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Bill Kenney

Bill Kenney

Born: January 29 1933 in Newton Massachusetts, USA
Resides: Whitestone, New York, USA
E-mail: chief276 (dot) bill (at) gmail (dot) com

In December 2004, one month before his 72nd birthday, Bill said to his wife, “I think I should write haiku.” It was an odd thing to say, because he knew very little about haiku, and most of what he did know (5-7-5 and all that) was wrong. Anyway, he is still trying, and he occasionally persuades editors of otherwise respectable journals that he knows what he is doing.

Awards and Other Honors: Featured in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2007); First place, 9th Annual Poets' Choice Kukai, Shiki Monthly Kukai (2011); The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Award for Haiku (2012); Third Place, Haiku North America Haiku Competition (2013); First Place, First Annual H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest (2016); work selected to appear in the annual best-of-year series, The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

Books Published: the earth pushes back (Red Moon Press, 2016).

Selected Work
February wind
I want to believe
the crocus
a falling leaf
rises on the wind . . .
he shows me pictures
of his children
year’s end
clouds carrying off
scraps of moonlight
northern hills
the summer begins
its long goodbye
Indian Summer
a child mimics
the mime

Credits: [first publication] "February wind" - First place, Shiki Kukai (April 2006); "undocumented" - Notes from the Gean 2:1 (2010); "northern hills" - Ambrosia 5 (2010); "a falling leaf"- Frogpond 32:2 (2009); "year’s end" - The Heron’s Nest 12:3 (2010); "Indian Summer" - White Lotus 5 (2007).

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