Coordinator for the NaHaiWriMo in Spanish Facebook group, 2020–present
1. How did you get started with haiku?
I participated in the 2019 NaNoWriMo (for writing novels) so I spent many hours in front of the computer. After this time, little ideas for poems came to mind, but due to mental fatigue I could not develop them. After some research I found the NaHaiWriMo challenge and saw that it was perfect for getting those little ideas out. Then I discovered that it was a great cultural movement and I fell in love with it. When I read Chiyo-ni’s haiku I couldn’t stop thinking about its beauty and depth in so few words.
tombo tsuri kyō wa doko made itta yara
my little dragonfly hunter,
where has he gone today
2. Tell us more about yourself.
I live in the south of Spain, in Granada, where Lorca was born. I entered the literary world through my blog “Athalia la lía” where at the beginning I shared my stories and poems. Later I dedicated it to sharing my readings, new publications, my articles, and my impressions of the literary world. I was trained as a literary critic, copyeditor, and spellcaster and I continue to train. In 2019 I launched myself into self-publishing, as you can see on my Amazon profile.
3. What does NaHaiWriMo mean to you?
I was pleased to create the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page in Spanish and I would like it to grow little by little. I think that writing haiku connects us with our inner child and with nature, so it is an art that should have more movement. For my part I will try to make it so.
4. What one piece of advice would you offer to those who are new to writing haiku?
Don’t be afraid to share your haiku. Poetry too often gets little respect and you have to tell people to be encouraged to read all kinds of poetry because they are missing a wonderful art. Reading and writing them can be very rewarding and sharing them can form very interesting communities.
5. Please share three of your favourite or best haiku.
the hand of a mother,
the great remedy.
it has no swing.
Look at the fig tree.
it looks like the mountain
a sleeping ogre.