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Michael H. Lester

Michael H. Lester

Born: October 24 1945 in Detroit Michigan, USA
Resides: Los Angeles, California, USA
E-mail: mhlester (at) ca (dot) rr (dot) com

Michael H. Lester is a CPA and attorney living in Los Angeles, California. Passionate about short-form poetry, Michael's work has been widely published in prestigious poetry journals and has won numerous awards worldwide; in addition, he has served as editor for two Atlas Poetica Tanka Specials. Michael’s recent publications include an illustrated children's book, Cassandra and the Strange Tale of the Blue-Footed Boobies, as well as a book of poetry, Notes from the Commode: Volume I. You can reach Michael at mhlester (at) ca.rr (dot) com and twitter: @mhlester.

Awards and Other Honors:

Honorable Mention 2nd Morioka International Haiku Contest, 2020; Honorable Mention 2020 Soka Matsubara International Haiku Competition; United States of America Sakura Award, 2019 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival; Second prize 4th Pantun Sayang International Pantun Contest 2018-2019: Anggrek English contest; Honorable Mention, 7th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest Haiku in English (2018); Honorable Mention, TSA 2017 Sanford Goldstein Tanka Contest; Honorable Mention, TSA 2018 Sanford Goldstein Tanka Contest; 2nd Place and Honorable Mention for 2019 TSA Sanford Goldstein Tanka Contest; Highly Commended, Australian Haiku Society 2017 Spring Seasonal Haiga Kukai; Honorable Mention, Mt. Fuji Tanka Grand Prix contest 2018; Honorable Mention, Mt. Fuji Tanka Grand Prix contest 2019; Winner of the Writers in Kyoto Competition 2020 USA Local Prize (haibun).
Guest editor for Atlas Poetica 25 Rhyming Kyoka Special Feature; Guest editor for Atlas Poetica 25 Death Poems Special Feature; Guest editor – Failed Haiku, November 2018; Guest editor – Failed Haiku, November 2019; Guest editor – Ribbons Issue 17.2, August 2021; Editor 2021 Ribbons Member Anthology "Self-portrait".

Books Published:

Notes from a Commode: Volume 1 Paperback – February 10, 2017, self-published on CreateSpace, available at; Cassandra and the Strange Tale of the Blue-Footed Boobies Paperback – Large Print, February 11, 2019, published on Kindle Direct Publishing, in conjunction with Purple Cotton Candy Arts (Christine Chrissi R. Villa) who provided invaluable editing and publishing services, available at; The Squeeping Catterwhip published by Sluggish Flush Press, 2021.

Selected Work
these darned socks . . .
no longer can I poke
my toes through
a gnarled oak
trapped in an indigo night―
her dementia
shopping cart
she rolls her world
down the street
ripe corn in the husk
her new hoedown shoes
one size too small
wilted rose
how he knows the honeymoon
is over
falling maple leaf . . .
the way the sun dances
across the lake


“these darned socks“ - Modern Haiku #48:3, September 2017; “a gnarled oak“ - Frameless Sky #6, June 2017; “shopping cart“ - World Haiku Review, August 2017; “ripe corn in the husk“ - Hedgerow #110, Spring 2017; “wilted rose“ - Presence #60, March 31, 2018; “falling maple leaf“ - Incense Dreams #1.3, December, 2017.

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