March 17, 1990 - September 7, 2011
Svetlana Marisova was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and moved
with her parents to New Zealand in 2004. She later answered a
call to a life of contemplative prayer. This was curtailed in late
2009 with a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. Over the two
remaining years of her short life she developed a passionate
interest in haiku which she continued reading and writing daily
until she could no more. She served as webmaster of Simply
Haiku for part of 2011 while she continued to develop as a
poet and cultivated close friendships with people all around the
world on Facebook. A book of haikai that grew out of her
online relationship with Ted van Zutphen, containing the poems they
wrote, was published in 2011. Her work has appeared
in Contemporary Haibun Online, Contemporary Haibun
vol.12, Haiga Online, haijinx, Notes from
the Gean, Simply Haiku, Frogpond, Mainichi
Daily News, Haiku Society of America haiku wall in Bend,
Oregon, and Gong (Association Francophone de Haiku).
Articles about her work have appeared in Simply Haiku, Gong,
and Haiku Reality. Some of her poems have been included in the anthologies, The
Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss, and Change
[edited by Robert Epstein] (Modern English Tanka Press, 2012); We
Are All Japan [edited by Robert D. Wilson and Sasa Vazic]
(2012); and Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 4
(2012). Her blog continues to be maintained by her friends at
http://marisova.com in addition to the work archived at
Awards and Other Honors: First Place, Shiki Kukai 9th Annual Poets’ Choice Awards (2011); Honorable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational (2011).
Books Published: Be Still and Know by Svetlana Marisova and Ted van Zutphen (Karakia Press, 2011).
Credits: "floating downstream" - Simply Haiku (Summer 2011); "still pond" - Mainichi Daily News (April 13, 2011); "crashing waves" - Haiku Society of America haiku wall (Bend, Oregon 2011); "first light" - Shiki Kukai 9th Annual Poets’ Choice Awards (2011); "distant thunder" - Simply Haiku (Spring 2011); "incoming tide" - haijinx (March 2011); "summer glare" - Notes from the Gean (March 2011); "cold morning" - Gong [revue franchophone de haiku] (November 2011); "sleepless moon" - Simply Haiku (Autumn/Winter 2011); "ahh rainbow!" - Simply Haiku (Summer 2012).