Born: 1960 in Great Central Valley California, USA
Resides: Hopewell, New Jersey, USA
E-mail: jhoagland13 (at) aol (dot) com
Jeff is Education Director and Naturalist at the Watershed Institute in New Jersey. He enjoys a public love affair with all things wild and is happiest exploring the wild at night, dipping in a stream or river, communing with wild creatures or exploring new habitats with his family and others. A lover of the printed and spoken word, Jeff began his haiku journey as an attempt to even more deeply embrace those countless moments of awe and revelation in nature. His haiku are a product of this intimacy. Jeff's haiku have appeared in The Heron's Nest, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Acorn, Mayfly, bottle rockets, Akitsu Quarterly, tinywords and many other journals as well as an assortment of anthologies. Jeff enjoys presenting haiku workshops, incorporating a ginko when possible. His workshops have been enjoyed at gatherings large and small - Haiku North America, Wild Graces, Haiku Society of America, Haiku Poets of the Garden State, the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Educators, and others. Jeff also enjoys guerilla haiku, placing large haiku stones throughout his community. In January 2020 Jeff became an Associate Editor at The Heron's Nest. He is continually grateful for the warmth and encouragement he has received from others in the haiku community.
Awards and Other Honors:
Jeff's haiku have been selected for publication in annual Red Moon Anthologies of English-Language Haiku and he was a featured poet in A New Resonance 7 - Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku in 2011. He was a featured poet in Daily Haiku in 2015 and Mann Library's Daily Haiku in October 2019. His haiku have been honored as runner-up for the Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar 2010; Third Place in The Haiku Foundation Haiku Contest 2010; Honorable Mention in the Ito En Oi-ocha New Haiku Contest in 2011; Third Place in the Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Award in 2013; Honorable Mention in Kaji Aso Studio's International Haiku Contests in 2013 and 2014; Honorable Mention in the Golden Haiku Contest in 2019; and Second Prize in the Kusamakura International Haiku Contest in 2019.
"summer brook" - The Heron's Nest X:4 (2008); "Perseids" - tinywords 14.2 (2014); "skinny dipping" - A Hundred Gourds 1:3 (2012); "mulberry stains" - Modern Haiku 48.2 (2017); "long day" - Modern Haiku 39.3 (2008); "green darner" - Kusamakura International Haiku Contest - Second Prize (2019).