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Stephen Addiss

Stephen Addiss

April 2, 1935 - May 11, 2022

Stephen Addiss, a scholar-artist-poet, was Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities: Art at the University of Richmond, in Virginia. His own haiku as well as translations have appeared in many magazines, journals, and books, and his calligraphy and paintings, including haiga, have been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
He was the author or co-author of more than thirty books and catalogues about East Asian arts, including, with Audrey Yoshiko Seo, The Sound of One Hand: The Paintings and Calligraphy of Zen Master Hakuin and The Art of Haiku: Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters. He was also co-translator with Stanley Lombardo of one of the most popular editions of the Tao Te Ching (by Lao Tzu).

Stephen passed peacefully at home on May 11, 2022.

Awards and Other Honors:

Honorary Curator of the American Haiku Archives, 2009-2010.

Books Published:

The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin [with Audrey Yoshiko Seo] (Boston and London: Shambhala Publications, 2010); Zen Art Book [with John Daido Loori] (Boston and London: Shambhala Publications, 2009); Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems [with Fumiko and Akira Yamamoto] (Boston and London: Shambhala Publications, 2009); John Cage Zen Ox-Herding Pictures [with Ray Kass] (George Braziller New York City, 2009); Zen Sourcebook [assisted by Stanley Lombardo and Judith Roitman] (Hackett Publications, Cambridge MS, 2008); Mountains of the Heart [(with facsimile of 1816 book by Kameda Bôsai] (George Braziller, New York City, 2007); The Zen Art Box [with John Daido Loori] (Shambhala Publications, Boston, 2007); Haiku Humor [assisted by Fumiko and Akira Yamamoto] (Weatherhill-Shambhala, Boston, 2007); 77 Dances: Japanese Calligraphy by Poets, Monks, and Scholars, 1568-1868 (Shambhala Publications, Boston, 2006); Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture: An Illustrated Sourcebook [co-editor] (University of HawaiI Press, 2006); The Art of Chinese Calligraphy (Philadelphia: Running Press, 2005); Haiku Landscapes [assisted by Fumiko and Akira Yamamoto] (Weatherhill, New York, 2002); Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching [translation into Portuguese based on that by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo, plus 21 ink paintings by Stephen Addiss](Martin Fontes, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2002 Old Taoist: The Life, Art, and Poetry of Kodojin [with Jonathan Chaves] (Columbia University Press, New York City, 2000); The Resonance of the Qin in Far Eastern Art (China Institute, New York City, 1999); Three Three Three (Josh Hockensmith, Richmond VA, 1999); Haiku People [assisted by Fumiko and Akira Yamamoto] (Weatherhill, New York City, 1998); The Art of 20th-Century Zen [with Audrey Seo] (Shambhala, Boston, 1998); Six Directions [illustrator] (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, NM, 1997); River of Stars [illustrator] (Shambhala, Boston and London, 1997); How to Look at Japanese Art [assisted by Audrey Yoshiko Seo] (Harry N. Abrams, New York City, 1996); A Haiku Garden [assisted by Fumiko and Akira Yamamoto] (Weatherhill, New York City, 1996); Haiga: Takebe Socho and the Haiku-Painting Tradition (University of Richmond Marsh Art Gallery and the University of Hawaii Press, 1995); Four Huts [Illustrator] (Shambhala, Boston, 1994); Tao Te Ching [translated with Stanley Lombardo, and illustrator] Hackett Publications, Cambridge, MA, 1993); Phoenix Papers: 26 Lawrence Poets [co-editor, co-author, illustrator] (Penthe Press, Lawrence, Kansas, 1993); Art History and Education [with Mary Erickson] (University of Illinois Press, 1993); A Haiku Menagerie [assisted by Fumiko and Akira Yamamoto] (Weatherhill, New York City, 1992); Narrow Road to the Interior [Illustrator] (Shambhala, Boston, 1991); Shisendo: Hall of the Poetry Immortals [co-author] (Weatherhill, New York City, 1991); The Art of Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Monks, 1600-1925 (Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York City, 1989); Tall Mountains and Flowing Waters: The Arts of Uragami Gyokudo (University of Hawaii Press, 1987); Japanese Quest for a New Vision: The Impact of Visiting Chinese Painters 1600 - 1900[editor and co-author](Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1986); Japanese Ghosts and Demons [editor and co-author] (Spencer Museum and George Braziller, New York City, 1985); The World of Kameda Bosai (New Orleans Museum of Art and the University Press of Kansas, 1984); A Myriad of Autumn Leaves [one of five co-authors] (New Orleans Museum of Art, 1984); Samurai Painters[with G. Cameron Hurst III] {Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1983); Japanese Paintings 1600-1900 from the New Orleans Museum of Art [editor and co-author] (Birmingham Museum of Art, 1982); Tokaido: On the Road: Pilgrimage, Travel and Culture [editor and writer of introduction] (Spencer Museum of Art, 1982); Masterpieces of Sung and Yuan Dynasty Calligraphy [assisting Kwan S. Wong] (China Institute, New York City, 1981); One Thousand Years of Art in Japan [editor and co-author] (Colnaghi Oriental, London, 1981); Catalogue of the Oriental Collection [co-author and co-editor] (Spencer Museum of Art, 1980); Tokaido: Adventures on the Road in Old Japan [editor and co-author] (Spencer A Japanese Eccentric: The Three Arts of Murase Taiitsu (New Orleans Museum of Art, 1979); Obaku: Zen Painting and Calligraphy (Spencer Museum of Art, 1978); Nanga Paintings (Robert Sawers Publications, London, 1976); Zenga and Nanga: Paintings by Japanese Monks and Scholars (New Orleans Museum of Art, 1976); Japanese Calligraphy (Shirley Day Limited, London, 1975).

Selected Work
    sniffing the air―
sharp emptiness
    of the approaching storm
    after the storm―
their garden
    our garden
    by the hydrant
children singing
    street songs
    winter afternoon
in a world of gray
    rain falls on snow
    late autumn
still searching for
    lingering sunlight
    gunmetal sky
rust on the padlock
    cracked earth
Spanish moss―
a single strand
    in tired spirals
after the hurricane
perfect droplets
    on battered oak leaves
facing a lily
the one-year-old
raises hist fist
then denying―
cloud calligraphy


"sniffing the air" - Simply Haiku V:1 (2007); "by the hydrant" - Simply Haiku V:1 (2007); South by Southeast 12:1 (2004); "after the storm" – South by Southeast 11:3 (2004); "winter afternoon" - Modern Haiku 35:2 (2004); "gunmetal sky" – Reeds: Contemporary Haiga No. 1 (ed. Jeanne Emrich, 2003); “Spanish moss” – Modern Haiku vol. 35.1, Winter-Spring 2004; “after the hurricane” - Modern Haiku vol. 43.1, Winter-Spring 2012; “facing a lily”; “flirting” - Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, ed. Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland, Allan Burns, W.W Norton &Co., New York-London, 2013.

Additional Reading: In: American Haiku Archives

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