June 24, 2016

See New Australian Haiku Society Website

Go to the new Australian Haiku Society Website at
This website is now closed.

June 21, 2016

Opening of new website for Australian Haiku Society

Members of the Australian Haiku Society - and all others interested in haiku in this country - are hereby advised that the AHS will be operating a new website, effective as of this date (Tuesday, 21 June, 2016).

This new site can be accessed through the following link:


Members of the AHS are likewise advised that notifications – as previously sent out by email on the first day of each month, listing postings made on the HaikuOz website during the previous month – will not continue with the advent of this new website.

Instead, anyone wishing to be advised of postings on the new Australian Haiku Society website is most welcome to become a follower – see Follow Blog via Email, at the top-right, on the main page of the new site.

As a follower, you will receive updates whenever they are posted.

In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to visit this new AHS website at any time.

Rodney Williams


Australian Haiku Society

June 19, 2016

Simon Hanson wins Jane Reichhold Prize

With the following poem, Australian haiku poet Simon Hanson has won first prize in the Jane Reichhold Haiku Prize, as recently announced at the 14th Annual Ukiah Haiku Festival in the United States:

hallway mirror
a vase of flowers
made of light

Annette Makino of California came second in this contest, with Scott Mason of New York third.

Sandra Simpson and Elaine Riddell from New Zealand both featured among the Honourable Mentions.

June 08, 2016

A Metaphor and a Milestone

The upstairs room of The Children’s Bookshop at Beecroft was filled to capacity on Saturday 28 May with an appreciative audience attending back-to-back afternoon events celebrating collaborative poetry and the tanka form.
In the first event Vanessa Proctor, President of the Australian Haiku Society, launched A Shared Umbrella. This joint project by Beverley George and David Terelinck is a collection of ten tanka sequences and thirteen rengay written over several years of collaboration.
Vanessa elaborated on the title metaphor, illustrated so enchantingly on the book cover by South African artist Tumi K. Steyn. The cover, in a pleasing shade of gold with autumnal notes, features a traditional Japanese umbrella, or wagasa. To quote Vanessa:
“To share such an umbrella with someone, you need to stand close in order to be able to share the space together, to walk in step. That walking in step is an art which Beverley and David have mastered beautifully.”

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June 06, 2016

Sharon Dean’s biography of Janice Bostok on THF

‘White Heron: The Authorized Biography of Janice Bostok’ by Sharon Dean has gone up on The Haiku Foundation website as the ‘Librarian's Cache’ for the week.

It can be accessed at this link:


As noted by Lorin Ford, ‘this is a piece (a major work!) that will be welcomed and applauded by all Australians at all interested in haiku.’


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