William J. Higginson (1938-2008) was an American master of a Japanese art form - the haiku. Born in New York City, Bill grew up in Bergenfield, NJ and returned to Paterson, NJ later in life to immerse himself in the work and environs of his muse, the great poet William Carlos Williams. He attended MIT as an undergraduate, after which he joined the United States Air Force, a choice that would profoundly affect his personal and creative life. The Air Force sent him to Yale to learn Japanese, then posted him for two years to Misawa Air Base, in the northernmost tip of Honshu. Through these experiences, he developed a life long love of the Japanese language and literature which in turn blossomed into a life long career as a poet in his native language, English, to which he brought his passion for Haiku as well as literature in general. Over the course of his life he would fill many creative roles superbly: poet, translator, critic, advocate, collector, and enthusiast.