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Honorary Curator Patricia Donegan

Patricia Donegan
Honorary Curator, 2017-2018

Appointment Announcement

Charles Trumbull photoThe American Haiku Archives advisory board is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Donegan as the 2017-2018 honorary curator of the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento ( This honor recognizes Donegan's commitment to haiku as a poet, writer, anthologist, translator, and promoter of haiku as an awareness practice.

She served on the faculty of East-West poetics at Naropa University under Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was a student of haiku master Seishi Yamaguchi, and a Fulbright scholar to Japan. She is a meditation teacher, previous poetry editor for Kyoto Journal, and a longtime member of the Haiku Society of America. Her haiku works include Love Haiku: Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion & Remembrance (cotranslated with Yoshie Ishibashi), Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart, Haiku: Asian Arts for Creative Kids, and Chiyo-ni Woman Haiku Master (cotranslated with Yoshie Ishibashi). Her poetry collections include: Hot Haiku, Bone PoemsWithout Warning, Heralding the Milk Light, and haiku selections in various anthologies.

She won first prize in the 1998 Mainichi International Haiku Contest and won a Merit Book Award for translation from the Haiku Society of America for her book on Chiyo-ni, also in 1998. Her books on haiku have combined scholarship and insight in reaching young and old to inspire and sustain a lifelong interesting in haiku poetry, in both Japanese and English.

We are pleased to celebrate Patricia Donegan, and to bestow this honor from the American Haiku Archives, which seeks to preserve and promote haiku and related poetry throughout the North American continent. The AHA advisory board is delighted to pay tribute to Patricia Donegan as the thirteenth honorary curator of the American Haiku Archives.

~Michael Dylan Welch, American Haiku Archives Advisory Board Co-chair

Selected Haiku by Patricia Donegan

plum rain—
the young prostitute
washes her underwear

                                                                   last night lightning
                                                                   this morning
                                                                   the white iris


I lay down
all my heavy packages—
autumn moon

                                                                   winter afternoon
                                                                  not one branch moves—
                                                                  I listen to my bones



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