Ida M. Freilinger
Born: April 30 1943 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Resides: Bellevue, Washington, USA
E-mail: weavingwithwords (at) comcast (dot) net
I grew up in Springdale, Pennsylvania, a small town nineteen miles up the Allegheny from Pittsburgh. I worked as a Secretary for Gulf Oil for 8 years at their Research Center in Harmarville, Pennsylvania. As a non-traditional student at Metropolitan State University-Denver, I studied writing and editing and earned a degree in Writing in 1985. I am married, have two grown children, and three grandchildren. I didn't write many haiku from the late 80s until 2004, when I went to the Haiku North America Conference at Fort Worden, Washington. I joined the Haiku Society of America a few years later and am happily writing haiku and senryu. I occasionally try my hand at tanka, haiga, collaborative verse, and even haibun.
Awards and Other Honors: I had an entry in the last editions of Who's Who in Writers, Editors, and Poets. Awards and other honors include the following: Commendable, The Haiku Foundation's International Haiku Now! Contest (2011); Poetry Society of Colorado Annual Senryu Contest: Third Place (2009), Third Place (2007), Second Place (2006), Honorable Mention (2005), First Honorable Mention (2005), First Place (2004), Honorable Mention (2002), Third Place (1999). Poetry Society of Colorado Annual Haiku Contest: Honorable Mention (2009), Third Honorable Mention (2007), Third Honorable Mention (2006), First Honorable Mention (2006), First Place (2003). Poetry Society of Colorado Annual Tanka Contest: Honorable Mention (2009), First Place (2008), First Place (2003), Honorable Mention (2002).
Credits: "the crab apple tree" - Dragonfly: A Quarterly of Haiku 14:3 [ an earlier version; R. Tice, editor] (1986); fish in love: Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2006 [edited by Roberta Beary and Ellen Compton] (2006); The Haiku Foundation's Haiku App [Billie Wilson, editor] (2012); the sound of coat snaps" - Frogpond, Journal of the Haiku Society of America 34:3 [George Swede, editor] (2011); "whirlpool" - Frogpond, Journal of the Haiku Society of America 34:3 [George Swede, editor] (2011); "bay-side haiku walk" - in pine shade: Haiku Society of America 2011 Members' Anthology [an'ya and peterB, editors] (2011); "ornamental pine" - Commended [Traditional Category], The Haiku Foundation HaikuNow! International Haiku Contest 2011 [Jane Hirshfield, Judge] (2011); "wedged between the yawn" - Third Place, Poetry Society of Colorado Annual Contests, Senryu Contest (2008-2009); The Poet's Showcase: Prize Winning Poems 2008-2009 [Norman Chichester, editor] (Denver, CO: Norchient Enterprises, 2009).