The Panel for Award Year 2023
Marietta McGregor is a retired botanist and journalist. She has enjoyed a mix of careers including palynologist, garden designer, journal editor, university tutor, technology marketer, and grants developer. Her haiku, haibun and haiga appear in international online and print literary journals, and in annual Red Moon Press anthology collections (2018, 2021). Her haibun have gained a number of honors, including first and runner-up in the 2019 British Haibun Awards, winner, Rattle March 2018 Ekphrastic Poetry Challenge, An (Cottage) prizes in Genjuan International Haibun Contests (2018, 2021), honorable mention in the HSA Haibun Awards (2021) and awards in UHTS Samurai Haibun Contests (second, 2015, first and honorable mention, 2018, second and third, 2021). One of her haibun was nominated in 2017 for a Pushcart Prize. A fourth-generation Tasmanian who has raised her family in Australia’s ‘Bush Capital’ Canberra, Marietta is a keen street and nature photographer who travels as often as she can with her husband and far too many cameras.
Renée Owen’s newest book of haiku, This One Life, won a Backbone Press book award and was a finalist in the 2020 THF Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. Her full-length collection of haiku and haibun, Alone on a Wild Coast, received a Snapshot Press book award and an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. She edited Scent of the Past . . . Imperfect (Two Autumns Press), which received an Honorable Mention in the Haiku Society of America’s 2017 Merit Book Awards. Renée has judged numerous haibun, haiku and rengay contests and widely publishes her award-winning poetry internationally, in print and online journals. Her haibun and visual art appeared in the April 2022 issue of Contemporary Haibun Onlineas Featured Writer. Her poetry has been collected in numerous anthologies, including A New Resonance 7, and the annual Red Moon Press and Contemporary Haibun ‘best of’ anthologies. A psychotherapist and an exhibiting visual artist, she enjoys performing her poetry with her musician husband and hiking the wilds near their Northern California home.
Keith Polette has published numerous haibun in both print and online journals. He was a judge for the first San Francisco International Haibun Contest, was a Featured Author for Contemporary Haibun Online, and has been a guest editor for Drifting Sands Haibun Journal. His book of haibun, Pilgrimage, received the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Award in 2020, and his book of haiku, The New World, was on the shortlist for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Books Award in 2017.