is a mystic poet, performer, and publisher. The founding editor of Black Ocean
, as well as the annual poetry journal, Handsome
, he is also the author of a few poetry collections. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly
and North American Review
, and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post
and The Poetry Foundation. He is a two-time National Haiku Champion and in 2010 he was voted “Boston’s Best Poet” in The Boston Phoenix
In 2015 Jack White’s Third Man Records launched a new publishing imprint, Third Man Books, and chose Janaka’s full-length poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect, as their inaugural title. Janaka’s poems are at once incantatory, mystic, and epigrammatic. His esoteric & occult influences, combined with a mesmeric approach to performance, create an almost ecstatic presence on stage.