RC for Alaska - Billie Wilson
Billie Wilson's profile
I discovered haiku in the late 1960s, and writing haiku-shaped poetry became a very enjoyable, but solitary, activity for the next 20 years. Thereafter, through discovery of the worldwide haiku community -- and learning that haiku had evolved considerably since my introduction to it - haiku has become a central part of my life. I try to reach other haiku poets in Alaska through our website (http://home.gci.net/~alaskahaiku/index.html), and look forward to more Alaskans joining HSA.
RC for California - Naia
A fifth generation native Californian, Naia attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her poetry and haiga have appeared in books, anthologies, e-journals, newsletters, and magazines in the U.S. and internationally. Naia belongs to a number of haiku and tanka poetry associations and is a founding member of Haiku San Diego. She edited two regional haiku anthologies and an HSA anthology, co-hosted two HSA regional meetings, and co-chaired HNA 2013.
RC for Hawaii/Pacific - Brett Brady
Brett Brady's profile
Brett Brady has lived and worked in many places both domestically and abroad, working as a teacher of the gifted, talented, deaf, and multi-handicapped. He taught grammar school, high school and university, and had a Montessori school when his daughter was of an age to attend it. He attended USC and received his postgraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He is an accomplished musician, poet, director, and author. His poetry and songs are award winning and many of his haiku and senryu are published worldwide. He currently serves as the Hawaii/Pacific Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.
RC for Mid-Atlantic
Robert Ertman joined as RC for the Mid-Atlantic region in August, 2014.
RC for Midwest - Charlotte Digregorio
Charlotte Digregorio's profile
Charlotte Digregorio is an award-winning poet of many forms, and has been a Pushcart Prize nominee. As Midwest RC since 2010, she has worked tirelessly to spread the word about haiku. She invites people to join HSA through haiku programs, extensive media publicity, and outreach to schools, libraries, writers'/cultural organizations, and the Japanese Consulate. She believes publicity is essential. Further, on her own, she gives haiku workshops and readings, judges contests, and publishes essays in various journals. Digregorio's poetry has been translated into five languages and has been displayed in galleries, libraries, botanic gardens, wine shops, supermarkets, apparel shops, restaurants, and on public transit. She hosted a radio poetry program on public broadcasting, and has been interviewed on 'Poetry Today,' a Chicago T.V. program. Digregorio is the award-winning author of four non-fiction books: You Can Be A Columnist, Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes, Beginners' Guide to Writing and Selling Quality Features, and Your Original Personal Ad. She's a media guest throughout the U.S. Her books are sold in 38 countries. She holds graduate degrees in Italian/French Literatures, and has been on university faculties teaching languages/writing. She is a writer-in-residence at universities, and speaks professionally about mass communications/publishing.
RC for Northeast/Metro - Rita Gray
Rita Gray's profile
Rita Gray has lived in Manhattan for 22 years, and she works with children as a teacher and a therapist. she has published four books for young children: Nonna's Porch (Hyperion, 2004), The Wild Little Horse (Dutton, 2005), Easy Street (Dutton, 2006), and Mama Mine, Mama Mine (Dutton, 2008). She also edited a poetry anthology for children for Charlesbridge entitled One Big Rain.
RC for Northeast/New England - Wanda Cook
Wanda Cook's profile
Wanda Cook, a member of HSA since 1991, has been the organizer/coordinator for numerous haiku events/contests. She co-edited the 2007 HSA Members' Anthology and the Anniversary Anthology for the Haiku Poets' Society of Western Massachusetts. Her own work appears regularly in journals and juried anthologies and a chapbook of her western poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Award.
Wanda has served as coordinator of HPSWM since 2001 and as NE Regional Coordinator since 2011. As coordinator she has tried to develop a sense of community among NE poets and sends out New England Letters to help keep them connected.
RC for Washington State - Angela Terry
Angela Terry's profile
Angela Terry has been an HSA member since 2005. Her work has been published in a number of print and online journals, and has won awards in contests in the United States, Canada, Croatia and Japan. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Haiku Society of America for the last 4 years as secretary. With the structure of the haiku groups in Washington in the process of significant change, she is excited to represent the Washington region as HSA regional coordinator.
RC for Oregon - an'ya
an'ya is a well established haiku poet and a permanent resident in the bountiful state of Oregon. Her works have been published worldwide. She is a past HSA Regional Coordinator, and currently the principal Editor for 'cattails collected works of' the United Haiku and Tanka Society.
RC of Plains and Mountains - Chad Lee Robinson
Chad Lee Robinson's profile
Chad Lee Robinson has been writing haiku and related forms since 2002. His poems have appeared in more than forty journals and in ten countries, and have won a number of awards including a Modern Haiku Award for best senryu, a Pushcart Prize nomination from Modern Haiku, Readers' Choice Poem of the Year at The Heron's Nest, and a Touchstone Award for Individual Haiku from The Haiku Foundation, to name a few. Chad's haiku have also been included in two Norton anthologies, Baseball Haiku (2007) and Haiku in English (2013), as well as A New Resonance 4 (Red Moon Press, 2005), Haiku 21 (Modern Haiku Press, 2011), Montage: the Book (The Haiku Foundation, 2010), and in nine editions of the annual Red Moon Anthology series. He has two chapbooks of haiku, Pop Bottles (True Vine Press, 2009) and Rope Marks (Snapshot Press, 2012). From 2006-2011 he served as the Plains & Mountains Regional Coordinator for the HSA. He was born and raised in Pierre, South Dakota where he continues to live with his wife and son.
RC for South - Carlos Colón
Carlos Colón's profile
Carlos Colón, of Shreveport, Louisiana, has published more than 1000 poems and is the author of Haiku Elvis: A Life in 17 Syllables (or Less) as well as 12 poetry chapbooks. His work has appeared in Modern Haiku, Writer's Digest, Louisiana Literature, and in two recent anthologies: The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2011) and Haiku in English (W.W. Norton, 2013). Colón is also included in Tazuo Yamaguchi's Haiku: Art of the Short Poem, a DVD documentary. He has been a member of the Haiku Society of America since 1993 and served as a Gerald Brady Award co-juror in 1998 and 2005. He also hosted quarterly HSA meetings in Shreveport in 2007 and 2012. Colón hopes to continue and expand the progress made by former South Region Coordinators Howard Lee Kilby and Johnye Strickland.
RC for Southeast - Terri L. French
Terri L. French's profile
Terri L. French is a poet/writer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She and her husband have four grown children and three cats and reside in Huntsville, Alabama. Terri is the current editor of the senryu journal, Prune Juice. She is a member of the HSA, the Alabama Poetry Society, and Recording Secretary for the Alabama Writer's Conclave.
RC for Southwest - James M. Applegate
James M. Applegate's profile
Jim Applegate is a retired research engineer and chemist. He was born and grew up in Cedar City, Utah where he graduated from Southern Utah University and did grad school at BYU. He and his wife Beth Ann have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren. Jim is currently a docent at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, and past president of New Mexico State Poetry Society. Jim first started to write poetry in high school and at SUU, and took up writing again when he retired. Since then he has had published more than 200 poems. In the past four years he has edited and published the annual Small Canyons Anthology for the Southwest region and invited anyone interested to submit. This year is #8.