Ray Rasmussen's Bio

Koda(chrome) and Ray hiking vigourously in Willmore Wilderness Park, Alberta, Canada

I live at times in Edmonton, Alberta and Halton Hills, Canada. I became interested in haiku when I visited the Kurimoto Japanese Garden near my home and went in search of Asian poetry to supplement a web site featuring the garden. After haiku, I discovered haibun, a mix of prose and haiku, and haiga, a mix of image and haiku. Most of my haibun subjects fall into the domains of personal essays, memoirs and travel journals.

I’m presently a contributing editor at Contemporary Haibun Online and over the last two decades I’ve served as Editor-in-Chief of Haibun Today, haibun editor of A Hundred Gourds, Notes from the Gean and the World Haiku Review, and haiga editor of Simply Haiku.

My haiku, haibun, haiga and essays have appeared in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Contemporary Haibun Online, The Heron’s Nest, Simply Haiku, Bottle Rockets, Haigaonline, Tinywords, Haiku Harvest, the World Haiku Review, Failed Haiku, Cattails, The Haiku Journal, Presence, Blithe Spirit, and others. A number of my pieces have appeared in anthologies. Landmarks is a collection of some of my published haibun and essays and is available on Amazon.

Retired, I enjoy wilderness hiking in Utah’s Canyon Country and Alberta’s Rocky Mountains and canoeing in Ontario’s great lake-based parks including Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks. My partner, Nancy, and I enjoy walks in a mixed hardwood just outside our doorstep.

My general web site http://raysweb.net/ contains travel photography and information about haiku, haiga and haibun.

On this Blog I’ll be sharing what I know about and examples of haibun and its important little companion, haiku.

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