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Seánan Forbes

Seánan Forbes

Born: in New York City New York, USA
Resides: London, England
E-mail: SeananForbes (at) gmail (dot) com

A seventh-generation New Yorker, Seánan Forbes moved to England in 1996. She's a writer, photographer, storyteller, and actor. Her poems have appeared in Acorn, Sketchbook, The Mid-America Poetry Review, The Prose Poem Project, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, Daily Haiku, and A Hundred Gourds. Her photography can be seen on She can usually be found in transit and is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing, with a focus on place and poetry (haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, and haiga).

Awards and Other Honors: Two of Forbes' haiku were finalists in the Broadsided Press Haiku Year in Review competition (2010); Special Mention, The Heron's Nest Readers' Choice Awards for 2012; Commended Traditional Haiku [Selected by Peter Duppenthaler], The Haiku Foundation International Haiku Now! Contest (2013); Featured in A New Resonance 8: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2013); in 2014, her poems will appear in two anthologies: A Vast Sky and fear of dancing: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2013.

Selected Work
spring rain we leave our shadows on a stone
ebb tide
the night nurse
closes your eyes
water lilies
the weight of sunlight
on my palms
nesting dolls the masks behind her mask
the closest thing they have
to a child
this dead cat
the cold heft of a meteorite
how far
we’ve come

Credits: "spring rain" - Modern Haiku 44:3 (2013); "water lilies" - Modern Haiku 44:3 (2013); "the closest thing they have" - Modern Haiku 44.2 (2013); "ebb tide" - Acorn 29 (2012); "nesting dolls" - Kernels 1 (2013); "the cold heft of a meteorite" - A New Resonance 8: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2013)

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