Carlos Colón


185 Lynn Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71105-3523
(318) 868-8932

Author's Bio

Carlos Colón is the author of 12 chapbooks including Mountain Climbing and Clocking Out, two collections of haiku and concrete poetry; Sassy, a collection of linked poems written with Alexis Rotella, and Circling Bats, Wall Street Park and Autumn Leaves, three books of concrete renku written with Raffael de Gruttola. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Red Moon Anthology, Modern Haiku, Journal of Poetry Therapy, Writer’s Digest, and Louisiana Literature. His poetry has also been part of three public art projects: the “Let the Good Times Roll” mural in Shreveport’s Festival Plaza, "Highway Haiku," and a renku display outside of a temple on Sado Island in Japan. In addition, Colón edited Voices and Echoes, the 2001 Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology and Shreve Memorial Library's Electronic Poetry Network (1997-2011). His most recent chapbook, The Inside Scoop: New and Selected Poems, was published by Naissance in May 2010.

Publications & Prizes

Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume Three (Modern English Tanka Press, 2011)
Maple Leaf Rag IV (Portals Press, 2010)
dust of summers (Red Moon Press, 2008)
Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem (Brooks Books, 2008)
inside the mirror (Red Moon Press, 2006)
Maple Leaf Rag III (Portals Press, 2006)
Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum (Xavier Review Press, 2006)
the thin curve (Red Moon Press, 2000)
Red Moon Anthology 1997 (Red Moon Press, 1998)
Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac (Kodansha International, 1996)
Dark and Stormy Rides Again (Penguin, 1996)
Maple Leaf Rag 15th Anniversary Anthology (Portals Press, 1994)
Haiku Elvis: A Life in 17 Syllables or Less (Silver Boomer Books, 2013)
The Inside Scoop (Naissance, 2010)
Dry Crik Review
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Heron's Nest
Louisiana Literature
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Reader's Digest
Voices International
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Prizes won: 

G. Scott Griffin Award, 2010;
First Place, San Francisco International Senryu Contest, 2004;
Second Place, Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Unpublished Senryu, 2003;
Shreveport Regional Arts Council Literature Fellowship, 2002;
Finalist for Sixteenth Annual Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry, 2002

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Shreveport, LA
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Last update: Aug 16, 2018