Sean O’Connor (born 1963, Dublin, Ireland), award-winning Irish author specializing in haibun, haiku, and zuihitsu. He is founder and editor of The Haibun Journal, a twice-yearly print publication dedicated to the haibun form. He was a member of the judging panel of the Japan-based Genjuan International Haibun Contest for 2020 and 2021. His first solo collection, Let Silence Speak: A Haiku and Haibun Collection (2016), was shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. A second book, Even the Mountains: Five Years in a Japanese Village, followed in 2017, and his third, Fragmentation, a series of haibun and zuihitsu meditations on dementia and the dynamics of memory, in 2021. Also in 2021 O’Connor was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland. He resides in rural Tipperary, Ireland.
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