Pacific Northwest

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 at California State University 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." She prepared two chapbooks: sunlit jar and An Amazement of Deer. The sunlit jar was published by Wim Lofvers in the Netherlands and An Amazement of Deer was published by Cascade Deer Press in University Place, WA. Carmen Sterba is the photographer and main haiku poet and Dianne Garcia is the editor. Thanks to the 20 selected haiku poets.

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  1. Kamakura is an ancient city by the sea where I lived in Japan. A Kamakura Mirror represents a mirror with a back of red laquered Kamakurabori wood. Micropoetry entails short poetry in one to six lines, including Japanese inspired haiku and tanka besides haibun (prose and haiku). In addition, I will post biographies of famous haiku and tanka poets, plus historical biographies.


    1. Ellen, you are so sweet! My mom grew up in Wisconsin, too. Part of my heart is in Kamakura. Fortunately, I’ll be visiting Japan in 2015.
      I really like the verses you write for THF’s Renku Sessions: Pilgrims’ Stride 31, especially: tablecloth worn soft / by three generations!


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Pacific Northwest American Poet Carmen Sterba, who has lived 32 years in Japan, shares her haiku, tanka, sijo, photograpy and articles along with woodblock prints.

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