Born: September 16 1956 in London, England, United Kingdom
Resides: Chippenham, England, United Kingdom
E-mail: admin (at) callofthepage (dot) org
Alan Summers, President, United Haiku and Tanka Society, is a Japan Times award-winning writer, Pushcart Prize nominated poet, and co-founder/lead tutor of Call of the Page, a UK-based provider of quality literature, education and literacy projects, often based around the Japanese genres. His blog address is: Area 17
Awards and Other Honors: Third Place, 2018 Henderson Haiku Contest (Haiku Society of America); Honorable Mention 2018 Monostich Haiku Poetry Contest; WonderFold Contest winner for haibun (January 2017); Winner, Touchstone Individual Poem Award for 2016; Shortlisted for Museum of Haiku Literature (Japan) (2016); Joint Winner, tinywords photo prompt 15.1 (2015); Runner Up, The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2015 (International Academic Forum); 1st Prize, The Liverpool Virtual Book Fair Twitter Haiku Contest 2014 (International Festival of Business); First Prize, World Monuments Fund 2012 Haiku Contest (New York USA); Prize winner for the Japan Times Community Anniversary Haiku Competition 2012 Various Best of The Mainichi Shimbun 2011; Japan Times award-winning writer for haiku and renku (2002); M.A. in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University (2007-2008); Diploma in Creative Writing, University of Bristol (2000-2001); Haiku Pathway Katikati, North Island, New Zealand [haiku engraved on river boulder in big haiku park run by Katikati Open-Air Art Inc.] (2000); Winner, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 (Snapshot Press)/2012 Haiku Calendar; Runner-up, Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011, plus winning December entry in 2011); Honorable Mention, International Section, 14th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2010); Honorable Mention, 5th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2000); Commended, Anthology Haiku Competition AN3-2000, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia (Serbia); Joint Winner in HI magazine, Japan HIA 10th Anniversary Haiku Contest (1999); Commended, Jack Stamm Haiku Award 1999, in a heron's eye anthology (Paper Wasp, Australia, 1999); Highly Commended, Snapshot Press Haiku Collection competition (1998); International Kusamakura Haiku Contest Nyuusen Prize (1998); Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku (1998); Runner-up, Still magazine haiku competition (1998); 2nd Prize, Presence ISSN 1366-5367 SciFaiku Contest (1998); Highly Commended, PPQ (poetry postcard quarterly) U.K. Haiku Championship (1996); The Mainichi Shimbun 125th Anniversary [haiku contest & anthology] (Japan, 1997); Fellowship of Australian Writers, Qld. Inc., (FAWQ) 1st Prizes (1995 & 1996); Winning haiku: Burnished Pebbles - Haiku and Short Poems Calendar (White Mountain Publications, Canada, 1995); 3rd Prize (and Commended entry) Canadian Writer's Journal poetry competition Vol 12 No.3 (1995); Commended, Fellowship of Australian Writers, Queensland. Inc., (FAWQ) Haiku Competition (1994); Commended, New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition (1994), the old moon and so on anthology (The New Zealand Poetry Society Inc., 1994).
Books Published: c.2.2.: Anthology of short verse ed. Alan Summers and Brendan Slater (YTBN Press 2013); Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012); The In-Between Season (with Words Pamphlet Series 2012); Four Virtual Haiku Poets, ed. Alan Summers and Brendan Slater (YTBN Press 2012); Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku [Editors, Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers] (Press Here, Sammamish, Washington, 2011); The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography [Alan Summers, Haiku Editor] (National Academy of Writing / Birmingham Words ePamphlet, 2006); Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints [co-editor with Paul Conneally] (Poetry Can / Japan2001 / Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, 2002); Sundog haiku journal: an Australian year [collection] (Sunfast Press, 1997; reprinted 1998) California State Library - Main Catalog Call Number: HAIKU S852su 1997); Moonlighting pamphlet [collection] (British Haiku Society Intimations Pamphlet Series, 1996).
Credits: “the rill's trick” - Third Place, 2018 Henderson Haiku Contest (Haiku Society of America); “lullaby of rain” - Editors’ Choices, The Heron’s Nest Vol. XIV No. 4 (Dec. 2012); Runner-up, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2013; The Heron's Nest Vol. XIV No. 4 Dec. 2012); The Haiku Calendar 2014 (Snapshot Press, 2013); The Haiku Foundation Per Diem (July 14, 2018); The Haiku Foundation iPhone App Version 5.0 (January 2016); EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2016 "Foodcrop Haiku" (The Haiku Foundation); naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary international haiku ed. Shloka Shankar, Sanjuktaa Asopa, Kala Ramesh, India, 2016 (Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards, Best Anthology [tie] 2017); The Wonder Code ed. Scott Mason (2017); “down side streets” - Presence Editor's Choice 5; Presence 10 (1999); seagull haiku ed. laryalee fraser (2006); The New Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2002); The Disjunctive Dragonfly, a New Approach to English-Language Haiku ed. Richard Gilbert (Red Moon Press 2012); Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years ed. Jim Kacian, Allan Burns & Philip Rowland (W. W. Norton & Company 2013); Journeys , An Anthology of International Haibun ed. Dr. Angelee Deodhar 2015; “empirical owls” - Gwdihŵ haiku sequence, Wales Haiku Journal issue one (Spring 2018); “night of small colour” - Modern Haiku Vol. 45.2 Summer 2014; Brass Bell Showcase: Alan Summers (July 2015); Haiku 2015, ed. Scott Metz & Lee Gurga (Modern Haiku Press, 2015); Yanty’s Butterfly Haiku Nook Anthology ed. Jacob Salzer and the Nook Editorial Staff (2016); Poetry as Consciousness - Haiku Forests, Space of Mind, and an Ethics of Freedom ed. Richard Gilbert & Illst. Sabine Miller (Keibunsha, Japan 2018); “house clearance” - Blithe Spirit vol. 26. No. 1 (March 2016); Shortlisted, Museum of Haiku Literature Blithe Spirit vol. 26 No. 2 (May 2016); Winner, Touchstone Individual Poem Award for 2016; old song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2017 ed. Jim Kacian and Red Moon Press Editorial Staff; 2018 Haiku Canada Members' Anthology /L’anthologie 2018 des membres de Haïku Canada ed. Marco Fraticelli and Philomene Kocher.