Welcome to the Solitary Daisy!

This journal began in early 2023 as a newsletter when haijin Sally Quon and Michele Rule wanted more friends to play haiku with. It was meant to be local for the Okanagan, in BC, Canada, but soon grew to include people from around the world. The time seemed right to start archiving the newsletters and making other information available. Michele’s husband, Frithjof Petscheleit, moved the newsletter into MailChimp and created this website so more people could access the articles, resources, interviews and lessons that Sally and Michele were creating. The two hope to continue providing quality content for haijin wherever they are located and are planning the first Solitary Daisy Haiku Competition in early 2024.


Sally and Michele

Sally Quon

Sally Quon is a disabled poet and photographer living in the Okanagan Valley of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She is an associate member of The League of Canadian Poets and a member of Haiku Canada. Her work has been published in numerous journals including The Heron’s Nest, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, First Frost, and Time Haiku. She is currently working on her first book of haiku, haibun, and haiga, tentatively titled, “My Valley, My Home.”

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Michele Rule

Michele Rule is a disabled writer from Kelowna BC. She is especially interested in the topics of chronic illness, relationships and nature. Michele is published in the Asahi Shimbun Haikuist, Pine Cone Review, the Enchanted Garden, Five Minute Lit, Shadow Pond, WordCityLit, and the anthologies F*ck the Patriarchy, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and To Live Here, among others. She is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets and Haiku Canada. Michele has been awarded honourable mention twice for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational and also for the Haiku Northwest Porad Award. Her first chapbook is Around the World in Fifteen Haiku. Michele lives in a beautiful garden surrounded by people who love her just the way she is.

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