Alaska poet and photographer Cindy Zackowitz was born in 1965 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her untimely death in 2012 deeply saddened all who knew her. She was a life-long Alaskan, and graduated from the University of Alaska with a BA in Journalism/Photography. Cindy was a long-time member of the Haiku Society of America, serving three terms as Regional Coordinator for the Alaska Region and co-founding the Alaska Haiku Society. She was one of the early members of the Shiki Internet Haiku Salon. Her haiku appeared in leading haiku journals and many received special honors. A highly-skilled photographer, her photographs, too, won several awards. Her keen perceptions of the Alaska landscape are clearly captured in words as focused as her camera.