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. She 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. 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. Her visual art interests include photography, drawing, printmaking, collage and altered books, and the range of approaches she uses for her haiga is correspondingly broad.
Even within collage her style varies. In the present group, the imagery tends to derive from the materials employed, giving them a dream-like sensibility that may be brought sharply down to earth by the humor of the poem. We'll hope to show you other aspects of Alexis' work on paper in future issues.