Born: 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota
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.
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.
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.
Born 1952, Findlay, Ohio
Residing in Fort Worth, Texas
Jan Benson is an award winning haiku poet, living in Texas. Her haiku have been published in several foreign languages and in many of the world's leading Haiku journals and magazines. She is an advocate for literacy. Ms. Benson is a member of The British Haiku Society and the Poetry Society of Texas.
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.