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John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy, ca. 2015
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John J. Dunphy (born John Joseph Dunphy, December 8, 1953, Alton, Illinois, U.S.A.), American community college teacher (retired), bookseller and owner of The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, Ill., since 1987; author of nonfiction books, articles, and columns, and haikai poet. His collections of haikai and haiku-related poetry include Old Soldiers Fading Away (2006, haiku and haibun on Vietnam veterans’ experiences), Stellar Possibilities (2006, scifaiku), Zen Koanhead: A Senryu Collection (2008), Touching Each Tree (2014), Dark Nebulae (2018, speculative haibun), and pagan rites (2018). Dunphy’s work has been selected for the Red Moon anthologies and several topical anthologies edited by Stanford M. Forrester and Robert Epstein. A poem of his was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. He was a judge in the Haiku Society of America’s Henderson Awards for haiku (1993) and Gerald M. Brady Awards for senryu (2014). He was the founder of the Mississippi Mud Daubers haiku poets group (2006), which produced the anthology Confluence: A Haiku Collection in 2008. He resides in Godfrey, Illinois.

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Updated on February 1, 2022