Marietta Jane McGregor
Born: Tasmania, Australia
Resides: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
E-mail: marietta (dot) mcgregor (at) iinet (dot) net (dot) au
A fourth-generation Tasmanian, Marietta McGregor is a retired botanist and science journalist who has lived in Canberra with her family for over four decades. Her honours degree in palynology included collecting peat core samples in the mountain heaths, lakes and bogs of her birth island, which she analysed for fossil pollen, affording insights into vegetational and climate history. She has been a garden designer, university tutor, editor, research observatory visits manager and research grant writer. A photography enthusiast and keen world traveller, she is a late-comer to haiku, which appealed to her for its close observation and sense of wonder at the world. As a nervous newbie, she was encouraged by Michael Dylan Welch to attend HNA 2015 in Schenectady, NY, and was made most welcome by the experienced poets there. Her work appears in international journals, has been featured on Japanese television, and has won awards in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and the United States.
Awards and Other Honors: Awards and prizes – haiku:
Books Published: Anthologies and Books:
Credits: „backlit” - tinywords #17.1, 2017; „summer dusk”- Fifth Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest; Excellence Award, 2015; „graveside vigil” - Presence #62, September 2018; „yellow eyes” - 29th ITO En Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest, 2018, Merit Award; „sweetness of spruce”- hedgerow #124, Summer 2018; „shards of beach glass” - Modern Haiku #47:2, 2016.