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HSA Member News & Announcements

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.

You may also see the archive of HSA Bulletins online.

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


2019 Member News & Announcements

Hannah Kenton <hkenton@goldentriangledc.com> • December 16, 2019

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is pleased to share that the Seventh Annual Golden Haiku Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions via our website through January 12, 2020. Poets and aspiring poets from around the region and the world are invited to submit their original, self-authored verse, and winning haiku will be displayed in hundreds of tree boxes along some of Washington, DC’s most iconic streets from late February through late April 2020.


Inspired by the Golden Triangle community’s passion for urban sustainability and environmental consciousness — and the Golden Triangle’s recent LEED Platinum certification — this year’s theme is the beauty of nature in the city. The contest follows the Haiku Society of America’s guidelines for modern haiku and does not require the traditional 5-7-5 structure.

The Haiku Society of America is pleased to announce the publication of A Moment's Longing: Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2019, edited by Tanya McDonald. If you need an additional copy, it is available from PAYPAL here: 2019 Members' Anthology.

Sandra Simpson <nzhaiku@gmail.com> • May 6, 2019

Number Eight Wire is a new anthology of New Zealand haiku.

Surveying the decade of 2008-2018, itcontains 330 poems by 70 authors, with many of the haiku having been honored in international contests. The collection reflects the many forms of haiku and features poets of all ages, as well as a glossary of New Zealand words, which will hopefully give the collection a global reach. Number Eight Wire is available for $NZ43, including postage to the US. PayPal available. Inquiries to <nzhaiku@gmail.com>.

April 22, 2019

Science magazine published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has published a web site with fun "haiku" for the Periodic Table by Mary Soon Lee. Here is the link if you'd like to see this.


A review of the Periodic Table composed of 119 science haiku, one for each element, plus a closing haiku for element 119 (not yet synthesized). The haiku encompass astronomy, biology, chemistry, history, physics, and a bit of whimsical flair. Click or hover over an element on the Periodic Table to read the haiku. Share these poems and add your own on Twitter with hashtag #ChemHaiku.

Tanya McDonald <tanyamc1375@gmail.com> • April 11, 2019


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 2019 Members Anthology is Tanya McDonald.

Deadline: In hand by May 5, 2019.
Theme: No theme; any subject.
Eligibility: All HSA members.

Submissions: Submit your best three to five unpublished haiku and/or senryu. Poems should not have appeared in any other HSA anthology. Members submitting work are guaranteed to have one poem selected for publication. Email submissions are preferred.

Email Submissions: Send your work to


with “HSA 2019: your name, city, state (province), country” in the subject header. (For example, “HSA 2019: Randy Brooks, Taylorville, IL, USA”). Submissions should be typed or copied into the email message, single-spaced, with one blank line between each poem. Please do not use columns or tables. If you have special formatting instructions, you may attach your formatted poem as an rtf, txt, pdf, or Microsoft Word doc file. Include your mailing address and phone number in the text of your submission.

Postal Submissions: For those without Internet access, submit your poems typed in a single column, five poems per sheet of paper. Please type your name, address, and phone number at the top of each sheet. Please include a self-addressed envelope for notification of which poem is selected. Mail your submission to:

HSA Members’ Anthology
Tanya McDonald, Editor
15824 182nd Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072

Bruce Ross <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> • March 22, 2019

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal is open for submissions for volume 2:2, Spring/Summer 2019. Deadline: May 1st, 2019. See the complete submission guidelines at


Paul Chambers <paulchambershaiku@gmail.com> • February 17, 2019

Haiku Feature on the BBC

I have haiku-related news that I felt might be of interest to share with HSA members. Late last year I produced a haiku-related feature for the BBC, and it was broadcast this week. It’s a short feature on how haiku can address and readdress social issues. The programme has viewing figures of around a quarter of a million, which is a great platform to increase appreciation for haiku, and this will increase further as the BBC have now published the feature online. ~ Paul Chambers

Here’s the link to the feature...


Rick Black <rickblack120@gmail.com> • February 14, 2019

Turtle Light Press 2019 Haiku Chapbook Competition is open for submissions. Susan Antolin, editor of Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku, is this year's judge. For full guidelines, folks can go to our website: http://www.turtlelightpress.com/2019-haiku-chapbook-competition-guidelines/

Julie Warther <wartherjulie@gmail.com> • February 2, 2019

See recent news updates of events and haiku members from the Midwest region.

Sixth Annual Golden Haiku Poetry Competition Accepting Entries
Winning Poems Will Enhance the Streets of Washington, D.C.


Washington, D.C. (January 3, 2019) – Attention all poets and aspiring poets! The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID), in Washington, D.C. announces the start of its 6th annual Golden Haiku literary competition. Award-winning haiku entries, along with dozens of honorable mentions, will be featured in tree boxes along some of the city’s most iconic, busy streets throughout March. The colorful signs will brighten the winter landscape and remind us all that spring is around the corner.

Judging for Golden Haiku follows the Haiku Society of America's guidelines, which state that a modern haiku uses imagistic language to convey an experience, usually regarding nature or seasons. Because English and Japanese are such vastly different languages, the 5-7-5, three-line structure most are accustomed to gets lost in translation and is not required for our entries.

Submissions for the Golden Triangle’s 2019 Golden Haiku contest will be accepted through Feb. 4, 2019, and the entries will be judged by a panel of published haiku experts. The recommended theme will be “Spring in the City,” but other haiku will be accepted. Each participant may enter only once, submitting a maximum of three haiku on the Golden Triangle’s online submission form. In addition to first, second and third place awards, the contest will also award a regional favorite. Winners could receive prizes valued up to $500.

This year’s entries will be judged by the following distinguished poets: Abigail Friedman and John Stevenson. For more information about the contest and to submit a haiku, visit www.goldentriangledc.com/haiku.

The 30th Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition for Grades 7-12 is ready for entries.

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

Founded by the Sacred Heart Church in Camden, NJ, and sponsored by the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association in memory of Nicholas A. Virgilio, a charter member of the Haiku Society of America, who died in 1989. The Haiku Society of America co-sponsors the contest, provides judges, and publishes the results in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site.

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HSA Spring Meeting - May 17-19

Save the Date: The 2019 HSA Spring National Meeting will be held May 17th 18th and 19th in our nation's oldest city, Saint Augustine, Florida.  All events are within walking distance to numerous restaurants, galleries and other attractions in the historic downtown district. https://www.visitstaugustine.com/

Meet and Greet will be held in the lobby of The Corazon Cinema and Café Friday Night 4:30pm.

Details to follow. The current list of Presenters includes: Stanford Forrester, Tom Painting, Antoinette Libro, Robyn Hood Black, Michael Henry Lee and an officer of our HSA. On Sunday, Tom Painting will conclude the event by leading a Ginko Walk at the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm, one of the most spectacular natural wading bird rookeries in the country. <http://www.alligatorfarm.com/wading-bird/>

There a numerous accommodations for every budget all within walking distance of the majority of events. The Ginko Walk is just a short drive across the charming Bridge of Lions to Anastasia Island. Saint Augustine is a destination city so it's good to plan ahead. Cost for all three days is $45:00, Saturday Only is $25.00. Sunday's $20.00 fee includes admission to the Alligator Farm. Interested parties contact michaelhenrylee@bellsouth.net

Haiku & Hybrid Forms Workshop

Hosted by 21c Museum Hotel Louisville and the Lousville Literary Arts, this writing workshop meets every Sunday for 6 weeks in downtown Louisville starting January 13, 2019.

In this workshop, writers will explore the world of haiku and its associated writing forms. Through a series of contemporary readings and writing exercises (including an Urban Nature Walk), writers will familiarize themselves with the fundamental elements of the form--the value of breath, clarity of image, and power of juxtaposition. While writing haiku, writers will discover the versatility of this traditional writing form, breaking the perception and pattern of 5-7-5. Along with exploring haiku, writers will also examine and create pieces in hybrid forms associated with haiku including haibun (prose/haiku) and haiga (visual art/haiku). Aubrie Cox Warner will be assisting.

Taught by Louisville-based poet, Jim Warner and Aubrie Cox Warner.

2018 Member News & Announcements

Stephen Gill <heelstone@gmail.com> • October 27

2019 Genjuan International Haibun Contest

The Genjuan Contest Office is now open to receive submissions. Closing deadline will be 31st of January 2019. How about entering a piece or two? There are real prizes and certificates and it’s free. The rules remain the same as last year. See 2019 Submission Guidelines:


The organizers, Hailstone Haiku Circle, greatly value participation from overseas. With the death of judge, Angelee Deodhar, and the retirement of judge emeritus, Nenten Tsubo’uchi, we have appointed a new judge, Toru Kiuchi, a former prof. of Eng. Lit. at Nihon Univ. and Vice Director of the International Section at the Museum of Haiku Literature, Tokyo. Hisashi Miyazaki and Stephen Henry Gill continue in office for another year. 

<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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