Born: 1980 in Hampshire, United Kingdom
Resides: Lancashire, United Kingdom
E-mail: stevetoft (at) hotmail (dot) com
Stephen Toft was born in 1980 in Hampshire and now lives in Lancashire where he works with adults with learning disabilities. His haiku have appeared in a variety of journals including Acorn, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Presence and Snapshots. His haiku have also been selected for inclusion in the Red Moon Anthologies, The Taboo Haiku Anthology, Stepping Stones: A way into Haiku and Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales. In 2008, his first collection of haiku, The Kissing Bridge, was published by Red Moon Press.
Awards and Other Honors: Winner, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2005 (Snapshot Press, 2005); Runner-up, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2004 (Snapshot Press, 2004); Editor's Choice, The Heron's Nest (October 2003); Third Place, Presence Seashell Game (2010); Second Place, Presence #39 best-of-issue award.
Books Published: The Kissing Bridge (Red Moon Press, 2008).
Credits: "first spring day" - Snapshots 12 (Snapshot Press, 2006); "a beautiful scent" - Presence 22; "summer dusk" - Blithe Spirit 13:2; "migrating geese" - HQ Poetry Magazine 29; "winter solstice" - Snapshots 12 (Snapshot Press, 2006); "deepening winter" - Editors' Choice, The Heron's Nest V:10 (2003).