation Prize); SMS Poetry Competition 2007 & 2008 Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai (Third Prize) among others.

For her haiku poems she has won The Akita International University President’s Award, Japan, 2018 ( First  Prize ) & 2019 (First Prize - Joint Winner ).

Recently her haiku was among the haiku selected as the Judges’ favourites in the Golden Haiku Poetry Contest 2020, USA, and was displayed on a street sign in the Golden Triangle Washington DC neighbourhood.

Her poems have been published in prestigious online and print journals and anthologies like  These My Words The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry (2012), among others.

Her short form poetry like haiku, senryu, and tanka have been published in Muse India, World Haiku Review, Prune Juice --Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haiban & Haiga, Failed Haiku, The Asahi Shimbun, Wales Haiku Journal and in haiku anthologies like the FIRST Katha ebook of haiku, haiban, senryu and tanka and Naad Anunaad anthology of contemporary world haiku, 2016, among others. 

Minal lives in Ahmedabad, India.

Moumita Ghosh
Moumita Ghosh, aka Mou G is a poetess and short story writer. She had done her M.E in Power Engg. and is currently doing her research on Hybrid Energy Storage System (renewable energy sources based). It will broaden the scope of Electric Vehicles in diesel/ combustion engine driven world.
She has been working within the writing world for more than five years. A dark moment and its slideway into spiritual world, inspired her to work on writing as a profession. She won many badges and contests at an international writing platform, WritersCafe. Poetry is at the centre of her writing, she loves to write short poems (haiku, senryu, haibun etc) both in conventional and contemporary style. She is a lover of  nature, animals and cultural aesthetic beauty. Sometimes, she takes photos of nature and artistry. In future, she wants to make a documentary on spiritual realm.
Currently, she is working on her poetry book.
Nadejda Kostadinova

Nadejda Kostadinova is from Sofia in Bulgaria. Having worked in IT she is a now stay-at-home mom and enjoying developing her creative side.

She discovered the beautiful magic of haiku in a haiku workshop.

In January 2019 she received honors in the 6th National December contest organized by the Bulgarian Haiku association. In February she participated in the haiku challenge NaHaiWriMo in Bulgarian and with this she got her first haiku published in a Bulgarian magazine for arts and literature.

Her first English success was in June 2019 in tinywords.com, and since then has had haiku and short poems published in Asahi Haikuist Network, FemkuMag, Hedgerow, The Bamboo Hut, Failed Haiku, Incense Dreams and the English Speaking Union of Japan - Haiku (ESUJ-H). 

Neelam Dadhwal

Ms. Neelam Dadhwal is a haiku poet from Chandigarh, India. Her work has been published in The Criterion, Literary Journal, Haiga Online, Daily Haiga, Muse India, Asahi Haikuist Network, Indian Review and others. She has penned two poetry books, Echoes and Footprints. 

Neera Kashyap

Neera Kashyap has had a career in environmental and health journalism with specialisation in social and health communications. As an author, she has published a book of short stories for young adults (‘Daring to Dream’, Rupa & Co.) and contributed to five prize-winning anthologies of children’s literature (Children’s Book Trust). As a writer of short fiction, poetry, essays and book reviews, her work has appeared in international journals published in USA, UK, Singapore, Pakistan and India. Her poetry has appeared in Verse Virtual (USA); ‘Poetica’, Clarendon Publications & The Poet (UK); Kitaab (Singapore) and in several Indian publications including Mountain Path, Kritya, Narrow Road, The Literary Yard, Erothanatos and in ‘Hibiscus’, an anthology on poems that heal and empower. She lives with her family in Delhi.

Nika

Nika, AKA Jim Force, Ph. D. is a retired educator.  His career focus and interests were outdoor and experiential education. Jim writes under the pen name, Nika. He is a member of Haiku Canada and the Haiku Society of America. His interests include creating photo-haiku and writing collaborative rengay with the Heron’s Quill as well as writing haiku. Jim’s work has been widely published in journals and anthologies both in North America and abroad. He has published two chapbooks: frogs singing (1993) and snail my friend (2015). Jim lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife Colleen. Much of their time is spent with grandkids, walking their dog and for Jim exploring the natural world with camera in hand.

Oliver Leon Porter

Oliver Leon Porter (he/him or they/them) is an award-winning teacher and journalist. He is queer and trans.  He is also a writer, tarot reader, and artist. His work has appeared in The Link newspaper; Spectra, Concordia’s queer student magazine; AskMen.Com; Eternal Haunted Summer, and Vision newspaper in Chateauguay, his hometown. He won the 2013 John H. McDonald journalist’s award for excellence in opinion writing. In 2014, he, Laura Ellyn, and others published a comic book about the 2012 Quebec student strike called En Greve through Friesen Press. In 2019, he won the LCI Education award for excellence in pedagogy. He will appear in Frogpond in the fall and  have multiple poems published in an upcoming pagan anthology with the Troth, an American heathen organization. When teaching or writing, he keeps a cup of tea nearby. In fact, he is drinking one right now. You can find his complete list of works on his website.

Owolabi Awwal Olanrewaju
Owolabi Awwal Olanrewaju is a Nigerian poet who put his thoughts into black and white. A lover of art and a possessor of a very good heart. 
Paul Callus

Paul Callus was born in Ħal Safi, Malta. He is a retired teacher, and has been active in the literary field for around 50 years. He writes poetry, short stories, and lyrics for songs, mostly in English and Maltese. His work has been published in various anthologies, journals and online sites. He has published 3 books (Ħal Safi, Marina, Aħfirli Natasha) and an ebook (Meander). He is also a translator and proof-reader. Apart from writing, his main hobbies are reading, painting, swimming and travelling.

Paul Engel

Paul Engel (his mother wanted to name him Elvis – his father didn’t) was born in Chicago, IL, and now lives in Woodridge, IL, a suburb of Chicago, where he grew up. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart and the father of 5 amazing people and the grandfather of 2 geniuses.

He works in a cubicle.

Ever since reading Issa for the first time in college (BA English) oh those many years ago, he’s been addicted to reading and writing haiku and senryu. There are worse addictions.

He thinks he’s been published a few times and won something once, but Twitter is sufficient to satisfy his current publishing cravings. (He’s too lazy to submit anything anyway anymore and can’t handle rejection either.) He doesn’t have a website (maybe someday), but you can follow him on twitter. 

Pearl

Pearl lives in Australia where she is a writer and photographer. Her hobbies include reading, painting and photography.

Peter Adair

Peter Adair writes in various poetic forms, from haiku to sestinas.  His poems have appeared in The Honest Ulsterman, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Bangor Literary Journal, Hedgerow, The Haiku Foundation, Failed Haiku and other journals and anthologies.  In 2016 he won the Funeral Services Northern Ireland Poetry Competition.  Two poems were shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018.  A poem is forthcoming in Eyewear’s anthology The Best New British and Irish Poets 2019/20 (for poets who have not published a collection).  Friends have urged him to try to publish a late first collection but, but…He lives in Bangor, Co Down.

Peter Draper

Peter Draper lives in the East Riding of Yorkshire in a village called South Cave, near Hull.

He works at the University of Hull as Professor of Nursing Education, and leads the Teaching Excellence Academy.  Additionally he is a part-time priest in his local church.

Peter has been writing poetry for a few years.  Apart from poetry, the other great love in his life is competitive archery.

Poga Humayun Dundiwala

Poga Humayun Dundiwala comes from Bangladeshi.

Pravat Kumar Padhy

Pravat Kumar Padhy is from Odisha, India. He holds Masters in Science and Technology and a Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad. 

 His Japanese short form of poetry has appeared in numerous publications including The Mainichi Daily News, The Heron’s Nest, Modern Haiku,  Chrysanthemum, Under the Basho, Acorn, Presence, Frogpond, Failed Haiku, Akitsu Quarterly, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Wales Haiku Journal and Red Moon Anthology.  

Neena Singh

Neena Singh runs a non-profit working for quality interventions in health and education of economically underprivileged children in Chandigarh, India. After three decades of contributing to the banking industry, Neena devotes her time now to social work and penning poetry. Her haiku have appeared in online journals and magazines viz. Asahi Haikuist Network, The Haiku Foundation's blog Troutswirl, Haikuniverse, Miriam's Well, Akita International Haiku Network and Asahi Shimbun.

She is the author of "Whispers of the Soul — The Journey Within" a book of poetry showcasing her passion for nature and life and "One Breath Poetry — a journal of haiku, senryu & tanka". 

Neena has received many awards for her contribution in banking, management and social work. 

 

She is active on Facebook and has created a Fb group soul2soul which has 1500 members where we run themes on diverse topics (spiritual, philosophical and contemporary) and members share their thoughts. The best posts are then taken to a Fb Page "Best of soul2soul" which is in the public domain. 

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