Gene O. Larson
Board member (California State Library liaison)
Gene Larson works at the California State Library where, among other duties, he catalogs books donated to the American Haiku Archives. Before this he worked at Encyclopedia Britannica for 23 years as a researcher, editor, and manager of the Library Research Service. That department had an archive of a half million research reports, pamphlets, photographs, and ephemera.
His interest in haiku came by way of others, initially by a San Francisco neighbor, Jerry Kilbride, and later by a coworker at Britannica, Charlie Trumbull. His goal is to promote the American Haiku Archives and the California State Library in Sacramento.