Christopher Herold was born in Suffern, New York in 1948. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1956. On New Year's Eve of 1998 Herold moved to Port Townsend, Washington where he now lives with his wife, Carol O'Dell.

From 1967 to 1972 Christopher was a student of the late Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi, one of the leading Zen masters of our time. He wrote his first haiku during a training session at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 1968. Since then he became a student of Kobun Chino Otogawa, Roshi and was elected to the board of directors for at Jikoji Zen Retreat Center. He also edited their newsletter. Christopher continues to deepen his commitment as a lay monk in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition.

In the '70s and 80's Christopher pursued a career as the drummer and percussionist in a number of blues, rock, and jazz bands. One of his bands, Kingfish, was the top-selling new band in the U.S. during 1976. He has also played with John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Jerry Garcia, and other highly respected musicians.

Christopher's writings, which include tanka, haibun and other haikai forms, have been published for years in journals and magazines throughout the world. He has twice been the winner of Haiku Society of America's Museum of Haiku literature award. Christopher has judged international haiku, senryu and renku competitions, including the World Haiku Contest, sponsored by Japan Airlines. He has been president of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, as well as co-editor of their quarterly journal, Woodnotes. He has also been an editor of anthologies produced by Two Autumns Press, the most recent being the 1995 release of A Path to the Sea. He was the soliciting editor of a series of essays entitled The Art of Haiku, for the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society of the United States and Canada's journal, Geppo.

Christopher has taught haiku in the schools at all grade levels, and has presented numerous adult haiku workshops.

At present Christopher edits a highly respected and selective journal of international haiku called The Heron's Nest. It's the first journal to appear on a monthly basis, simultaneously on the World Wide Web and in a paper edition.

Christopher's email address is:

chapbooks, books, collections, & anthologies

Christopher's first two books, In Other Words (Jarus Books), and Coincidence (Kanshiketsu Press, are now out of print. A third chapbook of his haibun Voices of Stone (Kanshiketsu Press) is in its fourth printing and is available by contacting the poet. His most recent collections are In the Margins of the Sea (Snapshots Press), and A Path in the Garden (Katsura Press). These collections are available from either the poet or the press.

haijinx II:1 (spring 2002)

haiku: "Mt. St. Helens" - previously unpublished
haiku: "Independence Day" - previously unpublished

haijinx memorial issue (September 2001)

haijinx I:2 (summer 2001)

haiku: "zendo construction" - previously unpublished
haiku: "Christmas tree" -previously unpublished

archive links (2001-2003)

I:1 | I:2 | memorial | II:1 | contributor index | john crook award 2002 results

relaunch links (2010- )

home | about haijinx | III:1 (2010) | IV:1 (2011)

Originally Published: 2001-2003
Revised Archive: April 2011

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