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joan iversen goswell

joan iversen goswell

Born: in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA
Resides: Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA
E-mail: laughduk (at) gmail (dot) com

Joan Iversen Goswell is a haiku poet and artist. As a visual artist she specializes in handmade, one-of-a-kind artists books for which she has received national and international recognition. Her books are included in several important collections in the United States, France, and South Africa. She first discovered haiku many years ago when she came upon the Harold Henderson books. It was a stunning discovery! She decided right there and then that she wanted to write haiku. She studied the greats, teaching herself as best she could and has never stopped studying, always trying to improve her writing. She is an ardent admirer of Marlene Mountain and is heavily influenced by her writing and visual art. She has a strong interest in Japanese culture, Zen art, and literature. She also studies Cha No Yu, Japanese Tea Ceremony. She lives on her eighty-two acre farm with three horses and her Jack Russell terrier, Rosie. She is surrounded by nature, which continues to inspire her to write haiku. She has been published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Woodnotes, Mayfly, Yuki Teiki Haiku Society Anthologies, and Tundra. She is a member of the Haiku Society of America and The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society.

Awards and Other Honors: Judged, along with Alison Woolpert, The Nicholas Virgilio Haiku and Senryu Contest (2016); Second Honourable Mention, Northern Carolina Haiku Society (1996); Honourable Mention, National League of American Pen Women (1996); Honourable Mention, The San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu and Tanka Contest (1994, 2000); Kiyoshi Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest: Second Place (2010); Third Place (2003); Honourable Mention (1995, 2003, 2008, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012). Work selected for Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac [edited by William Higginson] (Kodansha International, 1996); Yuki Teiki Haiku Society Anthologies (2011 - 2015, 2017); Haiku Society of America Anthology (2017); and Tundra, The Journal of the Short Poem (1999).

Selected Work
snapdragons –––
hearing the sound of
mother’s sandals
steamy night
on the horizon
silent brambles of lightning
the depths of winter
riding a horse with no legs
through an open field
violets    mother’s   absence
her suicide
snow devils twist
across the field
moss garden . . .
my old friend and i
visiting again

Credits: “snapdragons” – Honorable Mention, Haiku Poets of Northern California Haiku, Senryu, Tanka Contest (2000); “the depths of winter” – Wild Violets: Yuki Teiki Haiku Society Anthology (2011); “her suicide” - Modern Haiku 48:1 (2017); “steamy night” - Tundra #1 (1999); “violets” - Modern Haiku 42:3 *2011); “moss garden” – Palomar Showcase Vol. 7 (1996).

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