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NEW SOUTH WALES
The Red Dragonflies Convener: 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).
Ozku Convener: Dawn Bruce
Dawn Bruce is a Sydney poet who was coordinator of the awarding winning group Somerset Poets and leader of Harbourside Poets. Dawn is now the leader of Ozku (haiku, haiga and haibun) and Moonrise (tanka), both private master classes. Her poetry collections, ‘Stinging the Silence’, ‘Tangible Shadows’ and ‘Sketching Light’ were published by Ginninderra Press.
Cloudcatchers Convener: Quendryth Young
Quendryth fell in love with haiku in 2004, and when John Bird founded Cloudcatchers in 2005 she became its convener. She received second place for her haiku collection ‘The Whole Body Singing’ in the Merit Book Awards (HSA) 2008, a Touchstone Award (THF) 2010, and was included in ‘A New Resonance – Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku’ (Red Moon Press, USA) 2011. She was founding editor of ‘Haiku Xpressions’, a position she held 2007–2009.
White Pebbles Haiku Group Convener: Beverley George
Beverley George has enjoyed haiku since 1987. She is the past editor of Yellow Moon and Young Yellow Moon and current editor of Windfall: Australian Haiku. She was President of the Australian Haiku Society from 2016-2010; presented a paper on Haiku in Australia at the 3rd Haiku Pacific Rim Conference 2007 in Matsuyama, Japan and convened the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference 2009 at Terrigal, NSW. Her first book of haiku, Spinifex, was published by Pardalote Press in 2006. She has seven times served as literary adviser to Mitsui Travel for small group travel to Japan.
Illawong Haiku Group Convenor: Carol Reynolds
Carol’s interest in haiku began in 2011 inspired by reading haiku published in the FreeXpresSions magazine ‘Haiku Xpressions’ pages edited by Cynthia Rowe. Guided through her journey by corresponding with Cynthia, attending several of her workshops and submitting work to publications gave her the confidence to establish a local haiku group, The Illawong Haiku Group. The aboriginal meaning of the name is ‘between two waters’ being the Georges and Woronora Rivers. The group held their first meeting in June 2017.
Haiku at the Oaks Convenor: 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.
Red Kelpie Haiku Group Convener: Lorin Ford
Most recently publisher, managing editor, haiku editor and features editor of A Hundred Gourds, Lorin has written haiku since 2004. Selections of her haiku are anthologized in, eg. Haiku in English, Where the River Goes , Haiku21 and Nest Feathers. Her a wattle seedpod (PostPressed 2008) won a first place in the HSA Merit Book Awards, the first Australian book to do so. Her e-chapbook, A Few Quick Brushstrokes,was a 2011 Snapshot Press winner.
Bombora Haiku Group Convener: Giddy Nielsen-Sweep
Giddy Nielsen-Sweep first discovered an interest in haiku in 2010. Recently she founded Bombora Haiku Group with six members on the north side of Brisbane. ‘Breathe … Haiku,’ her first ebook, will be published by Smashwords in the near future. Giddy has developed a love of many forms of Japanese poetry, but haiku is her passion.
Watersmeet Conveners: Lyn Reeves and Ron Moss
Lyn Reeves was involved in the beginnings of HaikuOz and has served as Secretary, Vice-President and committee member. She was haiku editor forFamous 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
Ron C. Moss is a visual artist and poet from Tasmania. His haiku and related genres have won many international prizes and he has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. His award winning first haiku collection is: The Bone Carver, Snapshot Press. Ron is well known for his haiga paintings, illustration and design.
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Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Conveners: Lee Bentley and Lynette Arden
Lee Bentley is co-convener of the Adelaide based Bindii SA Japanese Genre Poetry Group. Writing short-form poetry, their favourite style in the Japanese genre is haiku and the various foms of renku, with the odd foray into haibun and tanka. Lee is a judge for the haiku section of the annual Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writing Competition, which involves numerous primary schools and hundreds of students throughout South Australia.
Lynette Arden 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 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/
The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group on Facebook Convener: Maureen Sexton
Maureen Sexton is a writer, artist and photographer. She began writing haiku 20 years ago and is widely published. She founded the West Australian Mari Warabiny Haiku Group (mari warabiny are nyungar words meaning billowing clouds). Our Facebook group welcomes enthusiasts from everywhere to share information and discuss all things haiku. She co-founded Creatrix Haiku Journal. The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group currently holds an annual Ginko (haiku walk).