Carmen Sterba (born October 28, 1946, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.; married name Russell), retired instructor at women’s colleges in Japan, haiku poet, and author. She enrolled as a foreign student at Waseda University in Tokyo, graduating with a BA in Asian studies from Sophia University in 1970. In 1995 she completed an MA in literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She participated in the 2000 World Haiku Festival in London and Oxford, England. Her mini-chapbook Sunlit Jar: 4 Seasons of Haiku came out in 2002. She coedited a haibun collection, The Moss at Tōkeiji, in 2010 and published An Amazement of Deer: Our Cascade Mule Deer Neighbors in Haiku, Photos, and Solo Rengay in 2017. Sterba served as regional editor of Haijinx and Secretary of the Haiku Society of America in 2005–2006 and was a cofounder of Commencement Bay Haiku in Tacoma, Washington. She resides in University Place, Washington.