The Haiku Foundation honors the work of contemporary masters of the dual art of haiga: visual image wedded to haiku. This month we feature the collaboration between poet an’ya and artist Ed Baker.
an’ya is a world-renowned poetess with more than 150 contest wins, 9 editorships (including haigaonline), 13 websites, 23 books to her credit, and judge of 50+ contests. She is the founder of numerous haiku/tanka societies, journals and haiku/tanka competitions. an’ya has been represented in over 200 various literary publications, and her work is translated into 95 different language dialects.
Ed was both a poet and an artist. He was born in Washington, D.C., received his BA in English/History from the University of Maryland in 1967 and his MA from Johns Hopkins University in 1971. He lived in Takoma Park, Maryland, and his poetry and artwork appeared in many journals. He died in Takoma Park in March 2016