Francis E. (Fran) Masat
January 3, 1938 - December 30, 2014
Fran earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1972. He was Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science before he retired from Rowan University in 1998. He lived in Key West, Florida
Awards and Other Honors: (haijin related): Fran was co-editor of Key-Ku, haiku of Key West & the Florida Keys. Haijin awards include 2nd Prize, Mainichi Daily News, 12th Haiku Contest [for "no breeze"] (2009); Honorable Mention, World Haiku Review (2009) ["a flash of lightning"]; 2nd Place Traditional Haiku, World Haiku Review (2009) ["tropical shower"]; Honorable Mention, Mainichi Daily News, 10th Haiku Contest (2007) ["dusk"]; Honorable Mention, Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest (2006) ["a mid-summer rain"]; Honorable Mention, Best of 06, Mainichi Daily News (2006) ["sudden shower"]; Honorable Mention, Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest (2005) ["sunlight on a koi"]; 2nd Place, Haiku Kukai New Year's Photo Contest (2005) ["bleeding hearts in bloom"]; 2nd Prize Best of 05, Mainichi Daily News (2005) ["shadows"]; Special Mention, The Heron's Nest Valentine Award (2005) ["rings on a stump"]; Special Mention, The Heron's Nest Valentine Award (2005) ["headstone"]. He received Editors Choice numerous times in Haiku Harvest, Paper Wasp, and White Lotus. His haibun, haiga, haiku, tanka, and poetry appear in nearly two dozen anthologies and in over 100 journals. He was a haiku contest judge for The Robert Frost Poetry Festival (2007-2010), and a judge for the Haiku Society of America's Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition (2010).
Books Published: (haiku related) Threshing [haibun & poetry] (March Street Press, 2010); Lilacs to Winter [haibun] (MET Press, 2008); and A Taste of Key West (Pudding House, 2008). I co-edited Among the Lilies (Shadow Poetry, 2008).
Credits: "garden hose" - Mainichi Daily News (2004); "divorced a year" - seed packets: an anthology of flower haiku (bottle rockets press, 2010); "fresh breeze" - The Heron's Nest VI:2 (2004); "Dad's funeral" - Modern Haiku (2006); "dusk" - Mainichi Daily News (2007); "evening shower" - Simply Haiku (2004); "storm over" - The Heron's Nest X:3 (2008); "sudden shower" - Mainichi Daily News (2006).