Chula has been writing and teaching haiku, tanka, and haibun for nearly
thirty-five years. Her previous collections of poetry include: Grinding my
ink (Haiku Society of America Book Award);
Shadow Lines (linked haibun with Rich Youmans); Always
Filling, Always Full; This Moment; The Smell of Rust; and What
Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps with quilt artist Cathy
Erickson. She also has produced a CD of haiku from Grinding my ink with
woodwind musician Ken Ulansey. Her haiku have been printed on Itoen tea
cans sold in stores and vending machines all over Japan, on billboards in Tokyo
train stations, and on a construction site fence in Portland, Oregon, for the
new Orange Line transit system.
is also a performance artist, promoting tanka through her one-woman show ‘Three
Women Who Loved Love,’ using music, dialogue, and period costumes to re-enact
the lives of poets Izumi Shikibu, Akiko Yosano, and Masajo Suzuki. ‘Three
Women’ premiered in Krakow in 2003 and toured to New York, Boston, Portland,
Ottawa, and Ogaki, Japan.
work has been supported by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council
and Oregon Literary Arts as well as fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center,
the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods.
currently serves as President of the Tanka Society of America and as Poet
Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music. Having lived in Kyoto for twelve years,
she now makes her home in Portland, Oregon, where she hikes, gardens, swims,
and creates flower arrangements for every room of the house.
to Maggie read at the Oregon Poetic Voices Project
view her poems at Mark Thalman’s poetry.us.com
on her website
Melanie Green has climbed Mt. Hood twice, raced her motorcycle at Portland International Raceway, worked construction jobs, in an office, as a nanny, a security guard, a ski instructor, and for Greenpeace.
She grew up in Washington and Oregon, lived in California, Colorado, and British Columbia before returning to Portland, which is now home.
Living with chronic fatigue syndrome since 1988 has curtailed her athletic activities.
She now writes, reads, enjoys nature photography, meditation, and the video arcade.
Green has studied poetry with Carolyn Forche, Michele Glazer, Linda Gregg, Paulann Petersen, Peter Sears, and Bill Siverly.
Her poems have been published in The Oregonian, Windfall, The Christian Science Monitor, Fireweed, and elsewhere.
Determining Sky is her first book of poems.
Donald Laird was born in upstate New York in 1962 and lived there until moving to Tucson, Arizona, where he earned his bachelor’s in English. He now lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife Karen Ford and makes a life of writing, reading, gardening, and entertaining two Scotties, Truepenny and Hot Diggity Dog.
Peanut Press published his conundrum in verse for children, The Cabbage, Wolf, and Goat, a collaboration with illustrator Kay King. His poetry has appeared in The Lyric, The Edge City Review, and The Formalist.
Rick McMonagle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. His poetry
lineage includes a Calabrian great-uncle, Francesco Capilupi, who fell in love,
left the priesthood, emigrated to NYC and wrote poems; John Haag, his first
poetry teacher at Penn State and who was a student of Theodore Roethke; and
Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman at Naropa University where he received a
Poetics Certificate. He was the Executive Director of two river based
environmental organizations and now lives in Eugene, Oregon.
When I was 7, I saw two free spirits
making love in The Clackamas River above Barton Park, Oregon, and I thought a
lucky fisherman caught a mermaid. It was late August 1970, when tens of
thousands of anti-Vietnam War protestors gathered upriver at Milo McIver State
Park to enjoy a week of free food, music, nudity, yoga, and celebration on a
crystal river with snowy peaked Mt. Hood in the background. Life was
Being a natural recluse, I had
wandered away from my family to catch trout and hear the old men’s
Forty years later, after fishing from
the Rogue River in southern Oregon to the Tanana River in Alaska, I compiled my
adventures and misadventures in the book River Walker. I hope you laugh
at the characters, celebrate the fish and river experiences, and reflect on the
many jeweled watery gifts of the Pacific Northwest. Many of these poems began,
and still begin, as riverside scribblings while
resting on boulders or fallen logs above emerald pools of hovering salmon,
trout, and steelhead.
Currently, I work as a Creative
Writing Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College and frequently travel to the
Pacific Northwest to visit old friends and fish.
Before teaching, I was captain of the
fishing vessel Starfisher in Depoe Bay, Oregon,
charter fishing and commercial trolling for salmon. Later, I was a writer in
residence at The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on Cascade Head just inshore
from where I fished off the mouth of the Salmon River.
My next project is a collection of
fishing essays, poems, and short stories called Water Magic that will soon be
seeking a publisher.
During my last sabbatical in 2006, I
volunteered in the William Stafford Archives, and taught a creative nonfiction
class for Write Around Portland. I will spend my next sabbatical in 2013
taking fiction classes at Pacific University's low-residency program in
Seaside, and working on short stories on Whidbey Island.
As a complement to my fishing poems,
I do claywork, some of which is online at The Trumpeter Journal of Ecosophy
at Athabasca University,
and Untitled Country Review.
My clayworkwas recently in Columbia River Gallery in Troutdale, White Wolf Sanctuary,
and won a Green Art Contest in Knock Literary Journal at
Antioch University in Seattle.
Scott Watson was born in 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) and grew up in a small town called Riverton across the Delaware in NJ. He has been a resident of Japan for 31 years. He lives with his wife Morie in Sendai. They have two children: Tatsuma and James. Scott is a poet who has published
over ten collections of poetry. His translations from Japanese include Bashō's oku no hosomichi (under the title Bashō's Road's Edge),
poems by Yorifumi Yaguchi, poems by Yamao Sansei, and, of course, Santōka. He edited for ten years the poetry magazine BONGOS OF THE LORD. He
directs Bookgirl Press and is a tenured professor at a university in Sendai.