Born: September 16 1956 in London England, United Kingdom
Resides: Bradford on Avon, England, United Kingdom
E-mail: alan (at) withwords (dot) org (dot) uk
Alan Summers, a Japan Times award-winning writer, is the founder and lead tutor of With Words, a UK-based provider of quality literature, education and literacy projects, often based around the Japanese genres. He is a co-founding editor of Bones - a journal for contemporary haiku; and Special Feature Editor for Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts.
Awards and Other Honors: First Prize, World Monuments Fund 2012 Haiku Contest [http://www.wmf.org/get-involved/haiku-contest-winners]; Prize winner for the Japan Times Community Anniversary Haiku Competition 2012 Various Best of Mainichi Shimbun 2011; Japan Times award-winning writer for haiku and renku (2002); M.A. in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University (2007-2008); Diploma in Creative Writing, University of Bristol (2000-2001); Haiku Pathway Katikati, North Island, New Zealand [haiku engraved on river boulder in big haiku park run by Katikati Open-Air Art Inc.] (2000); Winner, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 (Snapshot Press)/2012 Haiku Calendar; Runner-up, Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011, plus winning December entry in 2011); Honorable Mention, International Section, 5th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2010); Honorable Mention, 5th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2000); Commended, Anthology Haiku Competition AN3-2000, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia (Serbia); Joint Winner in HI magazine, Japan HIA 10th Anniversary Haiku Contest (1999); Commended, Jack Stamm Haiku Award 1999, in a heron's eye anthology (Paper Wasp, Australia, 1999); Highly Commended, Snapshot Press Haiku Collection competition (1998); International Kusamakura Haiku Contest Nyuusen Prize (1998); Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku (1998); Runner-up, Still magazine haiku competition (1998); 2nd Prize, Presence ISSN 1366-5367 SciFaiku Contest (1998); Highly Commended, PPQ (poetry postcard quarterly) U.K. Haiku Championship (1996); Mainichi Shimbun 125th Anniversary [haiku contest & anthology] (Japan, 1997); Fellowship of Australian Writers, Qld. Inc., (FAWQ) 1st Prizes (1995 & 1996); Winning haiku: Burnished Pebbles - Haiku and Short Poems Calendar (White Mountain Publications, Canada, 1995); 3rd Prize (and Commended entry) Canadian Writer's Journal poetry competition Vol 12 No.3 (1995); Commended, Fellowship of Australian Writers, Queensland. Inc., (FAWQ) Haiku Competition (1994); Commended, New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition (1994), the old moon and so on anthology (The New Zealand Poetry Society Inc., 1994).
Books Published: Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012); Four Virtual Haiku Poets, ed. Alan Summers and Brendan Slater (YTBN Press 2012); Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku [Editors, Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers] (Press Here, Sammamish, Washington, 2011); The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography [Alan Summers, Haiku Editor] (National Academy of Writing / Birmingham Words ePamphlet , 2006); Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints [co-editor with Paul Conneally] (Poetry Can / Japan2001/Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, 2002); Sundog haiku journal: an Australian year [collection] (Sunfast Press, 1997; reprinted 1998) California State Library - Main Catalog Call Number: HAIKU S852su 1997); Moonlighting pamphlet [collection] (British Haiku Society Intimations Pamphlet Series, 1996).
Credits: "snowing" - Winner, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 (Snapshot Press); The Haiku Calendar 2012 (Snapshot Press); The Humours of Haiku (Iron Press 2012); "the moon is broken" - First Prize, World Monuments Fund Organisation's 2012 Haiku Contest; "baby photos" - The Heron's Nest XIV:2 (June 2012); "fading stars" - The Heron's Nest XIV:2 (June 2012); "thunder snow" - fox dreams, ed. Aubrie Cox (2012); "hard-blue sky" - Blithe Spirit (Autumn 2012).