Born: South Africa
Resides: Johannesburg, South Africa
E-mail: em (at) windharp (dot) net
Maria Steyn lives in Johannesburg, Gauteng, the industrial hub of South Africa where she searches for haiku and tanka in the skies, streets, gardens and lives of people. She discovered haiku in 1999 via the internet and was immediately enchanted by this short poetic genre. As a beginner she was blessed to have had an excellent mentor in Ferris Gilli, and her first haiku were published in Haiku Light and The Heron's Nest. Since then she has placed in contests and her haiku have appeared in numerous international print and online journals such as Haiku Harvest, World Haiku Review, The Heron's Nest, Frogpond, Mayfly, Acorn, Haiku Cycles, Yellow Moon, Haigaonline, Moonset, and FreeXpresSion. Her haiku have also been published in four anthologies: Ehime 100 haiku: International Haiku Convention (2001); Wild Flowers, New Leaves: a collection of world haiku (2002), Raku Teapot [Haiku Book and CD Project] (2003), and Haiku Pacific Rim Anthology (Ogaki Japan, 2004).
Awards and Other Honors: First Place, Shiki Commemorative Internet Kukai (2001); Third Place, Shiki Commemorative Internet Kukai (2001); Honorable Mention, Herb Barrett Haiku Contest (2001); Shortlisted, R.H. Blyth Contest (2002); First Place with Kirsty Karkow in the San Francisco International Rengay Contest (2001 & 2002); Finalist, Palomar Branch National League of American Pen Women Contest (2003); Honorable Mention, Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award (2003); Honorable Mention, Kaji Aso International Haiku Contest (2005); Highly Commended and Commended, Yellow Moon Contest (2006); Second Place, Calico Cat Haiku Contest (2010).
Credits: "deep night" - Honorable Mention, Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award (2003); Haiku Pacific Rim Anthology (Ogaki, Japan, 2004); "bus journey" - Shortlisted, RH Blyth Contest; Wild Flowers, New Leaves (2002); luminous whiskers--poemsheet of the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland (Nov. 2007); "lakeside" - Honorable Mention, Kaji Aso International Haiku Contest (2005); "the rhythmic whirr" - The Heron's Nest III:5 (2001); "finding Orion" - The Heron's Nest 6:4 (2004); Moonset (2007); "first light" - Mayfly 35 (2003); Editor's Choice Award [haiga by Lidia Rozmus]: cover of Mayfly 36 (2003); luminous whiskers--poemsheet of the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland (Nov. 2007).