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Amelia Cotter

Amelia Cotter

Born: Maryland, USA
Resides: Chicago, Illinois, USA
E-mail: ameliamcotter (at) gmail (dot) com

Amelia Cotter is an author, storyteller, and award-winning poet. Her haiku have appeared in journals like Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, tinywords, and many others. Amelia is a member of the Society of Midland Authors.

Awards and Other Honors:

Honorable Mention - Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine World Haiku Competition (2010); Third Place - Haiku Society of America Best Unpublished Haibun Awards (2016); Editor's Choice Haibun - cattails April 2018 Edition; Honorable Mention - Autumn Moon Haiku Contest (2018); and Second Place - Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine World Haiku Competition (2018); Honorable Mention - Sōka Matsubara International Haiku Competition (2020); Honorable Mention - Haiku Society of America Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Best Unpublished Senryu (2021).

Books Published:

This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost (Haunted Road Media, 10th anniversary edition, 2020); Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State (Haunted Road Media, second edition, 2015); the children's book Breakfast with Bigfoot (Haunted Road Media, third edition, 2020); Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn (Haunted Road Media, 2021); the poetry collection apparitions (Highland Park Poetry Press, 2022).

Selected Work
we hold hands . . .
the coolness
of late summer grass
resolutions . . .
the snakeskin
shed in one piece
stargazing at dawn the nighthawk snatches a moth
shrunken tumors . . .
the sun-painted walls
of my childhood room
parting . . .
he plucks me
a pretty weed
view from the canyon rim . . .
we frame eternity with our hands


"we hold hands" - The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku [edited by Robert Epstein] (Create Space, 2014); "stargazing" - Chrysanthemum 15 (2014); "parting" - Modern Haiku 45:2 (2014); "resolutions" - Frogpond36.2 (2013); "shrunken tumors" - Acorn 26 (2011); "view from the canyon rim" - Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku and Haiga (Dos Gatos Press, 2013).

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