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A Hundred Gourds 5:3 June 2016

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Editorial Staff

Lorin Ford, Australia
Haiku Editor, Managing Editor


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


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 (2008–2011 and 2013–2015) and A New Resonance 6 (Red Moon Press); Montage: The Book and Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press); Haiku in English: The First 100 Years (W. W. Norton & Co); and Nest Feathers (The Heron’s Nest Press), 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), third place in the Robert Speiss Memorial Contest (2012), 2nd place for her tanka in the Haiku Poets of Northern California contest for 2013, and an HM for her tanka in Mandy’s Pages Annual Tanka Contest in 2015.

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). In 2015, she co-edited an anthology for the Seabeck 2014 Haiku Retreat and is a co-editor for the 2016 Tanka Society of America anthology.

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


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.

Mike Montreuil, Canada
Haibun Editor

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).

Ron Moss, Australia
Consulting & Contributing Artist


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


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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