Zinovy Vayman
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Information: Zinovy Vayman was born in Moscow to the Communist family and raised in the Southern Ukraine and Siberia. He is thankful to the Russian people for their progressively mild discrimination of the Jewish minority. It pushed him to strive harder. He was awarded a gold medal for his high school's achievements and went on to become the Best Innovator at a hi-tech plant in the 70s.
Early on, Zinovy became a traveller: he made trips to the islands at the White Sea, to the Caspian seashore and Lake Sevan in the Caucasus. He also visited Baltic countries while they were still a part of the USSR, and flew to Soviet Central Asia. Zinovy fell in love with Tarusa, a town of artists, drinkers and writers on the Oka River, and started to write rhymed verse and diaries.
Expanding on his world, Zinovy went to America and worked in the area of solar energy research, receiving several patents. He made global trips traversing in his “rock bottom” fashion to Brazil, Japan, Egypt, Western Europe, Turkey and Thailand. He was trying to write his poems in English, when he encountered the short genre of haiku. Even within his native tongue, Zinovy had difficulties with poem finales. In haiku, he found beginnings merging with endings. Making fewer errors due to haiku shortness, Zinovy found not only his match for poetic expression but communities of like-minded people all over America and Eurasia.

Zinovy Vayman has been active on the political scene in Boston, mostly at Harvard and other universities, in courts, and within the Massachusetts State House.

Since then he’s penned many letters and articles on the Middle East, and returned to his endeavor—the Hebrew Haiku Society.
Zinovy published his haiku in numerous magazines, but not in The New Yorker, not in Poetry, not even in Ploughshares. However, the best Russian poetry magazine, Arion, did publish his articles, haiku, and even renku.

Vayman received haiku prizes from the Haiku Society of America, the Mainichi Newspapers, the Moscow Haiku Group, and other organizations running contests including the Kikakuza Haibun Prize, and Moonset.