Carol Raisfeld lives in Atlantic Beach, a barrier island close to New York City, USA. Her poetry, art and photography appear worldwide in print, online journals and anthologies.
Born in Chennai, India
Living in Pune, India
Dave Read is a Canadian poet living in Calgary. He primarily writes short poems with an emphasis on the Japanese genres of haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun. His work has been published in many journals, and can be found on his blog, davereadpoetry.blogspot.ca.
Mike is a quiet vegan haiku poet living in the North Woods of Michigan.
Born 1972 in Belleville, Illinois USA
Lives in Belleville, Illinois USA
Bryan lives with his wife and two daughters in Southern Illinois and has degrees in art and education. After teaching in urban schools for fifteen years, Bryan changed careers and is now a roaster in the coffee industry. He has been studying and writing senryu/haiku since 2012.
Sydell Rosenberg (1929-1996) of New York City was a charter member of the Haiku Society of America, attending the founding meeting in 1968. She had previously published in American Haiku—the first North American haiku magazine—as well as in Haiku West and Canada's Haiku. Syd served on two Merit Book Award committees and was Secretary of HSA in 1975. She also was anthologized in Frogpond, Wind Chimes, Modern Haiku, Haiku West and numerous other publications. Her senryu were featured in several important haiku texts, including: The Haiku Anthology, by Cor van den Heuvel; and The Haiku Handbook, by William J. Higginson and Penny Harter. In addition, her senryu, “In the Laundermat,” was highlighted in the public art project, “Haiku On 42nd Street” in 1994, in which the marquees of dilapidated, shuttered movie theaters were transformed into showcases for short poems. Much of her work reflected an urban sensibility; in Mr. van den Heuvel’s anthology, first published in 1974, she had referred to her short poems as “city haiku.” Her work was mostly traditional in style, although she also experimented with the form over the years.
Syd attended Brooklyn College and received her Master’s Degree in English as a Second Language from Hunter College in 1972. She became a teacher in NY. In addition to her approximately 30 year career as a haijin, she also published other poetry, as well as inventive literary puzzles and prose - especially short stories – and translated literature from and into Spanish. Syd also published a pulp novel, Strange Circle - on a dare from her publisher boss -- as a young woman in the 1950s, under the male pseudonym, Gale Sydney (a reversal of her maiden name initials, Sydell Gasnick).
Syd died suddenly on October 11, 1996 of an aortic aneurysm. This unexpected loss was a shock to her loved ones. In recent years, her daughter, Amy Losak, has made it her mission to revive some of Syd’s best work and bring it to today’s audiences -- especially children – in a variety of educationally enriching ways.
In 2018, a small children’s publisher, Penny Candy Books, released H Is For Haiku, a collection of Syd’s short poems based on her old manuscripts (illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi). It features two introductions written by Amy and Syd. Syd’s “definition” of haiku, “On What Is Haiku,” was first published in Wind Chimes in 1981, and also appears online in Michael Dylan Welch’s rich scholarly resource, Graceguts. This lovely picture book (available on Amazon and in bookstores) was honored by the National Council for Teachers of English as a “Notable Poetry Book” in 2019.
Sydell was married to Sam Rosenberg (d. 2003) for approximately 41 years. Amy is a freelance healthcare public relations profession. Their son, Nathan Rosenberg, is an insurance agent and financial advisor in Florida. They also have two adult grandchildren, Zachary, a lawyer; and Julia, an actress.
Djurdja Vukelić Rožić
Born 1956, Vidrenjak, Croatia
Residing in Ivanić-Grad, Croatia
Djurdja Vukelić Rožić was born in 1956 in Croatia. She is principal editor of haiku magazine IRIS (print) and IRIS International webzine. She edited and translated a great number of books, joint collections and magazines, including „An Unmown Sky 1(2011) & 2 /2018)“, the anthologies of Croatian Haiku. Besides haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga she publises poetry and short stories. She published 19 of her own books and is a member of several literary and haiku association in Croatia and abroad.