Kathe L. Palka


author Kathe L. Palka graduated from Rutgers University Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in 1983, having double majored in Economics and American Civilization. She then pursued a short and unfulfilling career as a banker. She has since spent several years as a tutor and tutor trainer for Literacy Volunteers of America, co-edited the literary quarterly The Higginsville Reader from 1996 through 2002 and spent several years on the editorial staff of the annual poetry journal U.S. 1 Worksheets. She has co-edited, together with Peter Newton, the online daily haiku and micropoetry journal http://tinywords.com/ since 2012.

Palka's poetry first began to appear in literary journals and magazines in the mid-1990s. Her work in both free verse and Japanese forms has been published in Acorn, Alehouse, Bogg Magazine, bottle rockets, The Bucks County Writer, Cezanne's Carrot, Ekphrasis, Exit 13, Frogpond, The Journal of New Jersey Poets, Modern Haiku, paper wasp, The Penwood Review, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, Pleasant Living Magazine, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, red lights, the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Shot Glass Journal, Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine, U.S. 1 Worksheets and Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature.

She has had work included in many anthologies including To Love One Another: Poems Celebrating Marriage, Grayson Books, 2002, seed packets: an anthology of flower haiku, Bottle Rockets Press, 2010, evolution: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2010, Red Moon Press 2011, Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 3, 2010, MET Press 2011, Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness, MET Press 2011, and carving darkness: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2011, Red Moon Press, 2012, World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation, Kamesan Books 2013, Naad Anunaad: an Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, Vishwakarma Publication 2016, and They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku, Middle Island Press 2017.

Her first poetry chapbook collection, The Grace of Light, was published in 2004 by Finishing Line Press as part of their New Women's Voices Series. A second chapbook collection, Faith to See and Other Poems, also by Finishing Line Press, followed in 2007. Palka won a 2011 eChapbook Award from Snapshot Press of Great Britain for her short tanka collection As the Years Pass, http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/ebooks.htm. Her full length book, Miracle of the Wine: New and Selected Poems was published by Grayson Books in 2012. Her latest collection is A Path Of Desire: tan renga, written in collaboration with Peter Newton and published by Red Moon Press in 2015. She has had work nominated for the Pushcart Prize, placed third in the 2009 Gerald Brady Senryu Contest and had a haiku Commended in the Innovative Category of The Haiku Foundation's 2011 HaikuNow! Contest.

Ms. Palka is the mother of two adult sons and lives near Flemington, New Jersey, with her husband of 36 years, Joseph, and their beloved Welsh Pembroke corgi named Garth. She is a member of the Haiku Poets of the Garden State https://hpgs.weebly.com/ and the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative https://us1poets.com/. In her spare time, whenever possible, she loves to wander the parklands of her native state.

Ms. Palka can be reached at k-jpalka@comcast.net