Deb Koen

Deb Koen, c. 2020
Self-portrait

Deb Koen (born Debra Ann Koen, February 18, 1955, Oneida, New York, U.S.A.), professional career counselor and leadership development specialist; for many years a columnist for Nature, WSJ.com, and the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat and Chronicle. A nature lover since childhood, she draws inspiration from the Finger Lakes Region of New York State and composes haiku, haibun, and haiga on themes from nature, human relationships, and sociopolitical issues. She has published frequently in Bottle Rockets, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Haiku Canada Review, and other journals, and been included in the members’ anthologies of the Haiku Society of America, Haiku Canada, and the Rochester Area Haiku Group. Koen won recognition in the HSA Best Unpublished Haibun Award in 2014 and a Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest in 2015. She served as Guest Editor of The Haiku Foundation Haiku of the Day feature in April 2024. Her latest collection is On the Planet (2018). She resides in Rochester and Keuka Lake, N.Y.


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Updated on April 21, 2024