Ferris Gilli

Ferris Gilli, 2015
Photo by S. Hoffman

Ferris Gilli (born Ferris Maureen Paulk, April 13, 1943, Tifton, Georgia, U.S.A.), poet, critic, and editor whose work in haiku and related genres has appeared regularly in leading journals since 1996 and won honors in competitions since 1998. From January 2001 to April 2002 she conducted the online Hibiscus School of Western Traditional Haiku, a project of the World Haiku Club; from 2001 to 2004 she was editor of Treetops, a haiku column in the World Haiku Review; and from 2002 to 2003 she served as the WHC’s Director of Schools. Her guide, Exploring Haiku, was adopted in the Romanian educational system, and her haiku collection, Shaped by the Wind, was published in 2006. With John Barlow she coedited Where Rain Would Stay: The Haiku Poetry of Peggy Willis Lyles (2022). Gilli was an Associate Editor of The Heron’s Nest from December 2000 to August 2018, and, now serving as its Consulting Editor, she regularly mentors new haiku poets. Ferris lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and fellow haiku poet, Harry Gilli.


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Updated on March 29, 2024