Elizabeth Searle Lamb (born Elizabeth Louise Searle, January 22, 1917, Topeka, Kansas, U.S.A.; died February 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico), American writer, poet, haiku poet, critic and historian, and editor. After first writing inspirational poetry and prose for adults and children, she turned almost exclusively to haikai and began publishing her work in 1963. Her haiku and renku appeared in all the leading North American haiku journals and dozens of anthologies, and substantial selections were translated into Spanish, Polish, and Chinese. She published seven collections of haiku as well as dozens of reviews, historical articles, essays, and informational columns in journals. Lamb was a charter member of the Haiku Society of America, served as HSA President in 1971, and edited the society’s journal Frogpond from 1984 to 1990 and again in 1994. She donated her extensive collection of haiku materials to help establish the American Haiku Archive, and in 1996 she was named its first honorary curator. Lamb resided in Santa Fe, N.M., from 1977 until her death.
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