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Erin Castaldi

Erin Castaldi

Born: October 19
Resides: Mays Landing, New Jersey, USA
E-mail: haikuclubnj (at) yahoo (dot) com

Erin is an avid traveller, rolling up her experiences in new places and with new people, as the inspiration for her writing. She writes Japanese short form poetry and memoir. Travelling the United States in an RV with her husband and two Bassett Hounds for a year, has encouraged her to focus on her interactions with the natural world, in its many forms. Experiencing the beauty and ferocity of our environment is one of her major inspirations. The dynamic range of journals in which she is regularly published, encourages her creativity in thought provoking and profound ways. Breaking down poetic barriers by building on her own unique style.
A few journals that Erin has appeared in are: Akitsu Quarterly, Heron’s Nest, Presence, Blithe Spirit, Frogpond, Wales Haiku Journal, Three Line Poetry, Chrysanthemum, The Asahi Shimbun (Asahi Haikuist Network) etc., as well as a dozen anthologies.
She has attended the International Haiku Conference 2019 in St. Albans U.K.. Erin has also participated in the previous two Haiku North America Conference’s, 2017 and 2019. Winning third place in the Wild Plum Haiku Contest 2019, was nominated for a Touchstone Award for a single haiku in 2019 and received an honorable mention in the Green Pencil Haiku Contest 2018 and another at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Contest 2020. Erin has had work translated into Japanese, Croatian, Romanian, Italian and Chinese.
Erin’s current positions include: Poet Laureate of the city of Somers Point, New Jersey; Secretary for the United Haiku and Tanka Society and Social Media Manager for The Haiku Society of America (HSA).
In a former life, she was employed as a surveillance officer in a large casino and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She currently operates a small business thriving nationally.

Selected Work
between us
a rock and moss
drifting clouds
covid in the air
the azaleas
still bloom
sky echo
the whistling language
of wood thrush
dry heat
the silver lure slaps
a shallow wake
heavily bearded faces
among cave paintings
migrating birds
swaying pines
the root depth of
adopted children


“between us” - Wild Plum Haiku contest 2019, third place winner; “covid in the air” - CV-19 Haiku Alien Buddha Press 2020; “sky echo” - Presence Haiku Journal issue # 67, July 2020; “dry heat” - Wales Haiku Journal Fall 2019; “heavily bearded faces” - Modern Haiku issue #51.1, Summer 2020; “swaying pines” - Blithe Spirit, Vol. 30: 2, May 2020.

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