Jo Balistreri

Born: 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota
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Mary Jo spent most of her life as a concert pianist and harpsichordist. With the death of a grandchild in 2005, she began writing poetry to deal with her grief, and to give witness to the child’s life. She began writing haiku in late January of 2013. It is changing the way she lives, keeps her aware and present, and with a sense of humor, puts things in perspective.
Jo has two books of poetry published by Bellowing Ark Press and a chapbook by Tiger's Eye Press. She joined the haiku community three years ago and found the form and the people she wants to be involved in for the rest of her life.

Johnny BaranskiJohnny Baranski

Born 1948, Chicago, Illinois
Currently lives in Vancouver, Washington USA
Johnny Baranski has been writing haiku and its related forms for over forty years and has been widely published and anthologized. He is the author of several chapbooks including Pencil Flowers: Jail Haiku, Convicts Shoot The Breeze, and just a stone's throw. His most recent collection Blossoming Pear was published as a broadside by Lilliput Review in 2013.


Roberta BearyRoberta Beary

Born in Jamaica Estates, New York, USA
Currently residing in Ireland
Roberta Beary is the 2017 Roving Ambassador for The Haiku Foundation. She is the haibun editor for Modern Haiku. The winner of many awards for her senryu, haiku and haibun, she is a frequent presenter at haiku conferences . She is currently co-editing an international anthology of haiku by women.


Jan BensonJan Benson

Born 1952, Findlay, Ohio
Residing in Fort Worth, Texas
Jan Benson is a Pushcart Prize nominated haiku poet living in Texas. Benson's senryu are published in many of the world's leading journals and magazines. Jan is a member of The World Haiku Association, and Poetry Society of Texas. Jan's profile can be found on The Haiku Foundation Poet Registry and online at The Living Haiku Anthology.
@janbentx (Twitter)


Danny BlackwellDanny Blackwell

Born 1977 in the UK
Living in Spain
d blackwell is a british born poet residing elsewhere


Willie R. Bongcaron

Born 1958 in Manila, Philippines
residing in Manila, Philippines
Mr. Willie Ropelos Bongcaron is a haijin by choice. He is an adherent of short poetry forms like haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, free verse, etc, but has been particularly addicted to haiku for 8 or more years now. He resides in Sampaloc, Manila, the Philippines with his family; and is a government employee, having worked with the light rail system since 1985.


Marshall BoodMarshall Bood

Born: 1980 Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada
Resides: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Bio: Marshall Bood's haiku, senryu and tanka have appeared in many journals and anthologies since 2010. He has also published longer poems and flash fiction.


Sondra J. ByrnesSondra J. Byrnes

Born in Great Bend, Kansas
Currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sondra J. Byrnes, relatively new to writing poetry, writes haiku, senryu and tanka. Her poetry has been published in Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, Ribbons, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Moongarlic, among others. Byrnes, together with Charles Trumbull, started the Santa Fe Haiku Study Group in February 2015. She was elected Secretary of the Haiku Society of America in 2015. Byrnes served on the planning committee for Haiku North America 2017 in Santa Fe. Byrnes is a retired law and business professor from the University of Notre Dame; she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Along with short form poetry, Byrnes is interested in ikebana and chanoyu.

Twitter @SondraJByrnes