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Annette Makino

Annette Makino

Born: Wisconsin, USA
Resides: Arcata, California, USA
E-mail: annette (at) makinostudios (dot) com

Annette Makino is an artist and writer who combines Japanese-inspired paintings with haiku and other words. She began painting haiga and writing haiku and senryu in 2010, and now offers paintings, prints, calendars and cards of her work through her art business, Makino Studios. Makino grew up with a Japanese father and a Swiss mother and has lived in Japan and Europe. She comes to her work as an artist and poet with more than thirty years experience as a communications specialist for nonprofit organizations. She has a degree in international relations from Stanford University and has studied drawing, painting and graphic design at Humboldt State University. Makino’s poems and haiga have appeared in the leading English-language haiku and haiga journals, including Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn, tinywords, Prune Juice, A Hundred Gourds, HaigaOnline, and DailyHaiga, among others. Her work has also appeared in a number of haiku anthologies, including the 2013 and 2014 Red Moon anthologies of the best haiku of the year.

Awards and Other Honors: Makino's haiku won the Dori Anderson Award for the best haiku about Ukiah, California in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 ukiaHaiku Festivals. Her haiku also took first prize in the Adult General category in 2013 and 2014. In addition, one of her poems was shortlisted for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Award for best haiku of 2013.

Books Published: Makino has published three limited edition art books of her haiga: Aha! Haiku Insights (Makino Studios, 2011); True Love Comes on Paws: Haiku for Dog Lovers (Makino Studios, 2011); and Rich on the Tongue: Honeybee Haiku (Makino Studios, 2011). These were handmade using Japanese and other specialty papers, and bound in a traditional Japanese style.

Selected Work
home from errands—
a hero's welcome
from the dog
what remains
of the mountain
sand between my toes
some part of me
still wild
cold winter rain
the swollen creek also
rushing home
for better or for worse
our lights and darks
tumbling together
cloud sun cloud my restless shadow

Credits: "home from errands" - Modern Haiku 44.1 (Winter/Spring 2013); "cowlick" - tinywords 13.2 (September 17, 2013); "for better or for worse" - The Heron’s Nest XVI:1 (March 2014); "what remains" - With Cherries on Top (Press Here, 2012); Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology (2013); "cold winter rain" - tinywords 13.1 (March 16, 2013); "cloud" - Frogpond 36:1 (Winter 2013).

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