Born: November 1949 in Colrain Massachusetts, USA
Resides: Colrain, Massachusetts, USA
E-mail: carol (dot) purington (at) gmail (dot) com
I write where I was born, on a hill farm in Western Massachusetts; I explore the wider world through books and imagination because of polio-caused disability. Sometime in the 1980s I encountered haiku and tanka, forms that accommodate a life-long need to fit seasonal and emotional rhythms into words. I strive always to express the worthiness, the uniqueness, the significance, of each detail of this Creation. God's glory is as truly reflected in a ladybug or a maple tree as it is in the galaxies. My poems have appeared in many publications and anthologies.
Awards and Other Honors: First Prize, Hawaii Educational Association (1992); First Prize, Haiku Society of America's Harold G. Henderson Award (1992); Second Prize, Yuki Tekei Haiku Society's Kiyoshi Tokutomi Memorial Contest (1995); Frogpond's Best of Issue Award, chosen by the Japanese Museum of Haiku Literature (1996; XIX:2); First Prize, Haiku Poets of Northern California's International Rengay Contest, with Larry Kimmel (1996); Hummingbird Featured Poet (VIII:3; March 1998); Editors' Choice, The Heron's Nest (September 2001); First & Third Prizes, Tanka Society of America Contest (2002); Poem of the Month, Christian Science Monitor Online (June 2003); First Prize, Haiku Poets of Northern California International San Francisco Tanka Contest (2003); Second Prize, Tanka Society of America Contest (2004); Third Prize, Tanka Society of America Contest (2005); Red Lights Featured Tanka Poet (4:1; January 2008); Ribbons Tanka Café Member's Choice (Vol. VI, No. 3; Autumn 2010).
Books Published: Woodslawn Farm: Haiku for a New England Year (Common Wealth Press, 1989); The Trees Bleed Sweetness (Winfred Press, 1997); Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons (Winfred Press, 1999); A Pattern for This Place (Winfred Press, 2001); a spill of apples: tanrenga and other linked verse, with Larry Kimmel (Winfred Press, 2003); Gathering Peace (Winfred Press/Black Cat Press, 2007).
Credits: "Logging road" - Frogpond XIX:2 (1996) [Best of Issue Award, chosen by the Japanese Museum of Haiku Literature]; "Blackberry ramble" - First Prize, Hawaii Educational Association (October 1992); "Circle of gnats" - Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac, William J. Higginson (Kodansha International, 1996); "Labor Day" - Voices and Echoes: The Haiku Society of America Members Anthology 2001, edited by Carlos Colon; "Winter solstice" - Editors' Choice, The Heron's Nest III:7 (September 2001); "Deep winter" - First Prize, Haiku Society of America's Harold G. Henderson Award (1992).