VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF SOLITUDE

AN'YA, US

An'ya was my first haiku teacher and it's always a delight to have her back here at Haigaonline. For this issue, she's given us two haiga with ink brush painting. Once again, I'm astonished at how easy she makes it look.

BILLIE DEE, US

A former Poet Laureate of the U.S. National Library Service, Billie writes haiku and related forms as well as "main-stream" lyric poetry. Multi-media artist and writer, she naturally does haiga too. More of her work may be found on her pages RedBubble and Kiku Makura; she's also been published in Daily Haiga and Lynx, as well as here at Haigaonline. In this portfolio of seven haiga, Billie shows us some of the range of styles in which she works. One tanka was done in collaboration with Laryalee Fraser.

MANOJ SARANATHAN, US

A medical physicist by profession, Manoj began writing haiku in 2007. In addition to Haigaonline, his photo haiga have appeared in Modern Haiga and Simply Haiku. In our current issue, Manoj is represented in our Haiga Workshop section as well as here with four photo haiga. The tea bowl photograph in the first haiga has been published with a different text in the winter 2008 Simply Haiku, and how interesting it is to compare the difference in mood!