Alan Pizzarelli

About the Author Alan Pizzarelli began writing short poems in the late 1960s. In 1971, he started attending meetings of the Haiku Society of America in New York City and studied haiku and related forms under the tutelage of Professor Harold G. Henderson, author of An Introduction to Haiku (Doubleday) and Haiku in English (Charles Tuttle). Since then, his classic original English language haiku and senryu have received worldwide acclaim and popularity. Pizzarelli is a pioneer of English- language senryu and a leading literary spokesman for the American haiku and senryu movement. His poetry has appeared in a variety of textbooks, periodicals, and anthologies, including Handbook of Poetic Forms (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, New York, 1987); Haiku, edited by Czesław Miłosz (Wydawnictwo, Kraków Poland, 1992); Haiku Moment (1993) and How to Haiku (2002), edited by Bruce Ross, published by Tuttle Publishing; Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac, edited by William J. Higginson (Kodansha International Ltd., 1996); The Haiku Handbook by William J. Higginson with Penny Harter (McGraw-Hill, 1985; Kodansha International, 25th Anniversary Ed., 2013); Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature, Level IV (EMC Publishing, 2009); Baseball Haiku, edited by Cor van den Heuvel (W.W. Norton, 2007); and in all three editions of The Haiku Anthology edited by Cor van den Heuvel (Doubleday, 1974; Simon & Schuster, 1986; W.W. Norton, 1999). Pizzarelli was a consultant for Jack Kerouac’s Book of Haikus edited by Regina Weinreich (Penguin Poets, 2003). From 2005-2009 he was also the senryu poetry editor for the online journal, Simply Haiku. His latest book, Mind Zaps (House of Haiku) is a collection of senryu, prose and illustrations. 2019.
Alan Pizzarelli is co-host and co-producer of the podcast Haiku Chronicles .

Alan’s latest book is Mind Zaps!

And his previous tour de force, Frozen Socks!