ALEXIS ROTELLA, Maryland, US

Alexis is an interfaith minister, hypnotherapist, spiritual healer, licensed acupuncturist and certified nutritional consultant as well as an award winning poet whose published credits include haiku, senryu, tanka and renga. Informed by her professional interests, her writing has an internal, personal depth that speaks to the universality of human emotions. It can also be very experimental. She has explored the use of fiction in haiku, and is the inventor of the colorenga, a linked form that, as the name implies, uses poetry to explore color.

Alexis' interests also extend to visual art—digital photography, collage and altered books. Not surprisingly, she brings an experimental approach to drawing and painting also. In this portfolio she employs a kind of monoprint technique with poetic response to think about such universal themes as life, death, grief, and faith. We welcome her to Haigaonline and hope you will find these haiga as transformative as I did.

Alexis is among the authors who have been treated by the Milliken University haiku project (www.millikin.edu/haiku). A number of her haiku may be found online at Terebess Asia (www.terebess.hu/english/usa/rotella.html), while her senryu were featured in the Autumn 2005 Simply Haiku. Her visual art is less known on the web, though two of her collages appeared on that page. She also has a wonderful free verse, "Purple", about a child with an artistically original approach to coloring with crayons (http://jadespring.home.att.net/purple.htm)

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