• Stoianka Boianova

    Stoianka Boianova (Bulgarian Cyrillic: Стоянка Боянова, born March 29, 1955, Manolsko Konare, near Plovdiv, Bulgaria), holds a Master’s degree in physics from Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski. She is an award-winning poet and author of 12 books of poetry, novels, short stories, and more than 120 publications and articles in local and national media. Her credits include coauthor of two bilingual books of haiku and poetry: Върхове под звездите / Tops under the Stars (2019) and Път през светове / Road through Worlds (2021). Her poetry may be found in national and international anthologies, including Temirqazyq—the Best Poet (Writer) of the World (Kazakhstan, 2019), the Atunis Galaxy Anthology for 2020 and 2021, and three anthologies of world gogyōshi (2019, 2020, 2021). She frequently serves on juries for national haiku competitions. Boianova serves on the editorial board of the journal Haiku Svyat (Хайку свят) and as chairwoman of Haiku Club Рlovdiv. She is also a member of the Union of Bulgarian Writers, the Bulgarian Haiku Union, United Haiku and Tanka Society, the World Haiku Association, and the World Nations Writers’ Union. She was listed among the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors for 2018, 2019, and 2020. She resides in Sofia and Plovdiv.

  • H. F. Noyes

    H. F. “Tom” Noyes (born Humphrey Farrington Noyes, May 12, 1918, on a farm near Portland, Oregon, U.S.A; died April 12, 2010, at his home Politia, Attikis, Greece). Retired from his psychoanalytic practice in New York City in 1970 and moved to Greece. He discovered haiku through the work of R. H. Blyth and was mentored by Lorraine Ellis Harr, editor of Dragonfly. By the 1980s he was an internationally acclaimed haiku poet, critic, and theorist whose writings often focused on Japanese and Buddhist aesthetics. His honors included a Sora Award from the Haiku Society of America for service to haiku (2004) and designation as Honorary Curator of the American Haiku Archives (2007–2008).

  • 1st Symposium on English-language Haiku, Platteville, Wisconsin, 1967

    The earliest haiku conference in the United States is believed to have been the 1st Symposium on English-language Haiku, held on May 16, 1967, at Wisconsin State University—Platteville. The organizers and presenters were James and Gayle Bull, Clement Hoyt, and Robert Spiess, all associated with the journal American Haiku.

  • Haiku Club Plovdiv / Хайку Клуб Пловдив

    A haiku club in Bulgaria’s second-largest city, Plovdiv, was established in 2003 through the efforts of Ivanka Yankova, Todor Bikov, and Dimitar Stefanov. The Haiku Club Plovdiv currently has 20 members, primarily from Plovdiv province and including the city of Asenovgrad. Members meet about six times a year to read and discuss their own work and classical Japanese haiku as well as study other aspects of Japanese culture and literature and learn about developments in haiku elsewhere in the world.

  • Deborah P Kolodji

    Deborah P Kolodji (born Deborah Pauline Anderson, August 11, 1959, Long Beach, California, U.S.A.), American technical consultant, poet, and haiku workshop leader. Author of four chapbooks of poetry (two haiku), an e-chapbook of scifaiku, and a Touchstone Distinguished Book of haiku, she is the California Regional Coordinator of the Haiku Society of America, serves on the Board of Directors for Haiku North America and as the moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group. She co-organized the 2013 Haiku North America Conference on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. Former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, she was the first editor of Dwarf Stars, a collection of the best short-short speculative poetry of the previous year (which is used to determine the Dwarf Stars Award), and created, with Samantha Henderson, the SFPA online journal Eye to the Telescope. She resides in Temple City, California.

  • Ron C. Moss

    Ron C. Moss (born Ronald Colton Moss, April 14, 1959, Nowra, New South Wales, Australia), retired digital technician for the Tasmanian Archives; volunteer firefighter and brigade chief in the Tasmanian Fire Service since 1998; haiku poet; and artist and graphic designer specializing in haiga. Moss’s haiku have appeared in leading journals and major anthologies, including A New Resonance 4 (2005), Where the River Goes (2013), Haiku in English (2013), Nest Feathers (2015), and The Wonder Code (2017). His published collections include the multiple award–winning The Bone Carver (2014; haiku), Bushfire Moon: Poems and Prose by a Tasmanian Volunteer Firefighter (2017), Ancient Bloodlines (2019; rengay with Simon Hanson), and Broken Starfish: Haiku and Ink Paintings (2019; Honorable Mention, Touchstone Distinguished Book Award). From 2011 to 2016 he was Consulting & Contributing Artist for A Hundred Gourds and currently serves as Haiga Editor for Contemporary Haibun Online. He is a member of the British and Australian haiku societies and is frequently tapped to judge haikai competitions. Moss has resided in Leslie Vale, Tasmania, since 1984.

  • Robyn Hood Black

    Robyn Hood Black (born Robyn Michelle Hood, January 30, 1963, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.), American artist, children’s author, and haiku poet. She pursues an online business featuring her own handcrafted gifts for readers and writers. An active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, her poetry and fiction have been published widely in anthologies and magazines including Highlights and Ladybug, and in anthologies by DK, National Geographic, Heinemann, Wordsong, and others. Her haiku have appeared in Acorn, Bottle Rockets, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, and other leading journals as well as anthologies, including the 2016 and 2020 Red Moon anthologies. Black has led haiku workshops for all age groups, and she served as Haiku Society of America Southeast Regional Coordinator in 2016–2017. She resides in Beaufort, South Carolina.

  • Judson Evans

    Judson Evans (born Judson Kimble Evans, April 30, 1955, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.), full-time professor of liberal arts and instructor of haiku, haibun, and related forms at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts; previously chair of Liberal Arts at the Boston Conservatory of Music; and haiku, haibun, and haiga poet. He is the author of contemporary lyric poetry with two books forthcoming in fall 2021: Chalk Song and Gear: Mont Ventoux Journals. He is a member of the Boston Haiku Society and the Broadmoor Poetry Collective. With colleagues Raffael de Gruttola and Karen Klein, Evans organized Haiku North America at Boston Conservatory in 2001. He is the author of a chapbook of haibun, Mortal Coil in 2005, and was one of three judges for the Haiku Society of America’s Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Contest, 2006. His haiku and haibun are included in Cor van den Heuvel’s Haiku Anthology, Bruce Ross’s Journeys to the Interior: American Versions of Haibun, two Red Moon anthologies, and Journeys 2017: An Anthology of International Haibun, edited by Angelee Deodhar. He is the current haibun editor of Frogpond. Evans lives in Holbrook, Massachusetts.

  • Jennifer Hambrick

    Jennifer Hambrick (born Jennifer Mary Hambrick, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.), American classical musician, broadcaster, and poet. Her free-verse chapbook, Unscathed (2013), was nominated for the Ohioana Book Award; a full-length poetry collection, In the High Weeds (2021), won the Stevens Manuscript Award of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies; and she was the winner of the Sheila-Na-Gig Press Poetry Contest (2020). Her poetry was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2014 and 2020, and she is a frequent recipient of poetry commissions. Hambrick has been similarly honored for her work in haikai, including recognition from NHK World TV’s Haiku Masters series, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Contest, the Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition, and the Golden Haiku Contest, Washington, D.C. She won the Haiku Society of America’s Haibun Award Competition in 2018 and is the author of the full-length haibun collection, Joyride (2021). She resides in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Minko Tanev

    Minko Tanev (Bulgarian Cyrillic: Минко Танев, born March 30, 1953, Plovdiv, Bulgaria), lecturer in Bulgarian language for foreign students at the Medical University—Plovdiv, editor of the newspaper Academia Medica—Plovdiv; deputy chief editor of the newspaper Art Club—Plovdiv; author of six books of poetry; editor of over 70 books of poetry, haiku, and tanka; coauthor of two bilingual books of haiku and poetry: Върхове под звездите / Tops under the Stars (2019) and Път през светове / Road through Worlds (2021). His poetry may be found in national and international anthologies, including Temirqazyq—the Best Poet (Writer) of the World (Kazakhstan, 2019), the Atunis Galaxy Anthology for 2020 and 2021, and three anthologies of world gogyōshi (2019, 2020, 2021). Tanev was listed among the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors for 2020. He is a member of Haiku Club Рlovdiv, the Bulgarian Haiku Union, United Haiku and Tanka Society, the World Haiku Association, the Union of Bulgarian Writers, and the World Nations Writers’ Union. He resides in Plovdiv and Sofia.