HNA 2013 Anthology
Edited by Michael Dylan Welch and William Hart, with artwork by Naia, Close to the Wind is the twelfth anthology for the biennial Haiku North America conference. We thought you might enjoy a sneak peek at the first color-cover anthology in HNA's history.
HNA Conference Anthology Editors
Michael Dylan Welch is a poet, editor, and publisher. In 1991 he cofounded Haiku North America, and has edited all twelve HNA conference anthologies. In 1996 he cofounded the American Haiku Archives, and in 2000 he founded the Tanka Society of America, serving as its president for five years. He is currently first vice president of the Haiku Society of America. His poems have won first place in numerous contests (including the Henderson, Brady, Tokutomi, and Drevniok contests), and have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies in more than a dozen languages—including a tanka translation on the back of 150,000,000 U.S. postage stamps in 2012. His website, which features hundreds of haiku essays, reviews, and poems, is www.graceguts.com. He also founded National Haiku Writing Month, or NaHaiWriMo, which has an active Facebook page, and a website at www.nahaiwrimo.com.
William Hart is a poet and fiction writer living in Los Angeles. During and after college he worked in several states at a wide variety of labor jobs, then he earned a doctorate in English from the University of Southern California and taught college writing courses in Los Angeles. He now authors books and helps produce the documentaries of his wife, Bengali filmmaker Jayasri Majumdar Hart. He has published nine poetry collections and two well-received novels. Four poetry collections were haiku, and one of those, Paris, received a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America in 1996. His poems and stories have appeared in several hundred journals, newspapers, and anthologies, including most English-language periodicals that publish haiku or tanka. Two feature documentaries from Hartfilms have played nationally on PBS and one of them, Sisters of Selma, received regional Emmy nominations, and screened at the Smithsonian in September 2012.