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Editorial Staff

Bob Lucky: Content Editor


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.

Ray Rasmussen: Technical Editor

RayTechnical Editor Ray Rasmussen is the person to contact if you have any difficulties with the website or the way CHO has presented your work. Ray lives in Edmonton, Canada. Along with Jim Kacian, he co-founded and he designed the original CHO website. He's co-editor (with Glenn Coats) of the haibun section of Haibun Today and in the past he's served as an editor at Simply Haiku, World Haiku Review, Notes from the Gean and A Hundred Gourds which he co-founded with Lorin Ford. Ray’s haiku, haiga, haibun and articles appear regularly in haiku genre journals and his work has appeared in the anthologies: Contemporary Haibun, The Red Moon Anthology, and The British Haiku Society Haibun Anthology. He's edited three online collections: Canyonlands Journal, Day's End, and Romance under a Waning Moon. His web site is http://raysweb.net/haiku/

Past Editors

Our three content editors from the startup of CHO in 2005 through April 2014 were Jim Kacian, Ken Jones and Bruce Ross. They also served as co-editors of Contemporary Haibun, an annual anthology from Red Moon Press founded by Jim Kacian.

JimJim 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.


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 who passed away in 2015 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.


LynneLynne 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.