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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>.


2017 Member News & Announcements

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.

Bruce Ross <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> • December 7, 2017

Autumn Moon Journal

The first issue of Autumn Moon Haiku Journal is now available at: <https://www.autumnmoonhaiku.com/>. In Japan reference to the full moon is understood as a kigo for the full autumn moon. Looking over the haiku included here, I realize that we, whatever part of the world we live in, are looking at the same autumn moon. The quality of these haiku with a vast range of feeling from moody and serious to humorous is impressive. I think that good haiku should reflect the poet’s particular sensibility and, for the most part, as I have said, “feeling connected to nature,” including human nature. Thank you to those included in this issue for making this poetic form a significant global connection to our world and our universe in your individual haiku moments. ~ Bruce Ross, Editor

Fay Aoyagi <fay.hsa.president@gmail.com> • November 19, 2017

As many of you already know, Christopher Patchel will be stepping down as Editor of Frogpond upon completion of the winter issue (41:1). The Executive Committee wants to take this opportunity to thank Chris for his service, dedication and expertise. He accepted a very difficult role at a critical moment and executed his duties flawlessly. His efforts on behalf of the HSA are much appreciated.

Obviously, we are looking for a new Editor. As with all positions on the Executive Committee, Editor of Frogpond is an elected position, so we are turning to you, the membership, for suggestions. We know that a lot of talented people are members of the HSA, and we are hoping those with abilities and expertise in this area will interested in the position.

We want to emphasize that the editorship need not, and should not, be a one-person position. Our By-laws expressly give the Editor the latitude to recruit one or more associate editors in order to distribute some of the work involved, including the actual layout of the journal itself. The Editor, of course, is responsible for overseeing the editorial board and making final decisions.

Some overlap between the take-over of the new Editor and Chris’ departure will provide a period of familiarization with the role under his guidance. In addition, other members of the EC have skills that they will share to help the transition to be as seamless as possible.

Chris's name will stand on the ballot you just received, and if elected he will retain editorship until the winter issue is completed. When he resigns early in the new year, a new Frogpond Editor will be chosen. According to our By-laws, the responsibility for choosing an interim Editor between elections falls to the President. Fay Aoyagi will base her decision on an assessment of the names suggested by the membership.

Having a number of qualified names from which to choose is essential to the process. If you are willing to be considered for Frogpond Editor, or if you know someone that you think would be capable of performing the role, please submit your name to Fay Aoyagi, HSA President (fay.hsa.president@gmail.com) before January 15, 2018.

Bruce Ross <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> • Novembver 7, 2017

2017 Autumn Moon Haiku contest results available at <autumnmoonhaiku.com>

Howard Lee Kilby <hkilby@hotmail.com> • October 25, 2017

The 21st Hot Springs Haiku Conference will be held at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas on Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, 2017. There is no registration fee and the public is invited to attend. Some of those attending are Aya Murata, Rebecca Rebouché, Summer Suleiman, Vic Fleming, Johnye Strickland, Judy Michaels, June Dowis, Chris Wenk-Harrison, Howard Lee Kilby, Lacey Riciano, and others. For information contact hkilby@hotmail.com use Haiku Conference in the subject line or phone 501.767.6096. No registration fee. All are welcome to attend.

Paul Chambers <paulmchambers7@gmail.com> • October 4, 2017

Check out the October 5, 2017 issue of the Times Literary Supplement. It includes a feature by Paul Chambers on haiku by Federico Garcia Lorca. The feature includes a never-before-translated haiku sequence by Lorca, and an extended essay exploring the haiku's links to flamenco deep song.

Way to go Paul!

Bruce Ross <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> • September 6, 2017 

Bruce Ross is inaugurating a new online haiku journal, emphasizing feeling connected to nature in short-long-short or one-line form, with an emphasis on traditional approaches to haiku; Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, www.autumnmoonhaiku.com. Rules for submission: Send 1 to 3 original unpublished haiku for each issue through email (Subject line: Autumn Moon Haiku Journal) in the body of the email, no attachments allowed, to: tanchopress@gmail.com. You may also send by letter addressed to: Bruce Ross, 499 Broadway, PMB 127, Bangor, ME 04401, USA. Write each haiku in your original language, if not English, with an English translation, which might be smoothed out by the editors. The haiku submitted, if seasonal, should be in accordance with the seasons of the issue for which it is submitted. Deadlines for submission: Autumn/Winter, November 1 & Spring/Summer, May 1.

The annual international Autumn Moon Haiku Contest is now being sponsored by Autumn Moon Haiku Journal. Submit one haiku  by email with the subject line: Autumn Moon Contest 2017, to dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com. No attachments allowed. Deadline: October 31, 2017. 

Michael H. Lee <michaelhenrylee@bellsouth.net> • August 24, 2017 

SouthEast Region Call For Submissions

The S.E. Region of the Haiku Society of America is looking for haiku, senryu and haibun with a regional flair from its members. Accepted poems will become part of a planned anthology to celebrate the HSA's 50th anniversary in 2018. We would like to showcase the poetry of our members. Southern kigo should be used, if possible, or any and all references of a 'Southern' nature. Don't despair if that's not your forte; we still want your work!

In-hand deadline is Nov. 15, 2017.

Previously published work is acceptable with acknowledgement of first publication. Be sure to include your name, as you would like it to appear in print, your complete mailing address and your email address.

Each poet is invited to submit up to 10 haiku,10 senryu and 7 haibun. In return, we are planning on supplying one copy per contributor.

Send up to 10 haiku submissions to:

Send up to 10 senryu submissions to:

Send up to 7 haibun submissions to:

Lidia Rozmus <lidiarozmus@att.net> • April 29, 2017 

Opening of "In Silence"
A Multimedia Trilingual Exhibition at the Polish Museum of America by Lidia Rozmus

The opening of a multimedia exhibition will take place on Saturday, April 8  from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. 

The exhibition of paintings and photographs includes fifty-four haiga—haiku poems accompanied by images. These are also are part of a book portfolio by artist Lidia Rozmus. The premiere of a film with the same title by Jan M. Zamorski will also be featured at the opening. All are cordially invited to this contemplative evening of poetry, painting, photography, and reflection on the natural world.

The concept behind the exhibition is Rozmus' book portfolio, accompanied by the film by Zamorski. The haiga book portfolio consists of eighteen folders, each containing three language-versions of haiku by Rozmus. Those in English are accompanied by photographs by Iwona Biedermann and Rozmus; those in Japanese are presented by Rozmus with her sumi-e (ink drawings on rice paper), along with calligraphy by Masanobu Koshikawa; and those in Polish are accompanied by Rozmus' colored pencil drawings on black cardboard. The book's folders are elegantly placed in a handmade cloth-covered box. This unique artist's book is available in a limited edition only and will be offered for sale at the opening. The film explores the four seasons in all of their beauty and peace, and connects them to some of Rozmus' haiku. 

This exhibition will run until April 18, and it will be followed by others in the U.S., Poland, and Japan.

Lenard D. Moore <LMoore@umo.edu> • April 2, 2017 

Lenard D. Moore is please to announce that there will be a Poetry and UMO Jazz Band Performance at UNC—Chapel Hill:


Music on the Porch: Lenard D. Moore & University of Mount Olive Jazz Band
April 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Chapel Hill NC
United States

Chris Slaughter • <cslaughter.nourish@gmail.com> • March 27, 2017 

Chris Slaughter invites members to submit to a new journal, Nourish-poetry & haiku. To submit your poetry and/or haiku, please click on the link below:


Jerry Ball is honorary editor for haiku.

John Stephenson <ithacan@earthlink.net> • March 22, 2017 

The Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award for 2017

How to enter: By email to John Stevenson at ithacan@earthlink.net (put "Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award" in the subject line; provide haiku in the body of the email only-attachments will not be opened; include your name and your location as you would like to see each listed) The submitted poems must not have been published; not accepted for publication; not under consideration by anyone other than us before we announce the contest results. Deadline for entries: June 1, 2017

Debbie Strange • <lstrange@mymts.net>

HSA member Debbie Strange is thrilled to announce the publication of her haiku chapbook, A Year Unfolding. For information regarding this new release from Folded Word, please see the following link:


Bev Momoi <hsa.2vp.bev@gmail.com> • January 28, 2017 

The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition for high school students is now accepting entries online. We STRONGLY encourage all submissions online but will still accept paper submissions this year during the transition.

Go to online entry form:

online entry form

ONLINE FORM LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/iEQNQZX714VL8oTX2

John Stevenson <ithacan@earthlink.net> • January 27, 2017 

The United Nations International School and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations have announced their 2017 Student Haiku Contest.


The United Nations International School, the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese, and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations are proud to host the 2017 Student Haiku Contest.

Now in its eleventh year, the contest is open to students in grades 1 through 12 and, once again, their teachers. As in the past, poems written in English or in Japanese are eligible, and experienced judges will decide the winners in each of these two language categories.

UN Student Haiku Contest guidelines (PDF)

Entries should reflect as much as possible a deeper understanding of the aesthetic principles of haiku instead of focusing only on the syllable count. Applications are due by March 10, 2017.

2016 Member News & Announcements

Sandra Simpson <sakez@xtra.co.nz> • 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

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