Bio: Carmen Sterba is a poet and an Asian culture enthusiast who grew up in the Pacific Northwest area of South Puget Sound surrounded by lakes and Douglas Firs. She studied and taught in Japan for 32 years, where she graduated with a B.A. in Far East Asian Studies from Sophia University in Tokyo and finished an M. A. in Humanities with a focus on Literature from California State University - Dominguez Hills in 1995. As an award-winning haiku poet, she has been both secretary and first vice-president of the Haiku Society of America and an editor for the online haiku journal haijinx. With Lidia Rozmus, she edited The Moss at Tokeiji: A Sanctuary in Kamakura that Changed Women's Lives 1285-1902.