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Marjorie Buettner

Marjorie Buettner

Born: September 14 1951 North Dakota, USA
Resides: Chisago City, Minnesota, USA
E-mail: mbuettner (at) juno (dot) com

Marjorie Buettner lives in Minnesota with her husband and three daughters. She received her B.A. in English Literature at North Dakota State University in 1973 and her M.A. in English Literature with a Philosophy minor at NDSU in 1976. She has taught poetry workshops at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and has held informal workshops for writing tanka and haiku. She is a member of the Haiku Society of America, Tanka Society of America, Canada’s Tanka Society, and Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society. She writes book reviews and essays for various literary journals. She also enjoys writing haibun and sijo and experiments in photographic haiga.

Awards and Other Honors: Nominated, 2010 for a Pushcart Prize for Literature for an essay, “The Return Message: A Pilgrim’s Way of Longing,” (Modern Haiku 40.1, 2009); First Place, Robert Frost Haiku contest (2009); Second Place, First International Erotic Tanka contest (2009); Second Place and Honorable Mention, Saigyo Award for Tanka (2008); Honorable Mention, Robert Frost Haiku contest (2008); Highly Commended, British Haiku Society's James W. Hackett International Haiku Award (2008); Honorable Mention, Haiku Society of America's Harold G. Henderson Haiku Award (2007); Third Place, Japan’s 11th Kasumakura International Haiku contest (2006); Second Place, Tanka Calendar Competition (2005); Second Place and 2 Honorable Mentions, Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award (2005); Honorable Mention, Japan’s Suruga Baika Literary Awards (2005); Commended, Yellow Moon Haibun Contest (2005); Third Place, Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award (2004); Honorable Mention, Harold G. Henderson Haiku Award (2004); Highly Commended, BHS James W. Hackett International Haiku Award (2004); Placement, Tanka Splendor Award (2004); First Place, Tinywords Haiku contest (2003); Fifth Place, Japan’s 4th International Tanka Awards (2003); Honorable Mention, Japan’s Suruga Baika Literary Haiku Award (2003); Honorable Mention, Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award (2003); Runner-up, First Hoshino Takashi Haiku Award (2003); Placement, Japan’s 57th Basho Festival Haiku Award (2003); Highly Commended, BHS James W. Hackett Award (2003); Three Placements, Tanka Splendor Award (2003); First Place, Harold G. Henderson Haiku Award (2002); Third Place, World Haiku Club's R.H. Blyth Haiku Award (2002); Honorable Mention, Japan’s Suroga Baika Literary Festival (2002); First Place and Third Place in sijo, Florida State’s Poetry Contest (2001); “Tokusen” Poem of special merit, Takashi Haiku International contest (2001); First Place in Zip, World Haiku Club Kukai Internet contest (2001); Second Place in Crystalline, World Haiku Club Kukai Internet contest (2001); Placement, Still’s Spring Tanka Award competition (2001); Placement, Still’s Autumn Tanka Award competition (2001);Placement, Tanka Splendor Award (2001); Certificate of Merit in Tanka, Japan’s Society on Water Environment (2001); First Place in Haibun, World Haiku Club New Year’s Eve Kukai (2000); Highly Commended, BHS James W. Hackett International Haiku Award (2000); Placement, Still’s Autumn Tanka Award (2000); Second Place and Honorable Mention in Sijo, Florida State’s Poetry Contest (1999).

Books Published: Seeing It Now, Haiku and Tanka (Red Dragonfly Press, 2008).

Selected Work
 
pressing the last clove
into the apple
winter's end
 
loon calls
my daughter drawing circles
near the fire
 
 
 
first buds of spring
I change the washer's setting
to delicate
 
dark of the moon
the flavor of the hive
in the honey
 
 
 
this spring night . . .
suddenly my desires
are very simple
 
unraveling back
to the lost stitch
autumn loneliness
 
 

Credits: "pressing the last clove" - Honorable Mention, Robert Frost Haiku Competition (2008); "first buds of spring" - Honorable Mention, Harold G. Henderson Haiku Award (2004); Frogpond XXVIII:1 (2005); "this spring night" - First Place, Tinywords Haiku Contest (2003); "loon calls" - First Place, Harold G. Henderson Haiku Award (2002); Frogpond XXVI:1 (2003); "dark of the moon" - Third Place, 11th International "Kusamakura" Haiku Competition (2006); "unraveling back" - Honorable Mention, James W. Hackett International Haiku Award (2005).

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