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Olivier Schopfer

Olivier Schopfer

Born: April 14 1966 in Geneva, Switzerland
Resides: Geneva, Switzerland
E-mail: oschopfer (dot) geneva (at) gmail (dot) com

Olivier Schopfer has a degree in American and English literature from the University of Geneva. Member of the Haiku Society of America, he finds inspiration in nature and in his travels around the world. His work regularly appears in anthologies, as well as in numerous online and print journals..

Awards and Other Honors:

Polish International Haiku Competition 2014, commended haiku; Golden Haiku Contest 2014, runner-up; work selected for big data: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2014, edited by Jim Kacian and the RMA editorial staff; work selected for Behind the Tree Line, Haiku Anthology 2015, edited by Gabriel Sawicki; Mainichi Haiku Contest 2015, International Section, honorable mention; selected for the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors in 2015 by Krzysztof Kokot; work selected for Butterfly Dream: 66 Selected English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku, Volume Two 2016, edited and translated by Chen-ou Liu; work selected for One or Two of a Kind, a World of Haiku collection of haiku from around the world, collated by Jim Kacian, The Haiku Foundation Digital Library, 2016; Golden Haiku Contest 2016, runner-up ; work selected for Naad Anunaad: an Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, 2016, edited by Kala Ramesh, Sanjuktaa Asopa & Shloka Shankar; Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition for 2016 Honorable Mention Award; 2016 Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest, fifth honorable mention ; Polish International Haiku Competition 2016 commended haiku; work selected for Not Unaware, Short poems on Beauty, edited by Scott K. Murphy, The Befuddled Press, 2016; work selected for dust devils: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016, edited by Jim Kacian and the RMA editorial staff; selected for the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors in 2016 by Krzysztof Kokot; Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition for 2017, Honorable Mention Award; Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational 2017, honorable mention; selected for the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors in 2017 by Krzysztof Kokot; Touchstone Award for Individual Poems published in 2017, shortlisted; Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest 2018, selected poem; work selected for the Seasons of Haiku Interpretive Trail, Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Ohio, created by Julie Warther, May 2018 – April 2019; 2018 Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards, honorable mention; work selected for Horizon : The Haiku Anthology, edited by Santosh Kumar, Cyberwit, 2018; work selected for pins on a map : 3rd Haiku Anthology, Inhaiku Mumbai and Inhaiku Chennai, 2018; 2018 Autumn Moon Haiku Contest, honorable mention; 2018 Johnny Baranski Memorial Haiku Contest, honorable mention; Polish International Haiku Competition 2018, commended haiku; selected for the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors in 2018 by Krzysztof Kokot; Golden Haiku Contest 2019, selected poem; Wild Plum Haiku Contest 2019, honorable mention; OtherWordly Intergalactic Haiku Competition 2019, two selected poems; 2019 Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Best of Issue, honorable mention; 2019 Russian Haiku Competition, honourable mention; Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational 2019, honourable mention; work selected for All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku, edited by Robert Epstein, Middle Island Press, 2019; work selected for Another Trip Around the Sun: 365 Days of Haiku for Children Young and Old, edited by Jessica Latham Malone, Brooks Books, 2019; The Mainichi Haiku Contest 2019, International Section, second prize; selected for the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors in 2019 by Krzysztof Kokot; writing prompt winner for tinywords 20.1; Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest 2020, third honorable mention; work selected for The Signature Haiku Anthology, edited by Robert Epstein, Middle Island Press, 2020; work selected for the Prune Juice Book of Senryu: Celebrating 10 years (2009-2019) edited by Brent Goodman, Steve Hodge, Terri L. French, Liam Wilkinson and Alexis Rotella, 2020; work selected for A Haiga Journey, Haiku from 84 International Poets, selected, edited and illustrated by Ion Codrescu, Red Moon Press, 2020; work selected for behind the mask: haiku in the time of Covid-19, edited by Margaret Dornaus, Singing Moon Press, 2020; work selected for Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19: The Haiku Hecameron, edited by Scott Mason, Girasole Press, 2020.

Books Published:

In the Mirror: Concrete Haiku, Scars Publications, 2018; So Many Miles: Fifty Senryu, Alien Buddha Press, 2019; Half in Light, Half in the Shade: Haiku and Senryu, Cyberwit, 2019; Home After a Long Absence: Haiku, Senryu and Tanka (Cyberwit, 2020).

Selected Work
 
              first date
poppies swaying in the wind
 
end of story
you peel your tangerine
in one continuous piece
 
 
 
too shy
to ask you out
new moon
 
therapist's waiting room
orchid buds
ready to open
 
 
 
endless closed doors along the hotel hallway winter solstice
 
skipping stones
the difference between
stressed and unstressed syllables
 
 

Credits:

“first date” – Under the Basho Concrete Haiku 2014; NeverEnding Story, Butterfly Dream, Dec. 3, 2014; “end of story” – tinywords 15.1, 2015; Naad Anunaad: an Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, 2016, ed. by Kala Ramesh, Sanjuktaa Asopa & Shloka Shankar; “too shy” – Modern Haiku 47.1—Winter-Spring 2016; Charlotte Digregorio's Daily Haiku, Sept.11, 2016; “therapist's waiting room” – The Heron's Nest, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, June 2016; dust devils: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, 2016; “endless” – Modern Haiku 48.1—Winter-Spring 2017; Touchstone Award for Individual Poems published in 2017 – shortlisted; “skipping stones” – bottle rockets #38, February 2018.

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