Patron: Dr Jacqui Murray
Dr Jacqui Murray is patron of HaikuOz. She became interested in haiku as a student of Japanese and in 1988 organized Australia’s first haiku contest for children, sponsored by Japan Airlines for World Expo 88. She spent many years judging international haiku contests and editing the long-running paper wasp: a journal of haiku of which she was also a founder. Jacqui co-edited several Australian haiku anthologies published under the Paper Wasp imprint as well as the first Australia-New Zealand anthology.
President: Rob Scott
Rob Scott began his haiku journey while living in Tokyo in the mid-90’s where he became a member of the MIFA haiku circle. After writing haiku for almost 20 years, he released his first two collections, Out of Nowhere and Down to the Wire, both published by Red Moon Press (2016). In 2014, Rob completed his Master’s thesis entitled The History of Australian Haiku and the Emergence of a Local Accent, presenting a paper on his findings at the Second International Haiku Conference (2015) in Krakow, entitled Australian Haiku—Is it a Thing? He currently lives in Melbourne and has recently become a co-convener of the Fringe Myrtles haiku group.
Vice-President: Lyn Reeves
Lyn Reeves was involved in the beginnings of HaikuOz and has served as Secretary, Vice-President and committee member. She was haiku editor for Famous Reporter (1994- 2012), occasional editor for paper wasp, and founder and convener of Watersmeet haiku group. Her first haiku collection, Walking the Tideline, appeared in 2001.
Secretary: Simon Hanson
Simon Hanson lives in Tasmania with his lovely wife and adult children on a few acres shared by animals and plants. He spent a number of years with the Flinders’ University philosophy department and has over the last ten years fallen under the spell of haiku, much preferring the challenge of writing something worthwhile in seven or eight words rather than several thousand.
Web Manager: Lynette Arden
Lynette Arden convened the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group from 2009 to 2019 and was Vice President of AHS from 2012 to 2017. She has travelled to Japan on two literary tours following the trail of Matsuo Basho. Her latest poetry collection is Travelling Through the Unexpected (Ginninderra Press) 2018. Her first poetry collection A Pause in the Conversation was published in New Poets 15 (Wakefield Press 2010). Her Poetry and Art website: http://www.lynettearden.com/
Regional Representatives (Committee)
Qld: Matt Hetherington
Matt Hetherington is a writer, music-maker, and moderate self-promoter. He has been writing poetry for over 30 years, and has published 4 poetry collections and over 300 poems. His first all-haiku/senryu collection ‘For Instance’ was published in March 2015 by Mulla Mulla Press. http://www.mullamullapress.com/
WA: Maureen Sexton
Maureen Sexton is a writer, artist and photographer. She began writing haiku over 20 years ago and is widely published. She founded the West Australian Mari Warabiny Haiku Group. This group has changed its name to Paperbark Haiku. She co-founded Creatrix Haiku Journal. The Paperbark Haiku Group currently holds Haiku Gatherings/Ginko (haiku walk) four times each year and has two Facebook groups for haiku enthusiasts from anywhere in the world.
Tasmania: Lyn Reeves (See Vice President above)
Victoria: Myron Lysenko
Myron began studying and writing modern haiku towards the end of the twentieth century. He has had one book of haiku published (a rosebush grabs my sleeve Flat Chat Poets 2005) and won an international haiku prize in Japan in 2004—the Suruga Baika Literary Award for Haiku. His haiku have been published in many overseas and Australian haiku journals. Myron was part of RookuTroupe—a trio of haiku poets instrumental in having haiku published on Melbourne’s suburban trains in 2006. Myron conducts ginko in scenic surroundings in Victoria.
NSW: Vanessa Proctor
Vanessa Proctor began writing haiku while living in Japan in the early ’90s. She was a founding member of HaikuOz, she founded the Red Dragonflies haiku group and co-founded the Zazen international haiku group. Her latest publication is the eChapbook Jacaranda Baby (Snapshot Press, 2012).
ACT: Jan Dobb
Jan Dobb has lived in Canberra for over forty years and has always enjoyed dabbling in words and writing. In 2010 she encountered haiku and since then has become hooked. Rambles in the Bush Capital, among the kangaroos and gumtrees with views of the Brindabella range, are an ever-inspiring part of her life and writing. Meeting up with some local haiku/tanka enthusiasts has been the icing-on-the-cake of belonging to an exciting worldwide community.
SA: Julia Wakefield
Julia Wakefield has been writing haiku since she joined the Bindii group seven years ago. She is a published poet in other genres as well as haiku, and is also a visual artist, specialising in printmaking and illustration. Some of her haiku can be found on the Bindii blogspot: https://haiku-bindii.blogspot.com/p/julia-wakefield.html She enjoys attempting other Japanese forms, but she finds the haiku a sufficient challenge in itself. She runs workshops for newcomers to the form. Website: http://www.juliawakefield.com.au/