2016 Member News & Announcements
The 2016 Members Anthology, Full of Moonlight, edited by David Grayson, has been sent to all members of the Haiku Society of America. Anyone interested in purchasing additional copies of the 2016 anthology should contact the editor directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandra Simpson <email@example.com> • December 20, 2016
Haiku NewZ, and its parent the New Zealand Poetry Society, have moved to a new website which has a fresh look. Find Haiku Happenings here:
To access and navigate the rest of the pages, hover your mouse over Affiliates in the top menu. A drop-down tab will appear that says Haiku New Zealand. All the previous content is available, although some of the groupings are now slightly different. ~Sandra Simpson
Bruce Ross <firstname.lastname@example.org> • November 7, 2016
2016 3rd Annual International Autumn Moon Haiku Contest Results
This third annual international Autumn Moon Haiku Contest received almost 150 entries from all continents. This year, the quality of the haiku was somewhat less strong than in previous years, perhaps reflecting some current publishing trends, even highlighting “chatty” haiku. That said, early prehistoric people have left depictions of the faces of the moon on a piece of wood or on stone, perhaps the beginning of a sense of time. Wild animals such as the elephant and even our pets stare at the moon. We are especially moved by the autumn moon, at the time of dramatic changes to the flora and fauna. In Buddhism, the moon symbolizes enlightenment. In haiku, there is a recognizable opening in a connection with the seasonal world and the human celebrations. The autumn moon is possibly the most dramatic opening to our sensibilities. ~ Bruce Ross
she tunes her violin
to the moon
Ernest J Berry, New Zealand
sharp chirps of the last crickets autumn moon
Aalix Roake, New Zealand
sighs rising from
the refugee camp . . .
full harvest moon
Cezar Ciobica, Romania
Honorable Mentions, in alphabetical order:
drying the milkweed
Anna Cates, USA
shrouded autumn moon . . .
my mother almost remembers
Cherese R. Cobb, USA
full autumn moon
fills the gap
in a squat’s broken window
Tracy Davidson, UK
overflowing gutter drop by drop the full moon
Lucia Fontana, Italy
yellow ball of yarn
in my mother’s hand
Chen-ou Liu, Canada
only in a corner of the window
the shining moon
Valentin Nicolitov, Romania
sleeping with one face
Pearl Pirie, Canada
the silver platter
I didn’t polish
Holli Rainwater, USA
losing my hearing slow-rising harvest moon
Sandra Simpson, New Zealand
full autumn moon
my head floats on the sweet scent
Andre Surridge, New Zealand
Election Results - HSA 2017 Election
226 of 767 ballots cast
Fay Aoyagi: 211 votes - 98.1%
* Michael Dylan Welch: 1 vote - 0.5%
* Mike Montreuil: 1 vote - 0.5%
* Roberta Beary: 1 vote - 0.5%
First Vice President
Mike Montreuil: 207 votes - 99.5%
* Someone else: 1 vote - 0.5%
Second Vice President
Beverly Acuff Momoi: 207 votes - 99.5%
* Deborah Kolodji: 1 vote - 0.5%
Bill Deegan: 215 votes - 100.0%
Electronic Media Officer
Randy Brooks: 216 votes - 100.0%
Christopher Patchel: 126 votes - 59.7%
Bruce Ross: 85 votes - 40.3%
Ignatius Fay: 217 votes - 100.0%
Dianne Garcia: 215 votes - 100.0%
California: Deborah Kolodji
Hawaii/Pacific: Brett Brady
Mid-Atlantic: Robert Ertman
Midwest: Julie Warther
Mountain Region: Steve Tabb
Northeast/New England: Wanda Cook
Northeast Metro: Rita Gray
Oregon: Shelley Baker-Gard
Pacific Northwest: Angela Terry
South: Carlos Colon
Southwest: James Applegate
Southeast: Robin Hood Black
HSA BY-LAWS AMENDMENT
Approve: 158 votes - 79.0%
Not Approve: 42 votes - 21.0%
Dan Schwerin <Dan.Schwerin@FUMCWaukesha.org> • October 28, 2016
Lee Gurga, author of Haiku: A Poet’s Guide, and editor of Modern Haiku Press, will be lead a workshop on how to write fine haiku November 19th, 1-4pm at First United Methodist Church in Waukesha, WI. The address is 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI, 53186. We are excited to host such a fine poet, editor, and teacher. Direct your questions to email@example.com or call Dan Schwerin at 262.542.4256. All are welcome.
Dan Schwerin <Dan.Schwerin@FUMCWaukesha.org> • September 22, 2016
Haiku Waukesha group
We have established a few dates for the Haiku Waukesha group. We plan to meet the second Wednesdays of the months, Oct.12th and Nov. 9th, from 6:30-8:30pm. We will be at First UMC Waukesha, 121 Wisconsin Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186, room 216. Questions can be directed to me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Fay Aoyagi <email@example.com> • September 20, 2016
Message from the President
Due to health issues, Aubrie Cox, our Frogpond Editor, has decided to step down and has asked Christopher Patchel to act as interim editor to complete the fall issue, 39:3. HSA officers agreed with her decision, and I invited Christopher to provide his services with our officers' approval, according to our by-laws. Since he already has been working on cover design, photos and inside formatting for Frogpond, this mid-year transition from Aubrie to Christopher will be smooth. I appreciate the members' understanding and continued support. It is sad to hear that Aubrie decided to step down. I can imagine how hard it must be to give up something one loves and has dreamed about. However, we shall respect her decision. On behalf of HSA officers and members, I would like to thank her for her service and wish her continued success in her professional, literary and private life.
Haiku Society of America
September 19, 2016
Bruce Ross <firstname.lastname@example.org> • September 9, 2016
Bangor Haiku Group 3rd International Annual Autumn Moon Viewing Contest
The Bangor Haiku Group (Maine) is sponsoring the Third Annual International Autumn Moon Viewing Contest. Please send one of your best moon haiku between October 1st and October 31st, 2016, by email to <email@example.com>. Subject line: Autumn Moon Haiku. Include your name, city/state and country. There will be three prize winners. Results will be available in November 2016.
Thomas Chockley <firstname.lastname@example.org> • August 14, 2016
Illinois State Poetry Haiku Chapter
Our next meeting is scheduled for August 21 from 1-4pm. Lee Gurga tries to attend monthly when his schedule permits and he has wonderful critiques and presentations. We meet every other month and Lee will be presenting Japanese Aesthetics at our October 16 meeting. Your contributions of resources and information about haiku and related forms will be welcomed and appreciated!
The group is part of the Illinois State Poetry Society and if you would like to join after attending a few haiku meetings I can give you the information. The library is located at 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook. We meet in the Civic Room. Please bring 10 copies of 6 haiku for critique. I look forward to your joining us.
Kyle Craig • <email@example.com> • July 20, 2016
Call for members' published haiku for HSA social media site. We are looking for members' previously published haiku to be published on our Facebook and Twitter sites. Please send your 3-5 published haiku to
We prefer haiku that were published in Frogpond, older than issue 35:2, but we are not limiting selection to those issues. The format should be as follows:
I open myself
to the rain
--Bill Pauly (Frogpond 38:3)
Please include your haiku in the body of e-mail. We will not open attachments.
Kyle Craig, Social Media Handler
Aubrie Cox • <firstname.lastname@example.org> • July 15, 2016
Dear HSA Members,
I wanted to take a few moments to update everyone and eliminate any confusion about the recent and upcoming changes to Frogpond. These changes mainly affect when you may submit and when the issues will come out.
Submissions are currently open until September 1st. Upon submission, you will receive an automated message confirming receipt. Estimated time for response is six weeks after the deadline. Should you receive a response before the deadline, please do not submit again. We only consider one submission per reading period.
The new submission schedule is as follows:
March 15 to May 15 (for the Spring/Summer Issue)
July 01 to September 01 (for the Fall Issue)
October 15 to December 15 (for the Winter Issue)
Frogpond will be released:
Winter Issue (40:1 onward): April 1st
Spring/Summer Issue (40:2 onward): August 15th
Fall Issue (39:3 onward): December 1st
Issue 39:2 is slated to go to print August 15th, so U.S. subscribers should begin receiving the issue toward the end of the month. We are in the process of moving to Philadelphia, so a new postal address for snail mail submissions and books for review will be provided soon as we are.
In the meantime, should you have questions, please contact me directly at email@example.com. Additional information will be available on Frogpond's social media sites:
The Haiku Society of America publishes an annual anthology of haiku and senryu by members, edited and produced by one or more editors appointed by the executive committee. All members will receive a free copy of the anthology. See more details.
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Lenard D. Moore • <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Check out a recent NPR radio interview of Lenard D. Moore at WUNC, April 25, 2016. This is a fun interview with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill radio station. Here is the link:
Julie Warther <email@example.com> • Aoril 1, 2016
Ohaio-ku Study Group
The first meeting of the Ohaio-ku Study Group will meet Saturday, April 9 from 10am-noon at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. <http://cuyahogafallslibrary.org> The study group is open to anyone from beginners to seasoned haiku poets. Each session will include writing exercises, discussion of published haiku and time for attendees to write and share their work. The group will meet the second Saturday of every month.
Questions may be directed to Julie Warther at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbie Strange <email@example.com> • March 24, 2016
Tom Clausen, of the Mann Library, hosts a featured haiku poet at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York for the month of March. You can see the most recent featured author, Debbie Strange, at:
Dan Schwerin <firstname.lastname@example.org> • March 6, 2016
Haiku Group in Waukesha, WI
Our next gatherings are Wednesday March 9th 630-8pm as well as Wednesday, April 13, from 630 to 8pm. We meet at First UMC Waukesha, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.
John Stevenson <email@example.com> • February 23, 2016
On March 27, Easter Sunday, John Stevenson will be giving a talk on the subject of "yoin" (resonance) as part of the "Salon Series" presented by the Sachiyo Ito & Company dance troop in New York. Renowned shakuhachi artist, James Schlefer, will talk about resonance in Japanese music. And the event will close with improvised Japanese dance and shakuhachi based upon haiku by John Stevenson.
Guest Artists: James Schlefer, John Stevenson
Date: Sunday March 27, 2016 Sunday at 3pm-4pm
Place: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th St. (Between 5th & 6th Avenue) NYC
Admission: $15 general, $10 for senior & student
Information: 212-627-0265; www.dancejapan.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
H.S.A. members are invited to attend without charge, though a voluntary contribution would be appreciated.
Aubrie Cox <email@example.com> • February 21, 2016
Frogpond now has its own social media accounts! Follow for updates, sneak peaks, and haiku sightings.
Cliff T. Roberts <firstname.lastname@example.org> • February 6, 2016
The Texoma Haiku Society is meeting on the third Sunday of each month from 1-3pm at the Midway Mall Food Court in Sherman, Texas. For more information contact Cliff T. Roberts at <email@example.com> or 903-893-8435.
Sun. Feb 21, 2016 - THS Feb Meeting
Program: Love Verse In Haiku - Celiia Stewart Powells
Hajin: Brenda Roberts
Sun. March 20, 2016 - THS March Meeting
Program: Irish Haiku
Haijin: to be announced
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - Spring Contest Deadline
Sun. April 17, 2016 - THS April Meeting
National Haiku Poetry Day
Program: How To Read Haiku
Haijin: to be announced
Dan Schwerin <firstname.lastname@example.org> • February 5, 2016
New Haiku Group in Waukesha, WI
Dan Scwerin writes that a new haiku group started last July and it's still going. "There are several publishing haiku now, several beginners, and those like me who are eternal novices. All are welcome." For now this haiku group meets 6:30 to 8:00 pm on the second or fourth Wednesday at First UMC Waukesha, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. We gather next on Feb. 24 from 630-8pm.
Questions? Contact Dan at <email@example.com>
Michele Root-Bernstein <firstname.lastname@example.org> • February 5, 2016
Calling All Midwest Haiku Poets,
I want to let you know personally about a haiku study group that is set to begin Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at Michigan State University. Meetings are planned for the 3rd Saturday of every month—at least through April 16th—and beyond if there is interest. I sure hope so! This is a group meant for students and for community members, for novice poets and seasoned haijin alike. If you can come to one, some, or all meetings, please do! We need you!
There's a bit of information about me and the haiku study group format I envision:
In a nutshell~
Dates: February 20, March 19, April 16, 2016
Time: Saturdays, 1 – 3 pm
Where: On campus in Snyder Hall, C302. Snyder Hall is a Residence Hall at 362 Bogue Street, off of Grand River Avenue. You can look it up on this map: http://maps.msu.edu/interactive/
I am looking forward to this opportunity to celebrate haiku in the Midwest. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you are ever in East Lansing and would like to join in the fun!
Charlie Rossiter <firstname.lastname@example.org> • January 29, 2016
Haiku writer Randy Brooks is the featured poet on Poetry Spoken Here podcast on Friday, February 5. During the program he will read his poems and discuss such topics as the social nature of haiku, the aural tradition of haiku and teaching haiku. Subscribe to the podcast series on iTunes (free) and receive an automatic notification when the podcast is posted. In addition to his long history of writing haiku, Brooks is the proprietor of Brooks Books and a long-time faculty member at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.
The podcast also includes a brief review of Robert Hass book, The Essential Haiku.
Poetry Spoken Here--new podcast 1st & 3rd Fridays
Roberta Beary <email@example.com> • January 18, 2016
Roberta Beary will read from her latest work Deflection, a collection of haibun and haiku sequences, on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2PM at The Writer's Center in Chase Chase, Maryland. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Free admission. Event Contact Information <http://Writer.org <http://writer.org/> 301-654-8664, The Writer's Center. Deflection was selected by poet Grace Cavalieri as an Exemplar for National Poetry Month Best Pick in the Washington Independent Review of Books.
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