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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 5: Spring 2016
Haiga (Poem + Art): 16 words [R]


by Michael and Karen McClintock

[dandelions!] tanka by Michael McClintock and art by Karen McClintock

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Michael McClintock
Issue 5, Spring 2016

is an American poet, writer, editor, critic, and theorist specializing in Neo-Imagist and Subjective Realist literature, including independent scholarship in English-language tanka, haiku, haibun, and related forms and genres. His poetry has been widely anthologized and translated internationally, including by Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz.

A selection of McClintock’s poetry appears in Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, edited by Jim Kacian, et al (W. W. Norton, 2014) and Where the River Goes: The Nature Tradition in English Language Haiku, edited by Allan Burns (United Kingdom: Snapshot Press, 2014).

During the past decade McClintock served as president of the Tanka Society of America (2004-2010) and as tanka editor for Simply Haiku; with Pamela Miller Ness and Jim Kacian, he co-edited The Tanka Anthology (Red Moon Press, 2003); and he shared editing responsibilities for a series of anthologies published by Modern English Tanka Press (Baltimore, Maryland) including The Five-Hole Flute (2006), The Dreaming Room (2007), Landfall (2008), and Streetlights (2009). His column “Tanka Cafe” has appeared in Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal since 2001, and he currently edits The New American Imagist series for Hermitage West.

In the late 1960s, McClintock served as Assistant Editor of Haiku Highlights. During the 1970s, he was Assistant Editor of Modern Haiku and also edited the American Haiku Poets Series and Seer Ox: American Senryu Magazine. His collections include: haiku and senryu in Light Run (Shiloh, 1971) and tanka in Man With No Face (Shelters Press, 1974); and, most recently, Letters in Time (Hermitage West, 2005), Meals at Midnight (Modern English Tanka Press, 2008), and Sketches from the San Joaquin (Turtle Light Press, 2008). His work has been anthologized in each of the three editions of The Haiku Anthology, edited by Cor van den Heuvel (1974, 1986, 1999).

Born and raised in Los Angeles, McClintock pursued a career as Public Library Film and Recordings Curator, Principal Librarian, and Administrator for the public library system in L.A. County. He retired in 2001 and now resides in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley with his wife, Karen, an artist.

Karen McClintock
Issue 5, Spring 2016

is a literary artist, photographer, and digital imagist, specializing in author portraits. Her clients for literary art for publication range from the textbook companies Glencoe/McGraw-Hill in the USA and Pronk & Associates in Canada, to small literary journals in the USA and abroad. She was the cover artist for MET Press in Baltimore, Maryland.

For many years, she owned and operated her own gift shop/boutique, Karen’s Keepsakes, in the historic Tower District of Fresno, California. After closing her retail store in 2014, she went online with BaubleBabe Jewelry. Karen and her husband, Michael McClintock, are both active in the San Joaquin Valley Poets group.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Unnatural Amber, an 889-word haibun (including five haiku) in Haibun Today (Volume 5, Number 3, September 2011)

The Importance of Gold Fish, Haibun Today (Volume 5, Number 3, September 2011)

Wheeling Through the Cedars: An Interview with Michael McClintock by Jeffrey Woodward in Haibun Today (Volume 5, Number 3, September 2011)

A Review of Meals at Midnight by Robert D. Wilson, Co-Editor of Simply Haiku (Spring 2009)

Mazatlán in July, haibun that runs just over a thousand words, in Haibun Today (1 September 2008)

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