Colin Stewart Jones
- Editor - haibun, haiga and visual haiku
Colin Stewart Jones gained an MA degree in Gaelic Studies and a post-graduate MLitt in Irish and Scottish Studies from King’s College, Aberdeen and The Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies. Both degrees involved comprehensive study of literature. He was awarded a 100% mark for his MA dissertation; Dàin do Eimhir and Either/Or: points of contact between Somhairle MacGill-Eain and Søren Kierkegaard, that argued that the critically acclaimed Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean drew heavily on the writings of the Danish existentialist philosopher.
Jones does not regard himself as an academic but rather an autodidact who is talented in transforming what he has found, or found out, into something new. An artist first – then a writer, Jones paints with whatever materials he has to hand; he leans towards household paint and recycled materials, sometimes making sculptural assemblages with discarded objects he finds in skips or on the street. Likewise, he takes what he finds from his daily life to produce short image-based haiku and other poetry.
Jones is the owner of Gean Tree Press which published Notes from the Gean and Notes from the Gean: monthly haiku journal. Jones’ inspiration behind Notes from the Gean was to promote new writers and innovation in haiku. As Editor-in-Chief of the first incarnation of Notes from the Gean, one of Jones’ responsibilities was also features editor. Features included interviews with respected haiku poets; book reviews; essays; haiku cartoons; and ‘the dreaming room’ – a page for in depth examinations of single haiku. Notes from the Gean proudly published the first English Sign Language linked form poem, sabaki Alan Summers, and ran many other special features including tributes to deceased writers and a special on the Japanese tsunami. We also held a ginko and workshops at Aberdeen Samurai Day and Winchester University, conducted by Jones and Alan Summers.
As sole editor, Jones took the decision to publish poems by different writers in juxtaposition rather than listing them by writers, when he revamped Notes from the Gean as a monthly flip magazine. Even though made with perfect PDFs the innovation to mix up the various haiku genres and the poets caused an outcry.
Writers included in Notes from the Gean have been the Irish author, Colm Tobin and American Pulitzer Prize winner, Franz Wright. Video within the flip magazine pages was also pioneered with such works as ‘Flow’ by Susan Shand. Jones also edited and published eleven books, for other haiku poets, with Gean Tree Press. All are housed for posterity on the Living Haiku Anthology.
Jones’ haiku; haiga; tanka; haibun; renga; haiku cartoons; essays; poetry and other creative writings have been published in print and in online journals. Some have been awarded, commended and anthologised. His art and haiga has been shown in Peacocks Gallery, Aberdeen and at the Asian Celebration, Eugene, Oregon. He also writes songs and makes poetry films. As well as graphic haibun, Jones developed a four-line seventeen syllable style of haiku in keeping with spirit of Japanese haiku that is able to work with the natural rhythm and lyrical flow of English. This is particularly evident when the haiku, originally a spoken poem in Japan, are read aloud. His fourth collection of haiku ‘Catch 41’, published by Yet To Be Named Free Press, follows this style. Jones’ other jobs are running a Christian website called yodh.vision and editor of Tzynchromesh Christian Art and Poetry magazine.
AWARDS & HONOURS:
Front Cover simply haiku 2006 vol 4 no1
First Place The 2008 San Francisco International Rengay Contest
Special Haiga Exhibition World Haiku Review March 2009
Three Questions by Curtis Dunlap: Blogging Along Tobacco Road, May 2009
PIPELINE Modern Art Forms by Colin Stewart Jones simply haiku winter 2009, vol 7 no 4
An Interview with Colin Stewart Jones by Robert D. Wilson simply haiku winter 2009, vol 7 no 4
Understanding Modern English-Language Haiku by Tracy Koretsky Winning Writers Newsletter, 2010
Shiki Monthly Kukai 2nd Place Kigo Section “sand” June 2008 also placed 6th in the annual competition and is the favourite senryu of Anjukta Asopa
Mann Library’s Daily Haiku August 2011
Haiku Now Competition, 2011: commendations for Innovative Category Haiku
Haiku Now Competition, 2011: commendations for Contemporary Category Haiku
Honourable Mention Vanguard section: World Haiku Review, March 2013.
Haiku of Merit Shintai section: World Haiku Review, March 2013
Special Haiga Exhibition World Haiku Review 2009
Haiga Exhibited at Asian Celebration, Eugene Oregon, February, 2013
Contemporary Haibun Online.
Haibun Today. Should Rules Be Broken
Living Haiku Anthology.
LYNX: A Conversation With Zuggrydian At The Last Port In The Solar-System
Mainichi Daily News.
Muse India, Mango Moons, Issue 37 May-June 2011 ISSN 0975-1815
Notes from the Gean.
Pirene’s Fountain. Inkblot . Freewill . Garbage day
Rusty Tea Kettle.
Under the Bashō. A Cherry On Top
World Haiku Review.
A Further Note on Concrete Poetry by Linda Papanicolaou Haigaonline
A Cherry on Top
A Muddy Foot
A Year To Go
Conversations With Self: Jack Galmitz and Colin Stewart Jones
Flow by Susan Shand
Ha Ha: The Motion Picture
Kissinger Meets Kerouac
Outside the Box
President Obama Reading Haiku
Three Colours Haiku
Zombie Haiku Apocalypse
Zombie Haiku Apocalypse 2: Deja Ku
Zombie Haiku Apocalypse 3: Alien Incubation
A Seal Snorts Out The Moon Colin Stewart Jones (Cauliay Aberdeen 2009)
Bashō Has Left the Building Colin Stewart Jones (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2012)
Bashō Has Left the Building Colin Stewart Jones (Gean Tree Press digital reprint 2019)
Thinking Once A Week Colin Stewart Jones, Iron Press (North Shields, 2014)
Catch 41 Colin Stewart Jones, (Yet To Be Named Free Press, Stoke-On-Trent 2013)
Poets centre Stage Volume 1 Michael Molden editor, (Cauliay Aberdeen 2007)
A New Resonance 7 Jim Kacien, Dee Evetts eds, (Red Moon Press, 2011)
Four Virtual Haiku Poets Alan Summers, Brendan Slater eds, (Yet To Be named To Be Named Free Press, Stoke-On-Trent, 2012)
Four Virtual Haiku Poets Black Label Brendan Slater ed, (Yet To Be named To Be Named Free Press, Stoke-On-Trent, 2012)
World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights violation compiled by Dimitar Anikiev, 2013
Petrichor: Anthology of Short Verse produced by Brendan Slater (Yet To Be Named free Press, Stoke-On-Trent, 2013)
Humours of Haiku David Cobb editor (Iron Press, North Shields, 2014)
A Vast Sky : An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku Bruce Ross, Kōko Katō, Dietmar Tauchner, Patricia Prime editors; David Burleigh translator (Tancho Press, 2015)
Notes from the Gean Haiku Journal:
Owner/Editor-in-Chief/Features Editor All Issues, 1-13
Haibun Editor: Issue 10
Notes from the Gean Haiku Monthly: Owner/Editor-inChief/ All haikai genres, Issues 14-22.
Gean Tree Press.
Pho t on, Fujiwara Akiko, trans Waku Miller, (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2012)
Bashō Has Left the Building, Colin Stewart Jones, (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2012)
Americana, Ed Markowski, (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2013)
Kokoro Arts, an’ya, (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2013)
LA Thru A Lens Don Baird (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2013)
Letters, Jack Galmitz (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2013)
Letters to My Parents, Steven Carter, (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2013)
Objects, Jack Galmitz, (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2013)
nothing but the wind, John Carley, (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2013)
The Tea Way, Phil Madden, (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2013)
Would That That’d Never Been Be, Brendan Slater (Gean Tree Press, Aberdeen, 2013)
I would like to thank all contributors and former Editors of Notes from the Gean
Grum Robertson, Photographic Consultant Issues 1-10
Lorin Ford, Haiku Editor Issues 1-9
H. Gene Murtha, Tanka Editor, Issues 1-9 R.I.P
Origa, Haiga Editor, Issue 1
Melinda B. Hipple, Haiga and Webmaster Issue 2- 9
Ray Rasmussen, Haibun Editor Issues 4-9
Alan Summers, Linked Forms Issues 5-13
Don Baird, The Dean at The Gean . . .
Alison Williams Haiku Editor, Issues 10-13
Michael McClintock Tanka, Issues 10-13
Andy Pomphrey, Haiga Editor Issues 10-13
Richard Krawiec, Editor Haibun Issues 11-13
And Susan Shand, Proof Reader, Gean Tree Press Books