Chris Bays

Chris Bays, 2020
Photo by Tongliang Zhou-Bays

Chris Bays (born Christopher Rush Bays, September 29, 1961, Otterbach, Germany). American college professor and poet. He was twice awarded first place for Best Unpublished Haibun in Haiku Society of America competitions  (2017 and 2020), received an An (Cottage) Prize in the Genjuan International Haibun Contest (Japan) in 2018; second place in the Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Awards (2018); and honorable mentions in the Key West Heritage House 14th Annual Robert Frost Poetry Contest 2008, the British Haiku Society Awards 2016, the Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition 2017, and  the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Invitational 2018. His book, Edge of Suburbia: Haibun, Haiku and Monoku, appeared in 2021, and in 2023 he presented a paper titled “Exploring the Edge of Suburbia.” at the Haiku North America conference in Cincinnati. Bays teaches at Clark State College in Springfield, Ohio, where he founded and advises the student journal Voices of the Valley. He resides in Beavercreek, Ohio.


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Updated on July 28, 2023