Publications

Sharing Our Horizon by Xenia Tran Look Inside

Sharing Our Horizon is our debut collection of poems and photographs that capture daily moments in the Scottish Highlands with our two adopted whippets, Eivor (2010-2022) and Pearl (2011-2022).

The majority of poems are haiku, haibun and tanka. Traditionally, these poems begin with quiet poetic observation and conclude with a moment of philosophical or spiritual insight.

Sixty per cent of net profits from the sale of this book are shared with animal rehoming charities.

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Between Heather and Grass by Xenia Tran Look Inside

Between Heather and Grass is our second book for whippet lovers, dog lovers and lovers of nature.

The book features poetry, breathtaking photographs of the Scottish Highlands and our two adopted whippets, Eivor (2010-2022) and Pearl (2011-2022).

Thirty per cent of net profits from the sale of this book will be shared with a children’s cancer charity, in memory of our nephew Jamie Baker. Another thirty per cent of net profits will be shared with animal rehoming charities.

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Anthologies

We are grateful and delighted that the following poems have been included in anthologies. The poems with a link have been published on our blogs as well.

Grandma Alice and Frozen Footsteps appear in Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, the beautiful anthology created by Mary Grace Guevara, Björn Rudberg and the team at dVerse Poets (2017).

book cover for Chiaroscuro dVerse Anthology

Frozen Footsteps was subsequently published in our first full-length collection, Sharing Our Horizon (2018).

In 2022, we were delighted to learn that Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, is going to the moon. It is one of the poetry anthologies selected by Dr Samuel Peralta to be enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon, as a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

The Anthology will be part of The Polaris Collection, Dr Peralta’s payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, landing in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole in November 2024.

You can read more about this collection here and more information about the Lunar Codex here.

First LightEarthlightAccepting the Sun and Shenandoah have been included in The Haiku Way to Healing Anthology edited by Robert Epstein (2022).

The Haiku Way to Healing Anthology edited by Robert Epstein

Adjusting PillowsBack from the Shelter and A Wish have been included in The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology edited by Robert Epstein (2020).

book cover for The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology

A Wish had previously been published in Between Heather and Grass (2019).

OchtendschemerRozen Snoeien and Nachtvissen have been included in Aan Het Woord 2022 – Lange Verhalen, edited by Riet de Bakker, Jan Guichelaar, Henk van der Werff and Jean-Marie Werrebrouck, published by Haiku Kring Nederland and Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen (2022).

Aan het Woord 2022 Lange Verhalen Anthology

Een Wilde ZeeTwee Reigers and Blauwe Druifjes, a Dutch interpretation of Little Blue Flower, have been included in Aan Het Woord 2020 – De Geur van Geluid, edited by Ferre Denis, Maria de Bie and Nol Hovens, published by Haiku Kring Nederland and Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen (2020).

book cover for Aan het Woord 2020

Village Store appears in Bundled Wildflowers, Haiku Society of America 2020 Members Anthology, edited by Bryan Rickert (2020).

book cover for Bundled Wildflowers

Where Moss Flows appears in Dance Into The World, Tanka Society of America Twentieth Anniversary Anthology, edited by Michael Dylan Welch (2020).

Front Cover of Dance Into The World

Zomerwind appears in Dé 17 van 2020, edited by Arie de Kluijver and designed by Jan Guichelaar, an e-book anthology published by Haiku Stichting Nederland (2021).

Winter Night appears in the 13th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Selected Haiku Submissions Collection, curated by Takehisa Iijima, Noburu Oba, Joe Maricoji, Lisa Somers and Shuichiro Soma (2021).

front cover of selected haiku submission collection for the 13th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest

Earth Day appears in Visiting the Wind, Haiku Society of America 2021 Members Anthology, edited by Erin C. Castaldi.

Front Cover of Visiting the Wind, Haiku Society of America Anthology 2021

Soft and Forgiving appears in Self-Portrait, Tanka Society of America 2021 Members’ Anthology, edited by Michael H Lester (2022).

book cover of Self-Portrait, TSA 2021 Members' Anthology


Eyes so Blue
, first published in Presence #72, March 2022, appears in Dawn Returns, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2022, edited by John H Han.

Front Cover of HSA Members' Anthology 2022

A big thank you to the curators and editors for featuring my work and putting these beautiful anthologies together.

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Haiku and Tanka Journals

I am very grateful to the editors of The Asahi Shimbun, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, The Bamboo Hut, Frogpond, Ribbons, Troutswirl and Vuursteen for offering a loving home to my haiku, haibun, tanka and tanka prose.

Below is a small selection of featured haiku turned into haiga. You can click on any image for a larger view:

Clockwise from top left: Asahi Shimbun, 4 June 2021; Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 4:2, Spring/Summer 2021; Asahi Shimbun, 5 February 2021; Troutswirl, 20 May 2020; Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 4:1, Autumn-Winter 2020-2021; Frogpond, Vol. 43:3, Fall 2020.

… and here is a selection of tanka featured in Ribbons, turned into taiga:

From left to right: Ribbons, Winter 2020: Volume 16, Number 1; Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2020: Volume 16, Number 2; Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2021: Volume 17, Number 2.

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Awards and Honourable Mentions

European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors Certificate for Xenia Tran

I am deeply honoured and delighted to be included in the European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors in 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to Krzysztof Kokot for selecting me and many congratulations to all selected haiku poets.

haiku poem by Xenia Tran with fallen cherry blossom

falling petals
he finds his mother
behind the rain

© Xenia Tran

Honourable Mention in the International Section of the 2020 Haiku Invitational at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. A big thank you to judges Agnes Savich, Beth Skala and Gary Hotham for selecting my poem and many congratulations to all the winners.

haiku poem by Xenia Tran with early morning mist rising from the Kyle

early dawn
he fills the doorframe
with his laughter

© Xenia Tran

Honourable Mention in the 22nd HIA Haiku Contest (2020). A warm-hearted thank you to David Burleigh for selecting my poem and many congratulations to all the other winners.

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Special Features

We are honoured and delighted that the following poems have been featured in a Haiku Calendar, the World Haiku Series 2019 (with Japanese translations), a Japanese Television Programme on Haiku, a Poetry Video Journal and a special Taiga Video. A selection of my photographs appears in some of these features too.

Haiku Calendars

Dorpswinkel appears (in Dutch) in the Haiku-kantelkalender 2023. The calendar features fifty-two haiku by poets from Belgium and The Netherlands and is available from Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen. A very big thank you to Régine Dendooven and the team for including my poem and putting this beautiful calendar together.

Grafsteen appears (in Dutch) in the Haiku-kantelkalender 2022. The calendar features fifty-two haiku by poets from Belgium and The Netherlands and is available from Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen. A very big thank you to Régine Dendooven and the team for including my poem and putting this beautiful calendar together.

Mount Fuji appears (in Dutch) in the Haiku-kantelkalender 2021. The calendar features fifty-two haiku by poets from Belgium and The Netherlands and is available from Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen (9 Euro per calendar plus postage). A very big thank you to Ferre Denis and the team for including my poem and putting this beautiful calendar together.

World Haiku Series 2021

I am deeply honoured, grateful and delighted to share ten haiku, five of them as photo haiku, in the World Haiku Series 2021, organised by The Akita International Haiku Network. A warm-hearted thank you to Mr Hidenori Hiruta for his beautiful Japanese translations and to Akita Prefectural Government, Akita International University, Akita Prefectural Board of Education, Akita City, Akita City Board of Education, The Akita Sakigake, The Haiku International Association and The Committee to Register Haiku as UNESCO World Heritage for sponsoring this beautiful series.

World Haiku Series 2021 logo

The following haiku were included and those with a link feature in a blog post too:

St Brigid’s Day

Settling Down
(The Asahi Shimbun, 5 February 2021)

Entwined
(Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 4:2, Spring/Summer 2021)

Desert Flower
(Haiku Dialogue, The Haiku Foundation, 4 March 2021)

Moonlight
(The Asahi Shimbun, 17 September 2021)

First Light
(Haiku Dialogue, The Haiku Foundation, 4 August 2021)

One Breath

Stars on the River
(The Bamboo Hut, Number 3, 2021)

COP26
(The Asahi Shimbun, 19 November 2021)

Shapes and Shadows
(EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2021 – Entering the Earth, The Haiku Foundation)

World Haiku Series 2020

I am deeply honoured to share Haiku and Photo Haiku as part of the World Haiku Series 2020, facilitated by the Akita International Haiku Network in respect of the 326th anniversary of Matsuo Bashõ’s passing and in respect of all the souls who lost their lives to COVID-19. A warm-hearted thank you to Mr Hidenori Hiruta for his beautiful Japanese translations and for creating this wonderful series.

world haiku series 2020 image with statue of Matsuo Bashõ

Ten haiku were included, those with a link feature in their own post too:

Sunrise
(Frogpond Vol 43:3, Fall 2020)

His Grey Hair
(The Bamboo Hut, Issue 4 – 2020)

Village Store
(Bundled Wildflowers, Haiku Society of America 2020 Members’ Anthology)

Lily of the Valley
(Haiku Dialogue, The Haiku Foundation, 20 May 2020)

Adjusting Pillows
(EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 and subsequently anthologised in The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology, edited by Robert Epstein, Middle Island Press, 2020)

Dreamcatcher
(Frameless Sky Issue 12, 2020)

Back from the Shelter
(EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 and subsequently anthologised in The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology, edited by Robert Epstein, Middle Island Press, 2020)

Falling Petals
(Honourable Mention in the International Section of the 2020 Haiku Invitational at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival)

Firefly
(Haiku Dialogue, The Haiku Foundation, 10 June 2020)

Little Blue Flower
(Haiku Dialogue, The Haiku Foundation, 15 April 2020)

World Haiku Series 2019

It is a great honour and pleasure to be one of the featured Haiku Poets in the World Haiku Series 2019, hosted and facilitated by the Akita International Haiku Network. A big thank you to Mr Hidenori Hiruta , who translated my poems into Japanese.

world haiku series 2019 logo

The featured poems are:

Passing Spring
(Between Heather and Grass – Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets by Xenia Tran)

Garden Buddha
(EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019, The Haiku Foundation)

Cove Bay

Colours of the Sea
(Between Heather and Grass – Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets by Xenia Tran)

Chive Blossoms

Songs in the Grass

Still this Green

Parallels

Hazy Moon
(Sharing Our Horizon – A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets by Xenia Tran)

Freedom of the Dawn
(Sharing Our Horizon – A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets by Xenia Tran)

EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration

It is a true pleasure to be able to contribute poems to this creative collaboration with haiku poets from around the world, facilitated by the Haiku Foundation.

Floating Swan and Sweet Starling appeared in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2018 – The Year of the Bird.

A Drop of Bliss, Celtic Mist and Garden Buddha appeared in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019 – The Year of Indigenous Languages. The last haiku was subsequently translated into Japanese by Mr Hidenori Hiruta and featured in the 2019 World Haiku Series.

Flowering Tulips, Great Aunt Faye, Deep Gratitude, Simple Kindness, Adjusting Pillows and Back from the Shelter appeared in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 – The Year of the Nurse. The last two haiku were subsequently anthologised in The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology (R Epstein, Ed, 2020).

Shapes and Shadows, Sunlight on her Wings and Seeds of Peace appeared in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2021 – Entering the Earth.

A warm thank you to Jim Kacian and The Haiku Foundation for putting these beautiful publications together and to all the other contributing poets whose input makes this project so special.

Haiku Masters

We are deeply honoured, humbled and delighted that Winter Mist and one of the images from the post featured as a Photo Haiku on NHK World Japan’s Haiku Masters in Tokyo Part 1, broadcast on 4th March 2019 from Tokyo. We are very grateful to presenters Kit Pancoast Nagamura , Kazuko Nishimura and Dan Mitsu for their thoughtful and entertaining interpretation of this photo haiku.

Frameless Sky

Portraits of Frameless Sky Issue 13 Contributors

I am humbled and delighted to be the Featured Artist in Frameless Sky Issue 13, a poetry video journal featuring forty of my nature photographs, a reading by Hemapriya Chellappan, poems by seventy-six poets from eighteen different countries and music by Sascha Ende. A very big thank you to Christine L Villa and Shloka Shankar for featuring my images and to all the contributors who helped putting this beautiful edition together. The video is available in DVD format or private YouTube link which can be purchased from Frameless Sky.

A sneak preview is available in the clip below:

Dreamcatcher was first published in Frameless Sky Issue 12, a poetry video journal featuring artwork by Hemapriya Chellappan, music by Corine Timmer and poems from more than fifty poets from all corners of the world. A very big thank you to Christine L Villa and Shloka Shankar for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together. The video is available in DVD format or private YouTube link which can be purchased from Frameless Sky.

A sneak preview is available in the clip below:

Taiga Video

In April 2020 we were honoured and delighted to have Zen Meditation featured as a taiga (a haiga with a tanka) as part of the Tanka Society of America’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.

tanka poem and image of Loch Morlich combined into a taiga by Xenia Tran

Twenty-one taiga were featured in total, created by tanka poets from around the world. Christine L Villa brought them all together in this beautiful video:

A very big thank you to all the organisers and editors involved for featuring my poems and photographs and putting these wonderful projects together.

#SelfIsolationHelp – Poetry Ireland

Catherine Ann Cullen, Poetry Ireland’s Poet in Residence, has been running a weekly poetry prompt for adults and children during the pandemic. As a regular contributor I am deeply honoured and delighted that Stepping Stones was featured as part of the Poetry Ireland Poetry Prompt Series on social media on 12th April 2021 …

tanka poem by Xenia Tran featured by Poetry Ireland

… and that Waterfall was featured on Catherine Ann’s Poet in Residence Blog in July 2021.

A warm-hearted thank you to Catherine Ann and Poetry Ireland for their inspiration and support during the pandemic and for featuring my poems in this way.

Placing Poems

In April 2021 Placing Poems invited poets to write about real or imagined journeys away from the stifling realities of the pandemic to create a poetic cartography of adventures for everyone to enjoy.

I am honoured and delighted that my poem Presence was selected for inclusion. You can find it on the map when you scroll north and click on the marker for the Cairngorms National Park.

River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust 2022 Calendar

It is both a great honour and pleasure to contribute four images to The River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust 2022 Calendar and help raise funds in support of our local river wildlife.

A warm-hearted thank you to Iona Gibson and Joe Telfer from River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust for featuring my images and putting this beautiful calendar together.

Below are two examples of featured photographs. You can click on any image for a larger view:

Interview with Bella Shah on ThoughtsnLifeBlog

This lovely interview was published in two parts on Bella’s ThoughtsnLifeBlog in February 2021. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Thank you so much for your thoughtful questions and this lovely feature Bella!

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