Udo Wenzel: Writer and Editor

carry the moonlight
across backwater

New haiku contest 2010 Merit Award

Hiroshima day -
the sound of the bell
over the town

Bashô's Anniversary Web Haiku Contest Award

child soldier
peering at the sky
in his barrel

2006, Commended by Steve Wolfe

Udo Wenzel, born in 1957 in Southern Germany. Training as a bookseller, studies of sociology, diverse odd jobs. Works in the Information Technology since 1991. Lives in Hamburg since 1983. Occasionally he had been writing poems and short stories for about 30 years, got involved with haiku-poetry in 2002. Publications of haiku, essays about haiku-theory and -history, interviews, and translations in anthologies and haiku-magazines (national and international). Member of the German Haiku Society. Editor of TAUBENSCHLAG (dovecote), the litblog for short lyrics and short prose. Editor of the website HAIKU-STEG (haiku-jetty). Published his book "Taubenschlag" with short poems and short poetry in 2010 (Wiesenburg Verlag, Schweinfurt).


Klaus-Dieter Wirth: Linguist and Promoter

St. Valentine's Day
at the end of the line
an audible smile

Awarded as "favorite haiku" in "Modern Haiku" Vol 35.3, 2004

dreary afternoon
a carp in the park pond snaps
at a speck of sun

Special prize in the "Genkissu! Spirit up! World Wide Hekinan Haiku Contest 2006"

curtain of beads
the rustle
of filtered light

"Blithe Spirit" Vol 20, No 2, June 2010

Klaus-Dieter Wirth, living alternately in Viersen near Düsseldorf and at Burg, a village of wine-growers on the Moselle. Retired linguist in the teaching profession (English, French, Spanish). First contact with the haiku in 1967. Working for the promotion of haiku on an international level. Membership in several haiku societies (D, GB, NL/B, F, USA, CDN) and active collaboration on different journals, esp. "Sommergras", "Blithe Spirit", "Gong", "Chrysanthemum", and "Whirligig". Numerous publications in magazines and anthologies; awarded in several different competitions. Just out his quadrilingual haiku book "Zugvögel/Migratory Birds/Oiseaux migrateurs/Aves migratorias".  
Klaus-Dieter Wirth's DHG-member-page