A resident of Winston-Salem NC, Bob graduated from Kenyon College, where he acquired his fondness for "succinct writing" and a love of theater. He went on for a Masters of Fine Arts from Tulane University and eventually became director of a drama program at the North Carolina School of the Arts, winning an Excellence in Teaching award in 1999, director of a summer school at the Globe Theater in London, and an involvement with the Winston-Salem Poetry Slam. This experience with performance, I think, is reflected in his haiku. Read them and you hear them, each word calibrated for an emphasis that builds towards that third line. Bob is widely published in haiku and haibun journals and anthologies and served as local host for the 2007 Haiku North America conference, for which he arranged a reading by students from a local arts-based elementary school where he is resident theater artist and poet.

Guntram was born in Germany, emigrated to Canada, where he went to high school and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, then returned to Germany for graduate study at the Universität Kassel. He is now a conservation specialist for the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kasse. His expertise, works on paper, informs his own art. As you'll see even from these scanned images, there is a strong sense of the materials: parchment, vellum, old prints and repurposed notebook paper, file folders, etc.

Guntram's interest in haiku and haiga began when he met Bob at a pétanque tournament in Kassel. Other collaborations have recently appeared in Daily Haiga. Please join me in welcoming them to Haigaonline!


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