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Margaret Chula

Margaret Chula

Born: October 10 in Brattleboro Vermont, USA
Resides: Portland, Oregon, USA
E-mail: daruma (at) aracnet (dot) com

Margaret Chula began writing haiku when she lived in Kyoto (1980-1992), and has published six collections. One of her haibun was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Active in the international haiku community, she has been a featured speaker for the Haiku Society of America, Haiku North America, the Yuki Teikei Society, Haiku Canada, and was a delegate to the Haiku International Association conference in Tokyo. As a performance artist, she has presented multi-media shows with her husband/photographer John Hall, musicians, and dancers. Her one-woman presentation, ‘Three Women Who Loved Love: The Lives and Poems of Izumi Shikibu, Akiko Yosano, and Masajo Suzuki,’ premiered in Krakow in 2003 and toured to Boston, Ogaki (Japan), New York, and Ottawa. She currently serves as President of the Tanka Society of America and has been appointed Poet Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music in Portland, Oregon.

Awards and Other Honors: Haiku Society of America Book Award, First Place (Grinding my ink, 1994); Haiku Society of America's Commendation Award (The Smell of Rust, 2004); Haiku Society of America Book Award (Shadow Lines, with Rich Youmans), Second Place, (2000); Pushcart Prize Nominee (2010); First Prize, Haiku Poets of Northern California International Tanka Contest (2009); First Prize, Sixth International Tanka Association Competition, Tokyo (2009); Itoen Oi Ocha International Haiku Contest Winner Tokyo (2009); First Prize, Zen Garden Haiku Contest, Shadow Poet (2004); Second Prize, Mainichi Daily News International Haiku Contest, Tokyo (2007 and 1987); Second Prize and Honorable Mention, Twelfth Annual Robert Frost Poetry Contest (2006); Winner, Yobuyuki Yuasa Haibun Contest, London, England (2002); First Prize, Second Prize, Honorable Mention, Yuki Teikei International Haiku Contest (2000); Haiku Poets of Northern California San Francisco International Competition Awards for Haiku: Third Place (2006); Haiku Society of America’s Gerald Brady Awards for Senryu, Third Place (2008); Haiku Society of America's Harold G. Henderson Awards for Haiku: First Honorable Mention (2010); First Prize, The Japan Tanka Poets Club’s International Tanka Contest (2000); First Prize Kansai Time Out, 7th Annual Writing Contest (1995); Second Prize, Japan Airlines/Mainichi Newspaper National Haiku Contest (1998 and 1987).      Grants: Technical Assistance Grants, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland Oregon (2001, 1998, 1995); Oregon Literary Arts Fellowships (2000, 1998); Project Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council (1998).      Writing Residency Fellowships: Hypatia-in-the-Woods, Shelton Washington (2009); Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico (2008); Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (1998,1996).

Books Published: What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps, with quilt artist Cathy Erickson (Katsura Press, 2009); The Smell of Rust (Katsura Press, 2005); Always Filling, Always Full (White Pine Press, 2001); Grinding my ink CD, with Ken Ulansey on woodwinds (Katsura Press, 2000); Shadow Lines, Linked Haibun with Rich Youmans (Katsura Press, 1999); This Moment (Katsura Press, 1995); Grinding my ink (Katsura Press, 1993).

Selected Work
 
sound of a moth
trapped in a paper lantern
summer rain
 
end of the walk
returning the crow’s feather
where I found it
 
 
 
dusk settles
into the rice stubble
a sickle moon
 
Through the slats
of the outhouse door
Everest!
 
 
 
Tokyo vending machine
   the long line
      behind the foreigner
 
end of summer
my garden
in one wheelbarrow
 
 

Credits: "sound of a moth" – Eminent Mention Award, Modern Haiku XIV:2 (1983); Grinding my ink (Katsura Press,1993); "dusk settles" - Itoen Oi Ocha International Haiku Contest Winner (2009); "Tokyo vending machine" - Third Prize, Haiku Society of America’s Gerald Brady Award for Senryu (2008); Frogpond 32:1 (2009);"end of the walk" – First Honorable Mention, Haiku Society of America's Harold G. Henderson Awards for Haiku (2010); Frogpond 34:1 (2011); "Through the slats" - van den Heuvel, The Haiku Anthology 3 (W. W. Norton & Company, New York (1999); Modern Haiku XVIII:3 (1987); "end of summer" - Third Prize, Haiku Poets of Northern California San Francisco International Competition Awards for Haiku (2006); Mariposa 16 (2006).

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