John J. Han

John J. Han, 2019
Photo by Jenny Sinamon

John J. Han (born Han Jae-nam, Korean: 한재남, October 26, 1956, Younggwang County, South Jeolla Province, South Korea). American professor of English and creative writing, and Humanities Division chair at Missouri Baptist University, Saint Louis, Missouri. Holding a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Han is the author, translator, editor, or coeditor of 30 books, including 10 poetry collections. More than 2,000 of his poems have been published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, A Vast Sky, and other journals and anthologies. Academic papers on haiku have appeared in Philological Review, POMPA, Sonia Sanchez’s Poetic Spirit through Haiku (ed. John Zheng), and Journal of Bunka Gakuen University. Han is editor of five periodicals, including Fireflies’ Light and Cantos. He edited the 2022 Haiku Society of America members’ anthology and worked with beginning haiku poets in the HSA mentorship program. He was ranked sixth on the Simply Haiku “Top Ten List” of the World’s Finest Living English Language Haiku Poets for the Year 2011. He has resided in Manchester, Missouri, since 1999.


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Updated on August 16, 2023