April 1, 1919 - July 26, 2011
Betty started writing haiku in the early 1990's after retiring from the fashion industry. Her haiku and rengay were published in many of the leading journals. Her many haiku friends will miss her always warm and friendly presence. The following tribute was written by her haiku friend, Max Verhart:
Awards and Other Honors: First Honorable Mention, Haiku Poets of Northern California Rengay Contest (2004); work included in the 59th Basho Festival Haiku anthology.
Books Published: Annie and the Only One Problem Bear[in collaboration with Jayne Kaplan and Karina Klesko] (BookSurge Publishing (2009); smoke signals - nine rengay [with Max Verhart; Foreword by Garry Gay] ('t Hoge Woord, Bakhuizen; Netherlands 2003).
Credits: "dusk" - Too Busy for Spring (Haiku North America anthology, 1999); "lingering day" - The Heron's Nest 2:10 (October 2000); "wrapped" - First Place, Shiki Internet Kukai 8/3/98 (free format); Tinywords [Internet] (June 7, 2005); "taking front stage" - "taking front stage" - Tinywords (July 5, 2005); "poetry meeting" - Temps Libres/Free Times/Favorites (2000); "at his wake" - First Place, Shiki Internet Kukai 2/14/99 (free format: "secret"); Crinkled Sunshine (Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology, 2000); "all city school chorus" - Third Place, Shiki Internet Kukai 5/2/99 (free format); "footprints in the snow" - The Heron's Nest 3:1 (January 2001); "now in a small box" - Sketchbook December 2006); "mountain path" - The Heron's Nest 2:12 (2000).
Sources Biography: Appreciation to Max Verhart for his tribute to Betty. Appreciation is also due Charles Trumbull for assistance in gathering representative haiku and publication credits.