University Haiku Writer Profile
another ear of corn
Midwest Haiku Anthology
Education (Secondary Emphasis), 1997, Viterbo University, Lacrosse,
a variety of graduate courses at the University of Minnesota, University
of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa (30+ hours before MA study)
College, Dubuque, IA 1977-78 BA: 1978
College, Dubuque, IA 1974-76
High School, Dubuque, IA 1970-74
College, Adjunct Instructor (English)
Spring 1998 present (8 semesters)
College and University of Dubuque (EDU 351 Special Methods)
College, Adjunct Instructor ("Women, Religion, & Literature")
High School, Dubuque, Iowa
August 1978 present
profile of haiku writer, Barb Ressler, was researched, written and
created by Nikki Garry.
Nikki's Essay on Ressler
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President of the Haiku Society of America (which exists to promote
the understanding and writing of haiku), 1995
Second Vice-President of the Haiku Society of America, 1994
Second Vice-President of the Haiku Society of America, 1992
the Gerald Brady Memorial Awards for Senryu, the Haiku Society of
America, 1990, 1993, and 2001
Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching, May 2001
ROSHI Award for Life-Changing Haiku Action in Support of Youth,
of Award Winning Haiku
checks her hair
in a Jesus picture
of her students have been published, nationally and internationally,
and consistently won awards, including scholarships, for haiku over
the last 12 years. Examples of one of her students (Wahlert
High School) award winning haiku:
on the raw tomato
Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku
World: An International Poetry Almanac
Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World
on the Road: An International Poetry Haiku Almanac
" (Glindinning, Mary. "Dubuque: Simply
a haiku hot spot for Midwest poets." Telegraph Herald
2 March 1995: 4.B.)
is "expressive and reflective, two things they so want at that
age. This form is a way for them to understand their feelings. They
can be angry and write graffiti or they can write a beautiful poem.
I want to see less graffiti and more poetry." (Glindinning,
Mary. "Dubuque: Simply a haiku hot spot for Midwest poets."
Telegraph Herald 2 March 1995: 4.B.)
addition to building and maintaining archives of haiku, teaching
the writing and reading of haiku to our young people is the only
way to assure its survival as an art and heart form. I continue
to be committed to the value of teaching haiku on a number of levels.
Ultimately though, it is the spiritual value of haiku that compels
me to climb the teaching of haiku mountain every semester. Pedagogically
speaking, the fruits of learning to write excellent haiku can be
overtly evidenced in clearer, crisper, and more concise writing.
Students learn to transform negative emotions into poignant poems
and to celebrate lifes joys through writing haiku. I submit,
writing haiku is a psychologically and emotionally healthy practice,
beating the less healthy alternatives culture may suggest for dealing
with highs and lows in life. Ah, but spiritually haiku functions
as a conduit for transcendence. As such, it assures its own survival."
(from her response letter after winning the ROSHI award)
has lived in Iowa all of her life which is also the "emotive
landscape" of her poems. "At times my poems possess a
Midwestern landscape; more often they possess a Midwestern mindscape.
They reflect the growing up in a particular place at a particular
another ear of corn
this haiku "
I share a composite of experience with my
grandmother, when I lived in an apartment down the street from her.
She always perked up when the obits came on the local radio station
at noon. At the time, I couldnt understand why anyone would
want to listen to that death rollcall. Sometimes she would know
someone whose death was announced, and she would talk of them as
we ate lunch. She especially loved to make a meal of it.
Merged into this haiku, these separate images were really grandmas
response to life and death: listen and keep eating."
Web Links and Contact Information
Wahlert High School
2005 Kane Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001