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As a service to the Haiku Society of America members, we are glad to post announcement and news related to haiku publications and haiku-related events. You must be a member of HSA to submit items, and limit your announcement to no more than 100 words. These announcements and publications are not endorsed by the HSA.

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Please submit your announcements by email to the Electronic Media Officer, Randy Brooks at <rbrooks@millikin.edu>.


2018 Member News & Announcements

<dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> • September 17

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 2:1 and Autumn Moon Haiku Contest 2018: call for submissions
Please submit one Autumn Moon-themed haiku for the Autumn Moon Haiku Contest to <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> by October 31st 2018. Please submit up to 3 Fall/Winter themed haiku for the Autumn Moon Haiku Journal by November 1st, 2018, to tanchopress@gmail.com.

natalie <natalie@naviarrecords.com> • September 2

Naviar Haiku Fest will take place at The Old Church in Stoke Newington, London, on the 6th October. The event aims to explore the connection between experimental music and traditional Japanese poetry, break the barrier between audience and artists and encourage online and offline collaboration. Haiku Fest is an event organized by Naviar Records, a music community with a passion for traditional Japanese poetry. Naviar collaborates with over 200 artists worldwide, publishes physical and digital albums and only recently started organizing events as well: the first one was in London in October 2017. Here's the link to the event: http://www.naviarrecords.com/2018/07/15/nhf-iii-london-2018.

Michael Lee <michaelhenrylee@bellsouth.net> • July 2

Announcing Japanfest 2018

HSA S.E. Region has been invited to participate in the largest Japanese festival of its kind in the Southeastern USA. This coming Sept on Saturday the 15th from 10:00 am to 6:00pm and Sunday Sept 16th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will have a booth sharing haiku fundamentals and promoting our HSA.as well as conducting a workshop both days. This is a great opportunity to share our passion. I'm looking for a great turnout and especially eight volunteers to help in sharing operation of our booth (approximately 2 hours per shift.) Admission tickets for our volunteers will be provided free of charge. We have a limited number of Frogpond issues to offer serious visitors to our booth as well as promoting Haiku and our HSA with friendly conversation. Those of you able and interested in helping out please contact me asap to reserve your ticket. I will pass along discount  info on lodging as soon as it becomes available.

Michael Lee <michaelhenrylee@bellsouth.net> • May 5, 2018

S.E. Regional Anthology Biscuit Crumbs

In celebration of the HSA's 50th anniversary, the S.E. Regional Anthology Biscuit Crumbs is hot off the press and in the process of being mailed to all its contributors. Rest assured that if you were a submitter to the project and was a resident of the S.E. region of the HSA, your work appears in the anthology and a copy will be to you shortly. Additional copies will be available for $5.00 ( to defray print and mailing costs) and may be procured by contacting David Oates at: <dvdoates@aol.com>

Bev Momoi <hsa.2vp.bev@gmail.com> • April 29, 2018

2018 HSA Bernard Einbond Renku Competition Winner

The Grand Prize winner of the Haiku Society of America's 2018 Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition is: "From Branch to Branch" by Alison Woolpert (coordinator), Santa Cruz, CA; Roger Abe, Morgan Hill, CA; Mimi Ahern, San Jose, CA; Dyana Basist, Santa Cruz, CA: Phillip Kennedy, Monterey, CA; Amy Ostenso- Kennedy, Monterey, CA; Linda Papanicolaou, Stanford, CA; Carol Steele, Santa Cruz, CA; and Karina Young, Salinas, CA. The judges for the 2018 contest were Christopher Herold and Patricia J. Machmiller. The winning renku and the judges' commentary will be published in the next issue of Frogpond.

Bev Momoi <hsa.2vp.bev@gmail.com> • April 29, 2018

2018 Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition
Awards for Grades 7 - 12 

This year, 4,000 poems were submitted to the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition. For the first time, an international poet is among the winners:

Nadin Ghileschi
Botsani, Romania
Age 16

Ben Miller
Newport Coast, CA
Grade 10

James Russell
Atlanta, GA
Grade 7

Jamie Propst
Atlanta, GA
Grade 7

Rebecca Ferguson
Palm Bay, FL
Grade 9

Grace Ma
Newport Coast, CA
Grade 9

The judges for the 2018 competition were Susan Antolin and Charlotte Digregorio. The winning poems, along with the judges' commentary, will be read at the grand opening of the Nick Virgilio Writing Center this weekend, and they will be published in the next issue of Frogpond and posted on the HSA website.

Michele Root-Bernstein <rootbernsteinmichele@gmail.com> • April 20, 2018

Between Word and Image: A Gallery Walk Through Contemporary Haiga

In Frogpond 41.1 Michele Root-Bernstein reported on an exhibit of contemporary haiga at Michigan State Unviersity. As she states in that report:

The idea for Haiga: The Poetry of Images, aka Between Word and Image, had come to me in a flash some six months before, as a means of outreach to students and community members for Evergreen Haiku, the monthly study group I facilitate for the RCAH Center for Poetry. With fund- ing from the Haiku Society of America and MSU, and support from study group members, chief among them Steve Hodge and Michael Rehling, Evergreen Haiku put together a show focused on the picture-poems of two regional, yet very different haikai artists—Chase Gagnon and Lidia Rozmus—and placed them in a context of international English-language haiga.

The Haiku Foundation "HaikuLife" videos exhibit this year includes three videos on youtube featuring this contemporary haiga exhibit. Here are links to the three youtube videos (music by Steve Hodge):

1 - Haiga by Lidia Rozmus

2 - Haiga by Chase Gagnon

3 - World Haiga collection

Fay Aoyagi <fay.hsa.president@gmail.com> • April 12, 2018

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. We are pleased to announce that the editor for 2018 Members Anthology is Nicholas Sola. See details about submitting to the 2018 members anthlogy:

2018 HSA Members Anthology

Dick Pettit <dikdik39@gmail.com> • April 11, 2018


There is a new site at <rengrenga.blog> which will publish all kinds of renga/renku, from groups or individuals; also translations from other languages, especially Japanese; articles, reviews of renga
books, reports of activities; and criticism of posted renga.

All contributions warmly welcomed. They should be sent to me at <dikdik39@gmail.com>; and, unless vulgarly indecent, will be published as sent - except I, as editor, have the right to suggest, but not enforce, alterations. It is hoped that this will be a showcase and forum for all who practice & enjoy renga, and wish to further its spread and development. Hopefully, we could make some in-house e-mail renga parties. Possibly also by Skype?

Robin Palley <robin.palley@gmail.com> • April 10, 2018

Grand Opening of the Nick Virgilio Writers House

The Grand Opening of the Nick Virgilio Writers House (20 years in the planning and fundraising!) is happening April 28 and 29th in Camden.

Along with on-site festivities, we are having a virtual opening with a call for poems. All Haiku submitted by June 28rd (Nick's birthday). (We'll have a website link for submissions shortly) will be archived in the Writers House Book of Haiku, Volume 1 as we celebrate Nick's life and his poetry and prepare to embark on our mission of literacy and poetry for youth - and all ages.

See the PDF about the Nick Virgilio Writers House grand opening.

Fay Aoyagi <fay.hsa.president@gmail.com> • April 6, 2018

New PDF Membership for residents of countries outside of North America

The HSA Executive committee is pleased to introduce a new International PDF Membership Category for residents of countries outside of North America. Shipping print copies of Frogpond and the annual membership anthology are costing the Haiku Society of America more than $70 per member per year. Therefore, we would like to offer a new International PDF Membership to members living outside North America at the same rate as American members ($35.00 US). This new PDF membership will not include the paper copy of Frogpond. Instead, PDF members will receive a PDF version by email—an exact digital copy of the print publications. The yearly Member’s Anthology will also be delivered by email as a PDF copy.

For 2018 we will continue to offer the regular international print copy membership for $47.00, but the executive committee will be considering a significant increase in the cost of print copy membership for members outside North America next year.

The new International PDF Membership begins immediately for new members. Existing International HSA Members will have to option to renew for 2019 in this new category International. HSA Members will outside of North America will have the option to renew for 2019 in this new PDF category.

Julie Warther <wartherjulie@gmail.com> • February 9, 2018


SAVE THE DATE:  Plan to join us in Northern Ohio for the HSA Spring meeting May 4-6, 2018.  We are thrilled to have Barry George (Community College of Philadelphia) as our keynote speaker, a haiga presentation by Michele Root-Bernstein and an ikebana demonstration by the Akron Chapter of Ikebana International.  The haiku path at Holden Arboretum will be ready to open that weekend as well! We are still putting together the program, so if you have a presentation you'd like to share, please contact Julie Warther wartherjulie@gmail.com.  More information will be forthcoming.


SAVE THE DATE: Plan to gather with other haiku enthusiasts in the birthplace of American Haiku - Mineral Point, Wisconsin for workshops and fun. The Cradle of American Haiku Festival will be held August 10-12, 2018.  More information will be forthcoming.

Ce Rosenow <rosenowce@gmail.com> • December 7, 2017

Haiku Society of America
American Literature Association 28th Annual Conference
May 24-27, 2018
San Francisco, CA

The Haiku Society of America invites abstracts of no more than 250 words for presentations at the American Literature Association Conference http://americanliteratureassociation.org. Topics must be related to American haiku in some way. They can include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • Haiku by individual authors
  • Haiku within particular poetry movements
  • American haiku within the international haiku community
  • Translation and haiku
  • Historical analyses of haiku in American poetry
  • Interdisciplinary considerations of haiku in American culture

Proposals should be sent to Ce Rosenow, rosenowce@gmail.com no later than January 10, 2018.

Abigail Friedman <afriedman@thewisteriagroup.com> • December 7, 2017
Golden Triangle’s 2018 Golden Haiku contest

Submissions for the Golden Triangle’s 2018 Golden Haiku contest will be accepted through Feb. 2, 2018, and the Haiku entries will be judged once again by an esteemed panel of haiku experts. The recommended theme will be “Spring in the City,” but other haiku submissions will be accepted. Each participant may enter only one time, submitting a maximum of three haiku on the Golden Triangle’s online submission form. Award-winning haiku entries, along with dozens of other judge favorites, will be featured throughout March on colorful signs that are displayed on planter boxes along city sidewalks, in front of major office buildings within the business improvement district. In addition to first, second and third place awards presented from all submissions, the contest will also award a regional favorite. Haiku entries will be limited to three per person. This year’s entries will be judged by the following distinguished poets: Abigail Friedman, John Stevenson, and Kit Pancoast Nagamura. For more information about the contest and to submit a haiku, visit www.goldentriangledc.com/haiku.

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