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by Ferris and Harry Gilli

Ferris Gilli's work in haiku and related genres has appeared regularly in eminent haiku journals since 1998, and she has gained numerous awards for her work in haiku, sijo, and renku. Her twelve-lesson guide Exploring Haiku was translated for use in the Romanian Educational System. Ferris's first haiku collection, Shaped by the Wind, was published by Snapshot Press (Waterloo, Liverpool 2006). An Associate Editor of The Heron's Nest, she is a frequent judge for haiku-related competitions. She lives in North Georgia with her husband Harry.

Harry has lived in Japan, Germany and Belgium. He served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, and during that time traveled extensively in the U.S. and overseas, including Japan, Africa and Europe. His haiku have appeared in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Acorn, and Poetry in the Light. Harry was among the ten winners of the 2nd Annual International People's Haiku and Senryu Contest, and his haiku won Second Place in the Herb Barrett Awards 1999.

Ferris comments, "Over twenty years ago, I put aside painting and pottery making, and the break from such creativity seemed to be permanent--until lately, when I became irresistibly drawn to the refreshing work of artists in the haiku community. I am profoundly grateful to Ron Moss as a source of inspiration, and without his kind encouragement, my brushes and paints would still be gathering dust and cobwebs in the back of a closet. As I'm just now getting my hand back in, I don't know which direction my efforts in haiga will eventually favor most--but I certainly plan to have a good time finding out."