Introduction: Stephanie Watson, Guest Haiku’er

Posted: under Guest.
Tags: April 1st, 2009

Here to help us kick off National Poetry Month is Stephanie Watson, author of Elvis & Olive, a middle-grade novel.

It’s a story about two girls who spend a summer spying on their neighbors, discovering secrets, eating junk food and getting in trouble. Sounds like good fun if you ask me.

She also wrote Life is Life, a story about a very sad frog named Angelo. Angelo lives in a cereal box and spends his time trying to compose the perfect love song to honor his dead wife.

The story can only be found online and it is altogether so cute, creative and touching that everyone simply, simply, simply must check it out!

Right now, Stephanie is supposed to be working on the sequel to Elvis & Olive. Some days, though, the novel-going gets tough.

That’s when she turns to haiku, and this is why:

Writing haiku and reading haiku is very nourishing and necessary to my work.

It’s a good, swift teeth-brushing after eating the Dagwood Bumstead multilayer sandwich that is novel writing.

I wrote these five haiku in homage to my dog Nino, a Yorkie who turned five this year.

I didn’t get him a birthday present, and I didn’t make him a cake from lunchmeat and wet dog food like I did when he turned one. No party hats, no photos.

So in belated celebration, I offer him these humble poems, which are quite as small as he is.

Stephanie’s haiku tribute to Nino will appear for the next five days.



  • 1

    I love that Nino’s little tongue is sticking out in this picture!

    Does he always do this?

    Comment by Kelly — April 1, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  • 2

    Only when he is napping. :)

    Comment by Stephanie — April 1, 2009 @ 10:41 am

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