Claudia Coutu Radmore
Born: in Montreal Quebec, Canada
Resides: Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
E-mail: claudiarosemary (at) yahoo (dot) com
Claudia has been writing poetry in lyric and Japanese forms since the early nineties. Editor of the Haiku Canada Anthology, member of the League of Canadian Poets, Tanka Canada, Haiku Canada, The Haiku Society of America and KaDo Ottawa. Claudia has been consulting editor for Raw NerVZ and currently helps select tanka for Gusts, the Canadian tanka magazine. She writes renku with poets Grant Savage, Dorothy Howard, Raffael de Gruttola among others; she writes series of tan renga with Mike Montreuil and Grant Savage. Claudia has been one of the organizers of the Haiku Canada Weekends, and for Haiku North America Conference in Ottawa (2009). Claudia is owner/editor of Bondi Studios Press. She edits manuscripts, does cover design, and helps authors to publish their work. Her most recent Japanese form publications have been inclusions in Carpe Diem, an Anthology of Canadian Haiku (2008), Duets (2009), a rengay collection edited by Mike Montreuil, and Leaf Shadows/ Me and You (2010), edited by Terry Ann Carter and Guy Simser.
Awards and Other Honors: Claudia won the 2009 National Capital Canadian Author's Award for Poetry, and was a finalist in the Origami Crane Award organized by the Tree Reading Series. Her work is included in Rogue Stimulus: The Stephen Harper Holiday Anthology for a Prorogued Parliament (Mansfield Press, 2010), and in the Canadian anthology Pith & Wry: Canadian Poetry (Scrivener Press, Fall 2010), edited by Susan McMaster. Recent magazine and anthology acceptances include the Canadian edition of Sugarmule.com, (guest edited by Susan McMaster), Pith & Wry, CV2, Atlas Poetica, Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka (2008 and 2009), The Bywords Quarterly Journal, Matrix and The Antigonish Review. In 2009, her haiku won the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Sakura Award. She won second place in the 2008 Francine Porad Haiku Contest. In September 2010, Claudia's a minute or two/ without remembering was published by Two Cultures Press (North Bay, Ontario). These are lyric poems in the voices of her New France ancestors, the Cottu/ Coutu family. Claudia edited the letters of Leonard Budgell, and wrote the forward to Arctic Twilight (Blue Butterfly Books, 2009). It was formally launched in March 2010 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, in the office of Senator William Romkey.
Books Published: Her most recent books are An Armor All Shine (2009), tan renga with Mike Montreuil; the tanka manuscript Blackbird's Throat (2009). Her collection Your Hands Discover Me/ Tes mains me découvrent, in English and French, was published in May 2010 by Éditions du tanka francophone, Montreal, Quebec.
Credits: "abandoned farm" - Carpe Diem (2008); "first light" - Carpe Diem (2008); "for the briefest moment" - Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Award (2009); "bee buzz" - Matrix Magazine, The Zen Issue (March 2011); "summer heat" - 2nd place, Francine Porad contest (2008); "sweeping away" - Basho Festival Anthology (2004).