Born: in Otterbach, Germany
Resides: Beavercreek, Ohio, USA
Christopher Bays lives on the outskirts of an Audubon-sanctioned reserve in Ohio. He works as a Professor at Clark State College, teaching English composition, literature, and creative writing. Prior to teaching, he was a business owner and world traveler. His poetry is influenced by these travels and his experiences growing up as a military dependent in Germany, Turkey, and elsewhere. In 2017 and 2020 his poetry won 1st place for Best Unpublished Haibun through the Haiku Society of America. His poems have also won other national and international awards and have been published here and abroad. Various anthologies include his work, such as The Red Moon Press of English-Language Haiku (2017-2019) and Red Moon Press’s Contemporary Haibun 16 (2021).
Awards and Other Honors:
An (Cottage) Prize, The Genjuan International Haibun Contest, Japan, 2018; Second Place, Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Awards 2018; Honourable Mention, The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational 2018; Honourable Mention, The Irish Society International Haiku Competition 2017; Special Mention, British Haiku Society Awards 2016; Honorable Mention, The Key West Heritage House, 14th Annual Robert Frost Poetry Contest 2008.
edge of suburbia - haibun, haiku & monoku, Red Moon Press, August 2021.
"flapping police tape" - 2018 Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award, Second Place; "a tissue" - Modern Haiku vol. 40:1 winter-spring 2009; “billowing skirts” – The Heron’s Nest Vol. X, No. 1: March, 2008; “memories” – Bones-journal for contemporary haiku No 12 March, 2017; “twilight”- Acorn: a journal of contemporary haiku - Issue #20, Spring, 2008; “the moon” – Frogpond Vol. 31 No. 3, Fall 2008.
Despite Rising Seas - Haibun