University Haiku Writer Profile
Joe Kirschner & Bill Pauly
at the Global Haiku Festival
the earth on her knees
H.G. Henderson Award, 1991
Pauly was born in Davenport, Iowa, April 20, 1942. He has lived
almost his whole life in the Midwest, which he loves. Bill graduated
from Loras College in 1964 with a B.A. degree, major in English
literature; received his M.A. from the University of Notre Dame
(on a Peace Corp Scholarship) in the summer of 1968, in English
1965-67 he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leon, West
Africa, as a secondary school teacher of English and French. During
the early 1970s he was self-employed as a writer, photographer,
and candle maker.
he lives in Dubuque, Iowa, with his wife Deb. For the past twenty-four
years Bill has taught at Loras College in Dubuque; current course
load includes Haiku Writing, Poetry Writing, Advanced Poetry Writing,
and Composition. When he finds some free time, Bill enjoys reading,
writing, photography, travel, gardening, listening to music, rabble-rousing,
and shooting basketball.
of haiku writer, Bill Pauly, was researched, written and created
by Melanie Hayes, based on her personal interview and subsequent
e-mail interviews. See her complete study on Bill Pauly:
A Reader's Response Study
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He has won several
Haiku awards, most notably three First Prizes in the H.G. Henderson
annual competitions. In addition to the featured haiku above, he
won the Haiku Society of America's top award for:
by the old Indian ...
rain in the eye
of her needle
poetry has been published in numerous small magazines and anthologies
such as Bonsai, High/Coo,
Janus SCTH, Modern
Haiku, Seer-Ox, Sun-Lotus
Haiku, The Windless Orchard,
Thistle, and Tweed.
haiku published in many haiku magazines and some anthologies,
& Swede G. (Eds.). (2000). Global Haiku
Twenty-five Poets World-wide.
Ontario: Mosaic Press.
W.J., & Harter P. (1985). The Haiku
Handbook. Tokyo: First Kodansha International Printing.
(1878). Time from His Bones. LaCrosse,
WI: Juniper Press.
the Clock by Bittersweet.
Illinois: High/Coo Press.
Bill says that
he enjoys reading any good haiku or non-haiku poems. He went on
to say that there are many enormously talented writers out there.
Most of his writing life has been spent becoming his own best critic,
so rarely does he get others input on his haiku. Sometimes
though, he gets a good suggestion from a student that he takes to
heart and incorporates into his revisions.
The sense of
season, he says, is pervasive in his life and his haiku, however,
he does not feel compelled or constrained to include a kigo, or
season word, in his haiku to make them haiku, nor does he hold his
students to that requirement.
He has experimented with the "Wordless Poem," as Eric
Amann calls it in the title of his book. However, most of Bills
haiku use words. Sometimes he likes a minimal haiku. Bill says that
his "eyeku" (his original term for a concrete haiku) in
Higginson and Harters Haiku Handbook is not representative
of his work at all. In fact, he wishes that he had a "regular"
haiku in the book. An example of one of his better concrete poems
can be found in his first chapbook, Wind the
Clock by Bittersweet.
is a concrete poem from his book:
I found Bills
story of how he was introduced to haiku very amusing and quite interesting.
He says that he was introduced to haiku in the most amazing way
that he can possibly imagine. In the early 60s at Loras College,
he took two creative writing classes from Raymond Roseliep, now
widely considered an American haiku master. Raymond was just learning
about and trying the form at that time, as many people were. They
were all writing 5-7-5s at that time, because that WAS haiku for
all they knew in those early pioneering days. If Bill could find
and was willing to show me some of his early "haiku,"
he says that I would see heavy commentary, not too much imagery,
and strictly formulaic and awkward attempts to squeeze a sophomoric
"message" into the strictures of the form. "Even
Raymond wasnt writing very good haiku then (ZAP!--was that
a lightning bolt that just singed my butt?). But we found it fascinating
and challenging, and grew to love it even more as we recognized
how wonderful it could be when freed from the chains of absolutist
rules. So . . . it was a bit like a relationship: it wasnt
love at first sight as much as curiosity and fascination, a getting-to-know-you
process through which love for haiku bloomed slowly but deeply.
Right now in my life, I cant IMAGINE ever NOT writing haiku."
Hayes' complete study on Bill Pauly:
A Reader's Response Study
Web Links and Resources
If you want
to learn more about Bill Pauly, then talk to Dr. Randy Brooks. He
will be able to show you his first chapbook Wind
the Clock by Bittersweet. However, after that youre
on your own. There is not much information available about him on
the Internet, but there was a little. You will do best in your search
if you go straight to the source, e-mail. There have been other
(School e-mail address)
(1979). One-line Linked Haiku: Old Womans