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Fonda Bell Miller

Fonda Bell Miller

June 24, 1947 - January 30, 2017

Fonda Bell Miller was born in Greenville, North Carolina and attended Tarboro High School and East Carolina University. Her Master’s degree in education was obtained from the University of Virginia. Throughout her life, she was an avid reader and writer. For 18 years, she was a teacher of elementary school and reading recovery. Many of her poems and short stories were published. She lived in Alexandria, Virginia, volunteered for the “Rock” kitchen, tutored for UCM, and was known as "an endlessly kind and nurturing soul who was devoted to her family and friends". When Fonda Bell began submitting haiku, Bob Spiess became what she referred to as "a kind of invisible mentor". For the first haiku he chose to publish in Modern Haiku, he suggested a revision. Not sure what to do, she waited so long to answer him that he rejected the revised poem. She sent that haiku (revised as he suggested) to Dragonfly where it was published by Lorraine Ellis Harr in 1982. Fonda continued submitting to Modern Haiku and her work was published many times in that journal. She married Sam in 1985 and became Fonda Bell Miller. Emily was born in 1988. When her daughter left for college, Fonda searched for a haiku group and was a part of Towpath for many years. Fonda’s haiku were published in Dragonfly, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, White Lotus, The Christian Science Monitor, Wisteria, Scifaikuest, moonset, Two Dragonflies, bottle rockets, and other journals. Her tanka appeared in moonbathing and Red Lights. Her photo haiga were published in Contemporary Haibun 7 and 10 and in Modern Haiga online and in print. Her work has been included in many anthologies.

Awards and Other Honors: Fifteen haiku were included in A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts (Red Moon Press, 2011). Honorable Mention, The Snapshot Calendar Contest; Honorable Mention, the moonset haiku contest.

Books Published: She published an emergent reader for children (Bebop Books, 2002).

Selected Work
 
     picking tomatoes
 on my hands the scent
      of other summers
 
my old friend
her deep cough
autumn night
 
 
 
nightfall
the coolness welcome 
under my hat
 
    nest song
and is it enough
    little wren
 
 
 
not yet day
snow making light
of darkness
 
senators on TV—
we admire their brilliant
ties
 
 
 
carnival exit
my friends disappearing
one by one
 
midnight star
how far away
the past
 
 
 
empty nest in the azaleas
          somewhere
   a sparrow singing
 
invisible now
the path I followed
river starlight
 
 

Credits: "picking tomatoes" - Modern Haiku 28:1 (1997); "nightfall" - Modern Haiku 27:2 (1996); "not yet day" - Honorable Mention, Snapshot Calendar Contest; The Haiku Calendar 2009 (Snapshot Press); "carnival exit" - gatherings: a haiku anthology (bottle rockets press, 2008); moonset [review]; A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts (Red Moon Press, 2011); "empty nest in the azaleas" - Haiku on the Sparrow (Violet Press, 2010); "my old friend" - Frogpond 31:3 (2008); "nest song" - Modern Haiku 40:1 (2009); A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts (Red Moon Press, 2011); " senators on TV" - Modern Haiku (Summer 2003); "midnight star" - bottle rockets 12:1 [# 23] (2010); "invisible now" – Lilliput Review (2006); A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts (Red Moon Press, 2011).

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