The Haiku Foundation honors the work of contemporary masters of the dual art of haiga: visual image wedded to haiku. This month we feature a collaboration between an’ya and Richard St. Clair.
In 2011, an’ya was voted one of the top ten living haiku poets by her peers, albeit she considers herself to be a tanka poetess. She’s Founding/First Editor of the TSA journal Ribbons, past Editor of TSA’s Newsletter, Founder/First Editor of the UHTS and cattails, Founder of aha awards, Fleeting Words Tanka Competition, Samurai Haibun Contest, and Songbirds Online, Founder/Editor of moonset literary newspaper and journal, Founder/President of OHTS, Past haigaonline Editor, and Founder/Editor of Tanka Origins.
Richard St. Clair is an accomplished composer, pianist, and poet living in New England, as he has for nearly six decades. He did his degree work at Harvard, where he earned a Ph.D. in music composition. He’s always interested in working with poets to create new songs, hymns, haiga, etc. He has collaborated with an’ya several times, several of which are published or on line.