William J. Higginson began his study of haiku while learning Japanese at Yale University and serving with the United States Air Force in Japan early in the 1960s. After returning from Japan he began writing seriously, and his translations, haiku, longer poems, fictions, and critical writings have appeared in magazines and anthologies from North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. He was a charter member of the Haiku Society of America at its founding in 1968, and served as its president in 1976. From 1971 to 1976 he edited Haiku Magazine, and he founded From Here Press in 1975. Since the early 1970s he has conducted workshops in writing and the teaching of writing as part of the National Endowment for the Arts Poets-in- the-Schools program. His The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, originally published by McGraw-Hill in 1985, is now available from Kodansha International. Simon & Schuster recently published his anthology of haiku from around the world, Wind in the Long Grass, in an edition illustrated for children. He is currently working on a sequel to the Haiku Handbook and a number of translation projects. [The sequel book turned out to be two: The Haiku Seasons and Haiku World, both published in 1997.]
Penny Harter is a poet and fiction writer, author of several books, including White Flowers in the Snow (New Rivers Press), Hiking the Crevasse: Poems on the Way to Divorce (Warthog Press), Lovepoems (Old Plate Press), and The Monkey’s Face (From Here Press). Her work appears in magazines and anthologies published worldwide. She has also worked extensively in Poets-in-the-Schools, and is a past president of the Haiku Society of America. A new chapbook of her poems is forthcoming from Singular Speech Press, and her collection of poems and haiku reflecting on the Japanese woodblock prints of Hiroshige and Hokusai, Stages and Views, will be published in 1993 in the “Reflections” series by Katydid Books. In 1994 Simon & Schuster will publish her collection Shadow Play: Night Haiku.