slivers of blue
beyond dusty blinds—
New Year’s Eve
- Scott Mason
Scott Mason took up haiku in 2001 a decade or so after first learning about it on a hiking trip in Japan. Since then his haiku have appeared widely and received nearly 150 awards in assorted international competitions, including twenty first-place finishes. He also placed first in the Haiku Society of America’s (HSA) Gerald Brady Memorial Award for senryu, in 2007. In 2010 Scott edited and produced HSA’s best-selling members’ anthology, Sharing the Sun. He has also co-judged HSA’s annual contests for senryu (with Alexis Rotella), haibun (with Penny Harter) and haiku (with Cor van den Heuvel). A member of the Spring Street Haiku Group in New York City since 2006, Scott has also taught haiku at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY and made haiku presentations at HSA’s Northeast Metro Chapter meetings, The Haiku Circle, Haiku North America and elsewhere. For the last five years he has served as an associate editor with the online and print haiku journal The Heron’s Nest. Earlier this year Scott was featured as guest poet in Upstate Dim Sum, semi-annual journal of the Route 9 Haiku Group. This is his first appearance on Mann Library’s Daily Haiku. Next year Scott plans to bring out his first haiku book – feel free to email him directly [SCMviaNet (at) aol (dot) com] if you wish to be notified when it becomes available.
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