Alan Pizzarelli was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1950. He began a serious study of haiku in 1970 under the tutelage of Professor Harold G. Henderson, author of An Introduction to Haiku (Doubleday) and Haiku in English (Charles Tuttle). Pizzarelli has published 13 limited edition chapbooks of his haiku and senryu. His haiku, senryu & other poems have been prominently featured in a variety of textbooks, periodicals, and major anthologies including all three editions of The Haiku Anthology edited by Cor van den Heuvel (Doubleday, 1974; Simon & Schuster, 1986; W.W. Norton, 1999), in addition to How to Haiku edited by Bruce Ross (Tuttle, 2002); The Haiku Handbook by William J. Higginson (McGraw-Hill, 1985; Kodansha International, 25th Anniversary Ed., 2009); Baseball Haiku, edited by Cor van den Heuvel (W.W. Norton, 2007) and many others. Pizzarelli was also a consultant for Jack Kerouac’s Book of Haikus edited by Regina Weinreich (Penguin Poets, 2003). From 2005-2009, he was the senryu poetry editor for the online journal, Simply Haiku. He is currently co-host and co-producer of the poetry podcast Haiku Chronicles
Pizzarelli’s latest book, Frozen Socks, is the most comprehensive collection of his work to date. The book contains selected short poems from 1969 to 2015, many of which have become modern classics of original English-language haiku and its related forms.