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HSA Member News & Announcements - 2012

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.

See the archives: 2012 Member News | 2011 News | 2010 News | 2009 News

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


2012 Member News & Announcements

Carolyn Hall <carolynhall.sf@gmail.com> • December 31, 2012

THE DOORS ALL UNLOCKED: haiku by Carolyn Hall has been published by Red Moon Press. It is available from Red Moon Press. Or you may order directly from the author.

Susan Antolin <susantolin@gmail.com> • December 14, 2012

Rick Black from Turtle Light Press informed us that there

was an error in the recent November 2012 issue of Ripples (Nick Virgilio's book was mentioned in the Northeast news with incorrect information on the publisher and price). We have corrected the PDF version of the November issue of Ripples and replaced the old one with this new, corrected version. We thank Rick Black for pointing out this mistake.

Marianna Monaco <snail mail address below> • December 10, 2012

The 1st “aha” (Annual Hortensia Anderson) Memorial Haiku Awards Competition 2013

This Memorial Haiku Competition is to honor the memory of a well known and respected New York based haiku poet, Hortensia Anderson. Results will be announced on the 21 of May, 2013 . . . one year to the date of her passing. Deadline: in-hand no later than 1 April, 2013. Sponsor: Haiku Oregon. For more information, contact Marianna Monaco, and mailed to 1487 West 24th Place, Eugene, Oregon 97405 USA.

Deborah P Kolodji & Naia <haikunorthamerica2013@gmail> • December 10, 2012

Haiku North America 2013 Committee Invites Presentation Proposals

The HNA 2013 committee is actively seeking proposals for papers, panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and performances for the August 14-18, 2013 conference at the Queen Mary. Those wishing to officially participate in the conference as presenters are encouraged to email their proposals to Deborah P Kolodji and Naia at <haikunorthamerica2013@gmail.com> by February 28, 2013. Please note that haiku must be an integral part of each proposal. When preparing proposals, participants may wish to incorporate reference to this year’s conference theme—“Intervals”

The journey to full moon, the timespan of high to low tide, the lull from one wave to the next, the pause between breaths.

The spaces in-between, where humanity slows, observes, absorbs; there, where connection is made through our senses, sensibilities, intuitive nature.

Aubrie Cox <haigagourds@gmail.com> • December 3, 2012

A Hundred Gourds 2:1 is now online

The fifth issue of A Hundred Gourds is now online at: <http://ahundredgourds.com>

AHG 2:1 includes a feature by Sandra Simpson on the Haiku Festival Aotearoa, 2012, which was held in Tauranga, New Zealand. Special thanks to Jim Sullivan, AHG's new webmaster, and to Ray Rasmussen,
who was willing to teach Jim the mysteries of web work and will continue in his role of consultant. Many thanks, too, to Ron Moss for being the guest editor for this issue's haiga section. Aubrie Cox is AHG's new haiga editor and welcomes your haiga submissions for the March issue onwards.

The deadline for all submissions to AHG 2:2 (the March 2013 issue) is December 15th. Please check the AHG submissions page for editors' guidelines and email

Aubrie Cox, haiga editor,
for the Editorial Team
A Hundred Gourds

Sandra Simpson <sakez@xtra.co.nz> • October 13, 2012

Haiku Society of America members may be interested in news of haiku in New Zealand. We have added a link to Haiku NewZ <http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/haikunews>on the HSA website to help you follow what is going on in that country.

Sandra Simpson, Editor of Haiku NewZ, writes:

"While New Zealand doesn’t have an official haiku association, the Haiku NewZ webpages act as a clearing house for information for the country’s haiku community. The pages are stored under the umbrella of the NZ Poetry Society, which offered us the space and kindly supports what we do there. The news pages are updated at least once a month."

Ce Rosenow <rosenowce@gmail.com> • October 9, 2012

HSA Contest Winners Announced

The judges, Susan Antolin and Susan Constatble, have announced their selections for the 2012 Gerald Brady Memorial Senryu Contest. From the 356 entries they have awarded first place to Julie Warther, second place to Michele L. Harvey, third place and an unranked honorable mention to Terri L. French, and honorable mentions to Tom Painting and Jim Kacian. The text of the poems and the judges' comments will appear in a future edition of Frogpond.

The judge for the second annual H.S.A. Haibun Contest was Roberta Beary. She has selected prizes from the 55 entries as follows: first prize to Tom Painting for "Phases," second prize to Michele Root-Bernstein for "Say Summer," third prize to Terri L. French for "Dragons Live Forever," and an honorable mention to Mark Smith for "Pining Ground." The full texts and judge's comments will be published in a future edition of Frogpond.

2013 HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition

For this contest a renku format will be prescribed each year. The 2013 contest will require that entries be in the nijûin style (20 stanzas). For information on the nijûin form, please refer to the article "Shorter Renku" published in Frogpond XVII:4 (winter 1994), or the updated version of it at <http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/shorter_renku.html>.

Entries must be written by two or more persons, each of whom contributes a substantial number of individually authored stanzas. Any particular author may appear in no more than three different renku entered. Entries must be in English. Entries must not have been previously published, nor contain any stanzas previously published, submitted for publication, nor entered in any other contest. Publication is defined as an appearance in a printed book, magazine, or journal (sold or given away), or in any online journal that presents edited periodic content. The appearance of poems in online discussion lists or personal websites is not considered publication. Judges will be asked to disqualify any link that they have seen before.

See complete details at: <https://www.hsa-haiku.org/hsa-contests.htm#einbond>.

Terri L. French <terri.l.french@gmail.com> • August 13, 2012

Terri L. French, SE Coordinator of the Haiku Society of America would like to invite all HSA members, haiku enthusiasts, teachers, and those interested in learning more about the genre to the 2012 Ginkgo Haiku Fest, September 28 - 30. The conference will be held at beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville, Alabama. Featured conference speakers are Tom Painting, Bob Moyer, and Laurence Stacey. Along with instruction, there will be games, open mic, ginko walk, door prizes, and a $100 Issa Award for Best Haiku to be voted on by the attendees. The price for the weekend is $60 for HSA members (which includes most meals) and $65 for non-members. Bluff-side rooms with gorgeous views of Lake Guntersville are $105.00/per night. Please contact Terri at <terri.l.french@gmail.com> for registration information. Deadline for registration is August, 15.

Jacqui Murray <jacquimurray@bigpond.com> • August 13, 2012

Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize

The life and work of Australia's greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, is being celebrated with a significant new haiku award offering a First Prize of $350, a Second Prize of $100 and a Third Prize of $50. The new award is international in scope--in keeping with Janice's recognition as a truly international haiku poet and as a fitting memorial to her many decades of dedication to promoting not only the development of an Australian haiku voice but also her work on behalf of English language haiku as a global art form. The closing date for entries is 15 September 2012 and results will be announced in December 2012. The contest anthology will also be published in December. For more details contact Katherine Samuelowicz, paper wasp, 14 Fig Tree Pocket Road, Chapel Hill, Queensland 4069, Australia. <ksamuelowicz@optusnet.com.au>

Dianne Garcia <garciadianne@hotmail.com> • June 26, 2012

Haiku Northwest is pleased to announce the eighth annual Porad Haiku Contest, cosponsored with the Washington Poets Association. Deadline: Received by August 31, 2012. Prizes: $100, $50, and $25. Poems will be published on the WPA website, and announced at Haiku Northwest's annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway, to be held October 11-14, 2012. <http://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/seabeck-haiku-getaway>. Judge: Deborah P Kolodji, moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group. Fees: $1 per poem (unlimited entries). Wondering how to submit? For complete submission guidelines, please visit <http://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/2012-events/2012-porad-award>.

John Stevenson <ithacan@earthlink.net> • June 12, 2012

We are pleased to advise our readers, and particularly our international readers, that Volume 13 of The Heron's Nest can now be purchased via PayPal. Please see the bottom of our 2011 Awards page (here: <http://www.theheronsnest.com/Aawards.html>) to order. Note that there is a drop down menu for pricing options based upon the shipping address. You can also use this feature to order Volumes 10, 11, and 12. Just enter your order and following it up with an e-mail to me <ithacan@earthlink.net>, indicating the volume(s) you want.

Sincerely, John Stevenson, Managing Editor, The Heron's Nest

Naia <naia01@yahoo.com> • June 4, 2012

August 14-18, 2013
on board the Queen Mary
Long Beach, California, USA

SAVE THE DATES for Haiku North America 2013. On behalf of the HNA Foundation Board and the local organizing committee, HNA conference co-chairs Deborah P. Kolodji and Naia are pleased to announce that Haiku North America 2013 will be held on board the historic Queen Mary ocean liner, permanently docked in Long Beach, California.

The Queen Mary is steeped in history and old-word grandeur. Poets will walk the decks where such celebrities and dignitaries as Fred Astaire and Winston Churchill once walked, while enjoying Southern California's climate and the companionship of their fellow haiku poets. The Queen Mary has five restaurants on board, and there is easy tram access to downtown Long Beach. The local organizing committee has reserved a block of reasonably priced rooms on board, with both inside and outside state rooms available. As with past Haiku North America conferences, we are planning five days packed with haiku workshops, panels, presentations, and readings, as well as a haiku book fair and an art display. Come and meet editors, publishers, members of regional and national haiku organizations, and the people behind the names you readin haiku journals.

The local organizing committee is planning to issue a call for proposals. Although the details will be announced later, it is not too soon to start thinking about how you can share your haiku expertise, energy, and ideas with your haiku colleagues.

Follow updates on the HNA 2013 blog at <http://haikunorthamerica2013.blogspot.com/>

Cliff Roberts <Vanpire13@aol.com> • May 21, 2012

The Fort Worth Haiku Society webpage now has information about the HSA Fall Quarterly Meeting on September 14-16, 2012. See the details at:


Charlotte Digregorio <c-books@hotmail.com> • May 18, 2012

Haiku Critique - Winnetka Public Library - August 11

There will be a haiku critique meeting, Saturday Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka, IL. As the time gets closer, I will notify participants about the number of copies of their work to bring to share with others. We have both beginning and experienced haikuists at our critique meetings, so it's a good time to learn from your fellow poets. Afterwards, we will go to lunch nearby to network. Please RSVP for the meeting. Thanks. —Charlotte Digregorio

Naia <naia01@yahoo.com> • May 5, 2012

HSA’s  2nd Quarter Meeting – Hosted by Haiku Poets of Northern California, May 25-27, 2012 

The second quarterly HSA meeting of 2012 will take place in conjunction with the American Literature Association conference, where there will be two panels on haiku. The ALA portion of the meeting will be followed by an afternoon of readings and workshops at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley hosted by the Haiku Poets of Northern California. For information about the ALA conference, see the ALA website at <http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2/american_literature_association_2012.html>.

Charlotte Digregorio <c-books@hotmail.com> • May 5, 2012

If you can make it, The Cradle of American Haiku Festival in Mineral Point, WI, Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 is a jam-packed weekend of learning and fun! This is the third time the Festival is being offered.

Gayle Bull invites HSA members to The Cradle of American Haiku 3, a festival in Mineral Point, WI, Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22. The Cradle Festivals celebrate the importance of the Midwest in the development of English language Haiku. The first Cradle Festival honored Raymond Roseliep of Dubuque, IA, one of the best early American haiku poets. The second Cradle honored Robert Spiess of Madison, WI, one of the best early poets and editors of English language haiku journals.

This year's Cradle Festival will honor the development of “American Haiku Journal," the first publication devoted exclusively to English haiku. It was founded in Platteville, WI. Don Eulert, one of its founders, will be among honored guests and presenters. The three days will feature readings, presentations, food and fun. Some of the presenters and panelists are Charles Trumbull, Jerome Cushman, Gayle Bull, Marjorie Buettner, Charlotte Digregorio, Francine Banwarth, Melissa Allen, Bill Pauly, Aubrie Cox, Mike Montreuil and Lidia Rozmus.

The fee for the three-day festival is $45. This will include all presentations, workshops, readings and the reception and Saturday night picnic. We encourage pre-registration to make it easier to determine the amount of food and facilities needed. Throughout the Festival, there will be coffee, tea, iced tea, water and goodies on the front porch of Foundry Books for those who just want to sit, relax, talk and write. We look forward to seeing you at the Festival.

Check <http://www.mineralpoint.com> for accommodations. If you have any questions, please contact Gayle Bull at <info@foundrybooks.com>. She will be happy to send you a registration form.

Ce Rosenow <rosenowce@gmail.com> • April 15, 2012

Education Committee provided several workshop and guideline PDF documents for the Educational Resources web page for the Haiku Society of America. Visit our Educational Resources page.

Stanford M. Forrester <bottlerockets_99@yahoo.com> • April 9, 2012

The Haiku Path - a workshop conducted by Stanford M. Forrester, past president of the Haiku Society of America and Editor of bottle rockets: a collection of short verse.

Saturday, May 12th

Location: The Windsor Public Library in CT (10 minutes from Hartford and off Rt. 91). Meeting Room II (Lower level) Building is handicapped accessible. Time: 10:15 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. with an one-hour break for lunch. Lunch is not provided, but numerous eateries are within walking distance from the library.
Price: $100 for the day Deadline: Payment must be received by May 5th. Send registration checks to: Stanford M. Forrester P.O. Box 189 Windsor, CT 06095

Questions: E-mail Stanford at: bottlerockets_99@yahoo.com or call (860) 687-6160.

Lissa Kiernan <lkiernan@wmf.org> • April 4, 2012

The World Monuments Fund (wmf.org) is hosting a haiku contest in celebration of National Poetry Month. We have a short window of opportunity for folks to submit their haiku (4/1-4/15). If you find it appropriate to link to our contest from your page, blog, or newsletter, we would be greatly appreciative!


Lissa Kiernan
Director, Digital Media
World Monuments Fund

John Stevenson <ithacan@earthlink.net> • March 3, 2012

Submission deadline for the HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition extended!

Revised Deadline: In hand by May 31, 2012. Entries received after that date will not be accepted.
Eligibility: The contest is open to the public. HSA officers who are members of the executive committee are not eligible, but regional coordinators may enter. No entries will be accepted that include work by any of the judges.

See complete details at: HSA Contests Web Page.

Rick Black <rick@turtlelightpress.com> • March 3, 2012

The winner of the 2012 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Contest is Graham High's The Window That Closes. An honorable mention was taken by Duro Jaiye's There Was a Time.

TLP plans to publish the winning manuscript in Spring/Summer 2013. Here's a link to the full announcment: http://www.turtlelightpress.com/2012-tlp-haiku-chapbook-competition-winner/

HSA Executive Committee Announcement • February 2, 2012

Haiku Society of America is pleased to announce that Francine Banwarth will become the next editor of Frogpond, the official serial publication of the Haiku Society of America.

Francine Banwarth lives in Dubuque, Iowa, and began studying and writing haiku in 1988. She has been a member of the HSA since 1989 and served as HSA second vice president from 2008-2011. She is cofounder of Haiku Dubuque and has guided haiku workshops and helped organize haiku meetings in Dubuque and at The Foundry Books in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. She has also served on the board of Modern Haiku since 2010. During the last 20 years her haiku and senryu have won awards in a variety of contests and her haiku, senryu, rengay, and haibun have been published in journals, anthologies, and chapbooks, including The River Knows the Way, published by Haiku Dubuque. 

Francine writes:
"I am honored and humbled to have been offered the editorship ofFrogpond. The decision to accept was not easy and made only after careful deliberation and long talks with Ce Rosenow, George Swede, my family, my running partner, and myself. I will strive to serve with the same passion and excellence as our former editors, George Swede and Anita Krumins, as well as those who served before them. I am grateful for this opportunity and I thank the HSA executive committee members for their confidence in me. I know that this editorship will 'take a village,' and I look forward to working with George and Anita during the transition and to tapping the many talents of the members of the HSA."

Charlotte Digregorio <c-books@hotmail.com> • February 2, 2012

See the postscript report of this critque event.

Haiku Society of America members will meet to share and critique participants’ poems, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 at Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. Free and open to the public, pre-registration is required. Those who don’t have haiku to share may attend to listen and learn.
Haiku is short meditative poetry that originated in Japan in the 1600s. It is gaining popularity worldwide in many languages. Often three lines, it has 17 syllables or less, and captures the moment with usually a reference to nature or seasons.

HSA’s Midwest Region holds five meetings a year in the north suburbs that include speakers, readings, retreats, and festivals. It will hold its 2012 Haikufest from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. More details to follow. To pre-register for the February meeting, contact Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator, 847-881-2664.

Dick-Laurence Stacey-Whyte <the4shades@gmail.com> • January 31, 2012

After a several month hiatus, Haiku News will be returning in January. For those unfamiliar with us, Haiku News is a journal dedicated to highlighting social and political events through the lens of haiku, senryu, and tanka. The mission of our journal is not only to feature quality writing, but to also demonstrate the
effectiveness of these genres in addressing world news and sparking conversations that will hopefully
become the basis of action.


Among the changes at Haiku News are a new email address and publishing schedule. Beginning
January 15th, we will begin accepting new submissions. Poets should email their haiku, senryu,
and tanka to <the4shades@gmail.com>. We will be publishing a new issue every Monday packed
with poems and news. — The Haiku News Staff

Ce Rosenow <rosenowce@gmail.com> • January 16, 2012

The American Literature Association’s 23rd annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 24- 27, 2012 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for all proposals is January 30, 2012. For further information, please consult the ALA website at <http://www.americanliterature.org> or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Texas A & M University at <abendixen@tamu.edu> with specific questions.

Katharine Grubb <captainkat@me.com> • January 7, 2012

The first quarterly meeting will be on Sunday, February 12 from 1:15-4:15 p.m. at the Broadview Branch of the Seattle Public Library.  We will have an optional Ginko at 10:30 at Carkeek Park and optional dinner, 5:00 TBD. All of the information can be found on the event's web page:


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