Beth Vieira is a student of Zen, haiku, and Japanese. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Comparative Literature and Intellectual History. She was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley before resigning to pursue a career as a psychotherapist. She has published in Simply Haiku, Contemporary Haibun, and The Heron’s Nest. She has an essay on haiku in the journalfort da and a book length collection of poetry in the anthology Burning Gorgeous. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA, where she spends much of her time with her first love, the sea.