April 29, 1939 - October 21, 2019
Kristen Deming discovered haiku in the 1960’s, but found her focus and inspiration while living in Japan as a diplomatic spouse. She was active in poetry circles, hosting a variety of gatherings for haiku, tanka, and renku poets, and students. She gave haiku talks to Japanese high school, college and women’s groups, and was an advocate for English-language haiku. She initiated and co-authored “Haiku Moments,” a weekly column of translations of modern Japanese haiku for The Japan Times newspaper. She was a member of The Poetry Reading Circle of Tokyo, The Poetry Society of Japan, The Haiku International Association, and the Association of International Renku (A.I.R.). Married to Ambassador Rust Deming; 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren.
Awards and Other Honors:
Touchstone Distinguished Book Award, Honorable Mention, The Haiku Foundation, 2017; The Merit Book Award, Honorable Mention, The Haiku Society of America, 2017; Runner-up, The Haiku Calendar Competition (Snapshot Press, 2017); the Marshall Green Award for Sustained and Significant Contributions to the U.S.-Japan Relationship, presented to Kristen and Rust Deming for their individual contributions, by the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C. (2016); Co-winner, Museum of Haiku Literature Award (Frogpond, 2014); Third Prize, Robert Spiess Haiku Competition (2014); Panel speaker, “Transformations: Haiku from Japan to America,” Japan Information and Culture Center (2014); one of three judges for National Public Radio's cherry blossom haiku contest (2013); a co-judge, the Nicholas Virgilio Haiku Contest (2009); Second Prize, Harold G. Henderson Contest (Haiku Society of America, 2008); counselor for Haiku International Association ('90's); President, The Haiku Society of America [HSA’s 30th anniversary year] (1998); First Prize (International Division), Mainichi Daily News Inaugural Haiku Contest (1997); Japan liaison for the Second Haiku International Association/Haiku Society of America Joint Conference, Tokyo (1997); Guest, 100th Anniversary of the first issue of Hototogisu (Cuckoo) magazine (1996); Japan liaison for “Haiku Chicago” (1995); Guest poet-participant, Basho 350th Anniversary festival and renku session, Sugawara shrine (1994); Prizewinner, Itoen First Annual Haiku Contest (1991); Second Prize, Mainichi Daily News “Haiku in English” contest (1989).
plum afternoon Red Moon Press Winchester, VA (2017); Eyes of the Blossoms, edited and privately published by Yatsuka Ishihara (1997).
“new catalogue" - Frogpond Vol. 36.2 (2013); “diplomat’s child” – Modern Haiku Vol. 40.3 (2009); "dawn swim" - Frogpond (2012); Museum of Haiku Literature Award, co-winner (2013); “a leaf falls” – Pocket Change (2000), A Glimpse of Red: Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku(Red Moon Press, 2000); "as if his hand" - Runner-up, The Haiku Calendar Competition (Snapshot Press, 2017); The Haiku Calendar 2018 (Snapshot Press, 2017); "alone now" - Third Prize, Robert Spiess Haiku Competition (2014); Modern Haiku (Summer, 2014); “in the pause” – Frogpond (2001); The Writer magazine (2001); “casualty lists” – Modern Haiku Vol. 38.3 (2007); A New Resonance 6: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2009); “blossoms” – Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award (Haiku Society of America, 2008); “cape in spring” – Haiku: A Poet’s Choice, Lee Gurga (Modern Haiku Press, 2003).