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Lorraine A Padden

Lorraine A Padden, 2015
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Lorraine A Padden (born June 1, 1962, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.), retired professional dancer, and active Zen meditation practitioner and non-profit advisor, a Fellow in Residence at the National Endowment for the Arts. She is also a poet whose haiku and related short-form poetry has appeared in journals including Frogpond, Modern HaikuThe Heron’s Nest, tinywordsKingfisher, #FemkuMag, Blithe Spirit, and Presence. In 2002 she won First Place in the Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest, and her work has won awards in competitions sponsored by the Haiku Society of America, the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, the British Haiku Society, the New Zealand Poetry Society, and Tricycle Magazine. Her haiku was anthologized in A New Resonance 13 (2023). In 2022, Upwelling, Padden’s debut collection of haikai and tanka, was shortlisted for The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Book Award and one of her senryu received a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems. She resides in San Diego, California.


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Updated on April 20, 2024