Francine Banwarth lives in Dubuque, Iowa, and began studying and writing haiku in 1988. She has been a member of the HSA since 1989 and served as HSA second vice president from 2008-2011.
She is cofounder of Haiku Dubuque and has guided haiku workshops and helped organize haiku meetings in Dubuque and at The Foundry Books in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. She has also served on the board of Modern Haiku since 2010. During the last 20 years her haiku and senryu have won awards in a variety of contests and her haiku, senryu, rengay, and haibun have been published in journals, anthologies, and chapbooks, including The River Knows the Way, published by Haiku Dubuque.