• Pray, Sandi

    Sandi Pray

    Born 1949 in Maryland, USA
    Living in North Carolina & Florida, USA

  • Provost, Christopher

    Christopher Provost

    Born 1970 in Springfield, MA, USA
    Living in Nashua, NH, USA
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  • Rehling, Michael

    Michael Rehling

    Born 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Living in Presque Isle, Michigan, USA

  • Reichhold, Jane

    Jane ReichholdJane Reichhold

    Born 1937 in Lima, Ohio, U.S.A.
    Died in 2016

    I’ve been writing haiku since the 1960s and have published over 40 books of haiku, renga, and tanka. I have translated 7 books from the Japanese with the best seller being Basho The Complete Haiku. Writing and Enjoying Haiku, also published by Kodansha, along with A Dictionary of Haiku, by AHA Books, are still often on Amazon’s best-seller list. The latest tanka book, was translated with Machiko Kobayashi from Akiko Yosano’s most famous book, Midaregami – Tangled was started in 1995 and  AHAforum is the place poets meet online since 2006.

  • Root-Bernstein, Michele

    Michele Root-BernsteinMichele Root-Bernstein

    born in USA in 1953
    lives in Michigan, USA

    Michele Root-Bernstein devotes herself to haiku, haibun, and haiga. Her work appears in journals and anthologies at home and abroad and on three large rocks in Ohio. She has served as co-editor of Frogpond and book editor of Modern Haiku. Currently she facilitates the Evergreen Haiku study group in mid-Michigan.


  • Rotella, Alexis

    Alexis Rotella

    Born 1947 in Johnstown Pennsylvania, USA
    Living in Arnold, Maryland, USA
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  • Salzer, Jacob

    Jacob SalzerJacob Salzer

    Born in Renton, WA USA
    Living Vancouver, WA, USA
    Jacob Salzer is a haiku poet who served as the managing editor for the following haiku anthologies: Yanty’s Butterfly (2016), New Bridges (2018), and Half A Rainbow (2020) and is currently the managing editor for a haiku anthology dedicated to people who don’t have access to clean water. His poetry website can be found at:


  • Savich, Agnes Eva

    Agnes Eva Savich

    Born 1976 in Krakow, Poland
    Living in Austin, Texas, USA
    Agnes Eva Savich has been writing haiku since 2003. A featured Southwestern Haijin in Roadrunner Haiku Journal (2006), she continues to be published in haiku journals, and has an early collection of poetry, The Watcher: Poems (Cedar Leaf Press, 2009).
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  • Speiss, Robert Clayton

    Robert Clayton SpeissRobert Clayton Spiess

    (16 October 1921 – 13 March 2002)

    “A true haiku is an experience experiencing itself.”

    (Speculations by Robert Spiess)

    Robert Spiess, editor of American Haiku and Modern Haiku was born on 16 October 1921 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After graduation from high school, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, in 1939 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.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Botany and English, and then received an M.S., with a major in Vocational Guidance.

    Robert became interested in haiku in the late 1930s, through early translations of Japanese haiku.

    In the late ’40s and early ’50s he acquired R.H. Blyth’s four volumes of Haiku, and from then on he became hooked on this poetic genre. Robert Spiess published his first haiku in 1949 in American Poetry Magazine, and he became a participating writer. In 1963, 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.

    Robert Spiess’ first collection of haiku, The Heron's Legs, was published in 1966 by American Haiku in Platteville, Wisconsin and over the years he published ten more books. 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 1969, and ten of Robert's haiku appeared in the second issue. Within a few years, he was appointed associate editor of that journal. In 1977, he published the first of his "Speculations on Haiku" in Modern Haiku, and in 1978, he became that journal's editor and publisher until his death in 2002.

    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.

    Books Published:  


    • The Heron’s Legs (American Haiku, Platteville, Wisconsin, 1966);
    • The Turtle’s Ears (Wells Printing Co., Madison, Wisconsin, 1971);
    • Five Caribbean Haibun (Wells Printing Co., Madison, Wisconsin, 1972);
    • The Shape of Water (Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1982);
    • The Bold Silverfish and Tall River Junction (Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1986);
    • New and Selected Speculations on Haiku (Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1988);
    • The Cottage of Wild Plum (Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1991);
    • A Year’s Speculation on Haiku (Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1995);
    • noddy (Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1997);
    • noddy & the halfwit [with Lee Gurga] (Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1999);
    • some sticks and pebbles (Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 2001).

    Some awards and other honours: 

    • In 1988, Robert Spiess was awarded the Haiku Society of America's Special Recognition Award "for a profound, insightful book about haiku".
    • In 2000, in Matsuyama, Japan, Robert was presented with the first Shiki International Haiku Award for his achievement in disseminating and deepening the understanding of haiku in English-speaking countries.
    • From 2000-2001, Robert was Honorary Curator of the American Haiku Archives.

    Selected work: 

    among these willows:
         and breathing the light that falls
              from leaf to green leaf

    (The Heron's Legs, American Haiku, Platteville, Wisconsin, 1966)


    A drive out of town —
    and best of all the billboard
    that a wind blew down

    (Modern Haiku Vol.5:1, 13, 1974)


    Evening in the park
    — and the snow lodging also
    in the statue’s eyes

    (Modern Haiku Vol.6:1, 11, 1975)


    A couch à la Freud, —
    curing souls of sex and things
    by which they’re annoyed

    (Modern Haiku Vol. 6:3, 21, 1975)


    “Canoeing the Bend” [sequence]
    (Modern Haiku Vol.8:3, 12, 1977):

    canoeing the bend —
    a fox in the evening dusk
    mouses in a field

    canoeing the bend —
    a man throwing stones at coots
    turns away

    canoeing the bend —
    motionless, a short-eared owl
    watches from an oak

    canoeing the bend —
    on a sunny ledge of rock
    a rattler stirs

    canoeing the bend
    another bend ahead
    thank you

    canoeing the bend
    in a spit of April snow —
    warblers flying by


    a     square
    of      water
    re f l e c t s
    the    moon

    (The Shape of Water, Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1982)


    ice cubes
            in each one's glass

    (The Bold Silverfish and Tall River Junction, Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1986)


    the field's evening fog—
       quietly the hound comes
          to fetch me home

    (The Cottage of Wild Plum, Modern Haiku Press, Madison, 1991); Frogpond 14:4 (1991)


    wild roses . . .
    tarrying beside one
         touched by time

    (From a Kind Neighbor, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 1997)


    walking for my heart...
        so many little karmas
            beneath a step

    (some sticks and pebbles, Modern Haiku Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 2001)

    Some essays:

    • “Multiple-sense Imagery in Haiku”, Modern Haiku Vol.2:1, 15–16, 1970
    • “Notes on Writing Haibun”, Modern Haiku Vol.3:1, 11, 1972 
    • “The Problem of Originality in Haiku”, Modern Haiku Vol.4:2, 30–34, 1973
    • “The Problem of Beauty in Haiku”, Modern Haiku Vol.6:3, 30–32, 1975
    • “The Problem of the Ordinary in Haiku”, Modern Haiku Vol.7:2, 16–17, 1976
      “A Comparison of Characteristics of English Language Haiku and Senryu”, Modern Haiku Vol.7:3, 30–31, 1976
    • “The Problem of Explanation and Interpretation in American Haiku”, Modern Haiku Vol.7:3, 15–17, 1976
    • “A Few Notes on the Now-Moment”, Modern Haiku Vol.8:2, 38, 1977
    • “The Problem of Reading Haiku”, Modern Haiku Vol.8:1, 30–34, 1977
      “Toward a Theory of Fundamental Balance in Haiku”, Modern Haiku Vol.8:1, 39–40, 1977


    Wikipedia (Russian)
    An Interview with Robert Spiess by Michael Dylan Welch at (Modern Haiku Vol.33:3, Autumn 2002)


  • Stevens, Mary

    Mary StevensMary Stevens

    Born 1965 in USA
    Living at present: Hurley, NY USA

    A member of HSA since 2003, Mary Stevens co-judged with John Stevenson the 2013 Nicholas Virgilio Haiku Contest. At the 2015 Haiku North America in Schenectady, NY, she presented “The Cicada’s Voice: How Wabi Sabi Can Teach Us How to Live.


  • Stevenson, John

    John StevensonJohn Stevenson

    Born 1948 in Ithaca, New York, USA
    Living in Nassau, New York, USA
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  • Tennison, Michelle

    Michelle TennisonMichelle Tennison

    Born 1963 in Cumberland, Maryland USA
    Living in Blackwood, New Jersey USA

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  • Thunell, Carrie Ann

    Carrie Ann Thunell

    Born 1958 in USA.

    Carrie Ann (CAT) Thunell has had poetry and/or art published in over 75 print magazines.

    She was editor of the Nisqually Delta Review, which ran for 3 years. Her haiga has been on Simply Haiku, and Haigaonline. Ms Thunell has been published in several of Robert Epstein’s haiku anthologies.



  • Tice, Richard

    Richard Tice

    Born in the U.S.A.; currently resides in Kent, Washington, U.S.A.
    Richard Tice started writing haiku and essays on the form in the 1970s while teaching English in Japan. In the ‘80s he edited Dragonfly: East/West Haiku Quarterly. He has translated more than 200 Japanese haiku. Two collections of his haiku, Station Stop and Familiar and Foreign, have been published.


  • Tico, Tom

    Tom TicoTom Tico

    (15 May 1942 – 4 February 2016)

    Thomas Michael Tico was born on 15 May 1942 in San Francisco, California and he lived nearly all his life in the city he loved. Tom Tico’s first haiku appeared in American Haiku in 1966. And since then his poems have been steadily published in various haiku magazines and in a number of anthologies: Cor van den Heuvel’s “The Haiku Anthology”, Bruce Ross’s “Haiku Moment”, and the “San Francisco Haiku Anthology”.  Tom also had numerous essays published, mainly in Frogpond, Modern Haiku and other haiku journals. In 1989 Tom Tico was a co-judge to the “1989 Gerald Brady Senryu Awards”. In 1992, he co-edited The San Francisco Haiku Anthology (Smythe-Waithe Press, 1992).

    Committed to living an artistic life, Tom Tico dedicated his life to his passion as a haiku poet. In the early 70's, he determined conventional employment was no longer for him. He resigned from his work with the US Postal Service, and dedicated his time and energy for the remainder of his life to creative and personally satisfying pursuits. While his commitment to this path was not without challenges, Tom never wavered from his absolute certainty that he was living his life the way he needed to in order to be true to himself.

    In 1998 Tom self-published a book "Spring Morning Sun". In the ‘Introduction’ to the book he wrote: “From 1985 through 1995 I spent over seven years in a state of homelessness, sleeping in a redwood forest in Golden Gate Park.”  His experience from those years shaped his haiku significantly. Tom’s life just comes through in his haiku:

    At the soup kitchen,
       a faded reproduction
          of The Last Supper

    In my sleeping bag
       in a fetal position;
          this cold autumn night

    Later in his life, Tom developed a passion for photography, and applied the same lens evident in many of his haiku - the beauty of the marriage between the natural and the urban environment.

    Tom loved to walk, which gave him the opportunity to find inspiration for his haiku or his photography. Movies and books were two of Tom's other life-long enjoyments. He had an extraordinary knowledge of movies, directors, actors and authors.

    Tom Tico passed away peacefully on 4 February 2016 due to a degenerative lung disease. On the last night of his life, he reflected with contentment on his life "as an outsider", the significance of being able to take satisfaction in the character of his children, and his readiness for whatever came next. Tom is survived by his brother, Edward Tico; children: Christopher, Alexander, Minerva and Nathanael Tico; daughters-in-law: Wendy, Kristin and Rebecca; and grandchildren: Jonathan, Alex, Jordan, Morgan, Reeva, Adrian, Gabriella, and Sawyer.

    Some publications:

    • Tico, Tom. “Personification” [workshop]. Frogpond 21.1 (1998);
    • Tico, Tom. “The Imaginative Haiku: Readings by Tom Tico” [workshop]. Frogpond 20.1 (1999);
    • Tico, Tom. “Affinities: Thoreau and the Japanese Haiku Poets” [workshop]. Frogpond 22.3 (1999);
    • Tico, Tom. “Like a Fine Wine” [workshop]. Frogpond 22.2 (1999);
    • Tico, Tom. “The Dark Side of Kali” [workshop]. Frogpond 22.1 (1999);
    • Tico, Tom. “The Music of Haiku” [workshop]. Frogpond 24.2 (2001);
    • Tico, Tom. “The Sad, Lonely Poetry of the City” [workshop]. Frogpond 20.3 (12/1/1997);
    • Tico, Tom. “Endlessness in a Small Frame: Readings” [workshop]. Frogpond 18.2 (summer 1995);
    • Tico, Tom. “A Handful of Shadows, Readings” [workshop]. Frogpond 18.4 (winter 1995);
    • Tico, Tom. “Tassajara Zen Center” [sequence [5]]. Modern Haiku 10:1 (Winter–Spring 1979);
    • Tico, Tom. “A Reading of Marjory Bates Pratt” [workshop]. Modern Haiku 13:1 (Winter–Spring 1982);
    • Tico, Tom. “Scarecrow Reading” [workshop]. Modern Haiku 13:2 (Summer 1982);
    • Tico, Tom. “The Sun the Moon and the Stars: A Reading of Foster Jewell” [workshop]. Modern Haiku 14:2 (Summer 1983);
    • Tico, Tom. “The Peach-Blossom Spring [O Southard]” [workshop]. Modern Haiku 14:3 (Fall 1983);
    • Tico, Tom. “River and Mountain: A Reading of Larry Gates” [workshop [10]]. Modern Haiku 15:1 (Winter- Spring 1984);
    • Tom Tico, "The Spice of Life", Frogpond 30:1 (winter 2007).

    In anthologies:

    • Cor van den Heuvel, editor. The Haiku Anthology: English Language Haiku by Contemporary American and Canadian Poets (1974).
    • Cor van den Heuvel, editor. The Haiku Anthology: Haiku and Senryu in English (revised [2nd] edition, 1986), and (expanded [3rd] edition, 1999).
    • Bruce Ross, ed., Haiku Moment (1993)

    Selected haiku: 

    autumn evening . . .
       a page of the old book
          separates from the spine

    (Honorable Mention: 1999 Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award)

    First days of summer . . .
          already the leaves gather
                beneath the sycamores

    (Honorable Mention: 1990 Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award)


    A wisp of spring cloud
      drifting apart from the rest. . . .
         slowly evaporates.

    (“The Haiku Anthology Revised Edition”, Simon and Schuster, 1986, pg. 242)


    old plum trees:
       how quickly the one dies
          after the other

    (Modern Haiku 38:3, autumn 2007)


    at the burial
    one of the black umbrellas
    breaks down

    (Modern Haiku 41:3, autumn 2010)


    in this little part
    of the solar system
          dust motes

    (Frogpond 37:3, Autumn 2014)


    running along the glassy beach
    on top of themselves

    a windless morning
    and still the plum blossoms
    flutter to the ground

    Dusk …
    the whole forest dark
    except for the lilies

    the purple rhododendrons
    shadows of evening

    a morning fog:
    again and again the caw
    of an unseen crow

    On every step
    of the old stone stairway –
    autumn leaves

    (Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku, Tuttle Publishing, 1993) edited by Bruce Ross


    As day breaks...
       the lightness of her breath
           on my back

    (“The Haiku Anthology”, ed. by Cor van den Heuvel, Norton 1999, pg.222)


    Sitting in the sun
        in the middle of the plants
            that I just watered

    (Woodnotes 25, 1995)


    Beside the tenement
    a box of broken glass
    filled with autumn sun

    Mud-puddle water
    going this way and that--
    spring wind

    After gazing at stars . . .
    now, I adjust to the rocks
    under my sleeping bag

    Nothing to bring her . . .
    except flowers from the gardens
    all along the way

    Shortening the line
    at the soup kitchen--
    the first fall rain

    The old carving tree . . .
    a new pair of initials
    and the first young leaves

    The white butterfly
    just the touch of my shadow
    and it flies away

    ("Spring Morning Sun" (1998)


    Misting across
    the cold bright stars -
    my own breath

    (Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 28, 2016)

    This profile was created with the kind help of Charles Trumbull, Peggy Mather, John Stevenson and Michael Dylan Welch.

    And this is Tom’s tribute written by his children at the San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 28, 2016:



    the vague shapes
    of familiar trees


    beneath purple leaves
    the unpicked fruit
    stains the sidewalk


    after a long stretch of stargazing   first light


    around the corner
    from the swank nursing home
    one for the poor


    Valentine’s Day:
    my heart favors
    the plum blossoms


    in this little part
    of the solar system
          dust motes


        the hard and fast lines


    following the lead my elongated shadow


    cold park:
    so many trees


    emphysema --
    it could be the name
    of an exotic femme fatale
    who ends up leaving you


    Easter morning
    rising later
    than usual


    angels’ trumpets
    yet here and there
    a bit of rust


    getting to know
    the night


    the chiaroscuro of crows and morning mist


    intermittent rain the long and the short of it


    making the most
    of the broken-down fence


    in the world
    but not of it --
    autumn wind


    just another
    of winter’s losses --
    my singing voice


    every bit as black
    as the plumage of the crows --
    their strident cries

  • Tico, Tom

    Tom TicoTom Tico

    May 15, 1942 - February 4, 2016
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  • van Zutphen, Ted

    Ted van Zutphen

    Born 1950 in Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Living in a mobile home travelling USA
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  • Villa, Christine L.

    Christine L. Villa

    Born in Quezon City, Philippines
    Living in Sacramento, California, USA
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  • Whitman, Neal

    Neal Whitman

    Born 1948 in Boston Massachusetts, USA
    Living in Pacific Grove, California, USA
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  • Williams, Joshua Eric

    Joshua Eric WilliamsJoshua Eric Williams

    Born 1983 in Carrollton, GA, USA
    Joshua Eric Williams is from Carrollton, GA. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry from Western State Colorado University. His work explores and experiments with short forms (including haiku, senryu, epigrams, sonnets, pantoums, and villanelles).