Annette Makino portrait

“My goal as a writer and artist is to help people to find joy and meaning in their daily lives and to 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 that she grinds in an ink stone, adding color with Japanese watercolors. She applies the ink and paint onto paper with 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. She also draws on the Japanese custom of etegami, painting and mailing postcard art with a few well-chosen words.

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 husband, two children, and a dog.

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 poems and haiga have 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 several anthologies, including fear of dancing (the Red Moon anthology of the best haiku of 2013), Contemporary Haibun (annual print anthology edited by Jim Kacian), and Now This: Contemporary Poems of Beginnings, Renewals, and Firsts (edited by Robert Epstein).

Awards and Shows: In both 2013 and 2014, Makino’s haiku took first prize in the ukiaHaiku Festival in two categories: Adult General, and the Dori Anderson Award for haiku about Ukiah, California. She also had a poem 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

    cold winter rain
    the swollen creek also
    rushing home

    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

    highway markers
    how quickly the future
    blurs into the past

    heavy downpour
    my collapsible umbrella
    promptly collapses

    Credits: “cowlick” – tinywords 13.2; “cold winter rain” – tinywords 13.1 (March 16, 2013); “home from errands” – Modern Haiku 44.1 (Winter/Spring 2013); (September 17, 2013); “low tide” – Modern Haiku 44.1 (Winter/Spring 2013); “what remains” – With Cherries on Top (Press Here, 2012); Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology (2013); “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); “highway markers” – tinywords, Issue 13.1 (Feb. 21, 2013); “heavy” Prune Juice, Issue 9 (Summer 2012).