Born: March 27 1948 in Boston Massachusetts, USA
Resides: Pacific Grove, California, USA
E-mail: neal (dot) pgpoet (at) gmail (dot) com
Neal Whitman took up writing poetry in 2005 in transition from a long career in medical education where he helped pioneer using The Arts (literary, performing, visual) to supplement the Science of Medicine. When he retired in 2008 as Professor Emeritus, University of Utah School of Medicine, he took up writing haiku and added tanka in 2011. He is the haiku editor of the online journal, Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine. Neal is member of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society and, with his wife, Elaine, co-edited the 2021 and 2022 YTHS Members Anthology. He also is a member of the Haiku Society of America and in 2015 he co-judged its Merit Book Awards.
Awards and Other Honors:
In 2009, two haiku were awarded honorable mention in the Yuki Teikei Haiku Contest; in 2010, haiku were awarded honorable mention in the Haiku Society of America Brady Senryu Contest and in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Contest. First Prize, Diogen Winter Senryu (2012); First Prize, Diogen Summer Senryu (2013); Semi-Finalist, World Monument Fund (2013); Honorable Mention, the Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award Haiku Contest (Haiku Society of America, 2013); First Prize, The Gerald Brady Memorial Award Senryu Contest (Haiku Society of America, 2014); Finalist, United Poets Laureate International (2015).
”lather up” - Whole Life Soaps commended haiku, 2019; “endangered frog - Revista: Romanian Haiku Society honorable mention, 2019; “sad buffet” - Wild Plum Haiku Contest honorable mention, 2019; “my fists are clenched” - YTHS Tokutomi honorable mention, 2018; “the crone next door” - Pumpkin Festival, Ivanic Grad, Croatia honorable mention, 2018; “old bottle of wine” - Revista: Romanian Haiku Society third prize, 2016.