Kanterman was chosen to head the group that was known at first simply as the Haiku Society. Regular monthly meetings were scheduled, and these were usually held in rooms of the Asia Society or at the offices of the Japan Society. Simple bylaws were drawn up and adopted at the April meeting and with this the group became the Haiku Society of America.
Leroy Kanterman served as its President in —69, and Meetings, readings, workshops, awards programs, and various publications have provided members with stimulation and opportunities to learn about haiku and related art forms and to share their work with a wide variety of people who have an interest in haiku. The Haiku Society of America has played and continues to play a vital role in the English-language haiku movement. The Society's journal, Frogpond , has been published since and appearing three times per year, it contains haiku and related forms of poetry, articles, reviews, contest results, announcements of the Society, and haiku-related news.
Leroy Kanterman was also the Editor of one of the earliest English-language haiku magazines Haiku West. The magazine was edited and published by Leroy Kanterman in New York City, and appeared twice a year from June until January More traditionally oriented, the magazine published many quality haiku and senryu. After the formation of the Haiku Society of America in the winter of —69, Haiku West served as its voice. The establishment of the American Haiku Archive at the California State Library in Sacramento provided for the first time a focal point and central repository for the American haiku movement.
The inauguration of the archive was celebrated in ceremonies on 12 July It was dedicated to the collection, preservation, and promotion of all haiku and related poetry as a vital component of literature in the English language. A prominent American haiku poet has been selected each year as honorary curator. Kanterman, , Our warm thanks go to Charles Trumbull who for several years he has been compiling the Haiku Database, and allowed us to use it for our haiku researches!
Martin Lucas, a remarkable haiku poet, essayist, founder and editor of Presence , was found dead in April His unexpected death shocked the haiku community and resulted in some very touching tributes by fellow haiku poets and friends. Martin was born in in Middlesbrough, England. He lived and worked in Preston. He had a B. Martin was president of the British Haiku Society from to and author and co-editor of several books and anthologies.
Martin was also a keen bird-watcher and he kept extensive records of his bird sightings and regularly assisted local groups and the British Trust for Ornithology in their efforts to monitor bird population patterns. Martin joined the British Haiku Society in , and four years later in with assistance from David Steele, founded Presence — a haiku magazine, specialising in publishing high quality haiku, senryu, tanka, renku and related poetry.
He worked for the government in Washington, DC and in Montreal for several years. While there, he earned a degree in Fine Arts. He was an advocate for peace, and was instrumental in the founding of the Peace Park in Seattle. He was a lifelong Quaker and a lover of flowers especially dahlias and dianthus and his work often illustrates his commitment to the one and his passion for the other. Robert was a longtime member of the Haiku Northwest group, and most recently attended meetings of the Port Townsend haiku group.
In he published a chapbook of haiku Shadows on the Shoji. He said in this book that he had started writing haiku in He also served for two years as the regional coordinator for the Northwest region of the Haiku Society of America. He leaves a haiku legacy that exhibited a distinctive style, usually in a pattern, or close to it, and with memorable, well-wrought images.
He was published widely in all the major journals throughout his long and productive career and won several national and international haiku awards. He lived a life of simplicity, generosity, and kindness and will be greatly missed by his sisters, their families and many friends. Edward D. Robert has also won several national and international haiku awards. March 17, - September 7, Svetlana Marisova was born the only child of a family who knew social and religious persecution in post-Soviet Russia.
The family moved to New Zealand in In her later teens she responded to a perceived call to the cloistered life of contemplative prayer. A diagnosis of terminal brain cancer in late curtailed the way she was able to live out this vocation. Over the remaining two years of her life she wrapped her past and present in even greater cloistered mystery while she tried to come to terms with her future. Fascinated by language as much as she was by the interior silence of contemplation, she gravitated to the combination of both that she could find in writing haiku.
Both sites continue to be maintained by her friends. A selection of her haiku. He was a physician, professor of. It was Peixoto who made haiku known to readers when he published in his book Popular Brazilian Trovas Trovas Populares Brasileiras. This book contains a collection of Brazilian quatrain poems and a few haiku. Up to haiku was not as well known in Brazil, even though a few had been published. The trova was the closest Brazilian poetic form to haiku until then.
It consists of four verses with seven metric syllables each and at least a pair of ending rhymes in the second and fourth verses. According to the author, the Japanese also have their elemental form of art: the haikai. For him, haiku is a lyric epigram, i. Between and , Peixoto was in several European countries in order to acquire new knowledge. In , Couchoud went to Japan to spend a year studyingJapanese language and culture, and a year later, he published his poems.
In , Peixoto again published haiku in his book Beads Missangas. James of the Sword of Portugal. He was also Rector of the University of the Federal District in and after 40 years of outstanding service, he retired. This profile was created in collaboration with the Brazilian poet Rosa Clement. We are very grateful for her help and support! Marinko edited over 30 haiku collections and anthologies, and wrote a number of book reviews.
He was a selector and a translator to and from English, presented in many anthologies. Marinko has published six books: two books of poetry and four bilingual haiku collections. Marinko was not only one of the most presented Croatian haiku poets but he also won numerous awards and honours both national and international. William J. After graduation from high school, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, in but his plans were interrupted by World War II.
He was drafted into the Army Air Force and trained as a cryptographer. Perhaps it was his war experience that helped determine the peaceful path he would follow thereafter. He earned his B.
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Robert became interested in haiku in the late s, through early translations of Japanese haiku. Robert Spiess published his first haiku in in American Poetry Magazine , and he became a participating writer. In , he purchased the premiere issue of American Haiku and two of his poems were published in the second issue. A few years later, he accepted the position of poetry editor for that journal. He was also the author of several articles and essays on haiku and his poems have been featured in numerous publications and anthologies. The premier issue of Modern Haiku was published in , and ten of Robert's haiku appeared in the second issue.
Within a few years, he was appointed associate editor of that journal. In , he published the first of his " Speculations on Haiku " in Modern Haiku, and in , he became that journal's editor and publisher until his death in Robert's countless contributions were integral to the evolution and success of English-language haiku and he was an instrumental mentor in the haiku careers of many contemporary haiku poets. He died in Rijeka in Mile was also a prominent writer and haiku poet and his poems and haiku have been published in magazines and anthologies in Croatia and abroad.
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