Janice M. Bostok
April 9, 1942 - September 4, 2011
Janice M. Bostok was born in Mullumbimby, New South Wales,
Australia. As Australia's pioneer haiku poet, she edited and
published that country's first haiku magazine Tweed from
1972-1979. For over 40 years, her work was published worldwide
and translated into at least seven other languages. She
edited, taught workshops, judged international haiku competitions,
and mentored many writers. She was co-founder and Patron of
HaikuOz. She enjoyed all haiku-related forms and was a
practicing sumi-e painter, as well as other styles and
mediums. In New Zealand, Janice was affectionately known as
the Haiku Missionary. Just a few of her many involvements in
the haiku community included serving as a Panelist for the
Touchstone Poem Awards. She was Poetry Editor for Scope
-- the magazine of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland;
Haiku Editor of Hobo Poetry Magazine; Co-editor of Paper
Wasp haiku journal; Joint editor of the First Australian
Haiku Anthology; and South Pacific Editor for the Red Moon
Anthology series. Janice taught haiku and its related
forms in Australia and overseas for all age groups. Her
articles and reviews were published in most of the relevant
Awards and Other Honors: An incomplete list includes: Seventh Prize, Haiku Society of America Book Award for Walking into the Sun (Shelters Press, 1974); Kusamakura Contest (1996); Hiroaki Sato cited 30 of Bostok's one-line haiku in his essay, "The Agonies of Translation" (1999); Honorable Mention, World Haiku Poems Competition (2000); First Place in Britain's Seashell Game, a competition for most popular haiku published in English in 2002; Runner-up and Work of Merit, The Second R.H. Blyth Award (World Haiku Club, 2003). Janice also placed in the Itoen Tea Company Haiku Competition and had one of her haiku printed on their can of iced tea -- on sale throughout Japan. She was one of 45 poets whose work was selected for the video/computer game Haiku Journey. Two of her haiku have been carved on rocks in a Council park in the mural town of Katikati, in the north island of New Zealand, known as the Katikati Haiku Pathway. In 2003, she was nominated for the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Prize.
Books Published: Banana Leaves (Australia, 1972); Walking Into the Sun (Shelters Press, USA, 1974); Hearing the Wind (Australia, 1976); On Sparse Brush (Makar Gargoyle Poets Series, Australia,1978); The Lure (proof press, Canada, 1996. folded renga sheet); Silver Path of Moon (PostPress, Australia, 1996. Erotic haibun: Still Waters (EarthDance, Australia, 1997) [Haiku, illustrations by Cornelis Vleeskens]; The Farmer Tends His Land (Tiny Poems Press, USA, 1997) [Solo Renga]; Shadow-Patches (Hallard Press, New Zealand, 1998) [Haibun by Janice Bostok, Catherine Mair and Bernard Gadd]; A Splash of Sunlight (Australia, 1998); Dimmed The Mystery (Snapshots Press England, 2000) [Tanka]; Amongst the Graffiti [Collected Haiku and Senryu 1972-2002] (PostPress, Australia, 2003).
Credits: "pregnant again" - Haiku Magazine 6:1-2 (1974); Frogpond III:2 (1980); Bostok, Walking into the Sun; van den Heuvel, The Haiku Anthology [Second Edition] (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1986); A Haiku Path: The Haiku Society of America, 1968-1988 (Haiku Society of America, 1994); Haïku sans frontières (Web); Bostok Web site; Savina, International Anthology; First Australian Haiku Anthology [www.haikuoz.org/faha/haiku.html] (1999); "fetching firewood" - First Australian Haiku Anthology [www.haikuoz.org/faha/haiku.html] (1999); Paper Wasp (1999); Paper Wasp Web site; Bostok Website; Honorable Mention, World Haiku Poems Competition (2000); "daylight" - Amongst the Graffiti (Post Pressed, 2003); Montage #8 (The Haiku Foundation, April 2009); Burns, Montage: The Book (The Haiku Foundation, 2010); "in this blue" - First Australian Haiku Anthology [www.haikuoz.org/faha/haiku.html] (1999); Ahapoetry.com (2001); Montage #8 (The Haiku Foundation, April 2009); Montage: The Book (The Haiku Foundation, 2010): "pheasant drumming" - Higginson, Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1996); "test negative" - ant ant ant ant ant 3 (1998); snow on the water: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 1998 (Red Moon Press, 1999); "hearing nothing" - Bostok, Hearing the Wind; Bonsai 2:1 (1977); "cat comes" - Savina, International Anthology 48; Kusamakura Contest (1996); "first venus" - Famous Reporter 17; Intersections: 1999 Members' Anthology (Haiku Society of America, 1999); "one world ends" - Bostok, Walking into the Sun; A Haiku Path: The Haiku Society of America, 1968-1988 (Haiku Society of America, 1994).
Sources Biography: Appreciation is expressed to (and more information may be found at the web addresses provided): HaikuOz, The Australian Haiku Society [http://www.haikuoz.org/] Sharon Dean, The Sydney Morning Herald (September 14, 2011), for information contained in "Catching the essence of life in a single breath" [http://www.smh.com.au/national/obituaries/catching-the-essence-of-life-in-a-single-breath-20110913-1k7nt.html]; the online journal haijinx [http://www.haijinx.com/authors/j.bostok.html]; Jane Reichhold's AHA Poetry website [http://www.ahapoetry.com/PP0101..htm]; and to Charles Trumbull and Allan Burns for assistance in gathering representative haiku and publication credits.