Laura Bell was born in a Kansas blizzard in 1925. Now she’s a retired nurse, living on a house boat in Sausalito, California, north of the Golden Gate. She has kept herself busy as a long-distance operator, a Boeing bomber riveter, miner, and dancer. She writes without regard for definitions, but you can’t help but smile when she reads her poems. Her first haiku came to her in 1990.
Garry Gay is a professional photographer represented by The Image Bank in New York. He was born in 1951 in Glendale, and now lives with his wife and daughter in Windsor, California. He has served as president of the Haiku Poets of Northern California (1989–1990) and the Haiku Society of America (1991). He discovered haiku in 1974, when he found a book on Bashō.
Christopher Herold was born in Suffern, New York in 1948, and now lives in a cottage in the redwoods of Woodside, California. As a drummer in the band Kingfish he toured the country in the 1970s, performing to millions. Today he focuses on nature, and wears hearing aids, a constant reminder of his past. He has coedited Woodnotes, and is the 1993–1994 president of the Haiku Poets of Northern California. In 1968 he unwittingly wrote his first haiku.
vincent tripi was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941. Now living in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond district, he occupies his time with writing, yoga, meditation, and extensive correspondence. Trained in psychotherapy, vincent is active in environmental issues. He is a former editor of Woodnotes, and wrote his first haiku in 1983.
Michael Dylan Welch edits computer books for trade publishers. He was born in Watford, England on a spring day in 1962. He now lives along a salt-water lagoon in Foster City, California, fifteen miles south of San Francisco. He has served as editor of Woodnotes since 1989, and is also publisher of Press Here haiku books. He wrote his first haiku in 1976.
Paul O. Williams is a science fiction novelist, poet, and English professor. He was born in 1935 in Chatham, New Jersey, and now makes his home in Belmont, California, in the peninsula bills south of San Francisco. He has served as Woodnotes coeditor, and as the 1991–1992 president of the Haiku Poets of Northern California. He has been writing haiku since 1964.