Born: in Wiarton Ontario, Canada
Resides: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
E-mail: pkocher24 (at) gmail (dot) com
Philomene Kocher began writing haiku in 1991, and her work has been published in Canada, the United States and Japan. For 12 years (1998-2010) she served as Secretary for Haiku Canada. In 2008, she completed her Master of Education studies exploring haiku as a way of connection with persons with dementia. She enjoys sharing her haiku in the community: one appeared on a neighborhood sidewalk chalkboard, and one as part of a theatre production (the garbage and the flowers: beauty in the most unlikely of places, Theatre Kingston, 2008). She is a guest poet each spring and autumn at Cha Cha Tea in Kingston, spending the day introducing others to haiku.
Books Published: The Second Time [a chapbook of linked haiku with Marco Fraticelli] (King's Road Press, 2004); Singing in the Silo [haiku, tanka, and haibun] (catkin press, 2014).
Credits: "on the utility pole" - Daily Haiku web site, Mann Library, Cornell University (September 2007); "rose hips and roses and buds" - Frogpond XXIV:1 (2001); "full moon" - The Heron's Nest IV:9 (2002); "one red apple" - RAW NerVZ HAIKU VIII:2 (2002); "a hard frost" - Haiku Canada Members Anthology (2008); "dawn " - Carpe diem: Anthologie canadienne du haïku / Canadian anthology of haiku (2008).