Maggie (Margaret) Chula has published over a dozen collections of poetry including, most recently, Firefly Lanterns: Twelve Years in Kyoto. While living there, she practiced Soto Zen, studied the traditional arts of flower arrangement and woodblock printing and, of course, composed haiku. All of Maggie’s poems—including haiku, tanka, haibun, and free verse—explore the interconnectedness between our everyday lives and the natural world. A featured speaker and workshop leader at haiku conferences around the world, she has also served as president of the Tanka Society of America, poet laureate for Friends of Chamber Music, and is on the advisory board for the Center for Japanese Studies at PSU. Maggie lives on the Portland skyline where she hikes, swims, and creates flower arrangements for every room of the house.