photographer, Gretchen Graft Batz, grew up on a small farm near
Nauvoo, Illinois. The outdoors is her favorite workplace; maintaining
a childlike "sense of wonder" is her goal as an artist.
completed her Master's Degree in Elementary Education at Western
Illinois University in Macomb, where she met her husband, Roger.
Kindred spirits, they camped for eight weeks in Europe on their
honeymoon. Over the years, they've backpacked in Norway, Finland,
Germany, the former Yugoslavia, Greece, and most recently, in New
Zealand, Australia, and Fiji, always seeking in-depth cultural experiences.
addition to photography, Gretchen enjoys writing (especially haiku),
and she occasionally teaches creative writing and multicultural
arts for children's afterschool learning programs.
© 2002 by Inga Mack
her written works and photographs have appeared in: The St. Louis
Post-Dispatch Sunday Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Farm
Women, Illinois Magazine, Illinois Audubon, Frogpond, and Mayfly.
Her photography is sold at the Springfield State Museum Shop, the
Rend Lake Illinois Artisan's Shop, and Componere Gallery, University
has been working at her art of photography for over 20 years. In
2000 she exhibited photographs with haiku poet, Lee Gurga, at the
Global Haiku Conference hosted by Millikin University in Decatur,
Illinois. See the resulting online collection, Long
Walk Alone, published as a Brooks Books online edition. She
recently conducted a photography workshop at the Nature Institute
in Godfrey, Illinois.
further information on her work, please write to:
Batz Maybeck Place 1 Elsah, IL 62028
or phone (618) 374-1599
Wiley has lived in the midwest most of her life. In 1968 she and
her family moved back to Elsah, Illinois where she first met her
husband, Bill, while attending Principia College in the'50s. Both
of their sons, Dave and Brad, graduated from the college.
© 2002 by Gretchen Batz
Bill took early retirement from Principia where he and Nancy had
been working for 22 years. Since then they have gone to Florida
each winter. Several of Nancy's haiku in this exhibit were inspired
by her solitary walks on the beach. Although her husband passed
on last year, Nancy continues to live in Elsah and spend her winters
been writing haiku ever since having been introduced to the genre
by Paul O. Williams at Principia College in the mid-'70s. She has
often had poems published in haiku journals and was a winner of
The Christian Science Monitor haiku bumper sticker contest
in 1999. Nancy has enjoyed collaborating with Gretchen to create
an integrated experience of haiku and photography for well over
15 years. Some of her haiku in this collection have been previously
published in Dragonfly, South by Southeast, Haiku
Headlines Calendar, Brussels Sprout, bottle rockets
and the Haiku Society of America Anthology for 2001.