Watersmeet haiku group
Watersmeet is a group of people in Hobart who write and share haiku.
All Watersmeet members have had haiku published in a wide variety of print and on-line journals. Some have won prizes and commendations for their haiku and haiku-related works.
Jenny Barnard has had numerous haiku published. The Hobart Botanical Gardens have inspired her, and she finds it very rewarding when she can share haiku experiences with other members of the Watersmeet group. A chapbook of her poetry First Blue was published in 2005 by Walleah Press. Read more about Jenny in her entry on the Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry website.
Jill Cartwright born in Kalgoorlie, WA, moved to Tasmania in 1979, and now lives in Lenah Valley. She discovered haiku at a Lyn Reeves' poetry workshop held at the Bellerive Arts Centre in 1996, and later joined The Watersmeet Haiku Group. She is a quilter and fabric artist. Read more about Jill in her entry on the Women Tasmania website.
Ross Coward lives in West Hobart where he watches the weather and writes occasional haiku. He first came across haiku during the seventies through the beat writers, in particular Jack Kerouac, and also through Harold Stewart's translations of Japanese poets. His haiku have appeared in a number of small presses and on the internet.
Greg Jemsek is a U.S. expatriate who has lived in New Zealand and Australia for the past 12 years. He currently resides in Adelaide with his partner, two sons and a dog. Although he has not been writing haiku since his involvement with Watersmeet, he still recalls the pleasure of being introduced to the form in Hobart and hopes to someday pick up writing it again.
Christina Kirkpatrick is a Hobart poet. She hopes for haiku moments between writing longer poems and prose. Her poetry has been published in journals and received many commendations in haiku competitions.
Peter Macrow's published work includes haiku and longer poems, book reviews, fiction and a short play-with-verse for children. His haiku have been published in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the U.S., Canada, England and Bulgaria. A selection of his poetry can be found in The Tasmanian Poetry Showcase. A collection of his haiku Oil Slick Sun was published by Pardalote Press in 2005. Read more about Peter in his entry on the Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry website.
Ron Moss is an artist and poet who writes Japanese forms of poetry in English. His haiku have been published in several languages and in leading anthologies and magazines across the world. He has won many prizes in international competitions. Read more about Ron in his entry on the Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry website.
Doris Reeve was an enthusiastic and well loved member of Watersmmet. She lived close to a surf beach and enjoyed writing poetry, haiku and tanka. Her work has been published in Yellow Moon, Famous Reporter and by The Tanka Society of America. Sadly, Doris passed away a few months ago.
Lyn Reeves' collection of haiku Walking the Tideline was published by Pardalote Press in 2001. She is the haiku editor of Famous Reporter, and has guest-edited several haiku anthologies and judged international haiku competitions. She is a former Secretary of HaikuOz. She also has a collection of poetry, Speaking with Ghosts (Ginninderra Press 2002). Read more about Lyn in her entry on the Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry website.
Stuart Solman was born in the sunny West Midlands of England. He resettled in Australia in 1989. His poetry has been published in Australian and British magazines and he is the author of two chapbooks. A collection of his poetry is forthcoming from Pardalote Press.
John Ward lives with his family on a small acreage with views down the Huon Valley to the Wilderness beyond. He is a member of FAW (Tasmania) where he has served on the committee and edited the Tascribe newsletter. Apart from writing haiku, he likes to try his hand at other literary forms, and has had some success with verse, short stories and personal history.