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Victor Ortiz

Victor Ortiz

Born: in Baldwin Park California, USA
Resides: Bellingham, Washington, USA
E-mail: vhaiku1 (at) gmail (dot) com

Victor Ortiz, Pushcart Prize nominee, has, until 2018, spent most of his life in southern California, where he earned his Ph.D. in Classics from UCLA and met his wife Mimi, a teacher and artist. Many years ago, he discovered haiku while thinking about how to engage his Latin students in using Latin creatively. He was a panel member of the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award (2020-2023) and served as the Washington Regional coordinator for the Haiku Society of America (2022). He curated the February 2022 edition of The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku of the Day feature.

Awards and Other Honors:

Honorable Mention, Haiku Category, three Honorable Mentions, Alterku Category, including Special Award: Most Creative Cut Award, The Heliosparrow Haiku Frontier Awards (2024); Haiku 21 and Haiku 2015, 2020 - 2024 (Modern Haiku Press, 2011, 2015, 2020- 2024); The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku (2004, 2006, 2011, 2019, 2020, 2021); Editor’s Choice, The Heron’s Nest Award XXI.1 (2019); The Heron’s Nest Poem and Poet of the Year [Reader’s Choice] Awards (2019); The Wonder Code (2017); Honorable Mention, Second Annual Jane Reichhold Haiga Contest (2017); Best of Issue, Modern Haiku 47.3 (2016); work selected for Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the First 15 Years of The Heron’s Nest (2015); Honorable Mention, Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award 2013, [for Into Borrego Valley] (2013); Two Autumns Reading: San Francisco, CA, August 22, 2010 [one of four featured readers]; Runner-up, Haiku Now! International Haiku Contest, Traditional Category [Billy Collins, judge] (The Haiku Foundation, 2010); Honorable Mention, Mainichi Daily Newspaper 12th and 21st Annual Haiku Contests (2008, 2018); Commended, Snapshot Press Haiku Collection Competition (2006); The Scorpion Prize, Roadrunner Haiku Journal VI:3 (2006); Runner-up Editors' Choice, The Heron's Nest VII: 3 (2005); Special Mention, The Heron's Nest Valentine Awards (2002).

Books Published:

gone/to seed (4th annual haiku contest runner up, Backbone Press 2024); Into Borrego Valley (Red Moon Press 2012); Into Breath (Red Moon Press 2002); Butterfly Dreams (responsive haiku with mezzotint and book artist Mikio Watanabe, Nantes, France 2019); Mirage (responsive haiku with mezzotint and book artist Mikio Watanabe, Nantes, France 2017); Rippling Fragrance (responsive haiku with mezzotint and book artist Mikio Watanabe, Nantes, France 2015); Hidden from Moonlight (responsive haiku with mezzotint and book artist Mikio Watanabe, Nantes, France 2012).

Selected Work
 
suture scars along her spine pink panties
 
summer stars
we pick out
our house
 
 
 
the lingering scent
of sharpened pencils
spring night
 
inside a prayer the scent of rain
 
 
 
mother's hospital room
shadows the same length
day and night
 
windy ridge
a rusty bed frame
in winter light
 
 

Credits:

Frogpond vol. XXVII No. 2 (2004); tug of the current: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2004 (Red Moon Press, 2005); "summer stars" - The Heron's Nest vol. VIII:2 (2006); big sky: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2006 (Red Moon Press, 2007); "the lingering scent" - Modern Haiku vol. 47:3 (2016) [Best of Issue Award, announced in Modern Haiku vol. 48:1 (2017)]; "inside" - Editor’s Choice, The Heron’s Nest Award XXI:1 (2019) [Poem of the Year Reader’s Choice Award]; "mother's hospital room" - Acorn 26 (2011); carving darkness: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2011 (Red Moon Press, 2012); "windy ridge" - Scorpion Prize, Roadrunner Haiku Journal VI:3 (2006) .

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