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Authors in the Millikin University Haiku Anthology

About the Haiku Writers

Adam Stefo graduated in 2008 with a degree in Vocal Performance.

Alida Duff graduated from Millikin University in 2006 with a degree in Studio Art. She currently teaches photography and manages the art gallery at Richland Community College.

Allison Lingren graduated in 2008 with a degree in Vocal Performance.

Alyson Ludek took Global Haiku traditions on a whim. Then she earned a master’s degree and is now a social worker for children with autism.

Amanda Schweizer took Haiku Roundtable in Spring 2000.

Amanda Young graduated with a degree in Writing. She is a graduate student in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.

Amy Cassity teaches special education in Braceville, Illinois, for the Grundy County Special Education Cooperative. She has a master’s
degree in reading education and is working on another master’s degree in special education.

Amy Van Rheeden took Haiku Writing Roundtable in Fall 2006.

Andrew T. Harrison is the director of Chi Rho Cross Productions at United Presbyterian Church of Peoria.

Angie Hawk is a 2006 graduate. She is the Manager of Special Events for the Alumni and Development Center at Millikin University.

Angie Short graduated from Millikin in 2004.

Antonia J. Cunningham is an accomplished photographer who graduated from Millikin with a BFA, then earned a nursing degree in 2008.

April M. (Romberger) Brislen is from Oak Park, Illinois, where she enjoys running a photo lab while writing haiku and painting fantasy art.

Ashlee Peth graduated from Millikin in 2005.

Aubrey Ryan graduated in 2004 with a degree in theatre. She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Northern Michigan University.

Becky Voigt took Global Haiku traditions in 2005.

Beth Stiner graduated in 2003. She lives in Chicago, working to establish her publishing company, Phantom Media.

Betsy (Quigg) Osman graduated from Millikin in 2001 in English. She resides in Decatur, Illinois, with her husband, Aaron, and serves as Director of Development for Baby TALK, a non-profit organization.

Bill Flowers graduated from the Tabor School of Business in 2003.

Brad Tubbs graduated in May 2002.

Brian A. Blankenship graduated with a degree in Writing and Theatre in 2008 after serving as the Production Manager for Bronze Man Books for two years.

Brian Rhode graduated in 2008 with a degree in Acting. He enjoys juggling, playing in the snow, and wearing Hawaiian shirts.

Brianne (Marsel) Tegel graduated in 2003. She is an agent for Country Financial in Shorewood, Illinois. In her spare time she enjoys doing anything associated with the arts, including performing with several other Millikin alumni in the band, Walking Limbs.

Brittney Gillespie graduated in 2007 with a degree in Mathematics. As a math geek, she has a comical view on life.

Brock Peoples is a 2003 graduate in English. He is an editor, photographer, and freelance writer in Savoy, Illinois, where he lives with his wife Michelle (Millikin, 2004) and their son Patrick. He recently founded an online magazine, Riverbed Haiku.

Bryan Williams works at a factory. He is married with two grown children and three grandchildren. He enjoys riding his Harley, hunting, and country living.

Carol Colby graduated in 2008 with a degree in Writing. She hopes to work as a copywriter in Chicago.

Carrie A. Seymour received her BFA in Commercial Art/Computer Design in 2007 and works for a web design company in Bloomington, Illinois.

Cathy Sadowski lives in Warwick, Rhode Island, with her husband, John, and their half-beagle, half-dachshund puppy, Tonberry.

Chad N. Mitchell graduated in 1996 with a degree in Writing. He is a professional photographer in Forsyth, Illinois.

Christine (Sandidge) Horger is a native of central Illinois. She enjoys haiku and organic gardening and aspires to live the simple life.

Christopher Hornbacker graduated from Millikin with a degree in Writing, then earned a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He teaches English as a Second language in South Korea.

Cindy Obermier took global Haiku traditions in 2005.

Cliff Ault graduated in 2004.

Concepion Cruz moved to California in 2007, where she attends La Verne University with a major in Liberal Studies.

Crystal Lutz graduated in 2008. She works at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).

David Meyer took Global Haiku traditions in 2005.

Dee Woods took Global Haiku traditions in 2005.

Deirdre Fields is a writer, freelance web designer, and gamer. She’s moved and lived more places than she thought she ever would. You can find her on the East Coast sometimes, and when you do, bring some pie!

Diana (Howell) Kupish graduated in 2007.

Diana (Kimler) Kopp graduated in 2001.

Donna Hyland was raised in a large family of nine sisters in Central Illinois, which afforded her many unique life experiences and a deep appreciation for family.

Elon D. Shaffer graduated in 2000.

Emily Evans graduated in 2005 with a degree in Music Business. She returned to her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, to pursue a master’s degree in teaching language arts. She gets her best haiku ideas while riding her bicycle in horrendous weather conditions. She is one of the editors of the Millikin University Haiku Anthology.

Erin Osmus resides in Schaumburg, Illinois. She teaches art at a local high school and is currently working on her master’s degree at northern Illinois University. The haiku classes were among her favorite classes at Millikin.

Eva (Greenwald) Schwartz took Haiku Writing Roundtable in 2000.

Faith J. Martin is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and will graduate from Millikin in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music. She enjoys singing and songwriting in addition to haiku poetry.

Goli Rahimi is a Playwriting major from Vernon Hills, Illinois. She previously has been published in Whispers of Immortality, a literary magazine, and has written short ensemble pieces for various theatrical events.

James Adkinson resides in Portland, Oregon, where he works for AmeriCorps on environmental conservation. He is pursuing a master’s degree in Social Psychology at Portland State University.

Jamie Eveland has an associate’s degree in English from Lake Land College. She continued her education at Millikin and graduated in 2007.

Jana Spoleti graduated in 2000 with a degree in Communication. She is currently a television producer in New York City pursuing a degree in Education. In her free time, she continues to write haiku.

Jared Morris graduated in 2001.

Jay Schleppenbach graduated from Millikin in 2000 with degrees in Music and Writing. He is an attorney in Chicago, where he also writes and performs sketch comedy.

Jeanne Luckenbill took global Haiku traditions in 2004.

Jenna Pelej graduated in 2008.

Jenna (Roberts) Davis graduated with a Writing degree in 2006. She is a writer at MR Japanese near Nashville, Tennessee. When she isn’t coaching soccer, she and her husband love to pack up their guitars and go on adventurous road trips.

Jennifer Griebel graduated in 2004 with a degree in Art Therapy. She works as an Administrative Assistant at Allsup Inc. and has been expressing her creativity as a Middle Eastern belly dancer for the past two years.

Jennifer Marie van Natta lives for loving uncontrollably, writing cheesy poetry, laughing till it hurts, and napping with Chuck on Sunday afternoons.

Jennifer L. (Schultz) Siegfried graduated in 2004 with a degree in Writing. She teaches English as a Second language to adults in Aurora, Illinois.

Jenny (Mcgeehon) Douglas graduated in 2005.

Jessica May is a Kentucky-born artist-of-trades, currently transplanted in the northwest part of Chicago. Adorations include, but are not limited to: green things, felines, sweet tea, porches, the good-wine-and-conversation combo, and summer nights.

Jill (Embry) Mcnurlan graduated in 2002.

Jill Patterson graduated in 2007.

Joanne Weise graduated with a degree in Writing in a 2006. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Education and is grateful for the simple pleasures in life, especially writing.

Joe Kramp graduated in 2003 and earned a Master’s of Divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 2006. He writes short poems and enjoys acrylic painting.

John E. Byler graduated in 2006 and is employed at ADM. He is married with two sons. His haiku are inspired by nature.

Jonathan Heise graduated in 2005.

Josh Wild graduated with a degree in Writing in the spring of 2006. His chapbook of poems, Mathematics of Fire, was published by Bronze Man Books in 2007. He is a graduate student in English at Purdue University.

Julie Weightman graduated in 2001 with a degree in English Education. She currently resides in Woodstock, Illinois, where she teaches 8th grade literature and language arts. Inspired while taking Dr. Randy Brooks’ haiku course, Julie now focuses on providing several outlets of expression for each of her students.

Kara (Bohannan) Taylor lives in Chicago, working in Pharmaceutical Sales. She is married to her college sweetheart, Winston Taylor (Millikin 2002).

Karen (Goldenbaum) Brown graduated in 1999. She lives with her husband, Ramsey Brown (Millikin 1997), in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Karen McFadin graduated in 2008 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Karrie (Hardwick) Cook graduated in 2002.

Katherine (Hill) Sewell took Global Haiku traditions in 2000.

Katherine Malcolm graduated with a degree in Writing in 2002.

Katherine B. Steimann had “poetry” tattooed in Japanese on the back of her neck as a reminder to never forget the importance of her passion for writing.

Kathleen Bernard graduated with a degree in Writing in 2002.

Katie Burke graduated from Millikin in 2005 with a BFA in Studio Art and an emphasis in painting and fabric sculpture. Currently, she is working towards her Electronic Publishing Certificate in order to gain employment as a greeting card illustrator.

Katrina Farris is a U.S. navy wife with three children. Haiku has become a passion of hers, helping her record the many memories she has as a wife, parent and teacher.

Kendra :ee graduated in 2005 then earned an MBA from Ellis College in 2008. A published author, Kendra is employed by MCCI Decatur and lives with her husband, Sean, and children.

Kerry Hammergren graduated in 2003.

Kimberly Tish graduated in 2004.

Kristin (Boryca) Kozlowski graduated in 2001 with a degree in Writing. She currently lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and works as a massage therapist.

Kristen Robinson graduated in 2006.

Kyle Curry graduated with a degree in Writing in 2002. He works at Kids for Rock in Chicago, Illinois.

Kyoko Ueno graduated in 2001.

Laura E. Podeschi graduated in 2006 with a BFA and a minor in Writing. She works in the publishing business and is author and illustrator of Ants in the Band Room, a children’s book published by Bronze Man Books in 2007. While she may not yet know where she’d like to end up, she’ll be certain to maintain her two obsessions—tennis and painting—along the way.

Leigh Ann Kitchell graduated in 2004.

Lidonna Beer graduated in 2000 with a Writing degree. She was student editor of To Hear the Rain: The Selected Haiku of Peggy Lyles. Lidonna lives in Loveland, Colorado, and is a freelance writer and editor for group Publishing.

Lisa Swick is a registered nurse who travels throughout the United States. She is currently in central Oregon. She graduated with a degree in nursing in 2005.

Lizabeth Hare graduated in 2008.

M.E. Price graduated in 2008. He is a professional researcher and enjoys nature, bicycling, and woodworking.

Mahrya (Fulfer) Page graduated in 2003 with degrees in Writing and Spanish. She is an assistant circuit attorney for the city of St. Louis. When she is not in the courtroom, she enjoys running, playing kickball and spending time with her husband, cat and dog.

Marie (Radtke) Davis graduated in 2005.

Mark Beanblossom is a Writing major at Millikin, where he hosts a radio program on WJMU and serves as senior editor for Bronze Man Books. He plans to graduate in 2009, then pursue a career in screen playwriting.

Mark grizzard graduated in 2001 in Music. He works full time as arranger, vocal swing, and sound technician for the a cappella group, Chapter 6.

Mary Reed graduated in 2004 with a degree in theatre and Stage Management. She is currently touring with various Broadway musicals and enjoying life to the fullest.

Matt Lee graduated in 2006.

Maureen Coady graduated in 2005 and is now a graduate student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

Maureen Ritter graduated in 2006 with a degree in English Education. She is an English teacher at grayslake Central High School in grayslake, Illinois. She coaches the congressional debate team and directs productions with ENCORE!, the school’s theater program.

Maureen D. (Yates) Jones resides in Germany with her husband, Garrett. She is working at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest American hospital on foreign soil, as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

Meg Schleppenbach graduated with a degree in English Education in 2003. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor of English at Millikin and a graduate student completing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois.

Megan Klein enjoys designing jewelry in her spare time and is thrilled to be included in this anthology.

Melanie (Hayes) Anderson graduated in 2001 with a degree in Business Management. She is a Human Resources Manager for ARAMARK Higher Education and enjoys her five dogs, photography and writing stories.

Melanie Mclay plans to graduate from Millikin in 2009 with a degree in Music. She is one of the editors of the Millikin University Haiku Anthology.

Melissa Hayes graduated in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education.

Michelle (LaBrose) Lome graduated in 2004 with a degree in Art therapy. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in school social work. She resides in Aurora, Illinois.

Michael Knowles graduated with a BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Creative Writing. He currently serves tables and makes cookies in the city of Chicago.

Missy Brassie, formerly a theatre major, is taking time off from school to join a Catholic leadership team in Sydney, Australia. When she isn’t flying around the world, Missy lives in Indianapolis.

Molly Burns is a 2006 graduate with a degree in English Education. She currently teaches English at Rochester High School. See Molly’s unit plan for teaching haiku at the Millikin University Haiku web site: <http://www.millikin.edu/haiku/courses/globalSpring2005/MollyBurns.html>.

Molly (Mclinden) Rosen graduated in 2002. She is a voice instructor who also loves to blog and write humor in her spare time in Chicago.

Natalie Perfetti is a writing and literature major. She loves to read, write, and play with the poetry of language and words.

Nicole Bilyeu graduated in 2001.

Nicole Silverman graduated in 2006.

Nikki Garry graduated in 2003.

Patrick Steadman graduated in 2008 with a degree in literature. He is currently working on a master’s degree in English.

Rachel Morrison is a senior Applied Mathematics major who will graduate in 2008. She says that with having a very logical mind-set, dancing and writing haiku allow her to get in touch with her creative side.

Rachel Perry graduated in 2004.

Randy Brooks, Ph.D., is a Professor of English and Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Millikin University. He is editor and publisher of Brooks Books, editor of Mayfly magazine, web editor for Modern Haiku magazine, co-president of the American Haiku Archives and Electronic Media Officer for the Haiku Society of America. He is one of the editors of the Millikin University Haiku Anthology.

Raquel Burns took Haiku Writing Roundtable in 2005.

Rick Bearce graduated in 2008 with a degree in Physics and a minor in Writing. He is one of the editors for the Millikin University Haiku Anthology.

Ryan Casey graduated in 2000 with a degree in Writing.

Ryan Hosler graduated in 2007 with a degree in Writing.

Ryan Michael Jones graduated in 2003 with majors in History and Writing. He is completing a Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Born in rural Southern Illinois, Ryan loves the sound of leaves crackling under a shoe while walking to his academic life.

Ryne Inman graduated in 2008 with majors in Political Science, Writing, and English literature.

Sarah Alexander graduated in 2000, earned a master’s degree in English at Illinois State University in 2002, and is completing a Ph.D. in Victorian British literature and feminist theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Sarah Bassill fell in love with haiku after taking global Haiku traditions with Dr. Brooks. Her first publication appeared in the December 2005 issue of Midwest Living Magazine.

Sarah Knutilla graduated in 2002. She has worked with theatre companies in Chicago. She is currently going back to school for a Certification in Early Childhood Education.

Serena Carvajal graduated in 2003 with a degree in theatre. She works in the production department at a theatrical company in St. Louis.

Starr Dawkins graduated from Millikin with a degree in Management and organizational leadership.

Stefanie Lovelass graduated in 2003.

Stephanie Dietrich graduated in 2008.

Stevan Doll graduated in 2003 with a degree in Vocal Music. He is a Special Education teacher in St. Louis, Missouri.

Susan love graduated in 2004 with a degree in Management and organizational leadership. She is a Clinical Application Specialist for Sarah Bush lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Illinois.

Sylvia Hilton graduated in 2005.

Tara Treamer graduated in 1995.

Tena Myers graduated in 2006.

Terry Mallory graduated in 2008 with a degree in organizational leadership. He works at a major chemical company as a Process Maintenance Specialist.

Tina Mond graduated in 2005 with a degree in nursing and works in Decatur Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care. Her husband, Rev. Napoleon Mond, graduated in 2006.

Traci Rapp graduated in May 2008 with an Elementary Education degree. After teaching English in Changchun, China, she plans to eventually teach in Decatur.

Travis Meisenheimer graduated in 2004 with degrees in English and Computer Science. He works as a software developer in St. Louis.

Vicki Ballentine took Global Haiku traditions in 2004.

Vicki Eldridge graduated with a degree in Management and Organizational Leadership. She is the owner of E. Ryan Jewelers in Decatur, Illinois.

Whitney Minor graduated in 2008 with degrees in nursing and Spanish. She says that inspiration for her haiku come from wonderful nights spent in the Dominican Republic.

Willa Heath took Global Haiku traditions in 2005.

Xiu ying (Zheng) Pratt is an accountant at Caterpillar, Inc. She currently resides in Bloomington, Illinois, with her husband.


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