Dr. David G. Lanoue

Professor of English, English Dept. Head,
Chair, Division of Fine Arts and Humanities
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1981
M.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1977
B.A., Creighton University, 1976

Specialties: Medieval and World Literature, Translation (Japanese Haiku)

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Lanoue earned his Ph.D. in medieval literature, and so his dissertation and early articles all dealt with European works: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; 14th century Spanish poetry, including the Libro de buen amor; 14th century French poetry, especially Guillaume de Machaut; and 17th century Spanish drama by Calderon de la Barca. In the mid 1980s he decided to learn Japanese, go to Japan, and read everything he could on the one-breath art of haiku. He has been working on haiku ever since: translating and writing critical essays on it. He is especially interested in Issa. His first book, Issa: Cup-of-Tea Poems, Selected Haiku by Kobayashi Issa, came out in 1991. Other books have followed, including Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa (2004) and a series of five "haiku novels" (2000 - 2013). He maintains the website, The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa, for which he translated 10,000 of Issa's haiku. He is currently the president of the Haiku Society of America. In April 2014, he won a Norman C. Francis Excellence in Scholarship Award; see the video.

Professor Lanoue may be contacted at: (504) 520-7477 or by e-mail at dlanoue@xula.edu.

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