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Kathe L. Palka

Kathe L. Palka

Born: 1960 in New Brunswick New Jersey, USA
Resides: Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA
E-mail: k-jpalka (at) comcast (dot) net

Kathe L. Palka is a lifelong New Jersey poet and a member of the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative. She writes in free verse as well as in Japanese forms. Kathe lives along the banks of the South Branch of the Raritan River together with her husband of 33 years, Joe. Her work has been selected for appearance in various anthologies, including A Travel-Worn Satchel, The Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology (edited by Joseph Kirschner, Lidia Rozmus and Charles Trumbull, Deep North Press, 2009); Seed Packets: an anthology of flower haiku (edited by Stanford M. Forrester, Bottle Rockets Press, 2010); sharing the sun: The Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology, 2010 [edited by Scott Mason]; evolution: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2010 [edited by Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Editorial Staff] (Red Moon Press 2011); Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 3 2010 [edited by M. Kei together with Patricia Prime, Kala Ramesh, Alex von Vaupel, Aurora Antonovie, Magdalena Dale, Amelia Fielden, Andrew Riutta, and James Tipton] (MET Press 2011); Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness [edited by Robert Epstein] (MET Press 2011); and carving darkness: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2011 (Red Moon Press, 2012) [Edited by Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Editorial Staff]; and Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 4 (2012) [edited by M. Kei].

Awards and Other Honors: Two poems from Kathe's book Miracle of the Wine: New and Selected Poems were read by Garrison Keillor on his radio broadcast "The Writer’s Almanac". You can hear the broadcasts archived at the shows website: Together with Peter Newton, Kathe is a lead editor for the daily online haiku and micropoetry journal Previously she was Assistant Editor for that journal's issues 11.1 and 11.2 (2011) and Guest Editor for issue 11.3 (2011) [the "Journeys" issue ]. Additional awards and other honors include: she won a 2011 eChapbook Award from Snapshot Press for her short tanka collection As the Years Pass; Commended haiku [Innovative Category], The Haiku Foundation's HaikuNow! Contest (2011); and Third Place, Gerald Brady Senryu Award (2009). Kathe has also had work nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Books Published: The Grace of Light (Finishing Line Press New Women's Voices Series, 2004); Faith to See and Other Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2007); As the Years Pass (Snapshot Press, 2011) [available free at]; and Miracle of the Wine: New and Selected Poems (Grayson Books, 2012); A Path of Desire: tan renga by Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka (Red Moon Press, 2015).

Selected Work
spring breeze—
a red pinwheel spinning
on a child’s grave
lovers’ moon—
a cicada leaves its shell
on the fence post
wood dust on the deck
the perfect round hole of
a carpenter bee
my brother's viewing
everyone eager to hold
his infant niece
romantic comedy—
asleep on separate couches
before the end
winter shadows—
the whirl of starlings
through empty rooms

Credits: "spring breeze" - Modern Haiku 40:3 (2009); "wood dust on the deck" - Frogpond 32:3 (2008); "romantic comedy" - paper wasp (winter 2004); "lovers' moon" - 10.3; "my brother's viewing" - Modern Haiku 40:2 (2009); "winter shadows" - paper wasp (spring, 2012).

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