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Vicki McCullough

Vicki McCullough

Born: November 04 1949 in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
Resides: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
E-mail: vmccullough (at) telus (dot) net

Vicki has played with haiku since early in this millennium. Her interest emerged from a focus on mindfulness practice. She was one of four co-founders of, and judges for, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational in 2006, and subsequently organized haiku events for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival through 2012. Vicki has also been the British Columbia & Territories regional coordinator for Haiku Canada since 2010. As such, she has co-organized an annual July haiku gathering on Gabriola Island, British Columbia. In 2011 and 2012, Vicki read traditional Japanese death haiku to passersby at the Night for All Souls at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery. She’s interested in further exploring ways haiku can bring gifts to death and dying, and thus to life and living.

Awards and Other Honors: Genkissu! Spirits Up! Hekinan World Wide Haiku Contest, Aichi, Japan: Special Prize (2009) and Prize (2005, 2007); Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational: Sakura Awards (2010) and Honorable Mention (2008, 2011); Honorable Mention, Journal of Renga & Renku Shisan Contest (2011).

Selected Work
the Milky Way . . .
holding my daughter
stock market
spiraling down . . .
this cherry petal
a crow shadow
intersects with mine
Indian summer
so blue
in the green
unmarked infant graves—
a sudden release
of cherry petals
not until flight
the lavender-blue
of this small butterfly

Credits: "the Milky Way" - Special Prize Winner, Hekinan Exposition Haiku 2009: Genkissu! Spirits Up! Hekinan World Wide Haiku Contest (Hekinan, Aichi, Japan: October 2009); "a crow shadow" - Observer Observed (Haiku Canada Members’ Anthology 2011); "unmarked infant graves" - Sakura Award, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Haiku Invitational (2010); "stock market" - Sakura Award, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Haiku Invitational (2010); "jay" - Carpe Diem: Canadian Anthology of Haiku / Anthologie Canadienne du Haïku (Nepean ON: Les Éditions David / Borealis Press, 2008); "not until flight" - In the Clear Dawn Sky (Haiku Canada Members’ Anthology 2009).

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