Paul W. MacNeil
January 7, 1948 - October 30, 2019
MacNeil described himself as an Amateur Naturalist who started the study of haiku in his mid-forties. Paul tried to pass the non-freezing months at a lakeside cabin in a mountainous area of Maine, and the rest in Florida. He was a widower, had a wonderful daughter and son-in-law, and delightful identical twin granddaughters. He was a long-time Associate Editor of the print and on-line haikai journal, The Heron's Nest. Paul remarked: "A few of the things that attracted me to haiku were the simplicity of nature described, and the conciseness of the language used in these little poems. I try to capture, so to share, the little 'truths' of what I experience."
Awards and Other Honors:
Member of writing teams winning seven Grand Prizes (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014) and nine other awards (1999-2010) in the Haiku Society of America's Einbond Renku Competition. Several Winning Months in Snapshots Haiku Calendar Contest. Paul feels it a very special honor to have had one of his haiku engraved on a river boulder as part of The Haiku Pathway, Katikati, New Zealand, dedicated June, 2010. Two haiku were selected to appear in Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years [edited by Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland, and Allan Burns] (W.W. Norton and Company, 2013). Fifteen haiku were selected to appear in Where the River Goes: The Nature Tradition in English-Language Haiku [edited by Allan Burns] (Snapshot Press, 2013).
The Onawa Poems 1999-2008 [editor and contributor; see: http://www.theheronsnest.com/books/onawapoems.html] (Ship Pond Press, 2009).
"traffic wind" - The Heron's Nest 2:10 (2000); Montage #7 (The Haiku Foundation, 2009); "stepping stone" - Montage #7 (The Haiku Foundation, 2009); The Onawa Poems 1999-2008 (Ship Pond Press, 2009); "black silence" - Modern Haiku XXXII:3 (2001); "paddle at rest" - Modern Haiku XXX:2 (1999); The Haiku Calendar (Snapshot Press, 2001); The Heron's Nest (Robert Spiess Memorial) 4:4 (2002); Where The River Goes - The Nature Tradition in English Language Haiku [ed. Burns] (Snapshot Press, 2013); Haiku In English - The First Hundred Years [ed. Kacian, Rowland, Burns] (W.W. Norton, 2013);"windless heat" - The Haiku Calendar (Snapshot Press, 2001); "another stair" - Editor's Choice, The Heron's Nest 1:4 (1999); The Haiku Calendar (Snapshot Press, 2001).