COLIN STEWART JONES
Perhaps you thought an software package is necessary to make haiga. Not so—witness this richly varied portfolio of images built entirely with Microsoft Word and Paint.net, a photo-editing software that is a free download (http://paint.net).
Born in Manchester, brought up in Edinburgh and the Isle of Lewis, Colin describes himself as inhabiting "a place somewhere between those two extremes of Gaelic and English culture". In 1995 he moved to Aberdeen to study at the university in 1995, taking an MA in Gaelic studies and a post-graduate MLitt at the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies.
He has been writing creatively since his university years, became interested in haiku when he learned that it "was not just about counting syllables", and now writes tanka, haibun, tanka prose and renku as well. He is a member of HaikuHut and the AHApoetry forums and has had work published in Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today and Simply Haiku . Recently, he, Kathy Earsman and I collaborated on a series of rengay, one of which received a first prize in the 2009 Haiku Poets of Northern California Rengay Contest. Colin is also the author of A Seal Snorts out the Moon (Aberdeen: Cauliay Publishing, 2007), a well-received collection of his poetry and haiga whose cover image was originally published here in Haigaonline.
Credits for the current portfolio: The seventh haiga is a collaboration with Collin W. Barber; the twelfth is reprinted from A Seal Snorts Out the Moon.