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A Journal of Haibun & Tanka Prose

Present Editors

Rich Youmans: Editor-in-Chief and Haibun Co-Editor

RayRich Youmans has been writing haiku, haibun, and related essays for more than 25 years.

His work has been published widely in various journals and anthologies, and his books include Shadow Lines (Katsura Press, 2000), a collection of linked haibun with Margaret Chula; All the Windows Lit (Snapshot Press, 2017); and Head-On (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2018).

He formerly served on the editorial team of Haibun Today.

He now lives on Cape Cod with his wife, Alice.
Terri French: Haibun Co-Editor

RayTerri L. French is a poet/writer and retired Massage Therapist.

She is the former editor of Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu & Kyoka.

Terri has served as the Southeast Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America and Secretary for The Haiku Foundation, on which she is currently a board member.

In 2017 Terri joined the editorial team of the online journal Haibun Today.

She and her husband, Ray, have four mostly grown children and one spoiled dog. They now enjoy the nomadic life of full-time RVers.

Tish Davis: Tanka Prose Editor

Tish Davis lives in the snow belt in Northern Ohio. Her tanka and related forms have appeared in numerous online journals and hard copy publications. Tish received a Pushcart Nomination for her haibun in Modern Haiku 40:3, 2009. She also contributed to Haibun Today via commentaries and book reviews. In December 2018, she joined the staff of Haibun Today where she co-edited the tanka prose section along with Tim Gardiner until HT's closure in December 2019.

Patricia Prime: Articles, Reviews, Interviews, Commentaries Editor

RayPatricia Prime is co-editor of the NZ haiku journal, Kokako. She was the reviews/interviews editor of Haibun Today and presently is a reviewer for Atlas Poetica, Takahe and other journals. Besides reviewing, writing poetry and articles, she writes traditional verse, renga, linked verse, tanka prose, haibun, cherita and limericks. Patricia also writes collaborative verse and renga with a variety of poets. She is on the panel of judges of contests for the traditional poetry magazines MetVerse Muse, Poets international (India) and for the USA haiku journal GEPPO and tanka journal Gusts. She is on the editorial panel of GIWEC (India) and other Indian journals and has had her poetry published in several issues of the Mongolian journal World Poetry Almanac. She has edited, with poets Beverley George and Amelia Fielden, a collection of tanka by New Zealand and Australian poets, 100 Tanka by 100 Poets, and edited, with Dr. Bruce Ross, the World Haiku Anthology: A Vast Sky. Patricia has also published, with French poet, Giselle Maya, a collection of collaborative haibun and tanka sequences, called Shizuku. She has published with NZ poet, Catherine Mair, numerous small chapbooks of poetry. A collection of her poems, The Way of All Things, was published 2019.

Ray Rasmussen: Technical Editor

Ray lives in Edmonton, Canada. He dreamed he was a university professor in a previous life. Now retired, he enjoys hiking (and snoozing) in the Canadian Rockies and the US Southwest Canyonlands and Canoeing in Ontario's Alqonquin Provincial Park.

Working with founder/editor Jim Kacian, Ray designed the CHO website and has served as its technical editor (webmaster) since its inception. He's the past Managing Editor and Haibun Co-Editor of Haibun Today. He's also served as an editor at Simply Haiku, World Haiku Review, Notes from the Gean and A Hundred Gourds. Ray’s haiku, haiga, haibun and articles appear regularly in haiku genre journals and his work has appeared in a number of anthologies.

He's created/edited three online collections: Day's End, Romance under a Waning Moon, & Canyonlands Journal. His web site is http://raysweb.net/haiku/ and his collection of haibun, Landmarks, can be found on Amazon.

Past CHO Editors (biographies are not up to date)

BobBob Lucky: 2015 - 2019 Bob Lucky contributes regularly to haiku and tanka journals in the US, Europe, and Australia. His fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous international journals, including Flash, Rattle, Modern Haiku, KYSO Flash, The Prose-Poem Project, The Boston Literary Magazine, Haibun Today, and Contemporary Haibun Online. His work has been widely anthologized. He has a chapbook of haibun, tanka prose and prose poems, entitled Ethiopian Time, forthcoming. He currently lives and works in Saudi Arabia.

LynneLynn Rees: 2015 - 2017 Lynne Rees is a writer, editor and award winning creative writing tutor who blogs as the hungry writer at www.lynnerees.com. She started working with haiku forms – haiku, senryu, tanka, rengay and haibun – in 2006, was the haibun editor at Simply Haiku during 2008 and 2009, and co-editor, with Jo Pacsoo, of the British Haiku Society's Haibun Anthology, The Unseen Wind (2010). In 2011, she jointly edited, along with Nigel Jenkins and Ken Jones, another country, haiku poetry from Wales (Gomer Press), the first national anthology of its kind, and was an adjudicator for the inaugural British Haiku Award. Lynne published a haibun collection, forgiving the rain, with Snapshot Press in 2012.


JimJim Kacian: 2000 - 2014 Jim Kacian is the founder of Contemporary Haibun, and co-founder of CHO where he served as editor-in-chief for its first 10 years. He is founder and president of The Haiku Foundation, past editor of Frogpond (the international membership journal of the Haiku Society of America, and the largest haiku journal outside of Japan), and co-founder of the World Haiku Association. His haiku have been published in more than 50 languages around the world, and won numerous of awards and competitions. He has published seventeen books, dozens of articles and made scores of presentations on haiku practice and poetics. He is editor-in-chief of Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton, 2013), the definitive book on the subject, as well as author of How to Haiku, a primer for English-speaking poets. In addition, he owns and operates Red Moon Press, a publishing house dedicated to the publicaton of haiku and related genres


BruceBruce Ross: 2000 - 2014 Bruce Ross is a past president of the Haiku Society of America. His haiku, haibun, collaborative renga, haiga and articles have appeared in haiku journals worldwide. He authored Journey to the Interior: American Versions of Haibun (1998) and How to Haiku: A Student's Guide to Haiku and Related Forms (2001). He has published three collections of original haiku: thousands of wet stones (1988), among floating duckweed (1994) and Silence: Collected Haiku (1997). His latest publication is summer drizzles (2006), a collection of haiku and haibun.

KenKen Jones: 2000-2014 Ken Jones contributed regularly to UK and US haiku magazines, as well as being represented in British and American anthologies. For his contribution to Pilgrim Foxes: Haiku and Haiku Prose, co-authored with Jim Norton and Sean O'Connor, Jones was awarded the Sasakawa Prize for Original Contributions in the Field of Haikai. His haibun "Travellers" won first place in the 2005 English Language Haibun Contest. And in 2011 he won joint first place in the British Haiku Society's Haibun Contest. Other Collections: Arrow of Stones (British Haiku Society,2002); Stallion's Crag (Iron Press, 2003); The Parsley Bed (Pilgrim Press, 2006); and Stone Leeks (Pilgrim Press 2009). Jones was a Zen practitioner and teacher of forty years' standing, and author of books on socially engaged Buddhism. He lived in Wales, with his Irish wife, Noragh.

Ken Jones, Welsh Author and Activist, left this dew-drop world Sunday, August 2, 2015 at the age of 85. His professional career was in higher education, supplemented by many years as a peace, ecology, and social justice activist. His Buddhist practice began when he realized that it was not enough to work for social emancipation: inner liberation was also necessary. Ken was an accomplished poet, whose haiku and haibun were awarded many prizes. Three of his haiku are below:

Strolling for miles
arm in my pocket
hoping she’ll take it

Aging address book
the living squeezed
between the dead

This fine evening
Stacking firewood
How simple death seems