This site features haiku authored by several contributors. To keep this site fresh and alive, the contributing team at DailyHaiku changes every six months (more info here). Our current team is listed below in order of publication.
Jane Reichhold has published over thirty books of tanka, renga, haiku and other poetry, with two of books published by Kodansha International: How to Write and Enjoy Haiku and Basho: The Complete Haiku. In 1987 she founded AHA Books Publishing Company, and the magazine Mirrors International Haiku Forum. She co-edits the journal LYNX with her husband Werner Reichhold, and started the Tanka Splendor Awards and anthology series (1989-2009). Jane Reichhold was twice winner of the Museum of Haiku Literature Award in Tokyo and three-time winner of the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award for Tigers In A Tea Cup, Silence, and A Dictionary of Haiku. In 1998 she was invited, with her husband, by the Japanese Imperial Family to attend the Utakai no Hajime—The First Poetry Party of the Year at the Imperial Palace in the Pine Room; she was given, by command of Emperor Akihito, the sake bowl from which he had taken the ceremonial first sip of sake at a ceremony that day for her work with tanka in English.
Michelle Schaefer lives in Bothell, WA with her husband and sometimes one or all of her three children. She has been has been published in White Lotus, The Heron's Nest, and Acorn Haiku journals. Her passions include hiking and the outdoors where she finds inspiration living in the Northwest. She also enjoys reading and writing Haiku and other forms of poetry in her spare time.
Joanne Chantelau is a writer and poet living in Franklin, TN. She began writing in her first diary when she was 7 and has been writing poetry since the Sunday she sat in church filling a memo pad with rhymes. Her favorite writing times take place in front of a sunny window, with a cup of tea. Her haiku appeared in DailyHaiku's Cycle 9. You can read more of her work at www.joannechantelau.com.
Kirsten Cliff lives in New Zealand with her hubby-to-be and spends her days reading, writing, crafting and photographing her way to wellness as she nears the end of her treatment for leukaemia. Her haiku and tanka have been published in several journals, and she is editor of the haikai section in a fine line, the magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society. Be part of her creative journey at Swimming in Lines of Haiku.
Rafał Zabratyński lives in a Polish town called Rzeszów, where he teaches English in a middle school. In his free time, he writes haiku and other short Japanese poetic forms. His poems appear in English and Polish haiku journals once in a while. Since 2005, he has been running his personal website: Wordographs. Creating haiku and mountain trekking are his favourite ways of admiring the world.
Mark E. Brager lives with his wife and son in Columbia, MD, just outside of Washington, DC, where he works as a public affairs executive. His poems have appeared in haijinx, Prune Juice, Haiku Pix Review, The Heron's Nest, Notes from the Gean and Simply Haiku.
John Hawk is an author, editor and poet based in Columbus, Ohio. His work has appeared in haiku journals around the globe, including Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Mainichi Daily News, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn, Haiku Presence and bottle rockets. He lives with his beautiful wife Leah and their adorable one-year-old daughter, Olive.
Nicole Pakan is an active member of the Edmonton literary community. She is the co-editor of DailyHaiku, associate art editor for DailyHaiga, and has served on the board of directors of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Nicole's first single-author chapbook Driftworks was released in 2012 from Leaf Press. Her work has also recently appeared in: Carousel, CV2, filling Station, The Prairie Journal, and Other Voices. She was the winner of the 2009 Edmonton CBC Poetry Faceoff, placing third nationally. Nicole lives with her literary co-conspirator Patrick M. Pilarski, a dozen fish and far too many plants. She may be contacted online at DailyHaiku; you can find more information on Nicole's recent work at: www.nicolepakan.ca.
Patrick M. Pilarski is the co-editor of DailyHaiku and associate poetry editor for DailyHaiga. His collection of haiku, tanka, haibun, and related forms, Huge Blue, was released in 2009 by Leaf Press, and he is the author of two chapbooks. Patrick's writing has appeared in journals and anthologies across North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Recent credits include The Fiddlehead, Modern Haiku, The Heron's Nest, Frogpond, contemporary haibun, and Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka. He has served as Vice President for the League of Canadian Poets, and is a professor at the University of Alberta. Patrick may be contacted at DailyHaiku; more information on Patrick's work can be found online at www.pilarski.ca.
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Finley J. McDoggerson is the newest member of DailyHaiku's editorial team. When not eating socks and running in the ravine, he enjoys games of chase-me, playing with his ball, and chewing modern literature.
Michael Gravel, Past-Editor and Founder, DailyHaiku, is a writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. He's a founder and the frontman of Edmonton’s Raving Poets, and co-founder of The Roar Spoken Word Festival. He is a freelance writer, web designer, and professional presenter. In December 2007, his life was nearly ended by a pulmonary embolism. In response he authored the chapbook, The Fast Places (Red Nettle, 2008). He lives in a wee house with his wife, stepdaughter, and two incorrigible hounds. He lives to write, code, and spend time with his family.
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