About the Authors

Dr. Randy Brooks is Dean of Arts & Sciences at Millikin University where he teaches courses on publishing and the global haiku tradition. He is co-editor of Mayfly and publisher of Brooks Books Haiku. He was introduced to modern Japanese and English-language tanka in 1976 by Dr. Sanford Goldstein and has been writing haiku and tanka ever since. He is the web editor for Modern Haiku and the Haiku Society of America.


Dr. Carmella Braniger, a native of Ohio, is a graduate of Muskingum College, Johns Hopkins University, and Oklahoma State University. She teaches creative writing at Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois. Her poems have appeared in Sycamore Review, Poems & Plays, and Margie. Her chapbook, No One May Follow, is forthcoming from Pudding House Publications. She enjoys gardening, walking and cooking meals with her husband and daughter.


Natalie Perfetti studied literature and writing at Millikin University where she graduated with honors in May 2009. She grew up in the small town of Lowell, IN, where she first learned to love reading and writing. Natalie has received multiple offers to attend graduate school where she can continue her study of language. When not immersed in a book or a poem, Natalie loves to swim, bike, and travel.

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