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Connie R Meester

Connie R Meester

Born: September 02 1946 in Perry Iowa, USA
Resides: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
E-mail: conniermeester (at) mac (dot) com

Connie R (Fouch) Meester was raised in Perry, Iowa, a small mid-western town. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s of Art degree, emphasis in Special Education, and pursued graduate work at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology, additionally, receiving a Certificate in Advanced DreamTending. She has been writing poetry, long and short forms including haiku, since the mid-80’s. Her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She resides with her life partner Jim Giles in Des Moines, Iowa.

Awards and Other Honors: Among her awards for haiku, senryu, tanka, and rengay writing include: Second Place, HSA Gerald Brady Award, 1995; Honorable Mention, HSA Harold G. Henderson Award, 1997; Honorable Mentions, San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Contest, 1996; Honorable Mention, National League of American Pen Women, Palomar Branch, 1996; 3rd Humor Honorable Mention, Hawai'i Education Association 1996; Honorable Mention, Haiku Splash 1996; 1st Visual, and Honorable Mention Haiku Splash 1996; Humor Honorable Mention, HEA 1999; Honorable Mention, Canada Journal Poetry, 1996.

Selected Work
watching you leave
the hummingbird flies tail first
from the hibiscus
oars still
I dip my sleeve
into the cupped moon
first paddle
the morning lake
cherry blossom canopy
shades her headstone
the sound of petals
blossoms enough
for a summer doll
sunset on the lake
all the colors 
come ashore

Credits: “watching you leave” - Honorable Mention, National League of American Pen Women, 1996; “oars still” - Kokako, KK 28, Patricia Prime Ed., 2018; “first paddle” - Mayfly Issue 65, Randy and Shirley Brooks Ed. 2018; “cherry blossom canopy” - Kokako KK 28, 2018, Patricia Prime Ed.; “hollyhock” - Autumn Moon Haiku, 2018, Bruce Ross Ed.; “sunset on the lake” - Frogpond Vol. 41.2 Spring/Summer 2018, Michael Ketchek Ed.

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