Neal Whitman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and today lives in Pacific Grove, California. Whitman took up writing poetry in 2005 when he was in transition from a long career in medical education, where he had promulgated the reading of poetry as part of learning the art of medicine. Since his retirement from the University of Utah School of Medicine, Whitman has served as an editor and member of the advisory board of Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine
. He also is director of docent training at the Robinson Jeffers Tor House in Carmel, California. He won first prize in the 2009 James McIntyre contest in Ingersall, Ontario; third prize in Western University of New England’s 2010 Common Ground Review
contest; and third place in the 2011 Voices of Lincoln (California) Poetry Contest.
Whitman also won the Haiku Pix Review
chapbook contest for his collection, Blyth’s Spirit
Whitman was awarded the 2011 White Buffalo Chief’s Choice Award and was chosen as its 2012 White Buffalo Poet Laureate. He has won prizes from the Artists Embassy Poetry Dancing Festival, Diogen Culture
Magazine in Serbia, and the Ito En Grand Prix Haiku contest judged by masters in Japan. He and his wife, Elaine Whitman, are featured each season in Pacific Grove's Cedar Street Times
with haiga that combine his haiku and her photography.
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