May 2, 1945 - January 24, 2023
Patricia Donegan, MA, was a poet, translator, professor of creative writing, Fulbright scholar, meditation teacher, student of haiku poet Seishi Yamaguchi, and an advocate of haiku as an awareness practice. Previous poetry editor for Kyoto Journal, author of Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart and Haiku: Asian Arts for Creative Kids; and (with co-translator Yoshie Ishibashi) Love Haiku: Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion & Remembrance; Chiyo-ni Woman Haiku Master. Her poetry collections include Without Warning, Bone Poems, and Hot Haiku. A new book of hers, an extraordinary collection of haiku and her elucidations, will be released in 2024 by Shambhala Publications. She was “Honorary Curator, 2017 – 2018” of the American Haiku Archives.
plucking my gray hairs—
Awards and Other Honors:
First prize in the 1998 Mainichi International Haiku Contest; a Merit Book Award for translation from the Haiku Society of America for her book on Chiyo-ni (1998).
Hot Haiku, Kokoro Press, Boulder (1980); Bone Poems: Mini Cantos, Chinook Press, Boulder (1985); Without Warning, Parallax Press, Berkeley (1990) (foreword by Allen Ginsberg); Heralding the Milk Light: A Post High-Tech Poetics Cosmology, Kokoro Press, San Francisco (1993); Chiyo-ni Woman Haiku Master (with Yoshie Ishibashi), Tuttle Publishing, Tokyo (1998); Haiku: Asian Arts for Creative Kids Tuttle Publishing, Boston (2003); Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart, Shambhala Publications, Boston (2008); Love Haiku: Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion & Remembrance (with Yoshie Ishibashi), Shambhala Publications, Boston (2010); Write Your Own Haiku for Kids, Tuttle Publishing, North Clarendon, Vermont (2017) [reissue of Haiku: Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids, Tuttle, 2003].
“last night lightning” – Japan Air Lines Haiku Contest 1987-88; “Summer twilight” – Woodnotes #3, Autumn 1989; “Plum rain” – Woodnotes #6, Summer 1990; “I lay down” – Without Warning, Parallax Press, Berkeley (1990); “Alone tonight” – Harvest: 1991 Haiku North America Anthology ed. Michael Dylan Welch; “Tonight” – Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku, ed. Bruce Ross, Tuttle Publ. North Clarendon, VT (1993); “spring wind “–Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest 1998; “into the darkness” – Into Our Words: 2009 Haiku North America Anthology eds. Michael Dylan Welch and Grant D. Savage; ”Moonlit night”; “Winter afternoon” - Bone Poems: Mini-Cantos, Chinook Press, 1985.
“Haiku: The Birth and Death of Each Moment” - essay in Kyoto Journal #50, 2002; Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart - reviewed by Randy Brooks, Modern Haiku Vol. 40.3, Autumn 2009;
American Haiku Archives: Honorary Curator Patricia Donegan [by Michael Dylan Welch, American Haiku Archives Advisory Board Co-chair].