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Thomas Martin, sometimes writing as Thomas James Martin, discovered literary quality haiku, haibun and related Japanese forms in 2007 when he had just turned 63. Though born and raised on a farm in North Carolina, he has lived in the Pacific NW since the mid '80s with his wife, Joyce. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in English and has done postgraduate work in education. He is the author of two books of poetry, "A Southern Line," and "Where the Light Falls." He has also published "Real Gifts," a collection of essays and stories.
Teresa K. Miller is the author of sped (Sidebrow 2013) and Forever No Lo (Tarpaulin Sky Press 2008), as well as a contributor to Conversations at the Wartime Cafe, A Decade of War: 2001-2011. She received her MFA from Mills College and was a writer-in-residence at San Francisco's Sanchez Annex Grotto from 2009 to 2012. Originally form Seattle, she has taught college English and K-12 Special Education in Chicago and the Bay Area.
Leonard Orr is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at the Washington State University Vancouver. He is the author or editor of thirteen books of criticism. His poetry has appeared in many journals including Black Warrior Review, Poetry International, Poetry East, Natural Bridge, and Rosebud. His chapbook, Daytime Moon, was published in 2005 by FootHills Press, and his book, Why We Have Evening, was published by Cherry Grove [WordTech] in 2010. His new collection, Timing Is Everything, will be published by Cherry Grove in Fall, 2012. He has been a featured reader in many venues throughout the state, and he has led poetry workshops at the Burning Word Poetry Festival, LitFuse, and elsewhere. He served as president of the Washington Poets Association for three years. He also paints abstracts and had his work featured in a solo-exhibition of fifty paintings in 2007. Both his poetry and painting utilize a similar aesthetic based in spontaneity and passion.