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June Rose Dowis

June Rose Dowis

Born: February 26 1964 in Lompoc California, USA
Resides: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
E-mail: jdowis (at) hotmail (dot) com

June Rose Dowis reads, writes, and resides in Shreveport, Louisiana. A love of nature, a heart for the underdog, and a slice of everyday life find their way into her poetry. She works as a Communications Director for a Methodist Church. Her work has been published online and in publications including Ouachita Life, Acorn, A Hundred Gourds, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Prunejuice, and The Heron’s Nest, and in various anthologies, including From the Porch Swing, This Path, On Our Own-Widowhood for Smarties, The Harsh and the Heart and Harbingers of Hope in Hard Times. She was also a winner of the Highway Haiku Contest in Shreveport, with her haiku gracing a billboard.

Awards and Other Honors: Honorable Mention Inspirational Poem, Byline Magazine (2005); Commendable Poem in the Haiku Now! International Haiku Contest (The Haiku Foundation, 2012); Honorable Mention Haiku in the Harold G. Henderson Award (Haiku Society of America, 2013); Shreveport Regional Arts Council Literary Fellowship Recipient (2013).

Selected Work
a beacon at dusk
white feather woven into
a swallow’s nest
estate sale
the good china
in its original box
opening night
the name tag that says
I’m an artist
getting our fill
of family
setting sun
an accordion squeezes
the night air
one less log than
I used to carry

Credits: "a beacon at dusk" - A Hundred Gourds 2:1 (December 2012); "opening night" - Frogpond 36.2 (Spring/Summer 2013); "setting sun" - Honorable Mention, Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award (Haiku Society of America, 2013); "estate sale" - Acorn 29 (Fall 2012); "Thanksgiving" - The Heron’s Nest XV:4 (December 2013); "firewood" - Ouachita Life (February 2014).

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