Intro: For me, haiku writing is a very personal process. I want every word to mean something, and have value in itself. All of my haiku involve people somehow, either through memories or my imagination. My greatest influence for my haiku is my family, nearly every one of my haiku is written with one of them in mind. Staring Contest was written during my second semester at Millikin, while I was enrolled in Dr. Brooks' course on global haiku. Credit for some haiku in this collection is due to Hailee Peck and Lexie Huston, my haiku partners in crime. Any haiku written with them will have a star (*) on the page. Haiku should be a fun process, to read and to write. I certainly enjoyed writing these haiku, and I hope you enjoy reading them even more.
Courtney Gallup is a freshman accounting major from Gardner, Illinois. In addition to writing haiku, she enjoys playing basketball, baking, watching sports, and spending time with her family. Courtney started writing haiku when she enrolled in Dr. Brooks' course on global haiku traditions.