R. W. Watkins - Masters of Form

R. W. Watkins is a Canadian poet, essayist and editor. He was creator and publisher of Contemporary Ghazals, the world’s first English-language journal dedicated to the ghazal form. He was also the only Canadian included in Agha Shahid Ali’s Ravishing DisUnities, the world’s first anthology of English-language ghazals. In the 1990s and 2000s, his work appeared regularly in the haiku journals, and he has published several books of haiku and related verse forms—the most recent being the two Insight collections. In 2020 he edited Wholly Trinities: The Nocturnal Iris Anthology of Sijo in English, and in 2022 he compiled Early Journeys, Forgotten Logs: The Nocturnal Iris Anthology of Ancient Ghazals in English. As well, his short fiction, essays, and interviews with cartoonists have appeared regularly in Pattern Recognition. At present, Watkins continues to edit Eastern Structures, the magazine of Asian poetic forms that he began publishing in 2016. Alcosexual, the second of two collections of his 1980s and ’90s free verse, is his most recent book. Outspoken on many issues, he resides in Newfoundland, Canada.

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