Melinda B Hipple Author

Poet & Novelist

I just read your monotetra, "The Key" for the first time, and I was blown away. And yes, I am that Michael Walker, the same who created the form. Occasionally I do a quick search on the monotetra...and I was certainly glad to have come across this poem of yours—one of the best monotetras I've read, in my opinion, and trust me I've read many. The intrigue in the tale and the use of the meter and flow were exceptional. Very well done! Michael W

Over the years, I've written in a variety of genres. My poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications such as Encore, Watershed, Hillock, Prune Juice, Tinywords and Lynx, and I have been a regular contributor to Pirene’s Fountain—a poetry journal. I was a past editor and columnist for Up the Creek News, and haiga editor and web master for Notes from the Gean—a journal of Japanese short form poetry. I was a founding member and haiga editor for A Hundred Gourds—a haikai poetry journal.

My first poetry manuscript, Camera Obscura, is nearing completion. In addition, I have completed the first book in a science-fiction series and will be marketing the manuscript soon.


Published Writing

“Focus”
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (print)
September 2017
"grandpa's jokes," "oscillating fan,"
"dad's funeral," "Haunted"

(haiku & a haibun)

failedhaiku (online)
A Journal of English Senryu
May 2016
"Camera Body," "Silver Anniversary,"
"Portrait Sitting," "Beetle," "Coming Home"

(poetry)

Watershed (print)
2016
"Nicholai," "The Dust of Other Stars"
(short fiction)

Watershed (print)
2015
"Monarch," "Captive"
(poetry)

Watershed (print)
2014
"The Cellar"
(creative non-fiction)


Watershed (print)
2014
Moorman Prize for Prose - First Place
“Guernica,” “Cataracts”
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (print)
November 2014
"Religioso," "Chimera," "Abstractions"
(poetry)

First Water: Best of Pirene's Fountain (print)
November 2013
"Dust," "Gray," "Coconut"
(poetry)

Watershed (print)
2013
"Mary Mary quite contrary"
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (online)
April 2013
"a fly," "deposits"
(haiga)

A Hundred Gourds (online)
March 2013
“A Hug for Buford”
(poetry)


Encore NFSPS (print)
2012 Children's Poetry Competition
First Place
“Enchantment”
(poetry)


Sonnet Poetry Competition (online)
2012
First Place
“Letting Go”
(haibun)

Haibun Today (online)
March 2012
"summer breeze," "first recital,"
"the window"
(haiga)

Tiny Words (online & print)
Issue 11.2 - 2011
"The Sketch"
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (online)
October 2011
"tsunami"
(haiga)

Notes from the Gean (online)
June 2011
"lamplight"
(haiku)

Tiny Words (online & print)
Issue 11.1 - March 2011
"Religioso"
(poetry)


Pirene's Fountain (online)
October 2010
Nominated for the Editor's Prize
"a spider," "the little spider"
(haiku)

Tiny Words (online & print)
Issue 10.2 - September 2010
"The Darkened Temple"
by Mari L’Esperance
(book review)

Pirene's Fountain (online)
April 2010
"Unrequited," "One Breath"
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (online)
April 2010
"the basket," "tattered flag"
(haiga)

LYNX (online)
Issue XXV:1 - February 2010
"Chimera," "Chrysalis"
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (online)
October 2009
"divorce papers"
(senryu)

Prune Juice (online/print)
Summer 2009
"making change," "unexplored path,"
"lightning strike," "column of smoke"

(haiku)

Notes from the Gean (online)
June 2009
"Abstractions"
(poetry)


Pirene's Fountain (online)
May 2009
Nominated for the Editor's Prize
"The Bounty Here"
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (online)
May 2009
“The Leading Trees”
(poetry)


Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for Traditional Verse
2008
Commended
"The Sparrow Found Him First," "Danse Oriental,"
"Acquaintance by Birth"
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (online)
October 2008
"Dew," "Disconnect," "Picasso's Children"
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (online)
May 2008
"Rain Song," "Leading Trees"
(poetry)

Pirene's Fountain (online)
January 2008
"Yellow Canopies"
(short fiction)


Tell A Story Competition
June 2006
First Place
Grandpa Trucil's True Tales
(monthly column)

Up the Creek News (print)
July 1983 - June 1985
"Pariah"
(short fiction)
Hillock (print)
1983