ALEXIS ROTELLA, Maryland US
Alexis is an interfaith minister, hypnotherapist, spiritual healer, licensed acupuncturist and certified nutritional consultant, as well as a past president of the Haiku Society of America and an award-winning poet whose published credits include haiku, senryu, tanka and renga. She is among the authors who have been treated by the Milliken University haiku project (millikin.edu/haiku). Her haiku may be found at Terebess Asia Online, and senryu in the Autumn 2005 Simply Haiku.
Informed by her professional interests, Alexis' writing has an internal, personal depth that speaks to the universality of human emotions. It can also be very experimental. She has explored the use of fiction in haiku, and is the inventor of colorenga, a linked form that uses poetry to explore the visual and psychological properties of color. Not surprisingly, her interests extend to visual art, which she approaches experimentally. These images are composed in a kind of monoprinting processes and the texts are poetic responses about birth, death and faith. I hope you'll find them as transformative as I did.