• Bikov, Todor

    Todor BikovTodor Bikov

    (12 December 1956 – 24 May 2016)

    Todor Bikov was born on 12 December 1956 in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. He graduated the Theological SeminarySt John of Rila” andholds a Master of Diplomacy and International relations. Resided and worked in Plovdiv since 1983. Bikov was a widely published poet, publicist, political scientist, and art critic. He was a lecturer at Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”. He worked in the 42nd National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria (2013-2014) as a senior expert in the Committee on Religions and Parliamentary Ethics; also worked as a freelance journalist and associate in the "Literature, Art, Culture" section of Radio Plovdiv, head of the "Society" and "Culture" department in the Plovdiv News (Пловдивски новини) newspaper and editor of the Glas(Глас) regional newspaper.

    Bikov was founder and editor-in-chief of the Art Club (Арт клуб) newspaper (1994-2004). In 2003 along with Ivanka Yankova he co-founded the Haiku Club-Plovdiv (HCP) and later in 2005 he compiled and edited the bilingual anthology Прагове/Thresholds published by HCP and the Club of Cultural Figures in Plovdiv. In 2005 he participated in the 3rd World Haiku Association (WHA) Conference in Bulgaria and organised the delegates’ visit to Plovdiv and meetings with the HCP members. He was also an active member of the Union of Bulgarian Writers and five terms chairman of the Club of Cultural Figures in Plovdiv.

    Bikov’s poems, articles, reviews, studies, etc. have been published in national anthologies (the most significant being his inclusion with five poems in the Anthology "Bulgarian Poetry of the XXI Century", published in 2015), in the Bulgarian and international press, in scientific collections and publications, broadcasted on Bulgarian National Television, Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Plovdiv and many other electronic media. He has published six collections of poems (1990-2016) incl. Стихосложения: цикъл хайку (Stihoslozheniya: Haiku Cycle, Sofia, 2012). His last poetry book was published shortly after his untimely death on 24 May 2016.

    Selected haiku:

    a storm is raving, then subsiding –
    a shadow
    cast by yet another shadow

    a high and slender poplar –
    a heron standing tall
    is building a nest

    cheerful warbling fills
    the lover’s nests
    it’s springtime

    (Прагове/Thresholds, bilingual anthology, Plovdiv, 2005)


    tidal wave
    the land recedes
    in front of the fish

    thunder in broad daylight
    ball lightning
    chokes the throat

    in the winter I read
    and wrote a lot –asnowman...
    no, a bookman

    dragonfly over the river -
    a sunny walk
    on the ridge of the day

    (Стихосложения: цикъл хайку(Stihoslozheniya: Haiku Cycle), Sofia, 2012)


    a shadow hides
    under the bird’s wing
    July day

    a floppy wheat ear
    the smell of bread
    floats around

    frozen sunset
    over the river
    at home – embers

    (Отвъд думите/Beyond Words, haiku anthology, Farago, Sofia, 2018)







  • Lucky, Bob

    Bob LuckyBob Lucky

    born:15 August, 1956, USA
    current residence: Portugal

    Bob Lucky is the author of Ethiopian Time (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), Conversation Starters in a Language No One Speaks(SurVision Books, 2018), My Thology: Not Always True But Always Truth (Cyberwit, 2019), and the e-chapbook What I Say to You (proletaria.org, 2020).


  • Luparia, Oscar

    Oscar LupariaOscar Luparia

    Born 1956 in Vercelli (Italy)
    Living in Vercelli (Italy)
    He is a trade unionist. Haiku, mountains and photography are his main passions.
    Since 2011 till 2019 he has been a member in the jury of the International Haiku Contest established by the Italian association “Cascina Macondo”.
    His haiku eBooks are available on: https://archive.org/details/@oscar_luparia



  • Lyubenova, Maya

    Maya LyubenovaMaya Lyubenova

    (12 September 1956 – 30 December 2016)

    Maya Lyubenova was born on 12 September 1956 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She graduated from the English Language School in Plovdiv and later studied English Philology at Veliko Tarnovo University.

    Maya wrote poetry in both Bulgarian and English, and published free verse, visual poems, haiku and haiga in various journals, e-zines and anthologies:  Frogpond, The World Haiku Review, Shamrock Haiku Journal, Moonset, Haigaonline, Sketchbook - a Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms,

    cattails, A Hundred Gourds, Under the Basho, Simply Haiku, Lynx, La Ville/Градът, Aha The Anthology, 3Lights Gallery, Gean Tree Press, Naad Anunaad etc.

    In 2009 Maya won the WHA Haiga Contest and was declared a Master Haiga Artist of the World Haiku Association. In 2010 she published a bilingual haiku collection called ‘Flecks of Blue /Парченца синьо’, Ars Publishing House, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 2010. Although Maya left us with a rich collection of publications, photographs and haiga, her biggest legacy would have to be her mentoring and her participation in the translation of Jane Reichhold’s ‘Bare Bones School of Haiku’ into Bulgarian in 2012. This impressive amount of work proved to be an invaluable source of information for many Bulgarian poets - both beginners and more advanced on their haiku journey.

    On 30 December 2016 our dear friend Maya left this world after a long and hard battle with the big C. A beloved mother and sister, a talented poet, translator and photographer, she will be sorely missed not only among her friends in the Bulgarian haiku community but worldwide!

    Publications and other honours:

    • Contest winner of WHA Haiga Contest: Master Haiga Artist of the World Haiku Association (2009);
    • Second National Haiku Contest in Bulgaria - First Prize (2009);
    • Flecks of Blue /Парченца синьо’, Ars Publishing House, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 2010;
    • 17th Kusamakura International Haiku Contest - Third Prize (2012).

    Photo exhibitions:

    • Minimalism - 2011
    • Image & Sound  - 2012


    Selected haiku:

    a tern’s shadow
    darts across the beach
    herring clouds

    (Frogpond31:2, Spring/Summer 2008)

    humpty dumpty
    in a puddle
    I stomp the moon

    (Sketchbook 3-2, February, 2008)

    wishing well –
    the words I whisper
    back in my face

    (Flecks of Blue /Парченца синьо, 2010)

    table for two
    a scorched leaf falls
    in the salad

    (Flecks of Blue /Парченца синьо, 2010)

    on an icicle
    the hanging moon

    (Flecks of Blue /Парченца синьо, 2010)

    the sparkles
    in a stallion’s mane . . .
    chestnut moon

    (Simply Haiku – Spring 2011)

    spring thunder –
    the newspaper shakes
    in my hands

    (First Prize - The Second Bulgarian Haiku Contest – 2009; „Más-más csönd / Различна тишина“, Budapest, 2012)

    a stallion
    galloping through my dream
    winter wind

    (Lynx 28:1, February 2013)

    children's feet...
    I hope they never put on
    army boots

    (cattails, September 2016)

    broken wall...
    the barn and a cherry-tree
    lean on each other

    (Notes from the Gean, Issue 1, 2009; Naad Anunaad,2016)




  • Lyubenova, Maya

    Maya LyubenovaMaya Lyubenova

    Born 1956 in Bulgaria
    Living in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
    A title-holder of the World Haiga Association Master Haiga Artist.

  • Oates, David

    David Oates

    Born 1956, New York City, New York, USA
    Currently Athens, Georgia, USA

    David Oates is the host and producer of Wordland radio show on WUGA and https://www.wuga.org. His books are Night of the Potato (fiction and poetry), Shifting with My Sandwich Hand, Drunken Robins, and The Deer's Bandanna (the last three, haiku). He teaches haikai forms, especially haiku and senryu.


  • Singh, Neena

    Neena SinghNeena Singh

    Born 1956 at Lucknow, (Uttar Pradesh) India
    Living at Chandigarh, India

    Neena is a banker turned poet. Her poetry and haiku are regularly featured in online journals and international magazines. She is the author of Whispers of the Soul and One Breath Poetry. Neena runs a non-profit for the education and health of underprivileged children in Chandigarh, India.

    Blog: Whispers of the Soul



  • Summers, Alan

    Alan Summers Poet Hotel shot taken in Amsterdam 2015Alan Summers

    Born1956 in London, UK
    Living in Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK
    Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning writer. Yomiuri Shimbun (14 million readers in Japan) said on his birthday in 2002: "...as dry as vintage champagne." He runs With Words, which organises haiku based projects. His latest book Writing Poetry: The Haiku Way is due out early 2017.
  • Vukelić-Rožić, Djurdja

    D. V. RozicDjurdja Vukelić-Rožić

    Born (1956) born/lives in Croatia.
    The principal editor of IRIS International webzine. (ISSN 1849-8639)). She publishes short stories, poetry and haiku in Croatian, Kajkavian and English. She edited and translated a number of collections and anthologies including An Unmown Sky (2011) and An Unmown Sky 2 (2018).
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  • Williams, Rodney

    Rodney WilliamsRodney Williams

    Born 1956 in Australia
    Living in Trafalgar, within the Gippsland region of Victoria, in south-eastern Australia

    Rodney Williams has been Secretary of the Australian Haiku Society since mid-2014. His poems in Japanese short-forms and longer genres have been published in various journals/ collections over the last decade, at home and overseas. In 2013, Ginninderra Press (Port Adelaide) released his book A bird-loving man: haiku and tanka.  The first fifteen haiku included here were also included in his book.

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