my father folds away
winter morning a slug more sun than slug
Lenard D. Moore
a cluster of stars—
yellow traffic lights
changing to red
bare trees lean right—
funeral procession turns left
onto the highway
Lenard D. Moore
returning to earth sunburnt
breaking apart in the dark trees
the things we loved
not all death can paint
the barns red
time to run
a little boy loads his gun
Mark E. Brager
drawing me into
the next world
a child washes away
from her death
plagued by silence
a ruru mimics the sound
of the dark night
clings to silence
my birthplace rattles
Eric Burke, Guest Editor, lives in Columbus, Ohio. Some of his haiku and haibun can be found in Modern Haiku, Roadrunner, bottle rockets, Issa’s Untidy Hut (Wednesday Haiku), Gnarled Oak, and Haibun Today. Other poems can be found in Pine Hills Review, PANK, bluestem, qarrtsiluni, Thrush Poetry Journal, Escape Into Life, and Right Hand Pointing. You can keep up with him at his blog at http://anomalocrinus.blogspot.com
Jose Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and the author of six chapbooks as well as the collection Everything We Think We Hear (Floricanto Press). His poems, prose, and reviews have appeared in RHINO Poetry, New South, and The Volta Blog. A current PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati, he runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence. A second collection, Small Fires, is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press.
Linda Ashok is the 2017 Charles Wallace India Fellow in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Chichester. Linda is the author of Significance of the Insignificant, a book of haiku/tanka published in 2012. She conducts haiku, tanka and haibun workshops for schools and colleges in India. For more: lindaashok.com.
Mark E. Brager lives with his wife and son in Columbia, MD, just outside of Washington, DC, where he works as a public affairs executive. His work has been published in several major print and online haiku/senryu journals, and he has won awards in a number of international haiku contests. But mainly, he's just trying to figure out what word comes next.
Cherie Hunter Day’s second collection of haiku, apology moon (Red Moon Press, Winchester, VA, 2013), won the Haiku Foundation Touchstone Book Award in 2014. Second printing in 2016. Her haiku appear in Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (2013) New York, W.W. Norton & Company. She is a staff editor for the annual Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku.
Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA, from 2013–2016. She is the author of Night Court, winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award (forthcoming in 2017), Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (PushPen Press 2014). Erica is a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Her poems, reviews and articles appear widely. Please visit her at: www.ericagoss.com.
Louisa Howerow's haiku have appeared in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Presence, Haiku Canada Review and online at The Heron's Nest, Talking Writing, Chrysanthemum and Shamrock.
Deborah P Kolodji is the moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group. Her first full-length book of haiku and senryu, highway of sleeping towns, was recently published by Shabda Press.
Steve Klepetar’s latest collections, A Landscape in Hell
(Flutter Press) and Family Reunion (Big Table Publishing), are due out in early 2017.
Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy is a psychiatrist, musician and poet. His haikai have appeared in various international journals. Currently the editor of Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society (BHS), he has previously been the editor of the senryu section of Cattails, as also the editor of the 2016 Anthology of the BHS titled Beginning.
paul m. is the penname of Paul Miller, an internationally awarded and anthologized poet, most recently in Haiku in English (Norton, 2013). He is the editor of Modern Haiku, the longest running English-language haiku journal. His latest collection, Few Days North Days Few, was a Kanterman Award winner and Touchstone Award winner and is available from redmoonpress.com.
Hannah Mahoney’s haiku have appeared in Modern Haiku, A Heron’s Nest, Acorn, Frogpond, and other journals. She is a co-author of Dream Language: For Three Voices (Yet to Be Named Free Press, 2013). She lives in Cambridge, Mass., where she tries to pay attention.
Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco lives in California's Central Valley. Her poems have appeared in Word Riot, Hobart, Right Hand Pointing, The Tule Review, Paper Nautilus, and The Lake, among others. She is co-editor of One Sentence Poems.
Matthew Moffett lives with his wife and two kids in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, where he teaches Freshman Composition at Central Michigan University. His work has recently appeared in Bones, Moongarlic, Modern Haiku and Frogpond.
Lenard D. Moore has had poems published in Acorn Magazine, Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, and Modern Haiku. His poems have also appeared in last year’s special Winter 2016 Haiku Issue 95 of Right Hand Pointing. In addition, his poems have appeared in the anthologies Haiku in English (Norton, 2013) and The Haiku Anthology (Norton, 1999). He is the author of the haiku collection, THE OPEN EYE, Limited 30th Anniversary Edition (Mountains & Rivers Press, 2015), and other books. He is the recipient of the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award (2003, 1994, and 1983). He is Former President of The Haiku Society of America (2008 and 2009). He is the longtime Executive Chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society. He is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Mount Olive where he teaches Advanced Poetry Writing and World Literature. He also directs the literary festival at the University of Mount Olive.
Marianne Paul is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her work has appeared in various journals, including the past haiku issue of Right Hand Pointing. She won the Canada category of the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational, as well as the inaugural Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition, multi-media category.
Stella Pierides, born in Athens, Greece, now resides in Neusaess, Germany and London, England. Stella’s work has been published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Right Hand Pointing, and elsewhere. Her book In the Garden of Absence received a HSA Award for books published in 2012. She manages Per Diem: Daily Haiku for The Haiku Foundation.
Duncan Richardson writes fiction, poetry, radio drama and educational texts. He has published five poetry/haiku collections, including Ultrasoundings in 2012. and Mountains, Plains, Sea in 2014. His verse play "The Grammar of Deception" was produced by the ABC in 2008 and he has published several books for children.
Ken Sawitri was born in Blora, Central Java, Indonesia. She completed her degree in psychology at Universitas Indonesia. As a haiku pupil she dedicated her haiku for her motherland in Listen, The Spice Whispers, haiku from Indonesian archipelago and noted her journey in writing haiku in Give Yourself A Kiss.
Olivier Schopfer lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He likes to capture the moment in haiku and photography. His work has recently appeared in dust devils: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016, Acorn, Akitsu Quarterly, The Bitchin' Kitsch, bottle rockets, Chrysanthemum, Failed Haiku, Gnarled Oak, Modern Haiku, Otoliths, Presence, Prune Juice & Sonic Boom.
Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with Japanese short forms of poetry, as well as found/remixed pieces. Her work has recently appeared in Poetry WTF?!, The Bangalore Review, Otata, Bones, and Failed Haiku. Shloka is the founding editor of Sonic Boom.
Sandra Simpson is an award-winning haiku poet who lives in Tauranga, New Zealand. She is secretary of the Katikati Haiku Pathway committee, editor of Haiku NewZ, and a Red Moon Anthology nominating editor. Recent haiku have appeared in the UK, Australia, the US and New Zealand.
Alan Summers is the new President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society. Right now he is beavering away on his forthcoming book Writing Poetry: the haiku way. He can be found in a mysterious land called Area 17.
Hansha Teki straddles fault lines just north of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. A reticent publisher of his own efforts he spends much of his time serving the needs of the Under the Basho journal, the Living Haiku Anthology, and the Living Senryu Anthology. Some of his work most recently published in Otata edited by John Martone.