Born: February 1944 in Akron Ohio, USA
Resides: Winchester, Tennessee, USA
E-mail: dbandr2006 (at) gmail (dot) com
I began writing & creating stories for Macfadden Women's Group, which were published in Modern Romance, Secrets & True Romance in the 70's, 80's & early 90's. My first haiku was published in '68 or '69 in the original Cat's Magazine on their poetry page and was about a blue point Siamese cat (I was paid $3). My poetry and stories have been published in Santa Fe Literary Review, Arizona Quarterly, Mature Life, Storyteller Magazine, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, the Heron's Nest, Backstreet Review, Clark Street Review, Contemporary Haibun Online, Cattails, Presence, Blithe Spirit and Wales Haiku Journal , among others. I've been included in many anthologies including Robert Epstein's Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog: Animal Rights Haiku , and Old Song the Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku (2017) and many others, one of which has been nominated for a Pushcart. I have one son & three grown grandchildren in Akron, Ohio and I am a member of the Haiku Society of America, the British Haiku Society and the United Haiku & Tanka Society.
Awards and Other Honors: United Poets Laureate International Alexander Fui Sak Chang – short free verse in Chinese or English – Finalist (2015); Euple Riney Memorial Award – Storyteller Magazine – honorable mention (2016); Gulf Coast Writers Assoc., – 1st place summer issue (2016); United Haiku & Tanka Society Samurai Haibun Competition – second place (2015); Gulf Coast Writers Assoc., – first place poetry division (2015) ; Writer's Digest Writing Contest – honorable mention (1984); Midwest Poetry Review – finalist & honorable mention; featured poet (1984); Poetry Society of Tennessee – honorable mention (2015); Gulf Coast Writers Assoc. Contest – honorable mention (2012 & 2014).
Credits: “campfire” - Frogpond (Vol 41:2 spring/summer 2018); “quiet rain” - Modern Haiku (49.1 Winter-Spring 2018); “spring thaw” - Presence (#60, 2018); “tennis match” - Old Song (Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku 2017); “columbine” - Blithe Spirit (Vol 28.1 (2018); “frosted pumpkin” - Frogpond (Vol 37.3, Autumn 2014).