• Grace Galton

    Grace Galton (born December 15, 1936, London, England, U.K.; died November 30, 2022, Somerset, England), haikai poet specializing in haiku, senryu, and especially photo haiga. British Haiku Society member.

  • Jerome Cushman

    Jerome Cushman (born Jerome Jon Cushman, May 31, 1939, Platteville, Wisconsin, U.S.A.), retired teacher of theater, dance, and English at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Originated the Robert F. Panara Haiku Contest for students at NTID and the Tsukuba College of Technology in Japan and frequently presents haiku in American Sign Language at conferences and festivals. Cofounded the Rochester Area Haiku Group and the Cradle of American Haiku conference series. Published Amidst, a collection of haiku, and completed a biography of Murikami Kijō in 2011. Lives in Victor, N.Y., and Mineral Point, Wis.

  • Seren Fargo

    Seren Fargo (born Roberta Jean Fargo, October 6, 1962, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.A.), retired wildlife biologist, research scientist, and massage therapist; and photographer, picture framer, jewelry artist, poet, and editor. Her haiku, tanka, haibun, and rengay have won recognition in many international contests, and were twice shortlisted for Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems. Founded the Bellingham Haiku Group, was Washington Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America, and currently coedits Tandem: The Rengay Journal. Resides in Whatcom County, Washington.

  • Judit Katalin Hollós

    Judit Katalin Hollós (born March 4, 1982, Budapest, Hungary), playwright, essayist, translator, journalist, and haiku poet. Graduated in playwriting and screenwriting; currently studying classical Tibetan language and literature. Her haikai, tanka, and other writings in English, Swedish, and Hungarian have been featured in international publications since 2014. Author of two chapbook collections. Listed among The European Top 100 most creative haiku authors for 2014, 2015, 2016, and nominated for The Touchstone Award for Individual Poems. Resides in Budapest.

  • Ernest Wit

    Ernest Wit (haigō of a Polish poet born January 5, 1961, near Poznań, Poland), teacher, translator, editor, and lexicographer. Published in leading Polish and international print and online journals, almanacs, and kukai and included in several important anthologies. Author of three books of haiku and a coeditor of four annual almanacs of the Polish Haiku Association. Won recognition in Japanese, British, and American competitions and listed on the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors every year since 2010. Lives in a small town near Szczecin, Poland.

  • Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Awards

    This annual haiku competition was launched in 2003 in memory of longtime Modern Haiku editor Robert Spiess, who died in 2002. Each year one of Spiess’s “Speculations” is selected as a theme. Poets may submit up to five haiku. Typically three prizes and as many as five honorable mentions are chosen double-blind by one or two judges. In recent years the competition has drawn as many as 577 entries. Results, including the judges’ commentaries, are published in the summer issue of Modern Haiku following the contest.

  • Stacy Pendergrast

    Stacy Pendergrast (born Stacy Mauree Pendergrast, September 8, 1958, Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A.; also writes as Brynne McAdoo, Stacy Mauree, and Mauree Pendergrast), educator, e-learning developer, memoirist, writer, and poet. Began composing haiku in 1992 and has been publishing in haiku and mainstream literary magazines, anthologies of the HSA, Spring Street Haiku Group, and Red Moon Press since 1994. Published two chapbooks. Resides in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • Maria Tomczak

    Maria Tomczak (born July 25, 1984, Tychy, Poland, haiku poet, writer, and digital artist. Publishes haiku, haiga, and renku in international publications including The Mainichi, Cattails, DailyHaiku, The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, and Modern Haiku. Author of a haiku and senryu chapbook and a fantasy novel. Has won recognition in the Mainichi Contest, the Devidé Haiku Award, the Polish International Haiku Competition, and the Italian Matsuo Basho Award; has had two haiku shortlisted for the Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems. Cofounder and editor of Wild Plum—a haiku journal (2015–2017). Resides in Opole, Poland.

  • Wiesław Karliński

    Wiesław Karliński (born June 25, 1950, Głuszyna, Poland), retired teacher and active translator, tourist guide, journalist, and haiku poet. Founder and board member of the Polish Haiku Association. His verses have been featured especially in online forums and internet kukai. Laureate of the 2021 Ewa Tomaszewska Poetry Award; received recognition in international haiku competitions, and listed eight times since 2013 among The European Top 100 most creative haiku authors. Lives in Namysłów, Poland.

  • Irena Iris Szewczyk

    Irena Iris Szewczyk (born July 16, 1966, Warsaw, Poland), philologist, photographer, and haiku and haiga poet. Active on online kukai and published in online and print publications and anthologies since 2011. Won recognition in international haiku contests, notably those of the HIA and Mainichi Daily News. Master Haiga Artist of the WHA. Published a bilingual book of poems, photographs, and haiga in 2022; blogs at Iris Haiku. Founding member and former board member of the Polish Haiku Association. Lives in Warsaw, Poland.