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Karin Hedetniemi

Karin Hedetniemi

Born: May 08 1964 in Ann Arbor Michigan, USA
Resides: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
E-mail: karinhedetniemi (at) gmail (dot) com

Karin Hedetniemi is a memoirist, poet, and street photographer from Vancouver Island, Canada. Her creative work is inspired by the sea, a sense of wonder, and ordinary beauty in quiet places. Since 2020, Karin's essays, poems, and photos have appeared in many literary journals. She loves that art can connect humans across time and space, and hopes you find some small, good feeling in these haiku moments.

Awards and Other Honors:

Award of Excellence, 2023 Setouchi-Matsuyama Photo-Haiku Contest; Third Prize, 2022 Betty Drevniok Award, Haiku Canada; Second Prize, 2020 A Little Iris Haiku Contest; Honourable Mention, 2022 Betty Drevniok Award, Haiku Canada; Honourable Mention, 2021 A Little Iris Haiku Contest; Honourable Mention, The Haiku Foundation, Monthly Kukai, August 2021.

Selected Work
hummingbird flash—
ripe raspberry
on my tongue
top step
on a shaky ladder—
sun-warmed peaches
first bouquet
of sweet peas—
her smile at the door
home from hospice
tall and wild
empty nest—
my fingertips linger
in the hollow
migrating geese—
pulling threads
from a sweater


“hummingbird flash” — Haiku Canada Members' Anthology 2021; “top step”, “first bouquet” — Autumn Moon Haiku Journal Issue 4:2, Spring/Summer 2021; “home from hospice” — World Haiku Review, Summer 2021; “empty nest” — Akitsu Quarterly, Winter 2021; “migrating geese” — hedgerow Issue 136, 2021.

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