Offering On-line Mentoring in Poetry and/or Haiku, Haibun, Tanka, and Other Japanese-related Genres

On-Line Mentoring in Poetry and/or Haiku / Haibun and other Japanese-Related Genres

Who: Penny Harter, award-winning and widely published poet; past-president of the Haiku Society of America; co-author of The Haiku Handbook with her late husband William (Bill) J. Higginson.

What: Private mentoring on-line for up to five participants.

Cost: $75 for five free-verse poems and/or haibun, each no more than one page in length. Payable by check in advance.
$50 for up to 15 haiku and/or tanka,. Payable by check in advance.

How: Send your poems by email to:

I will read and comment on them, then send them back to you. We’ll set up a mutually agreed upon time for a phone conference to go over each poem in detail, with the poems in front of us. This will take at least ½ hour.

I will also provide prompts and suggest some books / poems / poets for you to read, as well as journals— both print and on-line—for you to submit to.

Frequency: Up to two times a month.
Brief Bio:

I am published widely in journals and anthologies, and my literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in Contemporary Authors. My twenty-two books and chapbooks include The Resonance Around Us (2013); One Bowl (a prizewinning e-chapbook of haibun, 2012); Recycling Starlight (2010); The Beastie Book, an illustrated alphabestiary (2009); and The Night Marsh (2008).

I was a featured reader at the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, and I have  won three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the Poetry Society of America; the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for my work in the anthology American Nature Writing 2002; and a January 2011 fellowship from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Visit my blog and web site:;
If interested,  please contact me by phone or email (, or via chat on Facebook.
Home phone: 609-829-2086 / Cell phone: 908-334-0360.

I look forward to working with you.

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