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Full Name: William J Higginson
(1938-2008) Bill Higginson authored or edited: The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, which Booklist called "the standard work in the field", and some 20 other books of poems and other literary works. While best known for his translations from Japanese and commentary on haiku as nature poems, he published three collections of longer poems, focusing on city life, aging and death, and family relationships. He particularly specialized in poems dealing with memories, and used memory-enhancing techniques in his teaching of writing, in schools, colleges, community centers, and other venues for some 30 years. His poems, translations, stories, and essays appeared in scores of literary journals and anthologies, and he wrote about the teaching of writing and related subjects for books ranging from The Teachers & Writers Guide to William Carlos Williams, edited by Gary Lenhart (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 1998) to An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of their Art, edited by Annie Finch and Kathrine Varnes (University of Michigan, 2002). He was also greatly involved in poetry online, as writer, editor, and web master of his own site devoted to the study of collaborative linked poems in the Japanese style, Renku Home at http://renku.home.att.net
Author's Timeline:
1981 (Unknown) County
Paterson Pieces: Poems
(Pub: Old Plate Press. ISBN: 0-89120-018-5)
1981 (Unknown) County
Death is & Approaches to the Edge
(Pub: From Here Press ISBN: l0-89120-019-3)
Poems and prosepoems. 
1992 (Unknown) County
Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku
(Pub: Kodansha International. ISBN: 4-7700-1430-9)
A writers' and teachers' guide. 
1996 (Unknown) County
The Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World
(Pub: Kodansha International. ISBN: 4-770-1629-8)
Literary history with scores of examples. 
1996 (Unknown) County
Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac
(Pub: Kodansha International. ISBN: 2-7700-2090-2)
Anthology of 1000 poems by 650 poets worldwide, seasonally organized. 
1997 (Unknown) County
Red Fuji: Selected Haiku of Yatsuka Ishihara
(Pub: Santa Fe, New Mexico: From Here Press. ISBN: 0-89120-101-7)
Higginson co-translated with Tadashi Kondo the poems contained in this book. 
1938 (Unknown) County
William J. Higginson was born in New York City in 1938. 
2008 (Unknown) County
William J. Higginson died in Summit, New Jersey, in 2008. 
1971 (Unknown) County
Itadakimasu: Essays On Haiku And Senryu In English
(Pub: J & C Transcripts. ISBN: )

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