James W. Hackett
James W. Hackett (born James William Hackett, August 6, 1929, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.; died November 8, 2015, Haiku, Hawaii, U.S.A.), American Zen scholar and haiku poet. Discovered haiku and Zen in 1954. Became the preeminent American haiku poet in 1964 after R. H. Blyth appended some of Hackett’s work to his History of Haiku, Hackett won the Japan Air Lines haiku contest, and his Haiku Poetry Vols. 1–4 was published in Japan. Subsequently published a series of monograph collections and an influential ars poetica. Selector for the British Haiku Society’s James W Hackett International Haiku Award. Last resided in the town of Haiku, Maui, Hawaii.