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Kat Lehmann

Kat Lehmann

Born: 1969 in Reading Pennsylvania, USA
Resides: Connecticut, USA
E-mail: 29trees (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

Kat Lehmann is the author of Stumbling Toward Happiness: Haibun and Hybrid Poems (2019), Small Stones from the River (2017) and Moon Full of Moons (2015) - poetry collections that follow a personal transformation from sadness through healing to new happiness. Since 2014, her poems have been published internationally in journals and anthologies, including Mayfly, The Heron's Nest, Rattle, The Mainichi, Asahi Shimbun, Sonic Boom, the Connecticut River Review, Frogpond, American Tanka, Modern Haiku, Acorn, Jacar One and NHK Haiku Masters (Japan), where she has been honored as a Haiku Master Finalist several times. Her poem "Skin" is the Third Place Winner of the 2016 Connecticut Poetry Award.
Kat is a mom and wife with a Ph.D. in biochemistry. She has worked in research science, research ethics, and regulatory compliance.
In 2017, Kat founded "Ripples of Kindness", a poetry outreach and public giving project in which signed copies of her book Small Stones from the River are placed in public spaces around the world for strangers to find. The times she returned ten minutes later, the book is gone. In addition, hundreds of e-book copies have been given worldwide. Kat believes we all have the power to put good things into the world, just by doing it. It can be as simple as leaving a book of positivity on a bench and walking away. It might be exactly what a stranger needs to shift their day and keep the ripple rippling. A portion of proceeds from her books support the project.

Awards and Other Honors:

Book awards:
Sable Books Women’s Haiku Book Contest for Women, Semifinalist (2020) for Sketching My Mother’s Shadow: A Memoir in Haiku; The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, Finalist (2019) for Stumbling Toward Happiness: Haibun and Hybrid Poems Kindle Book Award, Finalist (2018) and Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, Finalist (2017) for Small Stones from the River; Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, Winner (2014, Poetry) and Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, Red Ribbon Winner (2017) for Moon Full of Moons.
Awards for individual poems:
The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Award, winner (2020), Basho-an International Haiku Contest, winner (2020), UHTS Samurai Haibun Contest, HM (2020), ITO En Oi Ocha Shinhaiku, Merit Award (2020), Yamadera Basho, Selected (2020), HSA Harold G. Henderson Haiku Award, Second Place (2020), Sonic Boom Senryu Contest, Third Place (2020); work selected for the cover haiga of Mayfly 69 (2020); United Haiku and Tanka Society AHA Haiku/Senryu Contest, Commended Poem (2019); The Mainichi Best of Haiku in English (2019); haibun selected for Best of the Net nomination (2019); ITO EN Art of Haiku, Semifinalist (multiple; 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020); haibun selected for wind flowers: the Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2019); Connecticut Poetry Award, Third Place (2016); Goodreads Newsletter Poetry Contest, First Place Winner (Oct 2016); NHK (Japan) Haiku Masters, Finalist (multiple; 2017, 2018); Ito En Art of Haiku, Semifinalist (multiple; 2016, 2017, 2018); Golden Haiku Contest, Runner-Up (2017); New Haiku Grand Prix Ito En North America Contest, Finalist (2016).
Featured poet (interview and reading) on Rattlecast 8 podcast (Rattle Magazine , September 10, 2019); “Shoreline Poet Sharing Her Work in Random Acts of Kindness” article about Small Stones from the River and the “Ripples of Kindness” project, published in ZIP06 and Connecticut shoreline newspapers (November 2017) Shore Publishing; two-page review of Moon Full of Moons by a clinical therapist: “Moon Full of Moons offers rich material for poetry therapy.” - Journal of Poetry Therapy: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, Research and Education (2017), 30: 61–62; New Haven Magazine features Moon Full of Moons in its issue of Summer Beach Reads (July/Aug 2016).
Editorships, Judgeships:
Co-Founder and Co-Editor, Whiptail: Journal of the Single-Line Poem, 2021 – present; Panelist, The Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Distinguished Books Award, 2021 – present; Associate Editor, Sonic Boom, 2022 – present; Co-Judge (with Matthew Paul), Haiku Society of America, Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest, 2022; Judge, Trailblazer Contest, 2021; Guest Co-Editor, Blo͞o Outlier Journal, issue 2 (haibun), 2021.

Books Published:

Stumbling Toward Happiness: Haibun and Hybrid Poems, 29 Trees Press, 2019; Small Stones from the River, 29 Trees Press, 2017; Moon Full of Moons, 29 Trees Press, 2015.

Selected Work
alone at the viewing lilies
spring thaw
each unique snowflake
becomes the same
what remains
after the river is gone
this empty bed
melancholy forest half of it underground
fatigue days
everything to do
with et cetera
    3am    coyote
desire    rises
   with    a howl


“alone at the viewing lilies” -2020 Sonic Boom Senryu Contest, Third Place; “spring thaw” - Chrysanthemum 21, April 2017; “what remains” - Mayfly 68 and 69 (cover), 2020 and THF Touchstone Award, winner (2020); “melancholy” – is/let, 2020; “fatigue days” - Sonic Boom 20 (2021); 3am coyote - kontinuum vol. 1, no. 1 (2021).

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