Born: 1937 in London, England
Resides: Waldoboro, Maine, USA
E-mail: 34indian (at) gmail (dot) com
Kirsty Karkow lives somewhere on the rocky coast of Maine in a Danish cottage between the ocean and a large pond. Most of her life has been prescribed by the watery aspects of nature, which often influence her poetry. Having journeyed through many passions and interests she now finds that her happiest days are those spent at home, quietly mucking about outside and indoors. . . and laughing with her husband, Ed.
Awards and Other Honors: Featured in A New Resonance 3: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2001); numerous Second Prize, Third Prize, and Honorable Mention awards; Winner, Yellow Moon Seed Pearls Contest (2005); Winner, the 7th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2003); Winner, the RH Blyth Award (2002); Third Place, The Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition (2010).
Books Published: a net of sunlight (Springfed Chapbook Series #5, 2002); water poems: haiku, tanka and sijo (Black Cat Press, 2005); shorelines: haiku, haibun and tanka (Black Cat Press, 2007).
Credits: "gnarled oak" - Modern Haiku 32:33 (2001); "evening mist" - Third Place, Kusumakura Haiku Competition (2001); "blue sky" - Frogpond 24:2 (2001), tinywords (2002), A New Resonance 3: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2001); "still arguing" - Honorable Mention, Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award (2005), Modern Haiku 36:2 (2005), shorelines: haiku, haibun and tanka (Black Cat Press, 2007), fish in love: Haiku Society of American Members' Anthology (2006); "returning geese" - Winner, RH Blyth Award (2002), MagnaPoets Anthology (2007); "guttering candle" - The Heron's Nest 11:4 (2009).