Annette Makino portrait

“My goal as an artist and writer is to help people find joy and meaning in their daily lives and deepen their connections with the people they love.”
— Annette Makino

About the Artist
About Haiku, Senryu and Haiga

Annette Makino

Annette Makino is an artist and haiku poet who combines Japanese-inspired paintings with original words. Her pieces express quiet reflection and Zen humor.

Drawing on Japanese artistic traditions, Makino paints with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors using bamboo brushes. As is traditional in Asian art, she stamps each painting in red with one of her personal seals.

Much of Makino’s work is inspired by the Japanese tradition of haiga, artwork combined with haiku so the image and words deepen and enrich each other.

Raised by a Japanese father and a Swiss mother, Makino has lived in both Japan and Europe. She now lives in Arcata, California with her family.

Makino comes to her work with more than thirty years experience in writing and graphic design as a communications and outreach specialist for nonprofit organizations. She has a degree in international relations from Stanford University.

Makino offers paintings, prints, calendars and cards of her work through her art business, Makino Studios.

Publications: Makino’s work has appeared in the leading English-language haiku and haiga journals, including Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn, tinywords, Prune Juice, A Hundred Gourds, HaigaOnline, and DailyHaiga. Her work has also appeared in a number of anthologies, including the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Red Moon anthologies of the best haiku of the year.

Awards and Shows: Makino’s poems have won prizes in the Gerald Brady Senryu Contest (3rd place, 2016) and the Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest (2nd Honorable Mention, 2016). In the ukiaHaiku Festival, she has been awarded the Jane Reichhold International Prize (2nd place, 2016; Honorable Mention, 2017), the Dori Anderson Award for haiku about Ukiah, California (1st place in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017; 3rd place in 2016). In 2013 and 2o14, her haiku also won first place in the Adult General category. One of her poems was shortlisted for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Award for best haiku of 2013.

Makino exhibits her art regularly around Northern California. Her work has shown at the Morris Graves Museum of Art and the Brenda Tuxford Gallery in Eureka; the Corner Gallery in Ukiah; and the Mateel Cooperative Art Gallery in Garberville, among other places.

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    Selected Poems

    some part of me
    still wild

    the time we are given…
    sparks rise through darkness
    to join the stars

    home from errands—
    a hero’s welcome
    from the dog

    low tide all the things I’ve left behind

    what remains
    of the mountain
    sand between my toes

    cloud sun cloud my restless shadow

    lines of foam
    over and over the sea
    writes its story

    in meditation
    attempting to empty my—
    oh, that reminds me . . .

    for better or for worse
    our lights and darks
    tumbling together

    our easy silence
    every puddle

    for tracks . . .
    who was I before
    I was tamed?

    Credits: “cowlick” – tinywords 13.2 (Sept. 17, 2013); “the time we are given” – tinywords 14.2 (Dec. 8, 2014); “home from errands” – Modern Haiku 44.1 (Winter/Spring 2013); “low tide” – Modern Haiku 44.1 (Winter/Spring 2013); “what remains” – With Cherries on Top (Press Here, 2012); “cloud” – Frogpond 36:1 (Winter 2013); “lines” – Frogpond, Issue 35:3 (Winter 2012); “in meditation” – Prune Juice, Issue 9 (Summer 2012); “for better or for worse” – The Heron’s Nest, XVI:1 (March 2014); “our easy silence” - 2nd honorable mention, Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest (2016); “fox tracks” – The Heron’s Nest, XVII:1 (March 2015).