January 29, 1933 - September 27, 2022
Bill Kenney was born just outside of Boston and lived in New York for more than fifty years. His haiku are very much the haiku of a city boy, even if the city boy spends an occasional weekend in the country. Since he began writing haiku, a month before his 72nd birthday, his work was published in numerous print and online journals, among them Acorn, Failed Haiku, First Frost, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Prune Juice, and The Heron’s Nest and had frequently been included in anthologies.
For those of us with the privilege of having spent time, even briefly, with Bill Kenney, his voice will echo in these poems. For those who have not had the good fortune to know Bill in person, his wry humor, lack of pretension, and attentiveness to the particulars that shape a life and make it meaningful are preserved in these pages. Fortunate we all are to have these poems and this poet in our world. -Susan Antolin-.
His motto: Haiku is to poetry as espresso is to coffee
an old poet
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); senior admission (Red Moon Press 2019) - Shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award 2018; Winner of a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award 2019 (HM) for Best Book of Haiku; keep walking (Red Moon Press, 2021) is the recipient of a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for 2021.
the earth pushes back (Red Moon Press, 2017); senior admission (Red Moon Press 2019); keep walking (Red Moon Press 2021).
“spring morning” - Big Sky: The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku 2006 (Red Moon Press, 2007); “catfish” - Modern Haiku vol. 39.2, Summer (2008); "a falling leaf"- Frogpond vol. 32.2, Spring-Summer (2009); "long winter" - The Heron’s Nest Vol. XII, No. 3: September (2010); “the difference” - The Heron’s Nest Vol. XIII, No. 3: September (2011); “happy” - Modern Haiku vol. 43.1 Winter-Spring (2012); “moonlight” - Frogpond vol. 36.2, Spring-Summer (2013); “all the shortcuts” - Frogpond vol. 39.3, Autumn (2016); “dusting the books” - Modern Haiku vol. 49.2, Summer (2018); “drowsy” - Prune Juice #29, Nov. (2019).
More Bill's haiku on his blog haiku-usa .
Sources Biography: Haiku Circle