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Jeanne Emrich

Jeanne Emrich

Born: 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Resides: Edina, Minnesota, USA
E-mail: Jemrich (at) aol (dot) com

Jeanne Emrich is a poet and artist with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota. She is the co-founder of the Minnesota Watercolor Society (1983) and the Minnesota Haiku Society (2003). She was the founder and first webmaster of Haiga Online: A Journal of Painting and Poetry (1998–2002) which was the first online journal of haiga in history. She is the author of The Haiku Habit (Lone Egret Press, 1996), Barely Dawn (Lone Egret Press, 1999), Berries and Cream: Contemporary Haiga in North America (Press Here, 2000), a book-length interview with Michael Dylan Welch. Educational materials by her are included in teacher’s guides distributed by both the Haiku Society of America (since 1998) and the Tanka Society of America (since 2007). She has taught haiku, tanka, and haiga at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the Vice-president of the Tanka Society of America (2004-6) and the editor of Reeds: Contemporary Haiga (2003--2007), a publication of Lone Egret Press, the online version of which may be seen at http://www.reedscontemporaryhaiga.com. She released her first collection of tanka, The Pleiades at Dawn, in 2007. Her tanka sequences have been composed for and performed by chorales in Minnesota. One, Fallen Grasses: A Winter Meditation won First Place in Choral Works in the 2008 Biennial Competition held by the National League of American Pen Women. She was listed in the Marquis Who’s Who publications (In the World, In America, Of American Women) from 2000-2008.

Awards and Other Honors: Best Anthology, Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Awards (Haiku Society of America, 2003) [Reeds: Contemporary Haiga, Vol. 1]; Honorable Mention for Haiga, Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Awards (Haiku Society of America, 2004) [Reeds: Contemporary Haiga, Vol. 2]; Best Book of Haiga, Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Awards (Haiku Society of America, 2005) [Reeds: Contemporary Haiga, Vol. 3]; First Place, Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Awards (Haiku Society of America, 2006) [Reeds: Contemporary Haiga, Vol. 4]; First Place, San Francisco International Tanka Competition (2005) [“how long has it been”]; First Place in Choral Works, National League of American Pen Women Biennial Competition (2008) [“Fallen Grasses: a Winter Meditation”]; A “Founders Award” in Jeanne's name is given annually to a painting displayed in an exhibition held by the Minnesota Watercolor Society.

Books Published: The Haiku Habit (Lone Egret Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1996); Barely Dawn (Lone Egret Press Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1999); Berries and Cream: Contemporary Haiga in North America [with Michael Dylan Welch] (Press Here, Foster City, California, 2000); The Pleiades at Dawn: A Tanka Collection (Lone Egret Press Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007).      Educational Materials: The Haiku Habit Workshop (in the Haiku Society of America’s Teacher’s Packet, since 1998); A Quick Start Guide to Writing Tanka and A Tanka Repair Kit (in the Tanka Society of America’s Teacher’s Guide, with Modern English Tanka Press, since 2007.      Websites: Haiga Online (1998-2001); The Haiku Habit (1998-2010); Reeds: Contemporary Haiga (2004-present); Tanka Online (2007-present).      Workshops/Slide presentations: Haiku Society of America, Fall Quarterly Meeting, Wilder Forest Minnesota (1998); Haiku North America, Boston (2001); Haiku Society of America, Fall Quarterly Meeting, Evanston, Illinois (2003); Haiku Canada Annual Conference, Ottawa (2004); Haiku Pacific Rim Conference, Ogaki, Japan (2004).      Contests Judged: Tanka Society of America International Tanka Contest, co-judged with Michael McClintock (2004); Tanka Society of America International Tanka Contest, co-judged with Tom Clausen (2010).      Positions Held: Co-founder, President, Twin City Watercolor Society (1983-1986) [now the Minnesota Watercolor Society]; President, Minnesota Artists Association (1988-1990); Minnesota Branch President, National League of American Penwomen (1998-2000; 2008-2012); State Association President, National League of American Penwomen (1998-2000); Founder, Minnesota Haiku Society, now defunct (2003-2005); Founder/Owner, Lone Egret Press (1996-present); Creator and first webmaster, Haiga Online: A Journal of Painting and Poetry (1998-2002); Editor, Reeds: Contemporary Haiga (2003-2007) [an annual anthology of haiga in hardcopy]; Tanka Society of America, Vice-president (2005-2007); Guest Editor, Tanka Society of America 2005 Members’ Anthology.      Performances/Readings: “Coming Home,” Bloomington Fine Arts Center (Producer: Kate Pettit) Haiku with Reader (me), Flute, and Dancer (2004); “Simple Gifts,” Bloomington Fine Arts Center (Producer: Kate Pettit) Poetry reader for others poems and also in my tanka play, “Second Chance,” with Saxophonist and Dancer (2005); “Seasons,” Bloomington Fine Arts Center (Producer: Kate Pettit), “Fallen Grasses” comprised of four tanka and composed by Susan Precourt Reddin for a cappella voices, and sung by 10 (2006); “Fallen Grasses” performed by the Bloomington Chorale (under the direction of Steven Johnston) in their summer concert [32 voices] (June 2 & 3, 2007); “Harmony” Bloomington Fine Arts Center (Producer: Kate Pettit), “Bougainvillea at Sunset,” a tanka sequence about East Africa, (September 7-9, 2007).      Memberships and Listings: Haiku Society of America; Haiku Canada; Minnesota Watercolor Society; Minnesota Haiku Society; Tanka Society of America.

Selected Work
 
spring morning . . .
a tiny feather escapes 
the pillow casing
 
dusk . . .
the heron's slow step
into shadow
 
 
 
pale violets . . .
I step my shadow 
aside
 
frozen leaves
rattle in the aspen grove
bone-white moon
 
 
 
lilac scent
deepening
       the darkness
 
beneath the ice
the waterfall
            still falling
 
 

Credits: "spring morning" - Echoes I [a New Resonance series alumni anthology] (Red Moon Press, 2007); "pale violets" - Echoes I [a New Resonance series alumni anthology] (Red Moon Press, 2007); "lilac scent" - Echoes I [a New Resonance series alumni anthology] (Red Moon Press, 2007); "dusk" - Barely Dawn (Lone Egret Press, Minneapolis, 1999); "frozen leaves" - Haiku Journey (video/computer game edited by Michael Dylan Welch for Hot Lava/Mumbojumbo, 2009); "beneath the ice" - Honorable Mention, Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award (Haiku Society of America, 1995).

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