Born: in Baldwin Park California, USA
Resides: Bellingham, Washington, USA
E-mail: vhaiku1 (at) gmail (dot) com
Victor Ortiz has, until 2018, spent most of his life in southern California, where he earned his Ph.D. in Classics from UCLA and met his wife Mimi, a teacher and artist. Many years ago he discovered haiku while thinking about how to engage his Latin students in using Latin creatively. Since then he has enjoyed collaborating on haiku projects with poets, artists, and scholars, and he writes to share his love of life, nature, and family.
Awards and Other Honors: Special Mention, The Heron's Nest Valentine Awards (2002); Runner-up Editors' Choice, The Heron's Nest VII: 3 (2005); The Scorpion Prize, Roadrunner Haiku Journal VI:3 (2006); Commended, Snapshot Press Haiku Collection Competition (2006); Runner-up, Haiku Now! International Haiku Contest, Traditional Category [Billy Collins, judge] (The Haiku Foundation, 2010); Two Autumns Reading: San Francisco, CA, August 22, 2010 [one of four featured readers]; Honorable Mention, Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award [for Into Borrego Valley] (2013); work selected for Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the First 15 Years of The Heron's Nest (2015); Best of Issue for Modern Haiku 47.3 (2017); work selected for various best-of-year Red Moon Anthologies of English-Language Haiku.
Books Published: Into Breath (Red Moon Press 2002); Into Borrego Valley (Red Moon Press 2012); Hidden from Moonlight (responsive haiku with mezzotint and book artist Mikio Watanabe, Nantes, France 2012); Rippling Fragrance (responsive haiku with mezzotint and book artist Mikio Watanabe, Nantes, France 2015); Mirage (responsive haiku with mezzotint and book artist Mikio Watanabe, Nantes, France 2017).