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A Hundred Gourds 5:2 March 2016

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Editorial Staff


Lorin Ford, Australia
Haiku Editor, Managing Editor
haikugourds@gmail.com

lorin

Lorin Ford writes haiku and longer poems from her tumbling-down C19 worker's cottage home in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia. Much of Lorin's early childhood was spent on the foreshore and beach of a Melbourne bay-side suburb. From age nine she lived with her father, who ran the pub in a small East Gippsland timber town. She left school early, at fourteen, preferring a 'glamorous' career in hairdressing to her year 9 correspondence lessons. Later, she received an Honours degree in English Literature and a Dip. Ed. and subsequently taught high school English and ESL. This century, she received a Dip. Prof. Writing & Editing. She has remained an eternal student, enjoying her discovery of new aspects of the world, and of poetry, especially.

Lorin's haiku have been widely published in Australian and overseas journals and anthologies including the Red Moon Anthologies 2008 – 2014 and A New Resonance #7 (Red Moon Press), Montage: The Book, Haiku21, Haiku 2014 and Haiku 2015 (Modern Haiku Press), Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton & Co), and Where the River Goes (Snapshot Press), A Vast Sky (Tancho Press) and Nest Feathers (The Heron’s Nest Press). Her credits include first prize in the 6th and 7th paper wasp Jack Stamm awards, in 2005 and 2006, first prize in the Shiki Salon Annual Haiku Awards 2005 – free format category, Winner and runner-ups – The Haiku Calendar Competition 2010, Winner – The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011, first prize – contemporary category, THF's 'Haiku Now! 2010 Contest', first prize – Katikati Haiku Pathway Contest, 2012 and 2014 and the FreeXpresSion haiku contest, 2014. Her first haiku collection, a wattle seedpod, was awarded first place in the Haiku Society of America Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards, 2009.

Three Lights Gallery published what light there is an online collection of thirty of Lorin's haiku, in 2009, and Mann Library featured her haiku daily in May, 2011. Her short collection, A Few Quick Brushstrokes , was one of the winners of the 2011 Snapshot Press eChapbook Contest. More information may be found in her responses to Curtis Dunlap's Three Questions at Blogging Along Tobacco Road.

Lorin served on the judging panel for the Haiku Dreaming Australia Awards in 2009 and for The Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2010,2011 and 2012. She was one of the four founding editors of Notes from the Gean and served as haiku editor from its first issue in June 2009 through to its ninth issue in June 2011.


Susan Constable, Canada
Tanka Editor
tankagourds2@gmail.com

susan

Susan Constable lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada. With Georgia Strait at her doorstep, she enjoys watching a plethora of wildlife, including harbour seals, otters, and sea lions. Black-tailed deer meander through the garden, bald eagles perch nearby, and flocks of seabirds capture her attention on a daily basis.

After editing her school’s literary journal in grade twelve, Susan abandoned creative writing for 35 years. Following the sudden death of her youngest child, however, she returned to poetry as a way to express her grief. For the next decade, Susan explored many forms of poetry, before a friend suggested she enter the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Contest in 2006. Upon receiving Sakura and Highly Commended Awards for her two entries, her love of the form took hold.

Her haiku and senryu have been featured in the Red Moon Anthologies (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), New Resonance 6, and Montage, the Book, as well as in Haiku in English: The First 100 Years, plus numerous other anthologies. In 2012, Modern Haiku 43:3 included a selection of her work in their Spotlight Feature. She received first place in the Francine Porad Haiku Contest (2010) and placed third in the Robert Speiss Memorial Contest (2012).

Susan judged the Francine Porad Haiku Contest (2011) and was one of the judges for the Gerald Brady Senryu Contest (2012). She also co-judged the Tanka Society of America’s Contest (2014).

Several of her tanka have received Reader’s Choice Awards in various journals. In the Tanka Society of America Contests, Susan received 3rd place (2010) and an HM (2013). Other tanka appear in Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volumes Three and Four. In 2013, one of her poems was chosen for commentary and the back cover of Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America’s journal, and her tanka collection, The Eternity of Waves, was one of the winning entries in the eChapbook Awards for 2012, sponsored by Snapshot Press. A broader selection of her tanka appears in Ribbons, where she was the featured essayist for the Poet and Tanka series, Issue 11:2 (2015).


Sandi Pray, USA
Haiga Editor
haigagourds@gmail.com

melinda

Sandi Pray is a retired high school library media specialist living a quiet life in the wilds of the North Carolina mountains and forest marshes of North Florida. As a vegan she is a protector of life and the rhythms of nature.

Sandi fell in love with the art of haiku/haiga in 2011 through a 'Band of Poets' on Twitter and then Facebook. With their inspiration and encouragement she continues to share her encounters and observations of the natural world each day. Through hiking, running and photography she finds her moments everywhere.

Sandi's haiku, haiga and tanka have appeared in WHA Haiga, Daily Haiku, Daily Haiga, Simply Haiku, Modern Haiku, AHG, Frogpond, Cattails, Acorn, Akitsu Quarterly, Hedgerow Poems, Brass Bell, Mann Library Daily Haiku, Under the Basho, Seize the Poem Anthology, DVerse Poetry Anthology, Fragments Anthology, Skylark, Moonbathing, Bright Stars and Atlas Poetica 20. She archives her own haiga on her blog, ravencliffs.

Aubrie Cox, USA
Haiga Editor

melinda

A native to the Midwest [USA], Aubrie Cox is an academic by day, editor and poet by night. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Writing from Millikin University in 2011, and her M.A. in Creative Writing at Ball State University in 2013. Currently she teaches as an adjunct professor at Millikin University and Richland Community College.

Aubrie went to college to write a novel and came out writing haiku. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of online and print journals such as Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Eucalypt, and bottle rockets, and has been anthologized in the annual Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku and Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka. In early 2013, Aubrie was one of 17 poets included in A New Resonance 8: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku , from Red Moon Press. She's received a Touchstone Award for individual published poem from The Haiku Foundation, and the Museum of Haiku Literature Award for best published poem in an issue of Frogpond, from the Haiku Society of America. Her first chapbook, tea's aftertaste, was published by Bronze Man Books in 2011. .

While regularly blogging and creating collaborative collections on Yay Words! , Aubrie also writes a column for Haiku Society of America's newsletter Ripples. It focuses on haiku writing aesthetics and techniques via example and analysis.


Mike Montreuil, Canada
Haibun Editor
haibungourds@gmail.com

Mike Montreuil

Mike has been haibun editor for issues 1:3 (June) onward. He lives in the old city of Gloucester, Ontario, Canada with his family and a trio of tuxedo cats.  His English and French haiku, tanka and haibun have been published on-line or in print throughout the world.  His latest book of haibun  is The Neighbours are Talking (Bondi Studios, 2011).


Kala Ramesh, USA
Renku Guest Editor

haikugourds@gmail.com

William

Kala Ramesh is the originator of the shortest 8 verse renku, ‘Rasika.’ She has been instrumental in bringing Indian school kids and college youth into haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, tanka prose and renku. Indian classical music, being extempore in nature, has taught Kala to think within and without the box — to be creative, daring and innovative and still adhere to the demands of an art form. Her latest passion is to paint city walls with haiku, to weave in a pause, a breather into hectic lives. It can be viewed at: haikuchronicles.com.

Featured Haiku Poet: Simply Haiku (November 2009). An interview on Tanka Online from January to July 2010. Featured In Mann Library haiku daily in April, 2011. Kala's haiku have been widely published in India and overseas journals and anthologies including Haiku 21 and Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press), Haiku in English: First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton & Co).

Kala has organised four Haiku Festivals in India in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013. Through her initiative, IN haiku was formed on 23rd February at the Haiku Utsav 2013 — to get Indian haiku poets under one umbrella to promote, enjoy and sink deeper into the beauty and intricacies of this art form.

Kala is chief mentor for the Creative Writing Initiative of Katha and the Central Board of Secondary School As an external faculty member, Kala teaches haiku, tanka, haibun, tanka prose and renku— a 60-hour course at the Symbiosis International University.

Kala Ramesh’s haiku workshops and reading of her work in Literary Festivals: Hyderabad Literary Festival – 2008, 2010 & 2013. Prakriti Poetry Festival Chennai– 2010 December. Pune Biennale – February 2013 & February 2015, Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) September 2013 and in September 2015, with an Australian poet Kathryn Hummel in “Crossing Poetic Genres”. Bookaroo Children’s Literary Festival – Oct 2012 in Delhi, May 2013 in Kashmir, Oct 2014 in Pune, Nov 2015 in Pune and Dec 2015 in Goa. Katha Utsav, a Katha & CBSE Creative Writers Initiative – Dec 2012, Dec 2013, Dec 2014 and the up-coming one in December 2015, Gyaan Adab, Malhar Festival, on 18 July, 2015, Haiku North America 2015 Conference at Albany, NY on 15th Oct 2015, British Haiku Society’s Winter Gathering at the Conway Hall in London on Saturday 14th November, 2015, Goa Arts and Literary Festival (GALF) – Dec 2015, Kala Academy, Goa, a 3-day haiku workshop for drama undergraduates, December 2015.


William Sorlien, USA
Renku Editor

William

William began writing haikai and Japanese poetic forms while attending classes in the martial arts with an intent to stay fit. His sensei, a Buddhist practitioner, kept a small lending library in the dojo. After suffering a severe knee injury while training, he found the time to peruse some of those tomes on the shelves. Within them he discovered a form of poetry that immediately struck him with its austere beauty and poignancy. Enchanted, he endeavored to write in that style, and over the next year he produced six or seven hundred verses, most of a variable quality. He next turned to the Internet, and, enlightened by what he found there, he tossed aside the bulk of his poems and started over again. He became a member of the World Haiku Club and has been writing Japanese-genre poetics ever since. At the suggestion of his Susumu-Sensei, he became deeply involved in haikai-no-renga.

William has had his haiku, haiga, haibun, tanka and renku published in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Haibun Today, Notes From The Gean, Presence, Simply Haiku, Temps Libre, The World Haiku Review, and numerous other venues. A Triparshva renku he led, "The Tiniest Pebble," won first place in the 2010 Journal of Renku and Renga Haikai Contest. He now focuses almost exclusively on renku for the inspiration and knowledge he garners with each collaboration.

He blogs at http://haikubanditsociety.blogspot.com and at http://greenteaandbirdsong.blogspot.com.



Ron Moss, Australia
Consulting & Contributing Artist

Ron

Ron is a visual artist, poet and lover of haiku. His poetry has won international awards and been translated into several languages. Ron's art is sold as limited edition-prints and originals. He has been featured in poetry journals and has designed several book covers. Ron lives and works in Tasmania, a small Island State of Australia; a wonderful wild place filled with beautiful scenery and wilderness areas. This influences his creative expression very much and it inspires every day.

Ron considers himself a student of the Zen arts, which have fascinated him from an early age. In his own words, "To me, the path of making art and writing poetry is one of self-exploration. When I create, it's the sum of all the experiences and the explorations I have made in my life so far."

Awards and Other Honors: Ron is one of the featured poets in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2007). His haiku appear in the Watersmeet Haiku Group Anthology, and his haiga in several editions of Reeds: Contemporary Haiga (Lone Egret Press). Some of his other awards and other honors include: Grand Prize [with Ferris Gilli, Matthew Paul and Paul MacNeil], the Haiku Society of America's Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition (2010); five First Place awards in the Yellow Moon Seed Pearls Contest in haiku, haibun and renku as well as numerous Second Prizes and Honourable Mention awards; various wins and placings for haiga in the World Haiku Association Haiga awards; Winner, the Devonport Poetry Prize -Traditional Section, for a haiku sequence 'Mersey River'; Winner, the Final Words International haiku Competition (2009); Winner, the Zen Garden Haiku Contest (December, 2004); Second Place, the Haiku Society of America's Harold G. Henderson Awards for Haiku (2009); Second Place, the Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards (2007); First Place, the Shiki Internet Kukai 5th Annual Poets' Choice Kukai [kigo] (2007); Third Place, the Shiki Internet Kukai 3rd Annual Poets' Choice Kukai [free format] (2005); Second Place, the Haiku Society of America's Gerald M. Brady Senryu Awards (2005); Second Place, the Presence Award (2004); Gold Medal, NPAC [haiga] (April 2003); Second Place, the 7th Mainichi Daily News Contest [International Section] (2003).

Ron's website and some of his published work can be found at:



Jim Sullivan, USA
Webmaster
webmastergourds@gmail.com

webmaster

Jim is married with two children and three grandchildren. Jim is a retired Information Technology manager and writes haibun and haiku commentary. Recently several of his pieces appeared in Notes from the Gean, A Hundred Gourds, Haibun Today, and Contemporary Haibun Online .

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