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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>.


2014 Member News & Announcements

Charlotte Digregorio <c-books@hotmail.com> • October 29, 2014

On the Journey: A Study in Sumi-e, Haiku & Haiga
Thursday, November 6–Tuesday, January 6

This exhibit explores a style of brush painting that originated in 13th-century Japan and is closely associated with Zen Buddhism and Japanese calligraphy. Painter and poet Lidia Rozmus traveled to Japan to learn about its culture and arts. These experiences enriched her understanding of the spirit that lives in these ancient Japanese techniques—where the essence of form is expressed with a single brush stroke. Visit the exhibit before or after the Haiku Workshop led by Charlotte Digregorio on November 9, 1014. The Adult Enrichment Program Series is Generously Supported by the Friends of the Glenview Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL 60025. 847-729-7500 <http://www.glenviewpl.org>.

Rick Black <rick@turtlelightpress.com> • October 22, 2014

ARLINGTON, VA – After a close competition, the winner of the fourth Turtle Light Press biennial haiku chapbook competition is Chad Lee Robinson’s The Deep End of the Sky, a collection of poems that reflects the vast landscape of America. Penny Harter, a prize-winning New Jersey poet who judged the contest, said that the poems of The Deep End of the Sky “take us deep into the heartland of the country and of ourselves.” Robinson, the manager of a family owned grocery in Pierre, South Dakota, has been writing haiku for more than 10 years. His family settled in the small town of about 15,000 people when his grandfather was working on the dams on the Missouri river. A 20% discount on preorders is now being offered in the Turtle Light Press online store. Turtle Light Press is planning a spring release of The Deep End of the Sky.

Second place went to Julie Warther’s This Side of the Pane and third place to Aubrie Cox’s Out of Translation. Four honorable mentions were also given out: a tiny hell by S.M. Abeles, A Life in Transition and Translation by Chen-ou Liu, Earthlings by Allan Burns, and Rip in the Screen by Joan Prefontaine.

Ms. Hitomi Horibata <horibata-amtg@pref.yamanashi.lg.jp> • October 21, 2014

Fujisan Haiku Contest 2014

Ms. Hitomi Horibata of Fujisan Conservation Division of Yamanashi Prefectural Government, Japan invites HSA members to enter the Fujisan Haiku Contest 2014:

"We are now accepting your Haiku works on Fujisan (Mt. Fuji) until December 17th, 2014.
For more details, please see: <http://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/fujisan/haikuenglish.html>.

John McManus <john-and-gemma@hotmail.co.uk> • October 5, 2014

The first issue of Frozen Butterfly, the video journal of English-Language haiku has been released and is now available to watch via YouTube: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wCCcvBHqZo>

The journal was founded, and is currently edited and produced by John McManus. The journal's mission is to showcase a broad range of styles and approaches to English-Language haiku. For full details visit Frozen Butterfly's blog at <http://frozenbutterflyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/>. Or the Frozen Butterfly Facebook page at: <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frozen-Butterfly/808423342525741>

Steve Kinzler <steve@kinzler.com> • September 27, 2014

Haikudipity Web Site

Steve Kinzler has created a web site with a random word "haiku generator" based on words found in Wikipedia. He writes:

"It's not real haiku, of course (nor does it pretend to be), but I thought you might be interested in a new website: <http://haikudipity.com>."

David Steele <dsteele3@mail.com> • September 26, 2014

The British Haiku Society’s British Haiku Awards 2014

Haiku: the two winners will each receive a prize of £125. Two runners up will each receive £50
Tanka: The winner will receive £125. The runner up will receive £50
Haibun: There will be one prize of £100 for the winner.

Non UK entries only may be sent by email and paid for via PayPal. The entry fee for up to 3 haiku is £5 (or US$ 8) and £1 (US$ 1) per haiku thereafter. The fee for tanka works the same as for haiku, but haiku and tanka are separate categories (ie. no mixing for one fee). The fee for haibun is £5 (US$ 8) per entry.

The website <www.britishhaikusociety.org.uk>  carries all details and examples of winning entries from last year. If individuals wish to write for printed details, please send a Stamped SAE (or IRC) to: British Haiku Awards, 37 Holt Road,  North Elmham,  Norfolk,  NR20 5JQ 

Danielle Raymo <info@rochesterbrainery.com> • September 17, 2014

Rochester Haiku Project

The Rochester Brainery <www.rochesterbrainery.com> in Rochester, NY. We are putting on a gallery show in November at a local coffee shop, Joe Bean Coffee, called "Inspirational Places: A Rochester Haiku Project". The goal is to have community members submit a hauki based on a place in Rochester they consider to be an inspiration to them. This is part of a larger series of galleries developed by Joe Bean Coffee called "The Power of Public Space."

Here is the link to our Facebook:<https://www.facebook.com/events/345857312256408/>

Charlotte Digregorio <c-books@hotmail.com> • September 12, 2014

Lidia Rozmus Exhibition and Sumi-e Workshop

DreamBox Gallery, 2415 W North Ave. Chicago, presents:
"One Brush Stroke" – sumi-e haiga by Lidia Rozmus
Friday, October 3, from 6-10 pm

And on Saturday, October 18, 1-4pm, Lidia Rozmus will lead a workshop on the history and basics of sumi-e painting.

Contact <dreamboxgallery@gmail.com> for more information.

Stephen Gill <heelstone@gmail.com> • September 8, 2014

The Genjuan Haibun Contest 2015 is Japan's only international haibun contest. Entry is free and there are prizes and certificates. With the retirement of Nobuyuki Yuasa after serving for six years as judge of (first) the Kikakuza and (subsequently) the Genjuan Contests, this year we have one new judge, Toshinori (Nenten) Tsubouchi, who is welcomed as one of Japan's most respected haiku poets with an unusual interest in haibun. He is a modernist with a very strong classical foundation. You can see a photo and learn a little more about him here <http://www.gendaihaiku.com/tsubouchi/index.html>.

Send entries to : Ms. Eiko Mori, 2-11-23-206 Jokoji, Amagasaki-shi, Hyogo-ken 660-0811, Japan (to arrive between 1 Oct. 2014 and 31 Jan. 2015). We have lowered the minimum length stipulation to make it easier for writers using English as their second language. Each entry should total 10 to 40 lines (at 1 line = 80 spaces), with title and at least one haiku (no formal restrictions). Print on one side, if possible, with your name and address, tel. no., and email address typed along the bottom. The judges will not get to know your identity until judging is over and the Genjuan Contest office already knows the results.

Judges: Toshinori (Nenten) Tsubouchi, Stephen Henry Gill, Hisashi Miyazaki.

Dr. Bruce Ross <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> • September 5, 2014

2014 Autumn Moon Viewing Contest

The Bangor Haiku Group is sponsoring its 3rd annual Autumn Moon Viewing Contest. Send 1 moon viewing haiku between October 8 and October 31 to <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com>. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a haiku related book and monetary award. Results early November.

Gary Krieg <gary@hykoo.co> • August 16, 2014

Dear HSA Members,

I'm reaching out because of our mutual love of haiku. I founded a company called Hykoo that allows you to create short videos following the three line structure of haiku. You can use it to share your original compositions or as a way to add visuals to classic haiku. Either approach will create an opportunity for people to experience haiku in a brand new way. I'm excited to say that our first version has just been released in the Apple App Store, so I'm seeding it with people that will appreciate the storytelling potential of haiku. I hope that you will play around with it and pass it on to everyone that you think will enjoy it.

Here is the link to the Hykoo page.

Best, Gary Krieg Founder, Hykoo

Sandra Simpson <sakez(at)xtra.co.nz> • July 21, 2014

Entries are now open for the 2014 Katikati Haiku Contest. The senior section (18 & over) offers cash prizes, thanks to the generosity of Kings Seeds—$NZ100 for first, $NZ50 for second and $NZ25 for third. Proceeds to the Katikati Haiku Pathway project. Send 2 copies of each poem with 1 copy only including your name & contact details. For results send sase or include an e-mail address. Entry fees: $NZ5/3 haiku or $NZ2/haiku.

Overseas entrants may use PayPal, email the contest secretary for details, and enter by email. <maggib(at)netsmart.net.nz>. Post entries to: Katikati Haiku Contest, PO Box 183, Katikati 3166, New Zealand. Deadline: In hand September 26. Results: Announced in October. Judge: Sandra Simpson.

Aubrie Cox <haigagourds@gmail.com> • June 2, 2014

The eleventh issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online for your reading pleasure.


As well as our regular Haiku, Tanka, Renku, Haiga, Haibun and Expositions sections, AHG 3.3 features: "Issa's Humanity and Humour: A Haibun Passage from His Travel Journal Oraga Haru". Everyone loves Issa's haiku for their immediacy and evidence of his seemingly simple humanity, yet we don't always pause long enough to study the context that might expand our appreciation. Ray Rasmussen, one of the four founders of A Hundred Gourds, returns as guest author of this issue's feature, an in-depth study of one of Issa's haibun passages. Ray demonstrates that the time taken to read and reflect more thoroughly brings great rewards.

The deadline for all submissions to AHG 3.4 (the September 2014 issue) is June 15th. AHG has an open submissions policy: any submissions received after the deadline will be filed for consideration for the December 2014 issue. Please check our submissions page for details and editors' guidelines.

Leslie rose <lesliea.rose1@gmail.com> • June 1, 2014

The 12th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2014 English-Language Haibun Contest

Sponsored by the Central Valley Haiku Club with a deadline of December 1, 2014. All entries must be in English, unpublished, and not currently under consideration by any online or printed publication. Haibun that have appeared on social network sites are not considered published for the purposes of this contest. There is no limit to the number or length of any submissions. Submit three copies of each haibun, two (2) copies without author information attached for anonymous judging, one (1) copy with author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for notification purposes. A first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded. Honorable mention certificates also will be given. The entry fee of $5 (US) per haibun should be paid by check and made out to: Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer).

Send entries to: Yvonne Cabalona,
709 Auburn Street,
Modesto, CA 95350-6079.

If you have further questions, please contact Yvonne Cabalona, <YCabalona@gmail.com>

Peter Newton • March 18, 2014

Haiku Circle Scheduled for June

The 8th annual Haiku Circle in Northfield, MA will be held Saturday June 7, 2014 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Workshops, readings, music. Featured guest readers include Roberta Beary and Scott Mason. More information available on their website: <http://www.haikucircle.com>

Early registration deadline is May 7, 2014.

Gary Hotham <hsaanthology2014@aol.com> • January 15, 2014

Haiku Society of America Members Anthology 2014

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 2014 Members Anthology is Gary Hotham. See the complete submissions details on our Members Anthology web page:


Philip Rowland <noonpress@macl.com> • January 9, 2014

Issue 8 of NOON: journal of the short poem is now online. It is designed to be read in the issuu 'flip book' format, so please take a look at <http://noonpoetry.com/issues/>.

All the best, and happy new year! Philip Rowland, editor

Charlotte Digregorio <c-books@hotmail.com> • January 4, 2014

A critique meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, February 8th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Chicago Metro area at the Winnetka (IL) Public Library, 768 Oak St. The public is invited, and participants aren't required to bring haiku to share, but those who do, should bring about ten copies of their work. They may bring up to eight poems each. The meeting will begin with a review of the basic elements of haiku and analysis of excellent published poems, before the critique of participants' work. Contact Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator, for further information or to RSVP, <c-books@hotmail.com>.

The Midwest Region will start its evening haiku critique sessions in the Chicago area beginning each month in March 2014. Our first evening critique will be Thursday, March 20 from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Winnetka (IL) Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. All of our programs are free and open to the public.

Lee Gurga <newsgazettehaiku@gmail.com> • January 3, 2014

The next meeting of the Champaign Haiku Workshop will take place on Sunday, January 5th. Date & Time: January 5, 2014, 2-4 P.M. Location: Main Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Champaign, IL, 2nd floor Foundation Room (222).

We will discuss “Twenty Places You Can Have Your Haiku Published” and then critique individual haiku. If you have haiku to share for critique, please print them out and make 10 copies so everyone can have a chance to see them. If you have ideas of programs you would like for future meetings, please share them with me. See you on the 5th!

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