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: Vanessa Proctor
Vanessa Proctor began writing haiku while living in Japan in the early ’90s. She is a founding member of HaikuOz, she founded the Red Dragonflies haiku group and co-founded the Zazen international haiku group. Her publications include the eChapbook Jacaranda Baby (Snapshot Press, 2012), which can be read here and Blowing up Balloons, co-written with Greg Piko (Red Moon Press, 2017).
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 south east Queensland with his lovely wife and children on a few acres shared by animals and plants. He spent a number of years with the Flinders’ University philosophy department and has more recently 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 has written haiku since completing a World Haiku Club course in 2003. She is Co-Convener of the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group in Adelaide and has travelled to Japan on two literary tours following the trail of Matsuo Basho. 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/
Qld: Simon Hanson (see Secretary above)
WA: Natasha Adams
Mari Warabiny is the West Australian haiku group run by Tash Adams. We hold an annual Ginko (haiku walk). Our Facebook group welcomes enthusiasts from everywhere to discuss all things haiku. Encouraged by Maureen Sexton and Rose Van Son, Tash started writing haiku in 2008. She can be found investigating nature with her children or counting syllables on her fingers (Walking whilst doing so may cause injury). She blogs infrequently at tashadams.com
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 (See President above)
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: Lynette Arden (see Web Manager above)