was born in Hamilton ON in 1951, and began writing poems and short poems there in 1968, found the word haiku for the first
time after I was writing them in a copy of Alan Watts' 'Way of Zen' which was on my mother's bookshelf next to the skin-care
books and Chatelaines. Moved to Toronto for University of Toronto attendance in 1970 and took my BA in Philosophy from Woodsworth
College in 1975. Have a son, Ramana born 1980 of a previous marriage and married poet and guerilla gardener, Karen Sohne in
her mother's Farmingdale NY backyard in 1998 and now live in Toronto where I am a practising poet and publisher.
Marshall, master rengishi of the Haiku Canada meetings, will read and discuss
haiku translations from the masters and other foreign languages as well as leading the two late-night renku sessions. Looking
for a fantastic party? Join Marshall and Karen in the residence lounge after the evening readings.
is an Australian, amateur (tanka) poet,and a professional translator of Japanese, specializing, since her retirement from
government service, in the translating of contemporary Japanese women's tanka poetry. She has published 6 books of such
translation to date, and is currently working on a 7th. Amelia lives in Australia. She, along with Mariko Kitabuko, will
be presenting a bi-lingual performance to music, (as against a simple reading), of Mariko's Japanese tanka in Japanese, alternating
with the English translations (which Ameila has made) of each tanka. They will also read some of Amelia's tanka in Japanese
and English. The idea is to give non-Japanese poets an idea of the sound and rhythm of tanka
Japanese, while, by providing the English translations, both verbally and on printed sheets, they will ensure that their
audience knows what these tanka mean.
Mariko is an experienced performance poet who, along with
Amelia Fielden, recently did a musical performance of her tanka poetry in Australia. Mariko's new book (which will be in
bilingual format), is a collection of some 280 Japanese tanka translated by Amelia. It will be published under the title
of "On This Same Star", early in 2006. Mariko lives in Japan.
finds writing haiku a source of deep
refreshment. She is presently the Secretary of the
of America. Half of her life was spent
in Japan as a student of Asian Studies and Literature,
and as an
instructor of ESL and creative writing. She
has nurtured budding haiku poets of all ages in Japan
the USA. Presently, she lives in Washington state
where she teaches ESL and has just established the
Haiku Workshop. Fluent in Japanese, she has completed an English translation of a Japanese-American haiku poet's collection,
Jacaranda by Hatsuyo Mori (with the translation team of YasuomiKoganei and Ken Saito), published by Red Moon Press in 2003.Her
chapbook, sunlit jar was published in the Netherlandsand is in its 3rd edition. Fifteen of her haiku appear in A New
Resonance 4: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, published in 2005 by Red
Howard Lee Kilby served as secretary of the Haiku Society
of America 1999-2002. He is presently serving as the HSA South Region Coordinator. He joined The Canadian Haiku Society in
2006 in preparation for attending Haiku Canada at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has longed to visit
UBC and Vancouver for years. He studied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the department of religion while living at
Koko An Zendo off campus. His interest in Zen is as a dewdrop in the morning sun.
Michael Dylan Welch:
Dylan Welch is currently first vice president of the Haiku Society of America, and is editor/publisher of Tundra: The Journal
of the Short Poem and of Press Here haiku and tanka books. In 2000 he founded the Tanka Society of America, and served as
its president for five years. In 1996 he cofounded the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento,
and in 1991 he cofounded the Haiku North America conference. His haiku have been published in hundreds of journals and anthologies
in more than a dozen languages (most recently Turkish), and he has won first place in each of the Drevniok, Henderson, Brady,
and Tokutomi contests, among others. He lives with his wife and two children in Sammamish, Washington, and works as an editor
Allan Brown was born in Victoria and presently lives in Powell
Rver, BC. His poetry has been published in a variety of Canadian journals since 1962
is partly collected in 19 books and chapbooks. His two volumes of haiku are: What Day Is It? (Far Field Press, 2004) and:
a penny in the grass
(Ekstasis Editions, 2006).
McCullough is a freelance editor/writer and a parent, who resides in Vancouver, BC. Her favourite professional work is crafting
and midwiving personal stories, which is akin her chief delight in writing haiku: capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Her haiku have been published nationally and internationally.
photographer, Carole MacRury is a Canadian who resides in Point Roberts, Washington. She is a regular featured reader for
Vancouver Co-op Radio, has mentored haiku beginners and has been published in North America, Japan, Romania and Croatia.
was born in Tokyo and immigrated to Canada in 1971. Ph.D. from University of British Columbia. Currently she is an assistant
professor at the University of Lethbridge. She published her first collection of tanka in 1989 (Tokyo, Shinpu-sha). She is
the editor of GUSTS, Canada’s first English tanka journal. She translated 101 modern and contemporary tanka into English
with Amelia Fielden and it will be published as Ferris Wheel by Cheng & Tsui in May 2006.
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