kris moon ( known to many as Kris Kondo)

b 2/18/1946
mother, new grandmother, artist, poet, teacher…
US citizen
grew up in Toronto & Montreal
after completing studies at Boston Museum School
& Tufts University & having her first art shows at Cafe Florian
where she worked as night manager
in 1972 she crossed the Pacific on the Brazil Maru
in her big green suitcase RHBlythe haiku books, a present
from her Japanese artist lover who remained
in Boston to make his fame there
Intending to stay in Japan for a year she fell in love
with Japan where she still lives
in Kiyokawa village above a mountain river
the sketchbook diaries of her early days wandering all over Japan
with Basho’s Osonohosomichi always in her backpack
were where her first haiku were born
over 20 years married to haiku & renku poet Tadashi Shokan Kondo
& interactions with enthusiastic haiku poets of the 70’s, ’80s & ’90
as well as co-founding AIR, the association for International Renku
attending & presenting at many HNA since it started
were all major influences
Art and poetry have always intermingled, joining Facebook & discovering all of my worlds intersecting there,becoming close to new-to-me poets through NaHaiWriMo
All of the haiku here have been created originally as haiga shared on Facebook over the past few years. I chose ones from August that i felt could stand on their own. I like to create these & share everyday so all of my haiku reflect the season & day & time they were born. Living and letting art & poetry flow through me & sharing are simply a part of who i am.