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Antoinette (Toni) Libro

Antoinette (Toni) Libro

Born: in Somers Point New Jersey, USA
Resides: Sea Isle City, New Jersey, USA
E-mail: libro (at) rowan (dot) edu

Recently retired as Professor Emeritus from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey; taught over 35 years in the areas of Creative Writing, Women’s Studies, and Literature. Graduate studies at New York University included a specialization in the literature and arts of the East, with a semester abroad in Kyoto, Japan; Ph.D. from NYU in 1983. Publishes long-form poetry as well as haiku, tanka, sequences, and haibun; also publishes short fiction; produced playwright. Founder and Editor of Asphodel, A Literary Journal from 1978-1989; 2001-04. Asphodel published haiku and short traditional verse by Nick Virgilio in the 80s. Has returned to writing haiku, tanka, sequences, and haibun after a hiatus of several years, and now appreciates the added time to write and research the ever burgeoning world of haiku and related forms. Enjoys the increased opportunity to travel and to spend more time with family.

Awards and Other Honors: Third Prize in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest for 2011. Honorable Mention in the International Haiku Contest of 1988 with subsequent publication in An Anthology of Haiku by People of the United States and Canada, sponsored by the Haiku Society of America and Japan Air Lines; Dragonfly Honorary Award, 1981. Faculty Fellow at Princeton University, coursework in Japanese Literature. Finalist in the International Haibun Contest and its subsequent Haibun Anthology of finalists, Wedge of Light (California, 1999). Member of Poets and Writers since 1980.

Books Published: Seasons of the Heart—A Collection of Poems Influenced by the East (Horse Press, Glenoldon, PA., 1982); Women Without Wings (Blackbird Press, Pitman, NJ, 1992); The House at the Shore (Lincoln Springs Press, NJ, 1997).

Selected Work
 
April wind—
the birdbath overflows
with cherry blossoms
 
Last day in London—
wearing my pearls
to see the Crown Jewels
 
 
 
His old Workshop—
only dust and sunlight now
on the wooden counter
 
White wicker—
blue eyes of the Siamese
stalk August shadows
 
 
 
Contributing
to the Women’s Conference—
Ladybug...
 
Mingling with the cuckoo
clock indoors—
mockingbird at noon
 
 

Credits: "April wind" - Frogpond XVI:1 (1993); "His old Workshop" - Dragonfly: A Quarterly of Haiku (April, 1981); "Contributing" - An Anthology of Haiku by People of the US and Canada (Japan Air Lines, 1988); "Last day in London" - Modern Haiku 33:2 (2002); "White wicker" - Modern Haiku 22:1 (1991); "Mingling with the cuckoo" - Gusto (February, 1981).

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