Born: in Singapore
Resides: Sydney, Australia
E-mail: vanessa (at) hr42 (dot) com
Vanessa Proctor is the immediate past president of the Australian Haiku Society (2016 -2020). She is a founding member of the AHS, a founding member of the online international haiku group Zazen, (originally based in New Zealand) and she continues to lead the Sydney Haiku Group the Red Dragonflies which she founded in 2008.
never quite reaching
Awards and Other Honors:
Winner: Kokako New Zealand Haiku Contest, 2003, NZPS International Haiku Competition, 2014, Co-winner: Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 and 2017. Runner up in the Haiku Calendar Competition 10 times since 2001. Second: 2000 Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Award, Haiku Presence Award, 2002, Romanian Haiku Society First International Haiku Contest 2007. Third: International Kusamakura Haiku Competition 2001, 2003 Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Award, FreeXpression Haiku Competition 2014, Wild Plum Inaugural Haiku Contest 2015, City of Perth Library Competition 2014, NZPS International Haiku Competition 2019. Joint Third: British Haiku Society Tanka Awards 2014. Fourth: NZPS International Haiku Competition 2015.
Temples of Angkor (Sunline Press, 2003); Jacaranda Baby (Snapshot Press, 2012) [eChapbook: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/ebooks.htm]; Blowing Up Balloons: baby poems for parents Vanessa Proctor and Gregory Piko (Red Moon Press, 2017). She edited A to Zazen (Kiwiana Publishing, 2004) and was co-editor of The Second Australian Haiku Anthology (Paper Wasp, 2006) with Janice Bostok and Katherine Samuelowicz. She is the author of a causerie on haiku composition: Haiku and the Personal.
"dusk" - Presence #33 (2007); "starry night" - First Honorable Mention, Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards (2007); The Dragonfly: Newsletter of the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland (2007); "a bench by the sea" - Presence 31 (2007); Presence 32 [announcing winner of best of issue award for Presence 31](2007); "starless night" - Frogpond XXX:2 (2007); Runner-up,The Haiku Calendar Competition 2007; The Haiku Calendar 2008(Snapshot Press, 2007); Presence's Seashell Game, 7th place (2010); "breastfeeding" - Commended, Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Award (2006); A Fine Line (New Zealand Poetry Society Magazine, August 2008); cloudwatching" - Frogpond 32:2 (2009); Winner for June, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011; The Haiku Calendar 2012 (Snapshot Press, 2011); Jacaranda Baby (Snapshot Press, 2012).