Roberta Beary

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer, Spoken Word Artist

Author's Bio

Roberta Beary identifies as gender-fluid, and writes to connect with other trauma survivors. Their prose poem 'After You Self Medicate with Roethke's The Waking Read by Text to Speech App' won 1st prize in the 2022 Bridport Prize. Their work appears in The New York Times, Rattle, MacQueen's Quinterly, 100 Word Story, Litro Magazine, Atticus Review, and other publications. Their short poem collection, The Unworn Necklace, received a finalist award from Poetry Society of America. Their prose poem collection, Deflection, was named a National Poetry Month Best Pick by Washington Independent Review of Books. Beary co-edited Wishbone Moon, international anthology of haiku by women, published by Jacar Press. Their most recent collection, Carousel, (forthcoming) won the 2019 Snapshot Press Book Award. Their collaborative work on One Breath: The Reluctant Engagement Project, which pairs their writings with artwork by people with disabilities and their families, was shortlisted for a Touchstone Book Award. They are the haibun editor at Modern Haiku. Twitter @shortpoemz

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthology:
tiny love stories: true tales of love in 100 words or less (Artisan/Workman, 2020)
Journals: ,
MacQueen’s Quinterly
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One Sentence Poems
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The New York Times

Fiction

Anthologies:
Best Small Fictions (Sonder Press, 2022)
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Flash Fiction Festival four (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2022)
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best microfiction (Pelekinesis, 2021)
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Best Small Fictions (Sonder Press, 2020)
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Best Microfiction 2019 (Pelekinesis, 2019)
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Flash Fiction Festival three (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019)
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with one eye on the cows (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019)
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Flash Fiction Festival two (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2018)
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Nothing Short of 100 (Outpost19, 2018)
Journals: ,
Bending Genres
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FewerThan500
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KYSO Flash
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MacQueen’s Quinterly
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Microfiction Monday Magazine
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Necessary Fiction
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New Flash Fiction Review
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The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
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The Drabble
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Poetry

Anthologies:
contemporary haibun volume 17 (Red Moon Press, 2022)
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Dwarf Stars (Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, 2022)
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Haiku 22 (Modern Haiku Press, 2022)
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string theory: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2021 (Red Moon Press, 2022)
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The Bridport Prize Anthology 2022 (Redcliffe Press Ltd., 2022)
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A Moment’s Longing (Haiku Society of America, 2020)
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tanka 2020: poems from today’s world (Red Moon Press, 2020)
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a hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018 (Red Moon Press, 2019)
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#MeToo (Fair Acre Press, 2018)
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echoes 2 (Red Moon Press, 2018)
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old song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2017 (Red Moon Press, 2018)
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Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press, 2018)
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Deep Breath (Leaf Press, 2017)
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dust devils: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016 (Red Moon Press, 2017)
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Erotic Haiku of Skin on Skin (Black Moss Press, 2017)
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2016 Dwarf Stars Anthology (Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, 2016)
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Circe’s Lament: An Anthology of Wild Women (Accents Publishing, 2016)
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galaxy of dust: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2015 (Red Moon Press, 2016)
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Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2016)
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Veils, Halos, and Shackle (Kasva Press, 2016)
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A Splash of Water (Haiku Society of America, 2015)
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big data (Red Moon Press, 2015)
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Fire in the Treetops (Press Here, 2015)
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Haiku 2015 (Modern Haiku Press, 2015)
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Intimacy (Jacar Press, 2015)
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Me as a Child (Silver Birch Press, 2015)
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Vacation Poetry (Silver Birch Press, 2015)
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Journeys an anthology of international haibun (ed: Angelee Deodhar) (Nivasini, 2014)
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Take-Out Window (Haiku Society of America, 2014)
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Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013)
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contemporary haibun volume 14 (Red Moon Press, 2013)
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Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku and Haiga (Dos Gatos Press, 2013)
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nothing in the window (Red Moon Press, 2013)
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The Humours of Haiku (Iron Press, 2013)
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and love (Jacar Press, 2012)
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carving darkness (Red Moon Press, 2012)
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The Stone House Anthology (Rosenberry Books, 2012)
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The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change (Modern English Tanka Press, 2012)
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a few stars away (Red Moon Press, 2011)
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Dreams Wander On Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness (Modern English Tanka Press, 2011)
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Dwarf Stars 2011 The Best Speculative Short Poems Published in 2010 (Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, 2011)
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evolution (Red Moon Press, 2011)
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Haiku 21 (Modern Haiku Press, 2011)
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Haiku Calendar (Snapshot Press, 2011)
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Halloween Haiku (Popcorn Press, 2011)
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in pine shade (Haiku Society of America, 2011)
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contemporary haibun Volume 11 (Red Moon Press, 2010)
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Lighting A Candle (Haiku Poets of Northern California, 2010)
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montage (Haiku Foundation, 2010)
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Second Annual Bashō Haiku Challenge Chapbook, #22 (Lilliput Review Press, 2010)
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seed packets (bottle rockets press, 2010)
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sharing the sun (Haiku Society of America, 2010)
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Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 2 (Modern English Tanka Press, 2010)
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The Sound of Poets Cooking (Jacar Press, 2010)
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where the wind turns (Red Moon Press, 2010)
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A Travel-Worn Satchel (Haiku Society of America, 2009)
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Bashō Haiku Challenge Chapbook, #20 (Lilliput Review Press, 2009)
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Into Our Words (Press Here, 2009)
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Streetlights: Poetry of Urban Life in Modern English Tanka (Modern English Tanka Press, 2009)
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Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka (Modern English Tanka Press, 2009)
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The Breath of Surrender: A Collection of Recovery-Oriented Haiku (Modern English Tanka Press, 2009)
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white lies (Red Moon Press, 2009)
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dust of summers (Red Moon Press, 2008)
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Ash Moon Anthology:Poems on Aging (Lulu Press, 2008)
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Haiku The Art of the Short Poem (Brooks Books, 2008)
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How We Love: Letters (Capital BookFest, 2008)
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big sky (Red Moon Press, 2007)
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Family Pictures: Poems & Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones (Capital BookFest, 2007)
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Dandelion Wind (Press Here, 2007)
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echoes 1 (Red Moon Press, 2007)
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Landfall (Modern English Tanka Press, 2007)
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Landfall:Poetry of Place (Lulu Press, 2007)
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Sixty Sunflowers (Modern English Tanka Press, 2007)
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inside the mirror (Red Moon Press, 2006)
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contemporary haibun Volume 7 (Red Moon Press, 2006)
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Rose Haiku for Flower Lovers and Gardeners (Price-Patterson, Ltd., 2005)
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a path made by bears (Red Moon Press, 2005)
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contemporary haibun Volume 6 (Red Moon Press, 2005)
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loose change (Haiku Society of America, 2005)
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something like a sigh (Tanka Society of America, 2005)
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Taboo Haiku (Avisson Press, 2005)
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Tracing the Fern (Press Here, 2005)
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edge of light (Red Moon Press, 2004)
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to find the moon (Tanka Society of America, 2004)
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walking the same path (Haiku Society of America, 2004)
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pegging the wind (Red Moon Press, 2003)
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bits of itself (Haiku Society of America, 2003)
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Brocade of Leave (Press Here, 2003)
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bits of itself (Haiku Society of America, 2002)
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New Pond: An English Language Haiku Anthology (Brooks Books, 2002)
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a glimpse of red (Red Moon Press, 2001)
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A New Resonance 2: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2001)
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paperclips (Press Here, 2001)
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Voices and Echoes (Haiku Society of America, 2001)
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the thin curve (Red Moon Press, 2000)
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pocket change (Red Moon Press, 2000)
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snow on the water (Red Moon Press, 1999)
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The Red Moon Anthology 1997 (Red Moon Press, 1998)
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The Red Moon Anthology 1996 (Red Moon Press, 1997)
Books:
Wishbone Moon (Jacar Press, 2018)
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Deflection (Accents Publishing, 2015)
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fresh paint (Red Moon Press, 2014)
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7 (Jacar Press, 2013)
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dandelion clocks (Haiku Society of America, 2008)
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The Unworn Necklace (Snapshot Press, 2007)
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fish in love (Haiku Society of America, 2006)
Chapbook:
nothing left to say (King's Road Press, 2009)
Journals: ,
3Lights Gallery
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Blithe Spirit
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bottle rockets
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Cattails
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Contemporary Haibun Online
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Cultural Weekly
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Failed Haiku
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Haibun Today
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haijinx
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Haiku Canada
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Haiku International
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Heron's Nest
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Ink Sweat & Tears
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KYSO Flash
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Lynx
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Mayfly
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Modern English Tanka
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Moonset
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NOON
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Notes from the Gean
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Penumbra
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Presence
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Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu and Kyoka
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Pulse
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RAW NerVZ
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Reservoir Road Literary Review
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Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal
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Roadrunner Haiku Journal
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Seven Hills Review
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Simply Haiku
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South By Southeast
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The Heron's Nest
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Woodnotes Haiku Magazine
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Prizes won: 

Book Awards:

Winner, Snapshot Press Book Award (2019/2006); Finalist, Poetry Society of America Book Award (2008); Finalist, Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards (2016); Finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Awards (2016); Winner, Haiku Society America Book Awards (2014/2009/2008/2007.)

Writing Awards:

Bridport Prize 1st (Poetry/2022); Best Small Fictions (2020/2022); Best Microfiction (2019/2021); Pushcart Prize (multiple nominations); Best of the Net (multiple nominations); Kusamakura Grand Prize 1st (Japan); Haiku Society America Senryu Contest 1st Prize (USA); Haiku International Contest 1st Prize (Japan); Penumbra Haiku Contest 1st Prize (USA); Tokutomi Haiku Awards 1st Prize (USA), Yamadero Basho Distinguished Prize (Japan); Lilliput Review Basho 1st Prize (USA); Modern Haiku Journal-Best of Issue Awards; Haiku Ireland 1st Prize Kukai Awards (Ireland); International Haiku Contest 1st Prize (Poland); Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest 1st Prize (Romania); Ito En Oi Ocha Haiku Contest Sponsor’s Award (Japan); Touchstone Award Haiku Short List (International).

Contest Judge:

British Haiku Society; Sable Books; Haiku Society of America; Haiku Poets of Northern California; Kilbride Haibun; KYSO Flash Best of Issue; Golden Triangle; Embassy of Japan; North Carolina Poetry Society; The Heron's Nest; Modern Haiku; Haiku Poland International.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Born in: 
Raised in: 
Queens, NY
New York
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Last update: Oct 25, 2022