Donna Fleischer

Bloomfield, CT 06002

Author's Bio

Author's Statement :: To write poems is to make ways of being, communally in the sense of Greek poïesis and individually in the sense of poet Heriberto Yepes's re-writing one's self. Both happen at the same time. From Lorca's perspective poem-making is to enter into the duende, "like bits of broken glass in the blood ..." to free words, language itself, from mere meaning. • Chapbooks • < Periodic Earth >, free verse, Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, Pueblo, CO, 2016. • Twinkle, Twinkle, short poems, Longhouse Publishers, Guilford, VT, 2010. • indra’s net, selected haibun, bottle rockets press, Wethersfield, CT, 2003, out of print & free to read at Scrib'd: • Intimate Boundaries, Selected Poems, self-produced, 1991. ANTHOLOGIES • Verse Osmosis. The Boiler House Poets Tupelo Press-Mass MoCA Residency, Ann Dernier, editor, 2016. • A Vast Sky (Bruce Ross, editor, 2015). • Beyond the Grave (Robert Epstein, editor, 2015). • Haiku 2015 and Haiku 2014 (Lee Gurga & Scott Metz, editors). • Contemporary Haibun, volumes 4 & 15 (Jim Kacian, editor, 2003, 2014). • Peace Is A Haiku Song (The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Sonia Sanchez and Yolanda Wisher, editors). 2013. • Journal of Renga and Renku, Volume 3. 2013. • Kamesan's World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation, (Dimitar Anakiev, ed., Kamesan Books, May 2013). • We Are All Japan anthology (Alley Cat Books, ltd; Robert D. Wilson & Saša Važić, editors). 2012 • The #Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, (Stephen Boyer & Filip Marinovich, editors), NY, NY, 2011. • Dreams Wander On – Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness. Robert Epstein, editor. Modern English Tanka Press. Baltimore. 2011. • seed packets anthology of flower haiku. Stanford Forrester, editor. bottle rockets press. Windsor, CT. 2010. • lanterns, a firefly anthology. Stanford Forrester, editor. bottle rockets press. Windsor, CT. 2007. • PRINT AND ONLINE LITERARY JOURNALS — AN OVERVIEW — a glimpse of (Athens, Greece), Back Room Live !, Bones (UK), bottle rockets, cattails, Contemporary Haibun, Cornell University Mann Library's Daily Haiku, Exit Strata, Fiera Lingue (Italy), Hummingbird, is/let, Kō (Japan), Lilliput Review, MayDay magazine, Modern Haiku, moon garlic (UK), On Barcelona, Otata, Otoliths, Presence (UK), roadrunner, Solitary Plover, South by Southeast, Spiral Orb, The Daily Art Source, The Marsh Hawk Press Review, The Naugatuck River Review, Truck, Under the Basho, Zen Space, and Wang Pingʼs Kinship of Rivers. PUBLISHED ESSAYS • Earth Day, April 2014, on writing the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational Honourable Mention poem, “earth day” – at request of the editor. • The Black Swans of Ellen Carey: Of Necessary Poetic Realities (2010, 2014). the essay to the exhibition catalogue “Let There Be Light: The Black Swans of Ellen Carey” published by Akus Gallery and Eastern Connecticut State University. The full catalogue with essay is available for viewing by clicking on this link and once again at See the catalogue for the exhibit. • Poetry and Money (#7): Donna Fleischer | A 3-Question Interview, A Sample Poem, and Book List Feature, part of the 2014 “Money and Poetry” series originated by poet Eileen R. Tabios. • “The American Haibun” by Donna Fleischer (Donna Fleischer © 2008, Lilliput Review, Don Wentworth, editor, 2011). • BROADSIDES OF POEMS BY DONNA FLEISCHER • The 2014 Under the Basho International Haiku Contest First Prize haiku “late winter –” by Donna Fleischer embossed with depiction of classical Japanese poet Issa seated beneath the willow tree of which he wrote, and with seal. • The haiku “rail cars stacked with wood” by Donna Fleischer, ink-stamped and illustrated on recycled plastic by poet and artist Lily Brown, on January 17, 2011, in Athens, GA (pressing on press, Heidi Lynn Staples, editor). • The haiku “fish clouds birds” by Donna Fleischer, 11 in. x 17 in. four-color process, offset-printed on recycled, 100lb glossy stock (Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, Inc., 2009). • The Useful Knowledge Press (New Haven, CT) limited edition of Donna’s haiku with wood block engravings by Allan Greenier, 2014, entitled HaiKube™. • OTHER • Donna’s poetry appeared monthly (2010 – 2015) online at the CT Environmental Headlines (Christopher Zurcher, editor). • Her blog word pond, begun in March 2010, is a curatorial content blog of contemporary poetry, photography, music, visual arts, depth ecology, ecopoetics, news stories, and permaculture. • EDUCATION Poetry and Communication Theory, Semiotics, Pragmatics, American and English Literature and History, Botany, and Ecology. University of Connecticut and University of Hartford. BA degree 1988. Completed independent study in ecology at the Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon, CT. • LIVELIHOOD master journeyman in pre-press, four-color process film stripping for offset sheetfed and web presses; transitioned to digital technologies in the textbook publishing industry as a Mac operator and proofreader. University of Hartford Biology and Chemistry Departments office coordinator. Fleischer is listed with The Haiku Foundation, that seeks to establish the importance of haiku "as a literary vehicle in the present and future": and The Living Haiku Anthology, published by the journal Under The Basho (Don Baird, editor). She is a member of VIDA, Women in the Literary Arts. / / /

Publications and Prizes

A Vast Sky
(Charles E. Tuttle, 2015)
, Contemporary Haibun Volume 15
(Red Moon Press, 2014)
, Contemporary Haibun Volume 4
(Red Moon Press, 2003)
, Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness
(Modern English Tanka Press, 2011)
, Haiku 2014
(Modern Haiku Press, 2014)
, Haiku 2015
(Modern Haiku Press, 2015)
, lanterns: a firefly anthology
(bottle rockets press, 2007)
, seed packets an anthology of flower haiku
(bottle rockets press, 2010)
< Periodic Earth >
(Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, 2016)
, indra's net
(bottle rockets press, 2003)
, Twinkle, Twinkle
(Longhouse, 2010)
Prizes Won: 
•   "Cold sun" by Donna Fleischer received the Nagoya City, 2014 Japan Board of Education Award for Best Haiku, selected by Dr. Kōko Katō, editor and publisher of Kō*, appearing in Kō, 28:4 with her commentary. 2014.•   First Place $500 Award Recipient for Under the Basho 2014 Haiku Contest.•   "The Black Swans of Ellen Carey: Of Necessary Poetic Realities" by Donna Fleischer is the catalogue essay to the exhibition, Let There Be Light: The Black Swans of Ellen Carey, and includes the poem of ekphrasis, "The Red Photogram", by Donna Fleischer, based on "The Red Photogram" by Ellen Carey — Eastern Connecticut State University, publisher, 2014. Catalogue and essay may be viewed at•   Semi-Finalist, Naugatuck River Review 2013 Poetry Competition.•   Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational (2013).•   Semi-Finalist, Naugatuck River Review 2012 Poetry Competition.•   Recipient of the Merit 2011 Honorable Mention for Best Anthology, "seed packets" Anthology of Flower Haiku. Windsor, CT, bottle rockets press, 2010. 5 x 6.5 inches, 100 pages, perfectbound. ISBN 978-0-9792257-4-1. Stanford M. Forrester, editor, Donna Fleischer, contributing editor.•   Vancouver Cherry Blossom International Haiku Invitational 2011 Honorable Mention.•   South by Southeast Editors’ Choice Award for Haiku, 2010.•   University of Hartford 1987 Creative Writing Award for Poetry.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
3 Summers by Lisa Robertson
Transnational Battle Field by Heriberto Yépez
Ossuaries by Dionne Brand
Conflict Is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman
Alice Iris Red Horse by Yoshimasu Gozo with translation by Forrest Gander
Favorite Books: 
Robinson Crusoe, Selected Poems and Prose of Paul Celan, translated by John Felstiner, Traces of Dreams, H. Shirane, The Black Unicorn, Audre Lorde, Of Woman Born, Adrienne Rich, Later Poems of Adrienne Rich, 1971 – 2012, Candide, Voltaire, Georgics, Virgil, Orestia, Sophocles, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, The Waves, Virginia Woolf, The Stranger, Albert Camus, Tao de Ching, Lao-Tze, Garments of Women, Ann Boyer, Black Sun, Julia Kristeva, Between East and West, Luce Irigary, Paris France, Gertrude Stein, Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, Another Country, James Baldwin, Collected Plays of Shakespeare, The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer, Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, La Batarde, Violette LeDuc, Les Guérillères, Monique Wittig, A Lover's Discourse, Roland Barthes, Cloudsplitter, Russell Banks, Book of Mutter, Kate Zambreno, Feeling and Form, Suzanne Langer, Beginning With O, Olga Broumas, Sexual Politics, Kate Millett
Favorite Authors: 
Shinkichi Takahashi, Paul Celan, Hiruo Shirane, Bashō, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Sophocles, Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Roland Barthes, Muriel Rukeyser, Edmond Jabés, Kate Millett, Toni Morrison, Russell Banks, Charlie Mehrhoff, Amy King, Etel Adnan, John Bloomberg-Rissman, John Berger, Dionne Brand, Nada Gordon, Ada Limón, Lisa Robertson

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Hartford, CT
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Hartford, CT
The Kingdom of the Pansy She led me over to the small bed of fresh sprung pansies. Creamy, velvety sky blues and purples boisterous with sun. I kneeled beside her, touched her hand as she held one open at the center for me to look inside. Three squat, miniscule grains all in a row — yellow, violet, and pearly white — lay beneath a petal canopy. She let go. The flower closed like an eyelid. Ardently I dove headfirst into her thick hair loosely gathered at the nape of her neck, and breathed in. It was my turn. I pulled the petals apart from between thumbs and forefingers, just enough, and looked and looked. It was just like she had said — inside, behind the place where the petals meet, there is a sleeping king with a saffron crown. A king of a size that would fit on the head of a pin, but I saw a kingdom. water jar the child’s gaze floats in forsythia Donna Fleischer Contemporary Haibun, volume 14, Red Moon Press
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Last updated: Aug 18, 2018