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 Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in New Jersey. He enjoys his very public love affair with all things wild and is happiest stream walking, calling owls 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 embrace and harvest those countless moments of awe and revelation in nature. He notes that it is a good exercise to counteract his tendency towards verbosity. Jeff continues learning along the path. His haiku, born from a spiritual approach to the moment and a keen sense of nature, have appeared in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Acorn, The Heron's Nest, Mayfly, bottle rockets, Magnapoets and many others. Jeff is grateful for the encouragement he has received from others in the haiku community.
Awards and Other Honors: Jeff is relatively new to the haiku community. He has won numerous awards for his environmental education work with children in the outdoors (including the National Medal of Conservation from the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Patricia R. Kane Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education). His essay "In the Garden" won a 2009 Eddy award for Best Editorial about Gardening. His haiku have been selected for publication in where the wind turns: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2009 (Red Moon Press, 2010); runner-up for the Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar 2010; acknowledged poem in 6th Annual White Lotus Haiku Competition; and haiku published in Haiku on the Sparrow.
Credits: "cabbage butterfly" - The Heron's Nest XI:2 (2009); "ripples" - Magnapoets 6 (2010); "long day" - Modern Haiku 39.3 (2008); "one flash at a time" - Frogpond 31:3 (2008); "every hour" - bottle rockets 11:2 (2010); "everyone talks at once" - Mayfly 46 (2008); where the wind turns: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2009 (Red Moon Press, 2010).