Dyana Basist (born Diane Susan Basist, April 29, 1956, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.), American massage therapist, author, gardener, poet, and haiku poet. Haiku, senryu, tan-renga, and haibun of hers have appeared in Acorn, Akitsu Quarterly, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog Daily Haiku, Contemporary Haibun, Failed Haiku, Geppo, Hedgerow, Mariposa, Presence, and Tinywords, among other publications, and were selected for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Red Moon anthologies as well as the Haiku Society of America and Yuki Teikei Haiku Society members’ anthologies. Together with eight other YTHS members she composed “From Branch to Branch,” which won the HSA Renku Grand Prize Award for 2018. Coyote Wind, Basist’s book of essays, poetry, and haiku on the theme of coyote was published in 2019. Basist serves as the Official Greeter of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. She resides in Santa Cruz, California.
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