Bruce Ross

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Bruce Ross is a Canadian poet, author, humanities educator and past president of the Haiku Society of America.[1] He was born in Hamilton, Ontario.

Ross has taught Japanese poetry (in translation) and painting forms for many years at a number of institutions, including Empire State College, Burlington College, the University of Vermont, the University of Alberta, and the University of Maine. He has lectured on haiku in the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Romania. His anthologies and instructional books are in numerous libraries.[2] Ross is well known for his claim that Matsuo Bashō was the inventor of haiku.[3]

Ross's original English language haiku, senryū, haibun, tanka, haiga, and collaborative renku have appeared in international haiku journals, as have his reviews and articles.

Ross lives with his wife Astrid, a physician and English language haiku poet, in Hampden, Maine.



  • Thousands of Wet Stones. M.A.F. Portlandville New York (1988)
  • The Trees. The Plowman Whitby Ontario (1991)
  • Among Floating Duckweed. HMS Press London Ontario (1994)
  • Silence: Collected Haiku. HMS Press London Ontario (1997)
  • Summer Drizzles: Haiku and Haibun. HMS Press London Ontario (2005)
  • Endless Small Waves. HMS Press London Ontario (2008)
  • spring clouds haiku. Tancho Press Bangor Maine (2012)[citation needed]


  • The Inheritance of Animal Symbols in Modern Literature and World Culture. Peter Lang (1988)
  • If Not Higher, Lectures on the Poetics of Spiritual Presence and Absence. Peter Lang (1999)
  • How to Haiku, A Writer's Guide to Haiku and Related Forms. Tuttle (2002)
  • Venturing upon Dizzy Heights, Lectures and Essays on Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts. Peter Lang (2008)
  • Traveling to Other Worlds, Lectures on Transpersonal Expression in Literature and the Arts. Peter Lang (2012)

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • Haiku Moment, An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku (1993)
  • Journey to the Interior: American Versions of Haibun (1998)
  • A scent of pine: A Maine Haiku Anthology (2011)


  1. ^ Writer profiles: Paul Scherschel on Bruce Ross, Millikin University, Spring 2003
  2. ^ WorldCat
  3. ^ Ross, Bruce. How to Haiku: A Writer's Guide to Haiku and Related Forms, Tuttle, 2002, ISBN 978-0-8048-3232-8, p.2

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