Kath Abela Wilson
Born: in New York City, USA
Resides: Pasadena, California, USA
E-mail: poetsonsite (at) gmail (dot) com
Kath Abela Wilson honors her mother's Maltese family name Abela with all her publications. Her father, Erwin Endress was a poet and journalist who read her Great Poems of the English Language as bedtime stories from early childhood. She wrote her first poem at age six and has never stopped writing poems. She lives with her husband Rick Wilson, now professor emeritus of mathematics at Caltech, and a collector and player of historical and world flutes and performs her poetry with his accompaniment at home in Southern California and abroad. They travel to world gatherings for mathematics, music, poetry, and cultural community ideals. They maintain residences in Pasadena and Santa Barbara, California, mostly inhabiting the Caltech Campus and environs. She was born on an island borough of New York City raised her two children while she studied for ten years and graduated with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy. She spent many years independently and successfully supporting her family as a research assistant, writer, journalist, and handmade jewelry artist in Santa Barbara.
Awards and Other Honors:
2nd place in the First Morioka International Haiku Contest 2019; 3rd place 2018 Santoka 1st International Haiku Contest on Peace; 1st Place, Dwarf Star award, Science Fiction Poetry Association 2018; 3rd Prize 23rd Kusamakura International Haiku Competition, 2018; Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2018; 1st place in the Fujisan International Tanka Contest, Tokyo, Japan 2017; Embassy of Japan In Lithuania, winning haiku 2012-13; Honorable Mention 2017, British Haiku Society Awards; Lyrical Passion 2017 World Tanka Contest; Honorable Mention Tokutomi Haiku Contest, 2017; Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational Sakura Award 2017, honorable mentions 2013, 2010.
Figures of Humor and Strange Beauty, 2019, Glass Lyre Press, Quitab editions, Chicago, 2019; Driftwood Monster, Haiku For Troubled Times, 2017, Locofo Chaps, Mora Press, Chicago 2017; The Owl Still Asking, Tanka For Troubled Times, Locofo Chaps, Mora Press, Chicago 2017.
She was Included in Two Autumns Press anthologies for 2015 but for their voices and Rensaku Printemps a Cappella (four poets anthology) 2014, Luce Pelletier.
“as if it matters” - 3rd Prize - 23rd Kusamakura International Haiku Competition, 2018; “globe streetlamps“ - Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2018; “wild artichoke“ - The Heron’s Nest Vol. XVII, No. 2, June 2015; “night owl” - Frogpond, Vol. 41.1, Winter 2018; “cherry stones“ - Modern Haiku Vol. 50:2, Summer 2019; “shaken lotus pod“ - Acorn Issue # 40, Spring 2018.