Origa (Olga Hooper)
Origa is a pen name of Olga Hooper. She was
born in Siberia, Russia. Graduated from Tyumen
State University with a master's degree with
honors in history and social sciences, and
from post-graduate school with a written
thesis in Russian history. For many years
Olga has been a teacher in colleges and universities.
Since 1998 after marriage to an American
man, she has lived in Michigan, USA with
her husband, two cats, and their children
Origa is a devoted student of haiku, sumi-e,
painting on ceramic, ikebana, shakuhachi
and koto music, Japanese literature, and
Japanese cuisine. Her works have been published
in "Simply Haiku" magazine; in
"Haigaonline" in "Green Leaf"
where she has her personal Photo Gallery
of haiga (in collaboration with Ashe Wood),
and haiku at http://thegreenleaf.co.uk/HP/Duets/Olga/00olga.htm
; in 2004 issue of "Reeds: Contemporary
Haiga" (editor Jeanne Emrich); in "Hermitage:
A Haiku Journal" (editor Ion Codrescu);
in "Temps Libres/Free Times"; in
"Haiku Stvarnost (Haiku Reality)"
e-zine; in "Yellow Moon" in Russian
haiku almanac "Haikumena"; and
others. In 2004, Origa's haiga have been
every month among winners of the World Haiku
Association's Haiga contests.
Origa is a member of the World Haiku Club,
World Haiku Association, Haiku Hut Poetry
Forums, Cherry Poetry Club. Origa's most
recent accomplishment is First Place and
an Honorable Mention at the Kaji Aso Studio
International Haiku Contest 2004 (the link
to their Web site is:
Third place in Shadow Poetry 3rd Biannual
Chapbook Competition (2004); First place
(tide with Kilmeny Niland) in 16 WHA Haiga
Editor: Ban'ya Natsuishi
1. Simply Haiku, 2003 #5
3. Temps Libres/Free Times, October 2004
4. Kaji Aso Studio International
2004, First prize
5. WHA Haiga contest, April 2004,
6. Yellow Moon, 2004 #16
8 . Green Leaf: Haiga pages: Origa's Gallery
9 . Hermitage, 2004 #1-2
10 . Haikumena, 2004 #2
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