Born: June 18 1954 in Hutchinson Kansas, USA
Resides: Decatur, Illinois, USA
E-mail: brooksbooks (at) gmail (dot) com
Dr. Randy M. Brooks, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and
Professor of English at Millikin University, received his Ph.D. from
Purdue University with a concentration in rhetoric and professional
writing. He also earned a Master's degree in American literature and
linguistics at Purdue. His areas of academic research include
professional writing curriculum, rhetorical theory, web publishing,
book publishing, and Japanese poetry. From 1990 until 2008, he was the
director of the English Writing Major. He is a proponent of active
learning and encourages all Millikin students to perform their
knowledge in public arenas in order to make a contribution beyond
themselves. He was a founding board member and co-advisor to the
Millikin University student book publishing company, Bronze Man Books.
Every year since 1999, he has taught two undergraduate courses on haiku
at Millikin: (1) a weekly workshop on writing haiku, and (2) an
advanced studies in poetry course on the global haiku tradition.
Student writing and sample research essays about contemporary haiku
authors from these courses are available on the MU Haiku web site
Awards and Other Honors: Most Valuable Program (Runner Up) from VOYA, (Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine for haiku workshops at Centennial High School (Champaign, Illinois, 2008); Merit Award, 15th Ito En "Oh-I, Ocha" New Haiku Contest (2004); Special Mention Award, Valentine Haiku Awards, The Heron's Nest: A Haikai Journal (2004); Editors' Choice, Heron's Nest Award, The Heron's Nest: A Haikai Journal V:1 (2003); Third Place, the Haiku Society of America's Merit Book Awards for the Best Haiku Books published in 1999 [for School's Out: Selected Haiku of Randy Brooks (1999)]; Third Place, Penumbra Poetry & Haiku Competition (Tallahassee Writer's Association, 1999); First Place, The Virgil Hutton Haiku Memorial Chapbook Competition (1999); Runner-up, Snapshots Haiku Collection Competition (Snapshots Haiku Magazine, 1998); First Place, Harold G. Henderson Award (The Haiku Society of America, 1998); Best of Issue Award, Modern Haiku 29:2 (1998); Matsuyama Tourism Haiku Award (sponsored by the Shiki Haiku Museum and the city of Matsuyama, 1997); Second Place, The Haiku Society of America's Merit Book Awards for the Best Haiku Books published in 1992 [for the Midwest Haiku Anthology]; Mainichi Haiku Competition Award, Mainichi Daily News (Tokyo, 1997); Honorable Mention, Japan Airlines Haiku Competition (January 1988); Bonsai Quarterly Award, Bonsai Quarterly (January 1977); Editor's Personal Favorite Award, Modern Haiku (February 1977).
Books Published: Collections of Haiku: School's Out: Selected Haiku of Randy
Brooks (Press Here: Foster City, California, 1999); Crows
Talking Crow [broadside] (Press Here: Foster City, California,
1999); The Homestead Cedars (Saki Press: Normal, Illinois,
1999); In Her Blue Eyes: Jessica Poems (Brooks Books: Decatur,
Illinois, 1998); Black Ant's Journey to Japan: A Modern Tanka
Journal [online book] (AHA Online Books: Gualala, California, 1998)
Credits: "tai chi" - The Heron's Nest: A Haikai Journal V:1 (2003); "last day of school" - Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About the Game (edited by Cor van den Heuvel, W.W. Norton & Company: New York, NY, 2007); " school's out" Brussels Sprout (1988); "two lines in the water" - Modern Haiku 29:2 (1998); "razor wire" - White Lies: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2008 (Red Moon Press: Winchester, VA 2009); "funeral procession" - School's Out: Selected Haiku of Randy Brooks (Press Here: Foster City, CA, 1999).