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 Graham Bell. 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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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.

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 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. 

 

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 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.

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

Mineko Takahashi

Mineko Takahashi is an early-retired linguist who formerly taught at universities but now teaches Japanese to foreigners living and working in Tokyo. She enjoys singing in a choir and sewing as well as writing haiku.

She has two Instagram sites, one teaching Japanese Idioms your_private_japanese_tutor and one teaching Japanese characters ur_japanese_tutor.

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.

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. 

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.

Pearl

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

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.  

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