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Elaine Riddell

Elaine Riddell

Born: 1948 in Hamilton, New Zealand
Resides: Hamilton, New Zealand
E-mail: a (dot) e (dot) riddell (at) gmail (dot) com

Elaine Riddell lives in New Zealand, a country with a long coastline and an abundance of rivers, lakes, mountains and unique forests. These figure prominently in her writing. In the past she has worked in a number of education related positions. She is a mother, grandmother and caregiver for her husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Her haiku have been published internationally in print and online in publications such as White Lotus, moonset, 3Lights Gallery, Kokako, Ambrosia, Poems in the Waiting Room, Mu, Notes from the Gean, and A Hundred Gourds.

Awards and Other Honors: Second Place, moonset contest (USA, Spring/Summer 2008); Second Place, Katikati International Haiku Contest (New Zealand, 2008); First Place, Mu First International Contest (USA, 2010); International Sakura Award and Honorable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (Canada, 2010), International Sakura Award, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (Canada, 2011), Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Contest (Japan, 2011).  Elaine has also received many Commended and Honourable Mention awards.  Her haiku have been selected for the following anthologies: tiny gaps (New Zealand Poetry Society, 2006); the taste of nashi: New Zealand Haiku (New Zealand, 2008); Among the Lilies: A White Lotus Anthology (USA, 2008) moments in the whirlwind (New Zealand Poetry Society, 2009) seed packets: an anthology of flower haiku (USA, 2010); across the fingerboards (New Zealand Poetry Society, 2010); ice diver (New Zealand Poetry Society, 2011).

Selected Work
first white butterfly
my cabbages
not yet planted
silver frost
a pigeon wing tilts
to the rising sun
the stream flows from shadow
to shadow
jagged mountains
a harrier hawk
hangs in the air
road to the beach
wave after wave of blue
last sun
the footprints over the dunes
filled with shadow

Credits: “first white butterfly”- a taste of nashi New Zealand Haiku (2008); “moonlight”- Second place, Katikati Haiku Pathway Contest; Bravado 14, (2008); “road to the beach” - Shiki Special Kukai in memory of William J Higginson (2009); “silver frost” - Honorable Mention, moonset, autumn/winter (2009); “jagged mountains”- moments in the whirlwind, NZ Poetry Society (2009); “last sun”: - Commended, NZ Poetry Society Contest; across the fingerboards (2010).

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