Bart Mesotten was born in 1923 in Diepenbeek and lives
in Overijse. Since 1972 he devotes his time especially to the
propagation of haiku by publishing books and articles and giving
conferences. He was the driving force behind haiku in Flanders.
From 1976 till 1996 he was the president-founder of the Haiku
Centre Flanders. Till 1996 he was general editor of Vuursteen
(Flint), a periodical completely devoted to haiku. In 2000 he
received at Matsuyama (Japan) the prestigious 'Shiki International
Haiku Award' for his contribution to a greater reputation and
spread of haiku in the world outside of Japan. About haiku he
published: "Dag, haikoe" (Hello, haiku) (1972), "Dag,
pauwoog" (Hello, peacock butterfly) (1977), "Dag, licht"
(Hello, light) (1980), "Gezegend die nacht - in memoriam
patris" (Blessed this night - in memoriam patris) (1981),
"De seizoenen van de appel" (The seasons of the apple)
(1981), "Haikoe-boek" (Haiku book) (1986), "Een
vis die opspringt" (A fish that jumps) (1989), "De
tweede navelstreng breekt - in memoriam matris" (The second
umbilical cord breaks - in memoriam matris) (1990), "Oog
in oog - haikoe en senrioe" (Face to face - haiku and senryu)
(1991), "Duizend kolibries - haikoe van hier en elders"
(A thousand hummingbirds - haiku from here and elsewhere) (1993),
"Een verre vogel - tweede hai-koeboek" (A distant bird
- second haiku book) (1998), "Boven de wolken - derde haikoe-boek"
(Above the clouds - Third haiku book) (2003).