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Hilary Tann

Hilary Tann

Born: 1947 in Llwynypia Wales, United Kingdom
Resides: Schuylerville, New York, USA
E-mail: hilarytann (at) hilarytann (dot) com

Hilary Tann spent her childhood in the coal-mining valleys of South Wales. After graduate study at Princeton, she settled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains where she is a published composer (www.hilarytann.com) and Professor of Music at Union College in Schenectady, NY. She is a founding member of the Route 9 Haiku Group (Yu Chang, Tom Clausen, and John Stevenson) which publishes the biannual anthology of haiku and senryu, Upstate Dim Sum (http://web.me.com/gnach/Upstatedimsum). Her work has appeared in various publications, including 20 issues of Upstate Dim Sum (2001-2010); Mann Library Archive (December 2008); The Onawa Poems 1999-2008 (Ship Pond Press, 2009); and Another Country: Haiku Poetry From Wales [ed. Nigel Jenkins, Ken Jones, Lynne Rees] (Gomer Press, 2011).

Awards and Other Honors: Ehime Prefecture Shimanami Kaido '99 (2nd Prize); The Heron's Nest Award IV:10 (2002); Einbond Renku Competition, Grand Prize, 2003 (with Yu Chang, John Stevenson, and Paul MacNeil), First Honorable Mention 2004, and Second Honorable Mention 2009); Haiku Society of America Museum of Haiku Literature Award, Frogpond XXVIII:3 (2006).

Selected Work
 
first warm day
looking for eagles
and finding the sky
 
mountain stillness—
the loon call
held by the lake
 
 
 
calling home—
the colour of mother's voice
before her words
 
summer's end
the wisteria
doubles back
 
 
 
of the old church
oak, rhododendron,
and yew
 
winter grasses
a break in our
interconnectedness
 
 

Credits: "first warm day" - Upstate Dim Sum 2003/II; "calling home" - The Heron's Nest IX:4 (2007); dust of summers: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2007 (Red Moon Press, 2008); Upstate Dim Sum 2008/I; "of the old church" - Frogpond XXVIII:1; UDS 2005/I; "mountain stillness" - The Heron's Nest VIII:4 (2006); big sky: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2006 (Red Moon Press 2007); Upstate Dim Sum 2007/I; "summer's end" - The Heron's Nest XII:4(2010); "winter grasses" - The Heron's Nest XII:2 (2010).

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