Born: May 26 1949 in Pasadena California, USA
Resides: Oceanside, California, USA
E-mail: naia01 (at) yahoo (dot) com
In 1998 either Naia found haiku or haiku found Naia, through one simple poem by Issa ("don't worry spiders / I keep house / lightly" - tr. unknown). As she read more of Issa's haiku, Naia quickly reconnected with the simple beauty and uncomplicated wonder of her modest upbringing in a small country home in the Sacramento farm valley. Naia's haiku, tanka, haiga, watercolor art, haibun, and other poetry have appeared in publications and anthologies throughout the world, including The Red Moon Anthology of English-language Haiku (2001, 2002), Modern Haiku, frogpond, The Heron's Nest, Acorn, Contemporary Haibun Online, Simply Haiku, Haigaonline, Basho Festival Anthology (Japan, 2001), The Ehime Culture Foundation 2001 Shiki Anthology (Japan), and many others. She has also served as the Haiku Society of America's Regional Coordinator for California.
Credits: "spring thunder" - The Heron's Nest III:7 (2001) Editor's Choice Award; The Heron's Nest Valentine Awards 2001, Honorable Mention; "new love" - The Heron's Nest X:3 (2008); "songbird" - Basho Festival Anthology (Japan, 2001); "scented breeze" - Modern Haiku XXXIII:2 (2002); " idle afternoon" - The Heron's Nest V:6 (2003); "heatwave" - the loose thread: The Red Moon Anthology of English-language Haiku 2001 (Red Moon Press, 2002).