April 19, 2015

Copies of haiku anthology “A Vast Sky” available

Patricia Prime (editor, "Kokako", New Zealand) wishes to advise Australian haiku poets who are contributors to the haiku anthology “A Vast Sky” that copies of this collection are now available.

Below, contributing poets will find the text of a message sent by Bruce Ross (from the United States), giving details about how to go about obtaining a copy of “A Vast Sky”.

Please note, however, that the first print-run for "A Vast Sky" has already sold out, such that the anthology will be reprinted in mid-May.

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Touchstone Distinguished Book Award to Ron C. Moss

Further congratulations go to leading Australian haiku poet, Ron C. Moss.

Having recently won the Heron’s Nest Readers’ Choice Award for 2014, Ron has just become one of three recipients of a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award for 2014, for “The Bone Carver” (published by Snapshot Press) – his new haiku collection that features a wide range of prize-winning poems.

Details regarding this set of awards can be viewed at this link: http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/touchstone-awards-for-2014

Another Australian haiku poet - Jan Dobb - also received recognition in this same set of awards.

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Entries open for 7th Yamadera Basho Haiku Contest

Main guidelines for entering the 7th Yamadera Basho Haiku Contest include the following points.

The entry period commenced on April 1 – entries must be postmarked by Saturday, 6 June 2015.

Poets may submit either one or two haiku, previously unpublished. (Non-Japanese entrants are not required to provide a translation.)

No entry fee is payable.

While entries can also be submitted by post or fax (as shown in the full details provided below), entrants may email their poems to this address: bashoenglish-haiku@amail.plala.or.jp

Noboru Oba

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April 14, 2015

THF EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration

The Haiku Foundation has announced details for its inaugural EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaborative, a world-wide poem to be written on International Haiku Poetry Day, April 17, 2015.


The theme for this year’s collaboration is Light, in honor of 2015 being named the Year of Light by United Nations proclamation. On today’s Troutswirl (the blog of the Foundation) you will find further details on how the rolling poem works. On Wednesday we will announce the seed poem for the collaboration.

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April 13, 2015

Report on the meeting of Bindii Japanese Poetry Genres Group for 11 April 2015.

Five members attended the Bindii meeting at 12 noon on 11 April at the Box Factory in Regent St Adelaide. The speaker for the meeting, Karin Anderson, was unavoidably delayed, so it was decided to postpone her presentation on early Japanese poetry forms until our 6 June Meeting.
The group will launch their new anthology: Haiku Bindii Vol. 2: Willow Light at the Box Factory from 2 pm on Saturday 25 April. The Launch Speaker will be Rob Walker, who will also play his shakuhachi.

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