This region includes Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
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Johnye Strickland is a professor emeritus in English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Before her election as South regional coordinator, she served as editor of the HSA newsletter and associate editor of Simply Haiku, and is currently vice president of the Tanka Society of America. She is relatively new to haiku, having adopted it to have something interesting to do after retirement. It has not been a disappointment, though the learning curve has been a bit higher than anticipated. In addition to haiku, Johnye also enjoys writing renku, haibun, haiga (in collaboration with a photographer or artist), and an occasional senryu.