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Anderson, Kay (Kay F.) Papers, 1940-2002, 1990-2002
HAIKU MS 243-252
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Papers, 1940-2002, 1990-2002
Kay Anderson papers, 1940-2002


Anderson, Kay (Kay F.), creator


Dalton, Helen.


Davie, Helen.


Herold, Christopher, 1948-


Kilbride, Jerry.


Leach, Lynne.


Miyashita, Emiko.


Smith, Lois Scheuerman.


Spiess, Robert.


Thompson, John, 1957-


Tripi, Vincent.


Wilcox, Kiki.


Haiku Poets of Northern California


American Haiku Archives


This collection has been arranged into the following series: HAIKU MATERIALS: Correspondence with haiku poets; Writing -- haiku and tanka, renga (with Christopher Heron, Francine Porad), haibun, rengay (with John Thompson); Articles; Presentations; Awards; Correspondence as President of the Haiku Poets of Northern California; Roshi Award correspondence. PUBLICATIONS: Books; Magazines; Essays; Other poetry; Short stories; Psychology papers; Publishers' correspondence. ART: Illustrations; Santons; Other Projects (including decorations for the San Mateo Motel). TEACHING: French, Transactional analysis, Ministry. PERSONAL PAPERS: Biographical; Youth; Ephemera; Family photographs; Correspondence: To and from John Anderson; Other family; Friends; Authors; Misc.; Cancer papers.
Correspondents include: John Anderson, Darold Braida, Helen Dalton, Helen Davie, Claire Gallagher, Garry Gay, Christopher Herold, Jim Kacian, Jerry Kilbride, Lynne Leach, Kenneth Leibman, Jeanne Lowenthal, Emiko Miyashita, Arlie Parker, William Pauly, Francine Porad, Barbara Ressler, Lois Scheuerman Smith, Robert Spiess, Ebba Story, Kenneth Tanemura, John Thompson, Vincent Tripi, Charles Trumbull, Susan Villereal, Linda Ward, Michael Dylan Welch, Kiki Wilcox, and Paul O. Williams.


1940 (issued)


243: Haiku Materials: Correspondence, A-L. -- 244. Haiku Materials: Correspondence, M. -- 245. Haiku Materials: Correspondence, N-Y. -- 246. Haiku Materials: Writing. -- 247: Haiku Materials: Presentations; Awards; HPNC correspondence; Roshi Awards. -- 248: Publications: Books. -- 249: Publications: Magazines; Essays; Other poetry; Short stories; Psychology papers; Publishers' correspondence. -- 250: Art; Teaching. -- 251: Personal papers: Biographical; Youth; Ephemera; Photographs. -- 252: Personal papers: Correspondence; Cancer papers.


Anderson, Kay (Kay F.) -- Archives
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
Haiku, American -- History and criticism
Renga -- History and criticism


From the American Haiku Archives.
Kay Frances Holst was born on July 29, 1934, in Moline, Illinois. She attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, pursuing a liberal arts education. In 1955 she married John M. Anderson and, in 1958, his Marine Corps posting led them to San Mateo, California, with their one-year-old daughter, Susan Kay. Their second child, Kathryn Jane, was born in 1959.
In California Kay began her free-lance writing career and became a motivational speaker/educator -- two life-long commitments. She completed her education, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University in 1978, and an M.A. in Education/Psychology in 1980 and was also certified as a Transactional Analyst with the International T. A. Association. Publications during this period include 'The First book of philosophy' for gifted 6th grade students and 'I and thou in the here and now' which was named Word Books, Inc. Book of the Month.
Kay discovered the haiku path in 1990 and has developed expertise in all the haiku forms. She has published extensively in the major haiku journals and has been included in many anthologies, including William J. Higginson's 'Haiku world'. Her awards include a 1st in the Haiku Poets of Northern California International Tanka Contest in 1995; in 1996 she was awarded 2nd in the Harold Henderson Haiku contest and in the National League of American Pen Women contest. That same year she served as President of the Haiku Poets of Northern California. Kay was twice featured as an honored reader at the HPNC 'Two Autumns' readings in San Francisco, in 1993 and again in 2002.
Kay served as a judge for the 1994 Gerald M. Brady Memorial Senryu International Contest sponsored by the Haiku Society of America and for the International Haiku Contest sponsored by the Palomar Branch of the National League of American Pen Women in 2001. In 1997, she established the Kayfa Roshi Award for Life-Changing Action in Support of Youth which she has continued to confer each year.
Kay has also developed her artistic talent as an illustrator. Her sumi-e first appeared in 'Woodnotes' and was featured in Linda Ward's 'Full moon tide'. Kay's work also illustrated David Rice's 'Light on the mountain'. A sampling of Kay's haiga can be viewed at: http://members.aol.com/GlennE5/May2000Kay1.html
Kay and her husband John are now living Redwood City, California. Their daughters are nearby -- Kathryn Anderson is a Detective Sergeant of the Redwood City Police Department and Sue Villarreal is a high school fine arts and English teacher/counselor in Mount Shasta. Kay and John have four grandchildren, Megan, Vincent, J.R. and Laura. Kay recently recovered from cancer and her use of haiku in work with other cancer patients was featured, along with her haiku, in Emiko Miyashita's 'The New pond'. Kay hopes to soon resume the work she began some years ago on a book to help a new population to find and travel the 'Haiku Path to Joy'.
Kay Anderson papers, 1940-2002
Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.



Physical Description:

10 ms. boxes (ca. 1975 items) : ill., ports.




HAIKU MS 243-252



Copyright Note:

Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.