Elizabeth is a Canadian poet and author. Her children’s picture book, Happy Haiku, illustrated by Jack Foster, was shortlisted for the American Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Book Award.
Elizabeth’s poetry is written in the style of Japanese short form. Her poetry collection, Wondering What’s Next, is a compilation of her haiku, senryu and haibun, and her book, How Soon the Colour Fades, is a book of haiku, senryu, and photo-haiga. Both are published by Cyberwit.net. She has had two chapbooks published with Red Moon Press, Not Like Fred and Ginger, and Extra Candles. Not Like Fred and Ginger, a collection of haibun poetry chronicling her cancer journey, was also shortlisted for the prestigious American Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Book Award. She also has a passion for photo-haiga, (a photograph paired with a haiku), and won the Jane Reichhold 2nd annual photo-haiga contest.
She is the author of three women’s fiction books, A Path to the Lake, Full of Grace and The Smell of Roses.
She has over 175 publishing credits.
You can learn more about her at www.Elizabethcrocket.com
These 26 delicious scenes retrieved from childhood help us, young and old, to revisit those times and to share them anew. Not the cookie-cutter haiku you’ll find in similar books, Liz Crocket’s work will introduce your child (and perhaps you!) to the way contemporary haiku has evolved over the past half-century, and perhaps inspire you to capture your own special moments in the same fashion. — Jim Kacian, Editor-in-Chief, Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years.
Elizabeth Crocket has filled this book with happy stories from nature, lessons on life, great ideas for children to try, and lots of family love. The 26 haiku–as many as the letters in the alphabet—present fine examples of alliteration “birthday bat”, expression “cutting teeth”, suspense “suddenly…” and hinge questions, “do you love me?” Short and simple to read on 3-lines following the form of traditional Japanese poetry, these haiku can inspire children from as early as two to become creative writers too. – David McMurray (Asahi Haikuist columnist in Japan)
A Path to the Lake
Kate Browning longs to experience a life of her own again after caring for her parents the past two years. However, her sister Heather’s escalating depression threatens to thrust Kate into the role of family caregiver once again. Hungry for companionship, Kate begins a relationship with Frank Fetiscina, who was there when she and Heather needed him. A part-time writer, she is offered an opportunity writing an inspiration column for the local paper by the editor, Tom Smythe. Kate is instantly attracted to him, and they begin a flirtatious and sexual relationship with no ties between them. While Kate is on a date at the bistro with Frank one evening, Tom walks in unexpectedly. Tired of the expectations Frank places on her and the lack of commitment from Tom, Kate tells them she is done and storms out, realizing it’s time to take charge of her own life again.
Full of Grace
Angela keeps a roof over her head, albeit a leaking one, by writing romance novels. But, Angela’s never really believed in the traditional happily ever after ending. So, she begins writing the story of Grace, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer shortly after finding out her husband Rick is having an affair. Again.As she writes the story to dispel the myth of happily ever after, Angela begins a relationship with Mark, the contractor who comes to fix her leaking roof, and ironically, it looks like she may be on the way to her own happy ending. But Angela’s had a difficult past and has a cynical outlook, while Mark’s life has just gotten messy. Angela wonders if this is all going to work out.Grace lies in bed at night, wondering if what Rick wants to give her, and what he is capable of giving her, are two different things. She asks Rick to move out temporarily, while they try to assess their marriage. She wonders how she can get such comfort and security from a man who cheated on her.
The Smell of Roses
Groomed to run the family business, Sarah Ballister sacrifices everything else in life to climb the ladder to vice-president. Unsure of who she is anymore, if not the person her judgemental parents mapped out, she makes the agonizing decision to leave Ballisters.
Sarah meets Sam Fergus, a shoe-shine man with a disarming smile, when he asks to shine her Louboutin’s at the airport. She also runs into business man Dan Jamison, who expresses interest in Ballisters. Dan calls the next time he’s in town and asks her to meet him at the airport. Walking past the shoe-shine stand, she sees Sam again. She glances back at him and is surprised she has butterflies.
Could the woman known as the queen of acquisitions really be flirting with the shoe-shine man?