The Haiku Foundation honors the work of contemporary masters of the dual art of haiga: visual image wedded to haiku. This month’s featured artist is Nika.
Nika (Calgary, AB, Canada) is the pen name of haiku poet and retired educator Jim Force. He, along with former high school friend, Jim McKinniss (Orcutt, California, USA), a retired mathematician and software engineer turned photographer, have been co-creating haiga since 2015. Their collaborations include both individual pieces as well as haiga series. Their work has been published in a variety of publications in the US and abroad.