Born: May 19 1945 in Mauston Wisconsin, USA
Resides: Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA
E-mail: 98marilynfleming (at) gmail (dot) com
I was born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin. I began writing haiku in 1987 and found that it suited me. I loved the nature and simplicity of writing a moment. I won my first award for first place from Amelia in the Hildegarde Janzen Oriental Forms Award in 1988, for a haiku sequence titled "Africa Sunrise". My first published haiku was accepted by Bob Spiess for Modern Haiku in 1988. In 1989 I abruptly took a long hiatus of 22 years due to my total absorption in family and career demands and always intended to return when I retired. And here I am. In 2015 I self-published my first book of contemporary poetry When the Rooster Crows. Many of the poems are modeled after haiku sequences. Now I am back to concentrating totally on my first love, haiku and tanka, where I feel I belong.
Credits: "pieces of sun" - Cattails (January 2015); "tea with a stranger" - British Haiku Society Members Anthology (2014); "summer sun" - Haiku Path at the Inn of Honey Run Inn, Millersburg, Ohio Open Air Art Museum; "the sea" - Blithe Spirit (November 2014); "aspen leaves" - Frogpond 38.3 (2015); "earth tremors" - British Haiku Society Members Anthology (2015).