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Garry Gay

Advisory Board Co-Chair
Windsor, California

Garry GayGarry Gay was born in 1951 in Glendale, California. He received his B.P.A. degree in photography in 1974, and has been a professional photographer since then. Greatly influenced by Basho’s Narrow Road to the Deep North, he has written haiku since 1975. He cofounded the Haiku Poets of Northern California in 1989 and was the group’s first president through 1990, and since 2001 has again served as president. He founded HPNC’s Two Autumns reading series in 1990. He was elected as president of the Haiku Society of America in 1991, the same year that he cofounded the Haiku North America conference. In 1996 he also cofounded the American Haiku Archives. He is the creator, in 1992, of the poetic form called rengay. He currently lives in the California wine country, in a small town called Windsor.

Snowflakes fall
into the darkness
of the tuba

                                                                   Weight lifter
                                                                   slowly lifting
                                                                   the tea cup

River baptism
for those of us not sure
the rain starts


Publications by Garry Gay

The Silent Garden. Kentfield, CA: Smythe-Waithe Press, 1982.

The billboard cowboy : urban haiku. Kentfield, CA: Smythe-Waithe Press, 1982.

Wings of moonlight. Santa Rosa, CA: Smythe-Waithe Press, 1993.

River Stones. Normal, IL: Saki Press, 1998.

Family Reunion. Foster City, CA: Press Here, 1999.

Four Rengay. With Michael Dylan Welch. Foster City, CA: Press Here, 1999.

Editor. Light and Shadow: 1998 HSA Members’ Anthology. New York: Haiku Society of America, 1999.

Along the Way. Liverpool, England: Snapshot Press, 2000.


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