Dr Jacqui Murray: Patron of the Australian Haiku Society, spent many years running the JAL Children’s Haiku Contests in Australia, thus forging a generation of enthusiastic and talented haiku poets.
Alongside her many achievements in the promotion of haiku in this country and overseas she also co-edited The Third Australian Haiku Anthology (paperwasp:2011) and the anthology still heading out: an anthology of Australian and New Zealand haiku, two remarkable collections amongst others that she was instrumental in producing.
In supporting and championing haiku writing in Australia, Jacqui did extraordinary work in co-founding paper wasp — a long-running Australian haiku print journal – in 1994, together with John Knight and Ross Clark. The paper wasp team was soon joined by Katherine Samuelowicz, with whom I was an occasional editor. The last special issue of paper wasp was published in 2016 for haiku with an Australian flavour or theme.
Although severely ill for the final years of her life Jacqui was able to keep alive the ideals in furthering the development of haiku in Australia. She was always kind, patient and supportive.
they fall and scatter
Cynthia Rowe (Past President [2011-2016], Australian Haiku Society)
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