Donna Fleischer

Bloomfield, CT 06002

Author's Bio

Fall 2016 Publications • < Periodic Earth >, a chapbook (Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, Pueblo, CO. • Verse Osmosis: Boiler House Poets, Tupelo Press-Mass MoCA Residency Anthology, Ann Dernier, editor. Chapbooks • "< Periodic Earth >", (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 and free to read at Scribd: Collected Poems • Intimate Boundaries, 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 a glimpse of (Athens, Greece), A Thousand Gourds, Artis magazine, Asahi Shimbun, Back Room Live !, Bones (UK), bottle rockets, cattails, contemporary haibun online, Cornell University Mann Library's Daily Haiku, Exit Strata, Fiera Lingue (Italy), Frogpond, Hummingbird, is/let, Issaʼs Untidy Hut, Kō (Japan), Lilliput Review, MayDay magazine, Modern Haiku, moon garlic (UK), The Naugatuck River Review, On Barcelona, Otoliths, Presence (UK), roadrunner, Salamander Cove, Solitary Plover, South by Southeast, Spiral Orb, The Daily Art Source, The Mainichi Daily News (Japan), The Marsh Hawk Press Review, tinywords, Truck, Under the Basho, Zen Space, and Wang Pingʼs Kinship of Rivers. Published Essays Earth Day, April 2014 essay on the writing of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational Honourable Mention poem by Donna Fleischer titled “earth day” at the request of the editor. The Black Swans of Ellen Carey: Of Necessary Poetic Realities (2010, 2014). This is 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 catalogue in full is available for viewing, and the essay may be read in its entirety, by clicking on this link: 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 is embossed on a broadside depicting the 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, was ink-stamped and illustrated on recycled plastic by poet and artist Lily Brown, on January 17, 2011, in Athens Georgia (pressing on press, Heidi Lynn Staples, editor). The haiku “fish clouds birds” by Donna Fleischer, 11 in. x 17 in. four-color process, was offset-printed on recycled, 100lb glossy stock (Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, Inc., 2009). The Useful Knowledge Press (New Haven, CT) published a limited edition of Donna’s haiku with wood block engravings by Allan Greenier in 2014, entitled HaiKube™. Other Donna’s poetry appeared regularly and 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. Author's Statement To write poems is to enter into the duende, "like bits of broken glass in the blood ..." (Lorca); that is, what is feral, primal, experienced. More vital than ideas, it is the experience — of freeing words, language itself, and how thinly we tend to use it —from mere meaning into bursts of being as in Roethke’s Woodlawn, Niedecker’s lifepoetry waterflow by condensing, Cid Corman’s silence(s), Adrienne Rich, Etel Adnan's freedom, john martone’s skull harmonies, Clayton Eshleman’s cavedepth being(s), John Bloomberg-Rissman’s Zeitgeist Spam, CAConrad’s necessary Frank, Jonathan Skinner’s ecopoetics, Trace Peterson’s “Violet Speech”, Brenda Iijima’s economies, Scott Watson’s version-ings, Amy King’s bluntforcetraumen “Opera of Peace”, Jared Stanley’s weeds, Noelle Kocot’s bigger world, Bhanu Kapil’s immanent monster, Lew Welch’s turkey buzzard, Tyrone McDonald's haiku confluence, Charlie Mehrhoff’s elkfrost inhabitations, Blakean, Bhaktian, poetry of – food-water-shelter-clothing, ecology compass, test tube, cup, water droplet, neuron, cancer, salts, stem, claw, fruits, volcano, song, fricative, diphthong, and so much more than lists can do; and poetry of the many younger poets urging it on. All the above for me, opened-up diverse ways of writing poems that over time gave way to my discovery of Japanese-derived forms. For many ensuing years my poetry practice involved writing both traditional and experimental haibun and haiku. Like Chaucer, I trust authority less because it interferes with experience; trust more the inherent capacity of poïesis (derived from the ancient term ποιέω) to make new technologies and methodologies. One book I do return to again and again is French philosopher and semiologist Roland Barthes’s “A Lover’s Discourse, Fragments” because my interrelations feel to be pilgrimages, set out for in the dark, cold rain of Spring begun, near to Barthes’s figuration: “To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.” ~ FEATURE READINGS: 2016: Poetry Celebrates Bloomfield, Prosser Public Library; 2014: Infinite Well, New Haven, CT; Hartford Public Library, downtown Hartford, CT; and Forbes Library, Northampton, MA; 2013: Capital Community College, Hartford CT; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; Forbes Library, Northampton, MA; cell39 gallery, Ludlow, MA; Pegasus Gallery of Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT; WordForge Reading Series, Hartford, CT; and Wintonbury Public Library, Bloomfield, CT. She was assistant editor of bottle rockets journal, anthologies, and serial volumes from 2007–2013. / / 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 stripping for offset sheetfed and web presses for 30 years; Donna transitioned to digital technologies in the textbook publishing industry as a Mac operator and proofreader. She now copy-edits and proofreads on a freelance basis. 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: 
A Picture of Everyone I Love Passes Through Me by John Bloomberg-Rissman and Lynn Behrendt
Garments of Women by Ann Boyer
I'll Drown My Book by Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Browne, Teresa Carmody, Vanessa Place, editors
In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
Alice Iris Red Horse by Yoshimasu Gozo with translation by Forrest Gander
Favorite Books: 
Robinson Crusoe, Little Women, Leaves of Grass, Traces of Dreams, H. Shirane, The Black Unicorn, Audre Lorde, Old Taoist: The Life, Art, and Poetry of Kodojin (1865-1944), Stephen Addiss, Sexual Politics. Kate Millett,, Of Woman Born, Adrienne Rich, Dream of a Common Language, Adrienne Rich, The Scarlett Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Candide, Voltaire, Georgics, Virgil, Plays by Sophocles, Les Miserables, Victor Hugo, 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, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, anthology edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, 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
Favorite Authors: 
Stephen Addiss, Hiruo Shirane, Basho, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Sophocles, Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Roland Barthes, Kate Millett, Toni Morrison, Russell Banks

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Hartford, CT
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Hartford, CT
again after reading Jared Stanley wild clover wind in from america to 2013 Lüneburg, Deutschland rose tree breeze, here, the rain drops, shudders leaves surface tension over each corona to white-grey clouds that enter barely there, a chosen ground seeps wounds. the little goose flowers gänseblümchen close, they open, share eyelids’ crowded lights push out parsed green shoots forwar-ding – Donna Fleischer Otoliths, 2013
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Last updated: Feb 16, 2017