Born: April 08 1954 in New York City New York, USA
Resides: El Cerrito, California, USA
E-mail: taylorepstein (at) earthlink (dot) net
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who practices psychotherapy in the San Francisco Bay Area. I came to haiku via a longtime interest in Eastern philosophy, aided especially by Alan Watts and D.T. Suzuki. In addition, I have greatly appreciated the scholarly works and inspiration of R. H. Blyth. Since the early 1990s, after taking a class with Carolyn Talmadge, I have been writing haiku and senryu in earnest. Being chronically ill, my attention span is limited to the span of a haiku moment of which I have found many. I am deeply grateful for the Way of Haiku.
Books Published: The Breath of Surrender: A Collection of Recovery-Oriented Haiku (The MET Press, 2009); a clear view of [pinch book] (tribe press, 2003)
Credits: "Zen garden" - Flower from Another Country (Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology, ed. Wanda Cook and Linda Porter, 2007); "each swig" - Pegging the Wind: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (Winchester, VA: Red moon Press, ed. Jim Kacian, et al., 2009); "spring breeze" - Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac, William J. Higginson (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1996); "long July afternoon" - The Haiku Anthology [expanded edition], ed. Cor van den Heuvel (New York: Norton, 1999); "fog" - Acorn 23 (2009); "back from vacation" - The Haiku Anthology [expanded edition], ed. Cor van den Heuvel (New York: Norton, 1999)