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April 17, 2014

Vale Martin Lucas

It is with great sadness that we advise the passing of English haiku poet, Martin Lucas, who has been found dead on a beach at St Annes Lancashire after a search lasting many weeks.

http://blogpreston.co.uk/2014/04/body-of-missing-preston-man-martin-lucas-found-on-beach/

Among other achievements, Martin held a PhD in the study of haiku and was editor of the haiku journal, Presence.

In 2009 Martin attended the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference held in Terrigal, New South Wales, where many Australian haiku writers had the opportunity to meet him, hear his thoughts on writing haiku and enjoy his company. Australian writers were also in regular contact with Martin through their contributions to Presence.

Martin's friendly manner and thoughtful approach to the writing of haiku will be missed by poets around the world. A New Zealand tribute to Martin can be found at:

http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/haikunews/haikuhappenings

April 14, 2014

Cloudcatchers’ Ginko No.33

Ginko No.33 (autumn) held at Meldrum Park, Ballina, 10 April 2014

The sun was out, the tide was out and the blue soldier crabs were out in abundance. The Cloudcatchers’ autumn ginko was held on Thursday 10 April at Meldrum Park, in Ballina, on the banks of North Creek, which empties into the Richmond River just before its mouth.

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April 12, 2014

Red Dragonflies Autumn Meeting 2014

The Red Dragonflies gathered on Saturday 12th April on a rainy afternoon at Barbara Fisher’s home for our autumn meeting. All members were present. Over cups of tea and coffee and some spectacular cake made by Barbara, we workshopped poems on topics ranging from family pets, to the night sky, to the subject of happiness. Interestingly, the poems on happiness were all written in a particularly clear and accessible way and resonated strongly with our own personal experience of happiness. We left the meeting fulfilled after an afternoon of good company, good food and excellent poetry.

Vanessa Proctor

April 07, 2014

Bindii Ginko at Himeji Gardens 5 April 2014

Five members came to the Ginko at Himeji Gardens on a very pleasant, sunshiny autumn afternoon. Margaret Fensom led the Ginko and was joined by Lyn Arden, Dawn Colsey, Maeve Archibald and Alicia Holbrook.


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April 03, 2014

Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition

The results of the 2014 Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition are now available. The winning haiku will appear in The Haiku Calendar 2015, to be produced by Snapshot Press.

www.snapshotpress.co.uk

Congratulations to Lyn Reeves who was one of the 12 monthly winners. In addition, Lyn received a runners-up award meaning that two of her haiku will appear in the 2015 calendar.

Congratulations also to Marisa Fazio and Cynthia Rowe who received runners-up awards and will each have one of their haiku appear in the calendar.

April 02, 2014

NeverEnding Story

Chen-ou Liu from Toronto, Canada, has established NeverEnding Story - the first English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku and Tanka blog.

http://neverendingstoryhaikutanka.blogspot.com.au/

Apart from providing a daily blog on haiku and tanka, the site presents an anthology of haiku submitted in 2013 (Butterfly Dream), and another anthology of tanka (One Man's Maple Moon), both of which include poems by Australian writers.

The NeverEnding Story web site provides details of how to submit haiku and tanka for inclusion in the 2014 anthologies.

6th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum Haiku Contest

This haiku contest has been well supported by Australian writers in recent years. Entries for the 2014 Yamadera Basho Museum English Haiku Contest are welcome until 7 June. Submission guidelines for the competition are provided below.

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March 29, 2014

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition results

Congratulations to Lorin Ford, Victoria, for taking out First Prize in the Haiku Section of the FreeXpresSion 2014 Literary Competition. Jennifer Sutherland, Victoria was awarded Second Prize. Vanessa Proctor, NSW received Third Prize.

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March 19, 2014

2014 Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest

I'd like to invite you and your members to participate in this year's Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest. Details of the contest and how to enter are shown below.

John Ziemba

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March 01, 2014

A Hundred Gourds 3:2 released

A Hundred Gourds 3:2 released

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

As well as our regular Haiku, Tanka, Renku, Haiga, Haibun and Expositions sections, AHG 3.2 features:

In Memoriam – John E. Carley
John Carley, translator, creator of the zip form of haiku, renku master, author of ‘the Little Book of Yotsumonos’ and the forthcoming ‘The Book of Renku’, died on New Year’s Eve after a four year battle with mesothelioma. We miss him dearly. As a renku sabaki, John was a superb composer, a generous teacher and an inspiration to so many. AHG renku editor, William Sorlien, provides a fitting retrospective of John’s many contributions to haikai.

Haiku Guy: The Guy, the Books, and the Classroom

That haiku guy, David Lanoue, currently President of the HSA, is famous the world around for his dedication to translating Issa’s haiku as well as for his novels about haiku and its community. AHG haiga editor, Aubrie Cox, allows readers further insight in her interview with David and also outlines how his novels have been incorporated into the teaching of haiku at college level and in high school years 7 – 12.

Submissions Deadline
The deadline for all submissions to AHG 3.3 (the June 2014 issue) is March 15th. AHG has an open submissions policy: any submissions received after the deadline will be filed for consideration for the September 2014 issue. Please check our submissions page for details and editors’ guidelines.

Lorin Ford – Haiku Editor, Managing Editor,
for the Editorial Team, A Hundred Gourds

February 10, 2014

Report on Bindii Meeting 1 February 2014

Our first meeting for 2014 was a follow up haibun workshop run by Maeve Archibald in November 2013. This gave members the opportunity to get and give feedback on haibun that had bee written subsequent to the November workshop.

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February 07, 2014

2013 Irish Haiku Competition: Results

Congratulations to Quendryth Young for being awarded second prize in the 2013 Irish Haiku Society's International Haiku Competition. First prize was won by John Barlow from England. Poems by Australian poets Cynthia Rowe, Jennifer Sutherland and Quendryth Young were Highly Commended in the competition.

You can read the results and awarded haiku in Shamrock:

http://shamrockhaiku.webs.com/currentissue.htm

February 06, 2014

Cloudcatchers' Ginko No. 32 (summer)

Bulwinkel Park, Alstonville NSW

Date: Thursday 30 January 2014

Bulwinkel Park, named after an early settler, is cradled between the old highway to Lismore and the suburban sprawl of Alstonville. Here there is a gentle creek, well-known as being the site of numerous platypus sightings, even to this day.

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Best poems in Shamrock Journal for 2013

Congratulations to Lorin Ford and Dawn Bruce for being selected by readers and contributors as having the best haiku and best senryu respectively in the Shamrock Haiku Journal during 2013. In addition, the two runners-up in the senryu category were also by Australian poets: Lorin Ford and Duncan Richardson. As the current issue of Shamrock includes haiku and senryu by Jan Dobb, Gavin Austin, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde and Simon Hanson, there may well be further recognition of Australian writers during 2014!

You can read the details in the online haiku journal, Shamrock:

http://shamrockhaiku.webs.com/currentissue.htm

January 20, 2014

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition 2014 - reminder

The FreeXpresSion haiku competition closes on 28 February 2014. Note: First prize is now $120 for the best single haiku. A copy of the entry form can be found below.

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January 16, 2014

2014 Sharpening the Green Pencil Competition

Haiku is truly an international activity and the Sharpening the Green Pencil competition is quickly becoming one of the most international haiku events. The 2013 competition, run by the Romanian Kukai Group attracted entries from 199 poets in 38 countries. Entries for the 2014 competition are open from 1 February to 28 February 2014.

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January 15, 2014

Ron Moss: sumi-e haiga video on THF

Many will be familiar with Ron Moss's highly-acclaimed sumi-e approach to haiga from the haiku and tanka pages of A Hundred Gourds.

A beautiful video demonstration of Ron creating a haiga is featured at The Haiku Foundation, as part of its 5th anniversary celebrations:

http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/2014/01/06/the-haiku-foundation-celebrates-its-fifth-anniversary/

Something for Australians to be proud of and the world to enjoy! Thank you, Ron, for all you do for Australian haiku & related forms . . . a true ambassador.

Lorin Ford - Haiku Editor, Managing Editor
ahundredgourds

January 07, 2014

The Haiku Foundation Interviews: Beverley George

Jim Kacian interviewed Australian haiku and tanka poet, Beverley George, at Haiku Aotearoa 3 which was held in New Zealand during 2012. The video of the interview went up on The Haiku Foundation web-site on November 22nd, 2013 and can be viewed at:

http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/category/video_archive/thf_interviews/
and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hjDDaLeRiI

January 03, 2014

paper wasp 20th anniversary

In 2014 paper wasp is celebrating its 20th birthday, making it the longest running Australian journal dedicated to haiku and its related forms still in print. The journal was founded in 1994 by Jacqui Murray, John Knight and Ross Clark. The team was later strengthened by the legendary Janice M Bostok and, a short time later, by Katherine Samuelowicz.

paper wasp will mark this very special year with four unique issues. Two will take both paper wasp and haiku in new directions. For that reason, acceptance of broad-spectrum submissions is temporarily suspended.

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United Haiku and Tanka Society

Past president of the Australian Haiku Society, Beverley George, was invited by an’ya, Principal Editor of UHTS (United Haiku and Tanka Society), to be the featured poet of the Premier Edition in January 2014. Details can be viewed at:

http://www.unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/3spotlights134.html

January 02, 2014

In Memoriam John E. Carley

John E. Carley, translator, creator of the zip form of haiku, renku master, author of ‘the Little Book of Yotsomunos’ and ‘The Book of Renku’, died on New Year’s Eve after a four year battle with mesothelioma. As a renku sabaki, John was a teacher and an inspiration to many of us. His warmth, his wit, his loving-kindness and dedication will always be remembered by those who had contact with him over the years.

new year, new moon—
his footprints in the grasses
green in summer rain

- Lorin

Lorin Ford - Haiku Editor, Managing Editor
ahundredgourds

Vale John E. Carley

Australian haiku poets will be saddened by the death of revered haiku poet John Carley, author of the 'Renku Reckoner' (forthcoming from Darlington Richards) and sabaki (leader) of the writing team that won the 2013 Einbond Renku Prize (Haiku Society of America). John, who despite his illness kept writing and mentoring for as long as possible, died on New Year’s Eve. He had previously published 'The Little Book of Yotsumonos' (2012). On behalf of the Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) may I offer condolences to John’s family, and to his haiku colleagues and friends.

Cynthia Rowe
President: The Australian Haiku Society

December 26, 2013

Bindii Minutes November 2013

There were seven members present at the November meeting in The Box Factory, Adelaide for our November workshop led by Maeve Archibald. Eight other members sent apologies.
General business: Beverley George’s latest Children’s book was passed around to members. Members talked briefly about changed meeting arrangements next year (2014).
We have booked for sessions running from 1-3 pm at the Box Factory on the first Saturday of the following months: February, April, June, August, October, and December.

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December 02, 2013

New anthology from Snapshot Press

Announcing the publication of Where the River Goes: The Nature Tradition in English-Language Haiku.

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December 01, 2013

A Hundred Gourds 3:1 now online

The ninth issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now released. The issue marks the beginning of our third year of publishing. Many thanks to our readers and contributors for making AHG the success that it continues to be.

We wish you all the Joy of the Season and a Happy and Fruitful New Year.

http://www.ahundred gourds.com/

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November 29, 2013

Hobart ginko

For details about the recent ginko in St David's Park in Hobart please click on the following link:

http://fortyspot.com/2013/11/29/ginko-in-st-davids-park/

November 24, 2013

Red Dragonflies November 2013 meeting

The Red Dragonflies met at Mosman for their Christmas get together on Saturday 9th November. We went on a short ginko around the harbour foreshore, enjoying superb views across to Sydney Heads and Watsons Bay.

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November 20, 2013

Clean Up of HaikuOz Email List

HaikuOz is carrying out a "clean up" of its email address list. If you receive HaikuOz notifications at multiple email boxes, or at an old email address you no longer use or you simply no longer wish to receive email notifications, then please send a message to

secretary@haikuoz.org

advising which email addresses you wish to have deleted from the HaikuOz email list.

November 16, 2013

Results of the Kokako Haiku & Senryu Competition, 2013

The results of the Kokako Haiku Competition, as judged by Barbara Strang, are shown below. Congratulations to Elaine Riddell, Chen-ou Liu and Cynthia Rowe on their success. The results and judge’s report will be published in Kokako 20.

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November 15, 2013

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition 2014

The FreeXpresSion haiku competition closes on 28 February 2014. First prize is $100 for the best single haiku. A copy of the entry form can be found below.

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November 03, 2013

Haiku Sansaar: new online haiku journal

Haiku Sansaar is a new online bilingual English - Hindi journal, presenting haiku and its related genres. We present the work of both international and Indian poets who are well-known among their own language groups but unknown outside it.

Submissions are welcome till 30th November. Haiku may be submitted in English. We will translate them into Hindi and present them in both languages.

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October 27, 2013

paper wasp – 20th anniversary 2014

paper wasp: a journal of haiku is celebrating its 20th birthday in 2014, making it the longest running Australian journal dedicated to haiku and its related forms still in print. The journal was founded in 1994 by John Knight, Ross Clark and Jacqui Murray who established the Paper Wasp Group in 1988. The paper wasp team was strengthened in 1995 by the legendary Janice M Bostok and again in 2000 when Katherine Samuelowicz made her debut as an editor.

This very special year will be marked by four unique 2014 paper wasp editions. Two of those special editions will take both paper wasp and haiku in new directions. For that reason, the upcoming deadline for the final 2013 issue of paper wasp will be the last for broad-spectrum submissions until November 2014 (for 2015 editions).

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October 15, 2013

Haiku on the personal side of healthcare

Pulse: voices from the heart of medicine is a website providing stories and poetry recounting personal accounts of illness and healing. Neal Whitman, haiku editor for the website, is inviting haiku submissions. A new haiku will be published on the Pulse home page every other week. Each haiku will remain there for one week before taking up residence in the Haiku Collection back pages archive. Anyone who signs up (at no cost) to the Pulse website can submit haiku. Details are available at:

http://www.pulsevoices.org/

October 14, 2013

Haiku in English Anthology

A new anthology of Haiku-in-English, edited by Jim Kacian and published by WW Norton & Co, contains a good selection of haiku by Australian and New Zealand haiku poets. Some of those represented are Janice M. Bostok, Greg Piko, Lorin Ford, Ron Moss, Graham Nunn, Sandra Simpson, Ernest J. Berry, Patricia Prime and the late Cyril Childs.

http://www.amazon.com/Haiku-English-First-Hundred-Years/dp/0393239470

October 13, 2013

Australia-New Zealand haiku anthology deadline

With just a few days to go to the deadline of 20 October 2013, submissions for the upcoming Australia-New Zealand haiku anthology are surging in – suggesting the milestone project will be a memorable publication.

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October 10, 2013

Results of Einbond Renku Contest

Congratulations are in order for Lorin Ford (Australia), Cynthia Rowe (Australia), Sandra Simpson (New Zealand), John Carley (sabaki, England) and William Sorlien (USA) who together won First Place in the Einbond Renku Contest (USA). The renku form for the contest was nijuin (20 verses). Their winning renku, Early Morning Heat, will be published in the next issue of Frogpond. Details of the nijuin format are available at:

http://www.renkureckoner.co.uk/Nijuin.htm

Renku Reckoner by John Carley

Forthcoming in print from Darlington Richards Press:

Renku Reckoner by John Carley

•Descriptions, seasonal schemas, appraisals and examples of twelve traditional and modern renku forms, from the 36-verse kasen to the 4-verse yotsumono.

•19 chapters on renku theory and practice, including a series of carefully constructed exercises.

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October 08, 2013

Fujisan haiku competition 2013

The Fujisan Conservation Promotion Division of Yamanashi Prefectural Government in Japan is again running a haiku competition to encourage people to reflect on the value of Fujisan. As you may know, Fujisan was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June this year.

Toru Haga, an expert on comparative literature, will judge the International Section entries. Entries close 19 December 2013. Full details of the competition and how to enter are available at:

http://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/fujisan/haikuenglish.html

September 18, 2013

Results of City of Perth Library Haiku Competition

Congratulations to Ron C Moss from Tasmania for winning first prize in the 2013 City of Perth Library Haiku Competition. Dawn Bruce and Barbara A Taylor, both from New South Wales, were awarded second and third prizes respectively. Thanks once again to Maureen Sexton for judging the competition. The results and winning haiku can be found at:

http://community.perth.wa.gov.au/library/?p=6155

http://community.perth.wa.gov.au/library/?p=6175

September 17, 2013

Red Dragonflies spring meeting

The Red Dragonflies held their spring meeting on Saturday 31st August ― a very summery last day of winter! ― so we seem to have rolled three seasons into one on this particular occasion.

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Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2014

You are invited to enter Japan's only international haibun contest, the Genjuan, named after Basho's hut near Lake Biwa. The contest guidelines can be found at any time on the Ice box website as shown below. Entries close on 31 January 2014.

http://hailhaiku.wordpress.com/genjuan/

September 04, 2013

Breaking the Haiku Mould, or Breeding to a Bloodline

The article below by Janice M. Bostok first appeared on members.dodo.com.au. It relates her experiences with discovering and developing haiku as a pioneer of the form in Australia. (Lyn Reeves)

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September 01, 2013

A Hundred Gourds 2:4 now online

The eighth issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online. The issue marks the end of our second year of publishing and we thank all of our contributors for making AHG the success that it continues to be.

http://www.ahundredgourds.com/

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August 23, 2013

Milestone New Zealand-Australia haiku anthology

To celebrate the life of the late John Knight, Paper Wasp will publish a joint anthology of haiku by New Zealand and Australian poets.

Please note that submissions for the anthology are invited by 20 October 2013 from haiku poets resident in New Zealand and/or Australia. New Zealanders and Australians living overseas are also invited to participate.

John was well known in haiku circles in both countries and, through Post Pressed, provided many poets with a publication outlet for which he is gratefully, and fondly, remembered. After consultations on both sides of ‘The Ditch’, it was agreed that a milestone Trans Tasman anthology should serve as the memorial publication to honour John’s memory. The anthology’s size will depend on submissions and pages but Paper Wasp will ensure that it is an attractive and affordable publication in keeping with John’s enduring legacy.

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August 16, 2013

7th Kokako Haiku and Senryu Competition

Entries are invited until 31 October 2013 for the 7th Kokako Haiku and Senryu Competition. The competition will be judged by Barbara Strang.

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August 13, 2013

Hobart Workshops: The Art of Haiku

Fullers’ Cafe Poet, Lyn Reeves, will hold a series of haiku workshops at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart.

10.00am – 11.30am, Saturdays 17th August - 14th September.

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August 12, 2013

Evening in the Plaza by Jeffrey Woodward: A Review

Below is a review by Cynthia Rowe of Jeffrey Woodward's new collection of haiku and haibun.

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August 10, 2013

Perth Workshop: Haiku – Sensing the image

Maureen Sexton will hold a free workshop in Perth on 2 September: Haiku - Sensing the image. The short, long and short of it!

In this workshop, we will examine the 'what is' and 'how to' of haiku.

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August 08, 2013

Bindii Group Workshop on Renku by Lee Bentley

The meeting of Bindii on 3 August was a Renku workshop organized by Lee Bentley.
Five members attended the meeting. Lee outlined the principles of renku and the history of renga/renku. This was followed by a more detailed look at how the method of link and shift is used to build a renku.

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August 06, 2013

John E. Carley's The Book of Renku

John Carley has published his 'The Book of Renku', in pdf form and free of charge “to anyone interested in poetry” on his Renku Reckoner website, where you will find this message:

"Welcome to the temporary Renku Reckoner web site.

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August 04, 2013

2013 City of Perth Library Haiku Competition

Entries for this year's competition close Wednesday 28 August, 5 pm. Winners will be announced during the Open Mic session at the Library on Friday 6 September. The entry conditions are shown below.

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Creatrix online journal

WA Poets Inc is now accepting haiku from non-members for the next Creatrix online journal.

Submissions close 10th August. For guidelines, go to:

http://creatrix.wapoets.net.au/haiku-submission-guidelines/

Ginko With Lysenko: #17

Traditional haiku is sometimes about the changing of the seasons so the last day of winter, 31 August, is a perfect date for a haiku walk in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

Meet just before 11am at The Terrace tea rooms beside the Ornamental Lake. The closest entry point is through Gate A, which is on the corner of Alexandra Avenue and Anderson Street.

Bring pen and notebook. Also, please bring your own lunch or buy some from the expensive café.

Costs: $20 full
$12 concession

As places are limited, please contact Myron if you wish to attend at : myronpoet@hotmail.com

Under the Basho - a new haiku journal

Under the Basho will be published twice a year and welcomes haiku of five different styles: Traditional Haiku; Stand-Alone Hokku; Modern Haiku, One-Line Haiku, and, Concrete Haiku (Architectural).

Submission deadlines are August 15th for the September Issue and February 15th for our March Issue.

All submission information and details are posted on our website/journal: http://www.underthebasho.com . If there are any questions, please click the "Contact Us" button for direct email to us. Please let me know if you need anything else.

Don Baird

July 13, 2013

Red Dragonflies’ Winter Meeting 2013

The Red Dragonflies met on Saturday 13th July at Dawn Bruce’s home in St Leonards. Vanessa Proctor led members Dawn Bruce and Cynthia Rowe. Lesley Walter, Barbara Fisher and Beverley George were unable, regrettably, to attend and sent their apologies.

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June 07, 2013

Windfall Issue 2: submissions close 31 July

Submissions are welcome during July 2013 for the second issue of Windfall: Australian Haiku. Windfall seeks to publish fine haiku that capture the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. Guidelines for submission and subscription details are available at:

http://www.haikuoz.org/2012/02/windfall_australian_haiku.html#more

June 01, 2013

A Hundred Gourds 2:3 now online

The seventh issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online:

http://www.ahundredgourds.com/

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May 20, 2013

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

On the theme of cherry blossoms, limit 2 haiku. Winners announced in the northern autumn and winning poems featured during the 2014 festival. Judge is Terry Ann Carter.
Closes: June 3.
Cost: Free.
Full details from the website.
http://www.vcbf.ca/haiku/haiku-invitational-2013

May 17, 2013

Cloudcatchers' Ginko No. 29

Ginko No. 29 (autumn)

Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, NSW
Date: Thursday 9 May 2013

After so many ginko full of rain, sun beamed on the Autumn gathering of the Cloudcatchers on 9 May – until the last half hour.

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Danish Haiku Today 2012: A Review

Hanne Hansen, Chairman of the Haiku Group of the Danish Authors’ Society, recently provided the Australian Haiku Society with a copy of Danish Haiku Today 2012. Below is a short review of the anthology, written by Greg Piko.

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May 12, 2013

May Haiku Workshop

The 4 May 2013 meeting of Bindii group was held at the Box Factory in Adelaide. from 12:00 to 3:00 Eleven participated, including both experienced and new haiku poets. There were also nine apologies for the meeting. The workshop was organized by Lee Bentley and Lynette Arden.

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May 01, 2013

ABC Radio National: Haiku Competition

ABC Radio National is running a competition calling for people to submit their own haiku on the topics of food or flowers. Your haiku could be read live on air and win a prize. Entries close 1700 AEST on Thursday 9 May 2013. The entry form and other details are available at:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/competitions/haikucompetition/4630450

April 24, 2013

Genjuan Haibun Contest 2013: Results

The results of this year's Genjuan Haibun Contest (Japan's only one!) have been announced here:

http://hailhaiku.wordpress.com/

and the three awarded pieces may be read via the page link (Genjuan '13 Winning Haibun) on the right hand side of the results page.

Stephen Gill

April 05, 2013

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition results

Congratulations to Janet Howie, Victoria, for taking out First Prize in the Haiku Section of the FreeXpresSion 2013 Literary Competition with

mountain gorge
a passing cloud
loses its shadow

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April 04, 2013

Myron Lysenko Ginko at Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Ginko #16 is to be held at Melbourne Botanic Gardens, led by Myron Lysenko on Sunday 28th April 2013 from 11am – 3pm. Meet at Tea Rooms by the lake just before 11am. Bring notebook and pen. Costs: $20 full/$12 concession. Enquiries: myronpoet@hotmail.com

March 16, 2013

John Knight Memorial Poetry Manuscript Prize 2013

Entries for the inaugural John Knight Memorial Poetry Manuscript Prize may be submitted until 17 May 2013. The prize is for an unpublished poetry manuscript of 40 pages by an Australian (citizen or permanent resident) author. Haiku collections are eligible for the Prize.

The winning entry will be published as a book with Fence Post Press in August. Guidelines can be viewed at http://www.eruditescribe.com/john-knight-memorial-poetry-manuscript-prize/

This Manuscript Prize is separate from the planned Paper Wasp haiku prize for Australian and New Zealand haiku poets which will also honour John Knight. Details of the Paper Wasp prize will be announced later in the year.

March 07, 2013

paper wasp haiku group

The paperwasp haiku group now meets every two months at Brisbane Central Library at North Quay in Brisbane City. Email Duncan Richardson for dates, times and meeting room details: dunc.rich@uqconnect.net

With Cherries on Top: Free Online Haiku Book

Press Here is pleased to announce that With Cherries on Top: 31 Flavors from NaHaiWriMo is now available for free download. This anthology, edited by Michael Dylan Welch, features 190 haiku and senryu by 79 worldwide contributors to the National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) page on Facebook.

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March 05, 2013

Report on the launch of Windfall Issue 1

The Republic Bar and Café in North Hobart was the venue for the launch on 3 March 2013 of Australia’s newest haiku journal, Windfall. An audience of over forty people came for the regular Republic Readings, which this year moved from a monthly event to a seasonal event, the March readings being the first for 2013. This ensured a wide audience of poetry lovers, including and beyond readers and writers of haiku.

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March 01, 2013

A Hundred Gourds 2:2 now online

The sixth issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online:
http://www.ahundredgourds.com/
* Please note that AHG has a new url, as above. You may wish to replace the old url with the new one in your bookmarks.

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February 27, 2013

Red Dragonflies Autumn Meeting

The Red Dragonflies (minus their leader, Vanessa Proctor, regrettably) met on Saturday 23rd February at Cynthia Rowe’s home in Woollahra. Vanessa had preset members three interesting topics for their prepared haiku ― namely ‘books’, ‘sustainability’ and ‘natural disasters’.

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5th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum Haiku Contest

Professor Oba at the Basho Memorial Museum in Yamagata, Japan, invites Australian entries by 5 June for the Museum’s 2013 English language haiku competition.

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February 24, 2013

Cloudcatchers’ Ginko No. 28 (summer)

Due to the weather, it was off again/on again for the Cloudcatchers’ summer ginko, which was finally held at the Skateboard Park in Ballina on Thursday 14 February. And, yes, St Valentine’s Day did appear in some of the haiku.

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February 20, 2013

Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest

I’m writing to invite all your HaikuOz members to participate in the Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest. Participants may send as many haiku or senryu as they like at US$2 each: type or neatly print your submissions (you may put them all on a single sheet of paper if you wish). Senryu must be marked as such. All should be sure to include their email address and/or an SASE so that we can notify them of the results!

John Ziemba

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February 14, 2013

John Knight Memorial Contest planned

Distinguished haiku publisher and poet, the late John Knight, is to be honoured with a new Trans-Tasman haiku publishing contest.

The contest will serve as a memorial to John and is being announced to coincide with the first anniversary of his death after a long battle with cancer in February 2012. It will commemorate and, hopefully, keep alive his generous efforts to publish and support haiku poets from both countries. The contest is being sponsored by Paper Wasp, which John helped to establish, and paper wasp journal of which John was a foundation editor.

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February 08, 2013

Shamrock No 24 online

The new issue of Shamrock (No 24) is now available online at
http://shamrockhaiku.webs.com/currentissue.htm
It has a big selection of English-language haiku, a haibun and a review of the haiku collection by Bruce Ross, as well as all the prize-winning and commended haiku from the recent Irish Haiku Society haiku competition 2012. Many thanks to the contributors. We hope our readers will enjoy it.

Editor

February 03, 2013

Meeting of Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group February 2013

In our new format for 2013 we are running three hour workshops. The first of these was a workshop on tanka given by Lynette Arden.
Tanka Workshop
The workshop covered the following topics:
1. The origin of Japanese written language and its close ties with written Chinese.
2. The influence of Tang Dynasty China on Japanese culture and a look at the lifestyle of the most famous period of Japanese literature, the Heian.
3. Poetic styles used by Japanese poets in writing tanka, including poetic devices. This included a look at Japanese tanka in the original hiragana, Romaji and English translation and a comparison of various English translations.

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January 31, 2013

Windfall Issue 1: Out Now!

Issue 1 of Windfall is now out. Published by Peter Macrow's Blue Giraffe Press, edited by Beverley George and with cover design by Ron Moss, Windfall is the new annual journal of Australian Haiku.

Windfall publishes haiku which are relevant to the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. For this first issue, Beverley has selected a wonderful collection of haiku observations that celebrate the Australian landform, seasons and our unique flora and fauna.

$10 provides one issue per year for two years to Australian subscribers. Email Peter for further details including overseas subscriptions:

bluegiraffepress@hotmail.com

The annual submission window for Windfall is July only. Submission guidelines are also available from Peter at the email address shown above.

January 16, 2013

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition 2013 - Reminder

The FreeXpresSion haiku competition closes on 28 February 2013. First prize is $100 for the best single haiku. A copy of the entry form can be found below.

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January 03, 2013

EVENING BREEZE – review

EVENING BREEZE – the anthology of the inaugural Janice M Bostok haiku award

A review

It struck the entire Australian haiku community as a fitting mark of respect when paper wasp announced its new prize – the Janice M Bostok haiku award – as a replacement for the Jack Stamm Haiku Award, for years our pre-eminent haiku competition. If she were able to read Evening Breeze – the anthology of finalists for the inaugural contest bearing her name – surely Janice herself could only be delighted.

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December 15, 2012

Janice M Bostok Award results

Congratulations to André Surridge for taking out the inaugural first prize of $A350 with ‘evening breeze’ – from which the anthology from the contest takes its title. We also congratulate the runner-up, Sandra Simpson and, Chen-ou Liu for taking third prize.

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December 10, 2012

Hortensia Anderson Memorial Haiku Awards

The 1st “aha” (Annual Hortensia Anderson) Memorial Haiku Awards Competition 2013 is to honor the memory of a well-known and respected New York based haiku poet, Hortensia Anderson. Results will be announced on the 21 of May, 2013 . . . one year to the date of her passing.

Deadline: in-hand no later than 1 April, 2013.

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December 05, 2012

Matsuo Basho Festival Haiku Contest – Results

The winners of the 66th Matsuo Basho Festival Haiku Contest, run by the Basho Memorial Museum in Japan, have been announced: Australia's Cynthia Rowe was awarded joint Top Prize along with Kyoko Shimizu from Japan. This long running contest is strongly contested by haiku poets from around the world, with 774 entrants in the English language section. Congratulations and well done Cynthia on your success.

December 03, 2012

Haibun Today (December 2012) is now online.

The winter quarterly issue of Haibun Today is now online for your reading pleasure at http://haibuntoday.com

Writers are now invited to submit haibun, tanka prose and articles for consideration in the March 2013 issue of Haibun Today.

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December 01, 2012

Report on Bindii meeting 1 December 2012

Ten members and visitors attended the December meeting of the Bindii group. This was a social gathering for our final meeting for 2012.

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A Hundred Gourds 2:1 now online

The fifth issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online.

http://ahundredgourds.com

The deadline for all submissions to AHG 2:2 (the March 2013 issue) is December 15th.

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November 27, 2012

Forthcoming World Haiku Anthology - Update

Dr Bruce Ross has asked me to assist in editing a forthcoming World Haiku Anthology that he is producing. I am therefore seeking three of your best haiku for the anthology. Your contributions may be unpublished, or may have been published at any time between 2000 and the present.

Please send your contributions to Patricia Prime by the end of July 2013:

pprime@ihug.co.nz

and include your name, email and publication details.

November 22, 2012

The Maple Moon Haiku Contest Champion

Hearty congratulations to Ron Moss for his success in winning The Maple Moon Haiku Contest as judged by Professor David McMurray, November 2012, with the following haiku.

Mountain train
faces in a passing window
lit by the moon

Published on the Asahi Shimbun website.

November 11, 2012

Bindii Group: November haibun workshop meeting

Nine members and visitors attended out November meeting at the Box Factory in Adelaide for a workshop on haibun presented by Maeve Archibald.

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November 02, 2012

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition 2013

The FreeXpresSion haiku competition closes on 28 February 2013. First prize is $100 for the best single haiku. A copy of the entry form can be found below.

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October 16, 2012

Chrysanthemum 12 online

Chrysanthemum 12 is now online and ready to be viewed at:

http://www.chrysanthemum-haiku.net

Submission Guidelines

Chrysanthemum will appear on the 15th of April and the 15th of October. Deadline for the spring issue is the end of February and for the fall issue at the end of August.

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October 13, 2012

Penny Harter ginko

Penny Harter, co-author of The Haiku Handbook with the late William J. Higginson, will visit Melbourne on Thursday 13th December for a ginko and, if time and weather permit, a reading. If you would like to meet Penny and are interested in joining our group, please email me for details at cynthia.rowe@ozemail.com.au

Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 27

Ginko No. 27 (spring)
Meldrum Park, Ballina
Date: Thursday 11 October 2012

Meldrum Park in Ballina is a new venue for the Cloudcatchers. It is on the shore of North Creek, and was chosen to coincide with low tide. Nine poets trod the sandflats spreading out before us as the water receded.

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October 12, 2012

Fujisan haiku competition 2012

The World Heritage Division, Yamanashi Prefecture, is again running a haiku competition in support of their bid to have Mt Fuji inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Toru Haga, an expert on comparative literature, will judge the International Section entries. Entries close 20 December 2012. Full details of the competition and how to enter are available at:

http://www.fujisan-3776.jp/haiku.english.htm

October 11, 2012

Ozku Report

The Ozku group was delighted to share haiku, tanka and haibun from our anthology with the NSW Society of Women Writers members on Wednesday 17th September at their luncheon meeting in the Dixson Room of the Mitchell Wing of the NSW State Library.

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September 24, 2012

Shamrock No 23 online

The new issue of Shamrock (No 23) is now available online at
http://shamrockhaiku.webs.com/currentissue.htm

It has a big selection of English-language and translated haiku (all from Turkish), as well as two haibun and two reviews of the haiku books by James Norton and William E. Cooper. Many thanks to the contributors. We hope our readers will enjoy it.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky
Editor

American Haiku Archives

LeRoy Gorman Appointed as New Honorary Curator of the American Haiku Archives

The advisory board of the American Haiku Archives, which houses the Haiku Society of America archives, is pleased to announce the appointment of LeRoy Gorman as the 2012–2013 honorary curator of the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento. http://www.americanhaikuarchives.org

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September 21, 2012

Genjuan Haibun Contest 2013

Below are details of Japan's only international haibun contest, the Genjuan Haibun Contest which has a closing date of January 31, 2013. Entry is free and there are genuine Japanese prizes. Do send in a work or two if you can.

Sincerely,
Nobuyuki Yuasa & Stephen Henry Gill

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September 18, 2012

Red Dragonflies’ Spring Meeting

We kicked off our Red Dragonflies’ meeting on Saturday 8th September with a visit to the Sphinx at Bobbin Head, a memorial carved out of natural sandstone by an ailing ex-soldier, William Shirley, as a tribute to his fallen AIF comrades. We then retired to Vanessa Proctor’s home in Pymble, where we spent a wonderfully creative afternoon composing a Junicho renku entitled “Unexpected Rain”.

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September 07, 2012

City of Perth Library Haiku 2012 Results

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Haiku Competition. A very special thank you to Maureen Sexton for the judging. Congratulations to all winners !

1st Prize Cynthia Rowe (NSW)
2nd Prize Rose van Son (WA)
3rd Prize Duncan Richardson (QLD)

Special mention
Gary Colombo De Piazzi (WA)
Nathalie Buckland (NSW)
Vanessa Proctor (NSW)

September 02, 2012

Bindii Group: September Haibun workshop

The Bindii Group met at the Box Factory for a haibun workshop presented by Belinda Broughton. Belinda distributed notes, which included examples of haibun, and briefly discussed the origins of the form and the requirements for writing haibun, such as issues of style and tense, how many haiku should be included and what topics were suitable.

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September 01, 2012

A Hundred Gourds 1:4 now online

The fourth issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online.

http://ahundredgourds.com

The deadline for all submissions to AHG 2:1(the December issue) is September 15th.

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August 24, 2012

Snapshot Press eChapbooks now online

The eight winning eChapbooks of Snapshot Press’s 2011 eChapbook competition are now published and may be read in both pdf or Flash format.

http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/ebooks.htm

Congratulations to Lorin Ford and Vanessa Proctor. Lorin Ford’s ‘A Few Quick Brushstrokes’ and Vanessa Proctor’s ‘Jacaranda Baby’ are the two Australian winners.

August 23, 2012

Bindii Group: August Ginko

Bindii Ginko Saturday August 4th 2012

For our August meeting, Bindii members attended a ginko at the Art Gallery. Some sought inspiration at a special exhibition, while others wandered through the art works, and into the sights and sounds of North Terrace.

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August 22, 2012

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

The results of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s annual haiku invitational have been announced and are available at:

http://www.vcbf.ca/haiku/2012-winning-haiku

Each year the Festival organisers do a wonderful job in making haiku an important part of the celebrations. This year, Australia’s own Beverley George was invited to judge all five sections of the competition.

Australian poets were among the successful entrants with David Terelinck winning first prize in the international section and Glen Fletcher and Quendryth Young receiving Sakura Awards.

August 11, 2012

NZPS 2012 International Poetry Competition

Congratulations to Nathalie Buckland for being awarded Fifth Place in the New Zealand Poetry Society 2012 International Poetry Competition, Haiku Section, with the following haiku:

morning glory
clings to the tea tree -
his new girlfriend

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Red Dragonflies - Winter Meeting 2012

On Saturday 28th July the Red Dragonflies met at Lesley Walter's home for a very enjoyable and entertaining meeting which was fuelled by Lesley's delicious chocolate cake with cream and berries. All six members were present.

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August 06, 2012

Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize: Awards total $500

Entries close 15 September 2012.

The life and work of Australia’s greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, is being celebrated with a significant new haiku award offering a First Prize of $350, a Second Prize of $100 and a Third Prize of $50.

This new award is international in scope – in keeping with Janice’s recognition as a truly international haiku poet and as a fitting memorial to her many decades of dedication to promoting not only the development of an Australian haiku voice but also her work on behalf of English language haiku as a global art form.

The judging panel will be led by multi-award winning haiku poet Jim Kacian, founder of The Haiku Foundation, and Australian Haiku Society president Cynthia Rowe.

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July 19, 2012

CREATRIX HAIKU JOURNAL (WA

Haiku Submission Guidelines

The Creatrix Haiku Editor is Rose van Son.
The Creatrix selectors for haiku are Rose van Son, Meryl Manoy, Amanda Joy, and Gary De Piazzi.
To avoid disappointment, please follow the submission guidelines.

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July 16, 2012

A Hundred Gourds: Ron Moss Guest Haiga Editor

Ron Moss Guest Haiga Editor for issue 2:1, Dec 2012 - Submissions open until September 15th.

Please see the AHG submission page for Haiga submission details. http://ahundredgourds.haikuhut.com/index13.html

A Hundred Gourds - a quarterly journal featuring haiku, tanka, renku, haiga, and haibun

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July 01, 2012

Windfall: Australian Haiku

Windfall: Australian Haiku is a small annual print publication which seeks to publish fine examples of contemporary Australian haiku. Submissions are welcome in July each year.

Editor: Beverley George.
Founder and Manager: Peter Macrow.
Published by Blue Giraffe Press. ISSN 1839-5449. Hobart, Blue Giraffe Press issue 1, 2012 -
Designed and printed for Blue Giraffe Press by Picaro Press.

Guidelines for submissions:

1. Please head all submissions with your name, postal address and the date of submission, together with a statement that your submitted haiku are, “original, unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere”.

2. In order to extend the publishing opportunities for haiku poets in this country, and as Windfall will showcase only 50-60 selected haiku per issue, contribution is restricted to Australian poets, resident in Australia.

3. Submission period is June 30th – July 31st each year.

4. You may submit up to ten of your best haiku per issue but a maximum of 2-3 poems by an individual poet will be selected for any given issue.

5. Acceptances will be advised by August 31st after which date you are free to send any unaccepted poems elsewhere.

6. We are seeking haiku which are relevant to the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. Observations that celebrate landform, seasons, and our unique flora and fauna, are welcomed.

7. Please submit your unpublished haiku to Beverley George PO Box 37 Pearl Beach 2256 or email to beverleygeorge@idx.com.au with ‘Windfall’ and your surname in the subject line.

Windfall Subscriptions:

Subscriptions Manager is Peter Macrow
$10 for two issues, one per year for two years, including postage within Australia.
Stamps or cash are also welcome. Cheques must be made out to Peter Macrow
Overseas subscriptions are $15 in Australian cash only.

Copies to non-subscribers or non-contributors are $10 for the first copy and $5 each for further copy. Overseas $15.

Contact details:
Peter Macrow
Manager, Blue Giraffe Press
6/16 Osborne Street
Sandy Bay TAS 7005
or email: bluegiraffepress@hotmail.com

Enquiries:
Apart from haiku submissions, all enquiries and other business should be directed to Peter Macrow, email as above.

June 30, 2012

Katikati Haiku Contest winners, 2012

Australian haiku poets have made a very good showing in the 2012 Katikati Haiku Contest, with 1st prize awarded to Lorin Ford, 2nd prize to Joanne Watcyn-Jones and a Highly Commended to Cynthia Rowe. Among the Commended haiku were those by Jan Dobb and Cynthia Rowe.

1st Prize

harvest moon
the horizon between here
and hereafter

- Lorin Ford, Australia

2nd Prize

heart failure
folding the sails
before nightfall

- Joanne Watcyn-Jones, Australia

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June 12, 2012

A Hundred Gourds: Wanted, a Webmaster

The on-line journal A Hundred Gourds (AHG) is in need of a webmaster, preferably someone with an interest in haiku and related poetry. The position, as all other positions related to the AHG journal, is a voluntary one, so the compensations are not monetary but rather those that come with working with a dedicated team to produce a high quality journal that serves the world-wide English-language ‘haiku & related’ community.

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June 11, 2012

Chancellor's Medal

Hearty congratulations to Dr Sharon Dean whose thesis: “White Heron: The Authorised Biography of Australia's Pioneering Haiku Writer Janice M Bostok” has been selected as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for 2011 for excellence in the Doctor of Philosophy [Griffith University],for 'recognition of your exceptional performance in your research higher degree placing you as one of the highest achieving PhD graduates and the Arts, Education and Law's top ranked candidate for 2011.'

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Shamrock No 22 now online

The new issue of Shamrock (No 22) is now available online at
http://shamrockhaiku.webs.com/currentissue.htm

It has a big selection of English-language and translated haiku, as well as two haibun and three reviews of the haiku books by Helen Buckingham, Clare McCotter and Svetlana Marisova & Ted van Zutphen.

Many thanks to the contributors. We hope our readers will enjoy it.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky
Editor

June 01, 2012

A Hundred Gourds 1:3 is now online

The third issue of A Hundred Gourds: a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online.

http://ahundredgourds.com

A Hundred Gourds welcomes your submissions to the September edition.

The deadline for all submissions to AHG 1:4 is June 15th.

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May 28, 2012

Haibun Today (June 2012) is now online.

The summer quarterly issue of Haibun Today is now online for your reading pleasure at http://haibuntoday.com

Writers are now invited to submit haibun, tanka prose and articles for consideration in the September 2012 issue of Haibun Today. Consult our Submission Guidelines at Haibun Today.

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May 14, 2012

Vancouver Haiku Invitational: closes 4 June 2012

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival invites you to submit two haiku celebrating the beauty of cherry blossoms. This year, internationally recognized poet from Australia, Beverley George, has been invited to be the Festival guest judge.

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Report on Cloudcatcher Ginko No.25

The Cloudcathcher group held their autumn ginko at Victoria Park, Alstonville, NSW on Thursday 10 May 2012. A report is included below:

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May 07, 2012

Snapshot Press Book Awards 2012

Hearty congratulations to Ron Moss for his success in winning the Snapshot Press MS book awards for 2012. Ron’s first collection of haiku, The Bone Carver, will be coming out before Christmas and will be with the prestigious Snapshot Press.

http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/book_awards/results.htm

May 06, 2012

MINUTES OF BINDII MEETING 5 MAY 2012

The Bindii group met at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm Minutes of the meeting are provided below:

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May 03, 2012

The Little Book of Yotsumonos - John Carley & collaborators

Darlington Richards, publishers of Journal of Renga & Renku, are pleased to announce the launch of the Little Book of Yotsumonos.

Preview: http://darlingtonrichards.com/lboy_preview
Purchase: http://darlingtonrichards.com/lboy_buy

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April 28, 2012

Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize

New contest offers $350 for first place

Australia’s greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, is being honoured with a major new haiku award offering a First Prize of $350 with a Second Prize of $100 and $50 for Third Prize.

The new award will be international in scope and looks forward to attracting the very best of English language haiku from around the world – in keeping with Janice’s recognition as a truly international haiku poet and as a fitting memorial to her many decades of dedication to promoting not only the development of an Australian haiku voice but also her work on behalf of English language haiku as a global art form.

The large judging panel will be led by one of Janice’s colleagues and admirers, the multi-award winning haiku poet Jim Kacian, founder of The Haiku Foundation, and will include Australian Haiku Society president Cynthia Rowe.

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April 22, 2012

Haiku Foundation Video Archive

I'm writing to let you know about The Haiku Foundation Video Archive campaign.

http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Haiku-Foundation-Video-Archive?a=346480&i=emal

Take a moment if you would to check it out. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make 'The Haiku Foundation Video Archive' happen. This is a word of mouth kind of campaign, so passing this link along and spreading the word is greatly appreciated too. Thanks for having a look, and take care.

Jim Kacian
President
The Haiku Foundation

April 20, 2012

Ozku anthology: raking stones

Ozku's first anthology, raking stones, was published in April 2012.

raking stones is a beautifully presented,silk-finished collection of haiku, tanka and haibun from all six members: Dawn Bruce, Joyce Christie, Margaret Conley, Margaret L. Grace, Joanne Watcyn-Jones and Beatrice Yell.

The anthology is dedicated to the memory of Janice Bostok 1942-2011, haiku pioneer of Australia.

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April 06, 2012

Vice President HaikuOz

Due to commitments Dawn Bruce, Vice President Australian Haiku Society, has regretfully handed in her resignation. I would like to thank Dawn for her contribution to the smooth running of HaikuOz over the past four years and wish her all the best for her future undertakings.

Lynette Arden, I am delighted to announce, has accepted the position of Vice President Australian Haiku Society.

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March 29, 2012

Those pesky records

Paper wasp has been somewhat taken aback by a (justifiably) irate email from overseas pointing out that one of its recent publications has fallen victim to the repeat publication of a singular haiku. It is unusual for journal editors and/or contest organisers to receive submissions that have been published elsewhere or haiku that occasionally bear a remarkable similarity to previously published material. It has, however, happened and this recent case does remind us all that patience and meticulous record keeping of haiku submissions to the many journals, websites and contests, now so easily accessible, is a good idea.

March 27, 2012

Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Competition 2011

Congratulations to Cynthia Rowe, Jo McInerney and Ron Moss for winning First, Second and Thrid prizes respectively in the 2011 Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Competition. The successful haiku in order from first to third were:


tree-lined stream
the falcon rowing
through air


holding the warmth
of the afternoon sun
dandelion ridge


simmering rhubarb
mother plays ragtime
on broken keys


While the Jack Stamm Award has over the years become a valued and sought after prize, Paper Wasp has announced that the 2011 competition will be the last in the series honouring, Jack Stamm, the Japan-based American beat generation haiku poet who was part of a Japanese initiative to reinvigorate Australian haiku in the late 1980s.

The 2011 Jack Stamm Anthology therefore reproduces all the prize winning haiku dating back to the first competition in 1999.

Paper Wasp has also announced that it will honour Australia’s greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, with a new international haiku award - further details will be available in the coming months.

4th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum Haiku Contest

Professor Oba at the Basho Memorial Museum in Yamagata, Japan, invites Australian entries by 11 June for the Museum’s 2012 English language haiku competition.

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March 05, 2012

MINUTES OF BINDII MEETING: 3 MARCH 2012

The Bindii group met at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide from 10.30 am to 1 pm on a very pleasant autumn morning. Minutes of the meeting are provided below.

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KATIKATI HAIKU CONTEST 2012

An open-theme haiku contest with proceeds going to the Haiku Pathway project.
Thanks to Kings Seeds for providing the cash prizes. Kings Seeds is a Katikati business that is a leader in its field and we are pleased to welcome the family-owned company to the contest.

Prizes:
18 & over: $100 for first; $50 for second and $25 for third
17 & under: $50, $25, $10 (all prizes in New Zealand dollars).

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Memorial Page for John Knight

Farewell dear JohnnyK. We will miss you and your poetry. Shalom.

mackerel sky -
waves breaking white
on a distant shore

Lyn Reeves

flowing to the sea
slowly, Chopin-like: the river
and his ashes

Nuri Rosegg, Norway

February end-
the branch falls
near that log

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March 02, 2012

Red Dragonflies’ Autumn Meeting

The six members of the Red Dragonflies haiku group met at Dawn Bruce’s home on Saturday 25th February in glorious sunshine for our first meeting of the year.

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March 01, 2012

A Hundred Gourds 1:2 now online

Issue 1:2 of A Hundred Gourds: a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga tanka and renku poetry is now online.

http://ahundredgourds.com

The deadline for all submissions to AHG 1:3 is March 15th

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February 27, 2012

John Knight (1935-2012) Tribute

John was a teacher to the very end. At the birthday party he threw in his Brisbane home in December there was the usual collection of poets, academics, old protest era activist colleagues and family members. There were also, scattered throughout the packed weatherboard house and its verandas, a number of people made noticeable by their bright, ‘out there’ style and youthful optimism. These were John’s latest students. He had been retired as an Associate Professor in The School of Education, The University of Queensland, where he had pursued interests in policy studies and social and literary theory, for more than a decade. By December 2011 John had been rendered weak and infirm by the cancer he had been fighting for almost a decade but, to the very end, he worked in a mentoring relationship with doctoral students at QUT and elsewhere. They came to his party, they gave him hugs and they spoke to his guests of his great gifts.

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Vale John Knight (1935-2012)

Australian haiku poets will be saddened by the death of John Knight, foundation editor of paper wasp: an Australian journal of haiku. Editor, teacher, judge and mentor in the haiku field and beyond John died after a long battle with cancer. On behalf of the Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) may I offer condolences to his family, and to his haiku colleagues and many friends.

Cynthia Rowe
President: The Australian Haiku Society

Please submit your memorial poems and brief tributes to cynthia.rowe@ozemail.com.au

February 25, 2012

Haibun Today (March 2012) is now online.

The spring quarterly issue of Haibun Today is now online for your reading pleasure at http://haibuntoday.com

Writers are now invited to submit haibun, tanka prose and articles for consideration in the June 2012 issue of Haibun Today. Consult our Submission Guidelines at Haibun Today.

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February 21, 2012

Windfall: Australian Haiku

“Windfall: Australian Haiku” is a small annual print publication which seeks to publish fine examples of contemporary Australian haiku. Submissions are welcome in July each year.

Editor: Beverley George.
Founder and Manager: Peter Macrow
Published by Blue Giraffe Press. ISSN 1839-5449. Hobart, Blue Giraffe Press issue 1, 2012 –
Designed and printed for Blue Giraffe Press by Picaro Press.

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February 20, 2012

Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest: 2012

The Kaji Aso Studio is a center for the arts in Boston founded by Japanese painter, poet, and musician Kaji Aso to promote a positive, nature-centered philosophy and practice of art. We have held classes and hosted hundreds of exhibitions, concerts, and readings reading for over thirty years. The Studio is also the home of the Boston Haiku Society, which meets here every third Saturday of the month.

Details of the 2012 haiku contest are provided below.

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February 16, 2012

Janice M Bostok Haiku Award

Janice M Bostok Haiku Award: A New International Contest

It is with great pleasure that Paper Wasp announces that it will honour Australia’s greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, with a new international haiku award.

The Janice M Bostok Award will replace the long-running Jack Stamm contest which honoured the Japan-based American beat generation haiku poet who was part of a Japanese initiative to reinvigorate Australian haiku in the late 1980s.

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February 13, 2012

Report on Cloudcatchers’ Summer Ginko No 24

Ginko No.24 (summer)
Shaw's Bay, Ballina, NSW
Thursday 9 February 2012

Never be afraid of a wet ginko. When poets gather to experience together the nuances of their environment, images are heightened by the extremes that the elements may present. The Cloudcatchers held their summer ginko at Shaw’s Bay, and at the Skate Park, Ballina, on Thursday 9 February. It rained all day.

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February 12, 2012

Haiku Festival Aotearoa: June 2012, an update

The organisers of the June 15-17 Haiku Festival Aotearoa in Tauranga, New Zealand would like to remind those planning to attend that registration for delegates intending to live in at the venue close at the end of this month.

A programme change has also been made – workshop tutor Tony Beyer has had to withdraw but his place has been taken by Beverley George, editor of Eucalypt, who will take a workshop on tanka. The programme also includes 2 master classes (for all participants) by Jim Kacian, an award-winning US poet and owner of Red Moon press.

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February 05, 2012

MINUTES OF BINDII MEETING: 4 FEBRUARY 2012

Venue: Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide
Time: 10.30 am to 1 pm.
Present: Lyn Arden, Belinda Broughton, Jill Gower, Maeve Archibald, Margaret Rawlinson, Lee Bentley, Margaret Fensom.
Apologies: Alex Ask, Marilyn Linn, Julia Wakefield, Judith Ahmed, Dawn Colsey.
Read the minutes of the meeting below.

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February 01, 2012

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition – 2012 - reminder

The FreeXpresSion haiku competition closes on 28 February 2012. First prize is $100 for the best single haiku. A copy of the entry form can be found below.

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January 29, 2012

Cyril Childs 1941-2012

From the Haiku NZ website, edited by Sandra Simpson, comes the sad news that Cyril Childs passed away on January 27, 2012 less than three months after being diagnosed with cancer.

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IHS International Haiku Competition 2011

Hearty congratulations to Quendryth Young who has won the international section of the fourth Irish Haiku Society Competition 2011 with the following haiku:

turning tide
the buoy bobs
sideways

Read all the winning haiku:
http://irishhaiku.webs.com/haikucompetition.htm

January 24, 2012

Maths Haiku Competition, Japan – Update

My name is Mitsuru Hosobe, Board of Directors, Harvard Club of Japan. I am now working for the Mathematics Institute of Japan, supervised by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

We have just decided 3/14 is the day of Mathematics for 3/14 reminds us of π=3.14・・・

To commemorate the day we are now asking everyone to create and post Haiku and Senryu related to math, arithmetic and number and Evaluation Committee will evaluate them to nominate for award.

Entries are due by 29 February 2012 as described below.

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January 11, 2012

Haiku Bindii Vol 1, Journeys – How to purchase

The Adelaide based, Bindii poetry group has released its first publication.

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Haiku Bindii Vol 1, Journeys – Review by Patricia Prime

Haiku Bindii, Journal of the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group, Vol. 1, Journeys. Convenor: Lynette Arden (2011) 60 pp. ISSN 1839-4337.

Reviewed by Patricia Prime.

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January 08, 2012

Genjuan Haibun Competition - Reminder

Just a reminder that entries for the Genjuan International Haibun Competition close on 31 January 2012.

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December 24, 2011

Congratulations to Dr Sharon Dean

Huge congratulations to Dr Sharon Dean, who has had the degree of Doctor of Philosophy conferred upon her by the Griffith University QLD. Her thesis was entitled 'White Heron: The Authorised Biography of Australian Pioneering Haiku Writer, Janice Bostok.'

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December 21, 2011

The Third Australian Haiku Anthology Review

The Third Australian Haiku Anthology (paperwasp:2011), featuring 70 haiku poets, has been warmly and sensitively reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald (17-18 December, 2011) - for which we are extremely grateful. This development again reinforces the strength, vitality and maturity of the form in this nation. Significantly, a review in the SMH testifies to the quality of haiku being written in Australia today and places haiku in the mainstream of Australian poetic endeavour. It is a delightful note on which to round out the year and here's wishing everyone a happy and successful 2012.

Jacqui Murray

December 13, 2011

World Haiku Review online: December 2011 Issue

The World Haiku Club is pleased to announce that the December 2011 Issue of World Haiku Review is now online. Click on http://sites.google.com/site/worldhaikureview2/home

Rohini Gupta, our Technical Editor, is continuing her noble and arduous task of retrieving and rescuing poems, articles, treatises, reports, contributions etc. of the past World Haiku Review issues 2001 - 2007, which got tragically lost in mysterious circumstances. Her first effort is focused on saving, recovering and rescuing only. She will then gradually sort them out and give them shape. If you happen to come across any of these invaluable items of the past WHR issues, by all means please let us know.

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December 09, 2011

Results of Kokako Haiku Competition

Congratulations to Sandra Simpson from Tauranga, New Zealand, on winning first and third prize in the Kokako Haiku Competition. Well done, also to Janette Hoppe and Jan Dobb for their Highly Commended entries.

1st Prize

pulling down the blinds
at 11 am
your lips on my eyelids

Sandra Simpson (NZ)


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December 08, 2011

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition – 2012

The FreeXpresSion haiku competition closes on 28 February 2012. First prize is $100 for the best single haiku. A copy of the entry form can be found below.

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December 02, 2011

Fujisan Haiku Competition

The Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, is conducting an international haiku competition in support of their goal to have Fujisan (Mt Fuji) declared a World Cultural Heritage Site. The haiku are to be composed on the topic of Fujisan and are to be submitted by 20 January 2012.

Details regarding the haiku competition, including entry forms, are available at:

http://www.fujisan-3776.jp/haiku.english.htm

Further background and a Fujisan photo gallery are available at:

http://www.fujisan-3776.jp/english/

December 01, 2011

A Hundred Gourds now Online

A Hundred Gourds 1:1 is now online---

The first issue of A Hundred Gourds: a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga and tanka poetry is now online.

http://ahundredgourds.com

The Editorial Team of A Hundred Gourds extends warmest thanks to everyone who submitted their work for consideration for this, our inaugural issue. Thanks to your enthusiastic welcome, it’s a bumper edition.

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November 30, 2011

Jutei and Basho by Esther Theiler

Esther Theiler’s new book Jutei and Basho is now available from Ginninderra Press.

www.ginninderrapress.com.au/fiction.html

Jutei was a woman who lived in Japan in the seventeenth century and had a relationship of some kind with the great haiku master, Matsuo Basho. This is an imaginative re-construction of the life of Jutei, intertwined with the historically known life of Basho and written in the spirit of haibun and haiku.

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Haibun Today (December 2011) online

ANNOUNCEMENT: Haibun Today (December 2011) is now online.

The winter quarterly issue of Haibun Today is now online for your reading pleasure at http://haibuntoday.com

Contributors to this issue include Melissa Allen, Deb Baker, Dawn Bruce, Owen Bullock, Steven Carter, Marcyn Del Clements, Glenn G. Coats, David Cobb, Anne Curran, Tish Davis, Cherie Hunter Day, Eduardo N. del Valle, Lisa Fleck Dondiego, Claire Everett, Jeffrey Harpeng, Ruth Holzer, Ken Jones, Robert W. Kimsey, Gary LeBel, Marie Lecrivain, Chen-ou Liu, Bob Lucky, Victor Maddalena, Marian Olson, Kathe L. Palka, Carol Pearce-Worthington, Stanley Pelter, Dru Philippou, Patricia Prime, William M. Ramsey, Ray Rasmussen, Bruce Ross, Cynthia Rowe, Miriam Sagan, Lucas Stensland, John Stone, Charles Tarlton, Diana Webb and Rich Youmans.

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November 28, 2011

Red Dragonflies’ Summer Meeting

A ginko had been on the agenda for the Red Dragonflies’ meeting at Pearl Beach on Saturday 26th November, however, inclement weather put a decided stop to that plan. The weather being assuredly for ducks rather than dragonflies, we met, instead, at Beverley George’s home, where we workshopped our pre-written haiku before the skies fortuitously cleared and we managed to flit around Beverley’s home and garden in quasi-ginko fashion. By the time we arrived at the beachside café for lunch, the day had turned quite summery. Our spirits more than matched the sunny afternoon. All in all, a thoroughly uplifting occasion.

after the rain
the laughter of kookaburras
suddenly joins ours

Lesley Walter

November 21, 2011

Editorial Changes at Haibun Today

ANNOUNCEMENT: Editorial Changes at Haibun Today.

Haibun Today is pleased to announce the following changes to its editorial staff and submission guidelines. These changes will take effect upon the release, on December 1, 2011, of the winter issue of Haibun Today.

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November 14, 2011

2011 Polish Haiku Competition: Results

A hearty congratulations to our own Australian Haiku Society President, Cynthia Rowe, who has taken out first prize in the 2011 Polish International Haiku Competition. You can read Cynthia’s haiku in English, and translated into Polish, at the links below. Cynthia’s haiku is presented together with comments from the competition’s Final Judge, Jane Reichhold. The competition attracted entries from 41 countries including 14 writers from Australia.

http://polish.international.competition.haiku.pl/results.php

http://polish.international.competition.haiku.pl/wyniki.php

November 11, 2011

A Hundred Gourds: update

The inaugural issue of A Hundred Gourds will be a big issue. We are on track for the publication date of December 1st.

Thank you to everyone who submitted haiku to me for A Hundred Gourds, 1:1.

As well as haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga, the December issue will contain a retrospective feature on Janice M. Bostok’s haiku life, essays by John Carley, Jack Galmitz and Chen-ou Liu and interviews with two haiku poets whose names we’re keeping as a surprise.

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November 10, 2011

Third Australian Haiku Anthology - Orders

A national anthology presents an opportunity to take stock of the health and development of the writing form it celebrates and the third anthology of Australian haiku is genuinely a celebration. Australian haiku poets have found their own voice. It is a voice that is mature, strong and confident.

Haiku by seventy poets is featured in the Third Australian Haiku Anthology published in November 2011 and available at pre-publication prices for orders placed and paid for (cash or cheque) by 30 November 2011 as follows:

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November 07, 2011

REPORT ON BINDII MEETING: 5 NOVEMBER 2011

Lyn Arden conducted a workshop on haiku/senryu. The workshop touched on the origins of senryu, varying definitions of senryu, opinions about what might be called haiku or senryu, a look at examples of 19th and 20th century Japanese senryu and examples of senryu written in English by various authors. Members of the group then shared and workshopped some of their senryu.

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November 03, 2011

Report on Perth Ginko: 29 October

What a glorious sunny Perth spring day for a GINKO in Araluen Botanic Park on Saturday October 29th. 2011. Forty five minutes to individually observe and soak in the sights, sounds and smells of the picturesque setting with roses and pansies of all shades in full bloom.

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November 01, 2011

Kusamakura Haiku Competition 2011

Congratulations to Beverley George on winning Second Prize in the Foreign Language Category of the 16th Kusamakura International Haiku Competition 2011. The judges for the competition were Morio Nishikawa (Professor emeritus at Kumamoto University), and Richard Gilbert (Associate Professor at Kumamoto University ).

Haiku Festival Aotearoa: June 2012

Renowned writer and editor Jim Kacian heads the line up of tutors at next year’s Haiku Festival Aotearoa in Tauranga, New Zealand, from June 15-17.

Jim is coming out from the US especially to take two master classes at the festival, which also includes workshops on performing haiku, renku and haibun, and a visit to the Katikati Haiku Pathway.

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Snapshot Press e-Chapbook Awards 2011

Hearty congratulations to Lorin Ford and Vanessa Proctor for their success in having their manuscripts selected as winners in the Snapshot eChapbook competition 2011. The results can be viewed online at http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/echapbook_awards/results.htm

October 27, 2011

Launch of Haiku Bindii, Vol. 1 Journeys 2011

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group are delighted to invite you to the launch of Haiku Bindii Vol. 1 Journeys 2011, to be launched by:

Mr Adam Wynn, Hon. Consul-General for Japan in South Australia

This is a free event. Please join us at the Box Factory 159 Regent St South, Adelaide from 4 pm on 3 December 2011. Refreshments will be served and there will be readings by the Bindii poets.

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October 24, 2011

Haiku – One Moment Please – Revised

Haiku – One Moment Please

8 Week Course with Maureen Sexton

Every Tuesday evening 25th October to 13th December, 7 pm to 9.30 pm
OR
Every Wednesday afternoon 19th October to 7th December, 12.30 pm to 3 pm

Where: The Art House, 63 Railway Avenue, Kelmscott (walking distance from Kelmscott train station)

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MARI WARABINY HAIKU GROUP – REMINDER

MARI WARABINY HAIKU GROUP
Invites you to join us on a ginko (haiku walk)

Where: Araluen Botanic Park
When: Saturday 29th October, 10.30 am

We will meet under the M. Simons Memorial Pergola. If you need to be picked up from Kelmscott train station
please let me know and I will arrange it. If you would like to meet at my house in Kelmscott, so we can car-pool, please let me know and we can arrange that, maureenjsexton@gmail.com or 0435 024 616.

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October 15, 2011

Report on Cloudcatchers’ Spring Ginko No.23

A strip of land between sea and fresh water is a magical place. Cloudcatchers assembled for their Spring Ginko at Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, on Thursday 13 October 2011, savouring the salt spray from the ocean, which mingled with soft breezes from the banksias and tea-trees lining this tea-coloured lake.

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October 11, 2011

A Hundred Gourds - Temporary Webpage

A Hundred Gourds now has a temporary webpage where you will find the basic submission guidelines and information.

There is also an opt-in facility for those who would like to receive news and updates.

http://ahundredgourds.haikuhut.com/

We welcome your submissions of haiku, tanka, haibun, haiga and articles/ essays relevant to the haikai genre for the March 2012 issue until the submissions closing date of December 15th, 2011.

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October 07, 2011

5th Haiku Pacific Rim: September 2012, San Francisco

Many lovers of haiku from Australia and overseas will remember warmly the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim (HPR) conference that was organised by Beverley George and her team at Terrigal, New South Wales, in September 2009.

Founder of the HPR conferences, Jerry Ball, who attended 4HPR in Terrigal is now leading the organising committee for the 5th Haiku Pacific Rim conference to be held at Asilomar, near San Francisco USA, from 6 to 10 September 2012.

5HPR is sure to be a wonderful gathering of haijin from around the Pacific rim nations and beyond. Now is the time to think about marking the event in your diary. All the details will be made available at the following site:

http://haikupacificrim2012.wordpress.com/

Blue Giraffe Press/poam haiku competition

Poets who had a haiku published on poam's haiku page during the three years Peter Macrow was poam's haiku editor are invited to enter a maximum of three haiku which are original, unpublished and not on offer elsewhere. Up to three prizes of $100 each, sponsored by Blue Giraffe Press.

Competition judge: Peter Macrow
Closing date: 31st December 2011

Email entries and enquiries to: bluegiraffepress@hotmail.com

Peter Macrow
Managing Editor, Blue Giraffe Press.

幻住庵 GENJUAN INTERNATIONAL HAIBUN CONTEST

The Kikakuza International Haibun Contest will have to be terminated with the publication of the booklet containing the decorated works from the past three years. Judges, Nobuyuki Yuasa and Stephen Henry Gill, however, have decided to continue under the title of the Genjuan International Haibun Contest.

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October 03, 2011

MINUTES OF BINDII GINKO AT VEALE GARDENS: 1 October 2011

http://haiku-bindii.blogspot.com/

We met at Veale Gardens on South Terrace at the Wisteria Arbour at 11 am. The weather had been showery for a few days, but we were fortunate on the day of the ginko to have fine weather, with only a slight sprinkle of rain just as we were finishing lunch.

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September 30, 2011

BINDII HAIKU GROUP

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS and events:

1 October: will be a ginko in Veale Gardens. Further details of the meeting spot will be emailed. If rain is forecast for the day, we will meet at the Box Factory.

5 November: Alex Ask will run a workshop on senryu/haiku. It is envisaged that members will bring in material (both haiku/senryu and any critical discussion material) so we can investigate and discuss ‘what is haiku’, ‘what is senryu’. This should be a good discussion session.

3 December: A booking has been made for our book launch at the Box Factory at 3 pm. So we should invite guests at 3.30 to start at 4 pm.

Lynette Arden
SA Representative AHS

September 28, 2011

MARI WARABINY GINKO

MARI WARABINY HAIKU GROUP
Invites you to join us on a ginko (haiku walk)

Where: Araluen Botanic Park
When: Saturday 29th October, 10.30 am

We will meet under the M. Simons Memorial Pergola.
If you need to be picked up from Kelmscott train station please let me know and I will arrange it. If you would like to meet at my house in Kelmscott, so we can car-pool, please let me know and we can arrange that, maureenjsexton@gmail.com or 0435 024 616.

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September 27, 2011

Haiku – One Moment Please

8 Week Course with Maureen Sexton

When: Every Wednesday from 19th October to 7th December, 12.30 to 3 pm.

Where: The Art House, 63 Railway Avenue, Kelmscott (walking distance from Kelmscott train station)

Cost of the full course: Full $200, Concession $160. Open to negotiation under certain circumstances. Email or phone Maureen to book your place: maureenjsexton@gmail.com or 0435 024 616. Places are limited, so book early!

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September 24, 2011

Ginko (Haiku Walk)

Ginko (Haiku Walk) with Graham Nunn
Sundays 16, 23, 30 October and 13, 20 and 27 November
9am – 10.30am

Haiku poets sketch from life, in order to develop their powers of observation and description. A traditional way to develop these skills is by participating in Ginko (a Haiku walk).

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September 22, 2011

Third Australian Haiku Anthology - Call for Submissions

Call for submissions

It is now five years since the publication of the Second Australian Haiku Anthology (2006). That followed the First Australian Haiku Anthology developed and published on line by John Bird and Janice Bostok in 1999 and subsequently published by paper wasp in 2003. Another edition of work by Australian haiku poets, now so well represented in contests and publications around the world, is timely. Thus, submissions for a third edition are invited from published haiku poets living in Australia or from Australian haiku poets resident overseas.

The deadline for submissions is: 30 September 2011

paper wasp editors/publishers
Katherine Samuelowicz, Jacqui Murray

Supported by AHS

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September 05, 2011

Cloudcatcher Tribute

Cloudcatchers’ Tribute to Janice Bostok

Each one of us is saddened to learn of the passing of Janice Bostok at
Murwillumbah District Hospital yesterday. Janice, Patron of the
Australian Haiku Society, was the first Australian poet to explore the
haiku genre, over thirty years ago, and since then she has pioneered
this and other Japanese short forms, interpreted with an Australian
flavour.

When Cloudcatchers first gathered together on 2 December 2005, Janice
was there, and became our unofficial Patron. She loved being involved
in our ginko, and her interest in Cloudcatchers persisted, even when
ill-health prohibited her joining us in later years. She was happy to
comment on our early attempts to master the writing of haiku, and
pleased to hear of any successes that any Cloudcatcher achieved. I
know it comforted her to receive messages from us in these last few
uncomfortable months.

Vale Janice Bostok. We acknowledge the contribution you have made to
our group, and appreciate the guidance and championing of each one, as
we took our tentative steps down the fascinating path of the haiku
genre.

the release
of fluttering moths
evening star

Quendryth Young
Cloudcatcher Coordinator

Vale Janice M Bostok

Vale Janice M Bostok 1942 -2011

Australian haiku poets will be saddened by the death of revered haiku poet Janice M Bostok, Patron of the Australian Haiku Society, editor, teacher, judge and mentor in the haiku field. Janice died peacefully in the Murwillumbah Hospital yesterday afternoon Sunday 4th September. On behalf of the Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) may I offer condolences to Janice’s family, and to her haiku colleagues and friends.

Cynthia Rowe
President: The Australian Haiku Society

More information on Janice’s life and her role in the haiku community will be posted soon.
Please submit your memorial poems and brief tributes to cynthia.rowe@ozemail.com.au

September 02, 2011

Haibun Today - September 2011

The autumn quarterly issue of Haibun Today is now online for your reading pleasure at http://haibuntoday.com

Writers are now invited to submit haibun, tanka prose and articles for consideration in the December 2011 issue of Haibun Today. Consult our Submission Guidelines at Haibun Today. Forward any submissions by email to Jeffrey Woodward, Editor, at haibun.today@gmail.com

http://haibuntoday.com

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August 18, 2011

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2011

Hearty congratulations to Quendryth Young, convenor of Cloudcatchers, for having achieved the highest distinction in her category – Best International Haiku in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival - 2011 Haiku Invitational. Her haiku

birdbath
a blossom falls into
a fluffy cloud

will be posted on the website in the fall and will also be published in Ricepaper, Haiku Canada, and Ripples, all leading Haiku magazines and newsletters in the North America. As well, in the spring they will be posted in 500 buses and SkyTrains throughout Metro Vancouver, and be read at multiple celebrity readings.

August 17, 2011

New Haikai Journal - A Hundred Gourds

* Submissions for the first issue of 'A Hundred Gourds' close on September 15th, 2011*

Submissions and enquires may be addressed to :

Lorin Ford, Haiku Editor: haikugourds@gmail.com

Melinda Hipple, Haiga Editor: haigagourds@gmail.com

John McManus, Resources Editor: jmac.ahgjournal@gmail.com

Gene Murtha, Tanka Editor: tankagourds@gmail.com

Ray Rasmussen, Haibun Editor: haibungourds@gmail.com, ray@raysweb.net

The editorial team of 'A Hundred Gourds' welcomes your submissions to our first issue, which will be published online in December, 2011.

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August 11, 2011

The Seashell Game 2011

Hearty congratulations to Ron Moss in Tasmania, winner of The Seashell Game 2011, a unique form of contest in which you can nominate the poems of other writers, rather than entering your own, for his eloquent haiku:

starry night …
what’s left of my life
is enough

Shiki Internet Kukai, 1st Place December 2006 and then the Shiki Internet Kukai 5th Annual Poets’ Choice,1st Place 2007. It appeared in several Anthologies until it was published again as a Haiga in the haiku pages, FreeXpresSion 2010.

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August 07, 2011

Report On August Bindii Meeting

The Adelaide based Bindii Group held a kukai at their 6 August meeting and members enjoyed sharing the haiku brought in by other members.

Further details are shown below:

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August 05, 2011

Wild about poetry Haiku workshop: Perth, 31 August

This workshop will be run by Maureen Sexton who is the Western Australia Regional Representative of HaikuOz - Australian Haiku Society and organiser of the Mari Warabiny Haiku Group.

Details are shown below.

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2011 City of Perth Library Haiku Competition

Entries for this competition close on 16 August. Winners will be listed on the Library’s web page and in the Library. Entries will be displayed on the Poetry Wall in the Library during the WA celebrations of National Poetry Week 29 August - 3 September and the WA Spring Poetry Festival organised by WA Poets Inc.

Submission guidelines are shown below.

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August 04, 2011

Polish International Haiku Competition: Entries close 16 October

Entries, written in English, can now be submitted for the Polish International Haiku Competition. The Final Judge for the competition is Jane Reichhold. Submission details are at:

http://polish.international.competition.haiku.pl/index.php

July 31, 2011

Notes From the Gean - Changes

Dear Friends & Poets,

I’m very sorry to be in the position to have to tell you that I am no longer haiku editor for Notes From the Gean. I am informed that NFTG will continue or begin again on a new website, fully owned and directed by Colin Stewart Jones and his press, Gean Tree Press. Because the changes to NFTG entail a new webmaster as well as the replacement of other editors besides myself, I cannot predict when future issues of Notes From the Gean will be published online. Enquiries about future submissions to Notes From the Gean should be directed to Colin Stewart Jones at geaneditor@gmail.com

My gratitude and warm thanks for all of the fine haiku I’ve had the privilege to read and select for publication whilst I’ve been haiku editor at Notes For the Gean, and my sincere apologies any inconvenience caused.

Best wishes,

Lorin Ford, haiku editor,
"Notes From the Gean", issues 1 – 9 (June 2009 - June 2011)
www.geantree.com

July 26, 2011

NZPS 2011 Intenational Poetry Competition

Congratulations to HaikuOz Secretary, Greg Piko, for being awarded First Place in the New Zealand Poetry Society 2011 International Poetry Competition, Haiku Section. Greg is winner of the Jeanette Stace Memorial Award.

To those of you who were not so successful, your haiku still have another chance - the second copy of your work is currently with editor, Linzy Forbes, who is selecting work for publishing in the annual anthology. You may not submit your haiku elsewhere until 31st August.

http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz

MOONBATHING: A JOURNAL OF WOMEN'S TANKA

EDITOR
Pamela A. Babusci
Moonbathing Issue 5 is now accepting submissions. I have additional copies of Moonbathing issues of 3 & 4. If you wish to purchase a copy(ies) please e-mail me.

THIRD ANNUAL MOONBATHING CONTEST:

Please e-mail with your regular submission one tanka on the theme of "moonbathing". The winner will receive a year's subscription. Moonbathing will publish two issues a year: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Moonbathing will feature only women poets. Send a maximum of 10 tanka per submission period. Submission deadlines: Fall/Winter: In-hand deadline: Dec. 15th fall/winter theme or non-seasonal only

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July 23, 2011

President

I would like to say how delighted I am to have been invited to assume the role of President, HaikuOz and look forward to working with Dawn Bruce, Greg Piko and other members of the Committee. The haiku community in Australia is flourishing. Talented work is constantly emerging from our local haijin, and members continue to impress with their success in competitions both in Australia and overseas. At HaikuOz we are committed to ensure that haiku in this country continues to make its mark. For information about haiku activities please visit the HaikuOz website at www.haikuoz.org

Cynthia Rowe
President, HaikuOz

July 19, 2011

Jan Bostok

Sharon Dean advises that HaikuOz co-founder and patron, Janice M Bostok, is still confined to Murwillumbah District Hospital, but now has internet access. If you'd like to contact Jan directly, please write to:

janbostok@gmail.com

July 17, 2011

Bindii Haiku Group – New Blog

Lynette Arden has just started a blog for the Bindii Haiku Group, called Haiku Bindii. The blog is only new but will provide a convenient way to keep up to date with the haiku happenings of the Adelaide based group. The blog can be found at:

http://haiku-bindii.blogspot.com/

July 08, 2011

New President for HaikuOz

Jo McInerney has advised that, regretfully, she is not in a position to continue in her role as President of HaikuOz. Jo’s personal and family circumstances are such that she has had to step aside from her duties in recent times and, unfortunately, Jo has indicated that her situation is unlikely to change in the immediate future. The HaikuOz office bearers all wish Jo the very best for the future and would like to thank her for her past efforts as President of HaikuOz.

HaikuOz is in the fortunate position of having another capable and highly respected haiku poet who has agreed to take on the President’s role. Congratulations to Cynthia Rowe from Sydney who is the new President of HaikuOz.

Cynthia is a graduate of Melbourne University and has taught secondary and tertiary French and English in both Victoria and New South Wales. She has spent time in France and the French Territories and was awarded a Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française by the French Ministry of Education. She is a Writing Fellow of the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW.

Cynthia is a novelist, short story writer and poet whose work has been published in Australia and overseas. She has been broadcast on National Community Radio. Her play ‘Not the Vice-Chancellor’ was performed in the Sydney Short and Sweet Festival 2008. She is a member of Red Dragonflies haiku group which workshops Japanese genre poetry. She is Immediate Past President, Eastern Suburbs Region Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW and Editor, Haiku Xpressions.

Third Australian Haiku Anthology

Call for submissions

It is now five years since the publication of the Second Australian Haiku Anthology (2006). That followed the First Australian Haiku Anthology developed and published on line by John Bird and Janice Bostok in 1999 and subsequently published by paper wasp in 2003. Another edition of work by Australian haiku poets, now so well represented in contests and publications around the world, is timely. Thus, submissions for a third edition are invited from published haiku poets living in Australia or from Australian haiku poets resident overseas.

The deadline for submissions is: 30 September 2011

paper wasp editors/publishers
Katherine Samuelowicz, Jacqui Murray

Supported by AHS

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July 07, 2011

Kaji Aso Studio’s International Haiku Contest 2011

Congratulations to Beverley George who won second prize in the Kaji Aso Studio’s 2011 haiku competition. The Kaji Aso Studio is located in Boston, USA, and offers experience in the visual arts, music, poetry, philosophy and Japanese culture. The competition results can be found at:

http://www.kajiasostudio.com/webroot/haikuContest_2011.cfm

July 05, 2011

3rd Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest

There was a strong Australian contribution to the contest this year as highlighted by Professor Oba in his report shown below. Hearty congratulations to Pamela Smith for winning the grand prize in the foreign country section and to Nathalie Buckland for her distinguished work prize. Their poems in English and Japanese can be seen at:

http://yamadera-basho.jp/?p=log&l=241792

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Report on meeting of Bindii group: 2 JULY 2011

Workshopping of members’ work: Each member shared Renku and haiku and also requested suggestions and improvements from other members.

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July 02, 2011

Cloudcatchers’ Ginko No.22 (winter)

A dozen Cloudcatchers wore their scarves and woolly hats to the winter ginko at Torakina Park, Brunswick Heads, on Thursday 30 June 2011. This is our favourite site, at the mouth of the Brunswick River, and although it was the tenth time we have held a ginko here, it was our first in winter.

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June 30, 2011

6th Kokako Haiku and Senryu Competition

Entries are open for the 6th Kokako Haiku and Senryu Competition. The first prize is NZ$200, with second and third prizes of NZ$50 each. The judge for the competition is Owen Bullock and the closing date for entries is 31 October 2011.

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June 28, 2011

Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Competition 2010

Congratulations to Dawn Bruce and Jo McInerney for winning joint first prize in the latest Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Competition.

Dawn’s winning haiku was:

moonrise
a flow of shadows
along the river

While Jo’s haiku was:

bare hills
the horizon looped
between post and wire

As Jacqui Murray says in her introduction to the Jack Stamm Anthology, ‘Both haiku have an elegant but non-obtrusive complexity that throws up one image whilst inviting more’.

Congratulations also to Jan Dobb for her lovely haiku that was awarded third prize:

spilling
from the sound of thunder
a rain drop

Greg Piko
Secretary
HaikuOz

June 26, 2011

The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield, translator with Mariko Aratani of the poety of Shikibu and Komachi in the 'Ink Dark Moon' has had a new e-book about Basho released by Amazon in the Kindle Singles series.

The new book is titled 'The Heart of Haiku' and is based on a lecture she gave several years ago. It is available from:

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Haiku-Kindle-Single-ebook/dp/B0057IYMF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=A24IB90LPZJ0BS&s=books&qid=1309080107&sr=8-1

Beverley George

June 16, 2011

Haiga Art Exhibition and Artprize: entries close 5 August 2011

The Haiga Art Prize run in conjunction with the City of Salisbury Writer's Festival is going national this year. All residents of Australia can enter and with a $500 First Prize this is one of the richest haiku-related prizes in Australia. Closing date is August 5th 2011. Further information including the entry form and the competition conditions are available from the website:

http://www.salisbury.sa.gov.au/Our_City/Events/Salisbury_Writers_Festval

For general enquiries, email Steve Davidson at sdavidson@salisbury.sa.gov.au.

June 05, 2011

Report of 4 June 2011 Bindii meeting

Renku Workshop: Lyn Arden gave a workshop on writing Renku. History and principles were outlined and then we divided into two groups to write shisan Renku. The shisan Renku started in this session will be continued by email and presented for feedback at the July meeting.

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June 01, 2011

Famous Reporter #43

Apologies to all those waiting for their response to haiku submissions to Famous Reporter #43. The next issue has been delayed a bit, but you will hear soon. Thanks for your patience.

Lyn Reeves

‘Notes From the Gean’, Vol. 3, issue #1 is now online

http://www.geantree.com/index.html

With this 9th issue, 'NFTG' is entering its third year of quarterly publication. The editorial team wishes to thank all of our contributors and readers for the continuous support you've given to our journal over the past two years. We look forward to publishing more of your haiku, tanka, haiga, haibun and renku/renga in coming issues. 'NFTG' is now accepting relevant essays and articles for publication, as well.

Submissions for the September issue are open until the 30th of June. Please check the submissions page for further details.

Lorin Ford, haiku editor, 'Notes From the Gean'

May 27, 2011

Limestone Tanka Poets, 22nd May, 2011 meeting

The fact that there was little business to discuss other than the positive advantages of keeping an Awards and Publication book for Limestone Tanka Poets next meeting onwards (contents to be published in ACT Writers etc. as another means of ‘outing’ tanka in Canberra), June Foster, Kate King, John Van De Graaff, Gerry Jacobson, Michael Thorley and I, did not mind at all. We were about to embark on a Japanese way of responding to tanka in a workshop by Amelia Fielden, who assured of a method that was both gentle and informative.

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May 19, 2011

Three Australian writers feature in A New Resonance 7

Red Moon Press has released A New Resonance 7, the latest in its biennial series featuring emerging voices in English language haiku from around the world.

This volume, edited as usual by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts, includes haiku by Lorin Ford, Quendryth Young and Greg Piko from Australia, and Andre Surridge from New Zealand.

Also included are a further 14 poets living in Canada, Scotland, Japan and the United States. Each poet is featured with a selection of 15 of their haiku, biographical details and commentary by the editors.

A New Resonance 7 showcases writers who are making a mark in the global haiku community, providing a broader exposure for these poets than might be achieved through the publication of individual haiku in journals or on the net. Copies of A New Resonance 7 (186 pages, perfect softbound) are available from:

Lorin Ford’s email: geanhaiku(at)googlemail(dot)com

Greg Piko’s email: gregpiko(at)hotmail(dot)com

Congratulations to Lorin, Quendy and Greg as inclusion in this prestigious publication is by invitation of the editors based on their own reading and suggestions from previous New Resonance poets.

Dawn Bruce
Vice President
HaikuOz

May 18, 2011

paper wasp haiku group

The paper wasp haiku group based in Brisbane has resumed its meetings; we are meeting on the second Saturday each month at 11.00 a.m. at Katherine’s place (see address below).
All haiku, tanka and haibun poets and beginners are welcome.

Katherine Samuelowicz
14 Fig Tree Pocket Road (the Moggill Road end)
Chapel Hill Q 4069
ksamuelowicz@optusnet.com.au
on street parking

we made each other up: tanka, haibun & haiku

A new book by Katherine Samuelowicz, with 73 pages of tanka, haibun, haiku and photographs, published by PostPressed, is now available from the author at:

ksamuelowicz@optusnet.com.au

or from the publisher, John Knight, at:

jwk@powerup.com.au.

Price $18.00 including postage within Australia.

May 15, 2011

Report of May 2011 Bindii meeting

On 7th May, 2011, Bindii met at the Box Factory on Regent Street South, Adelaide, from 10.30am to 1pm. Seven people attended, some were new members. The group was facilitated by Alexander Ask in the absence of Lyn Arden, who was away.

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May 14, 2011

Messages for Janice Bostok

Janice M Bostok, HaikuOz co-founder and patron, is currently in hospital on the Gold Coast, where she’s being treated for complications associated with diabetes.

Although Jan is in considerable pain, she’s still cracking the occasional joke, and would love to hear from members of HaikuOz – an extended community she thinks of as her ‘haiku family’.

If you’d like to email messages of support, please send them to sharon.happy@gmail.com. Alternatively, you can write directly to Jan via snail mail care of:

Ward 3B
Gold Coast Hospital
108 Nerang Street
Southport Qld 4215

Thank you.

Sharon Dean

May 08, 2011

Report on Cloudcatchers’ Ginko No 21 (autumn)

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Previously Cloudcatchers have gathrered at Bangalow Weir in Summer (2007) and Spring (2008 & 2009). But this time it was Autumn. We did not expect to feel a seasonal change, but it was indeed cooler, the light softer, the pace slower. No insects worried us. Turtles were fewer and more languid, and there were no water dragons. But the tessellated trunks of the old pines, patterned by lichen on the shady side, remained as we remembered them.

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May 04, 2011

Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum Haiku Contest

Last November when 12 Aussies visited the Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum in Yamagata, Japan, we were warmly greeted. Professor Oba has since told me that he and his staff were unaware, until our visit, of the quality and level of interest in Australia for haiku.

At the time we were there, Professor Oba mentioned the museum's haiku competition, which includes a category for haiku in English, and I promised to tell Australian poets about it when it was announced for 2011.

Applications for the 3rd Contest are now open and should be postmarked no later than Friday, June 11, 2011. Entry is free. Questions and applications should be submitted to:

〒999-3301 The Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum
4223 Nanin Yamadera, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken
Japan

Full details of the Contest are available at: http://yamadera-basho.jp/?p=log&l=232122

It would be lovely to see strong Australian support for this competition with sparkling, quality haiku from as many of our haiku poets as possible.

Beverley George

May 01, 2011

Mann Library's Daily Haiku, May 2011 - Lorin Ford

A haiku by Lorin Ford will be published each day in May on the Mann Library's Daily Haiku. She is honoured to be the first Australian to feature in this project:

http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/

RSS feed is available.

'About Daily Haiku' says:
"For over ten years, Tom Clausen posted a daily haiku in the elevator of the old Mann building. He continues to post them online from the Mann Library home page. The poets featured are by invitation only and the poems are almost entirely previously published original works of an extended haiku community that includes many of his friends. This site is an effort to share these works with those of you visiting us on our Web site. Haiku and related brief poetic forms are often very accessible, portable in mind and spirit and at best a knowing touch of what is poetically intuitive in our lives. We hope that you enjoy these expressions as much as we do."

Check out the archives for a wonderful resource of previous collections of haiku whilst you're there.

April 27, 2011

Tanka Huddle Chapbook

The Tanka Huddle critique group has published a chapbook of selected poems, simply entitled Tanka Huddle. This is a fantastic opportunity to read a sampling of modern tanka by Australian poets Anne Benjamin, Shona Bridge, Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti , Jan Foster, Beverley George, Yvonne Hales, Anne Howard , Carmel Summers, David Terelinck, and Julie Thorndyke.

A limited number of chapbooks are available for purchase. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please send $7 (from within Australia) or $10 (from overseas) to: J. Thorndyke, 3 Forest Knoll, Castle Hill, 2154 NSW Australia [price includes postage and handling].

Please email enquiries to j.thorndyke@bigpond.com

Julie Thorndyke

April 19, 2011

Limestone Tanka Poets, 17th April 2011 meeting

The smell of gums in car park and wet-earth aroma rising from ferns under the bridge you cross as your make your way towards Hudson Cafe, where an intimate group of four Limestone Tanka Poets are to meet over coffee. It’s autumn, the trees dazzle in their Jacob clothing and what could be better than to write on location this time of the year, in the Canberra Botanical Gardens.

Facilitator, Kathy Kituai reports

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April 06, 2011

The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 – Results

Australian haiku writers have again made a good showing in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 (Snapshot Press, UK).

Congratulations to Lorin Ford and Vanessa Proctor for their winning haiku, 'on a bare twig' (January) and 'cloudwatching' (June) in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 and to Jo McInerney for her runner-up haiku, 'old scars'.

Full results are posted here:

http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/thcc/results.htm

and orders for the Calendar may be made via the website, too.

Greg Piko

March 27, 2011

Bowerbird Tanka Group: Biannual mini-conference Wirraminna, Pearl Beach

On 20th March 2011, 17 delegates attended the Bowerbird Tanka Group Workshop at the home of Beverley George in Pearl Beach NSW.

Jo Tregellis reports:

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March 24, 2011

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

The call for entries has been released for the 6th Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) Haiku Invitational. Anyone from any part of the world can submit haiku.

Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2011.

To enter, visit http://www.vcbf.ca and follow the links.

Past submissions have come from Australia, Bangladesh, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

This year’s judge will be an’ya, editor of moonset haiku journal. She resides in Oregon. The winning haiku will be published by Haiku Canada, *Rice Paper*, and on the VCBF website. The top haiku in five main categories (youth, B.C., Canada, United States, and International) will also appear on TransLink SkyTrains and buses all over Metro Vancouver and be read in celebrity readings during the next festival in 2012.

March 20, 2011

Red Dragonflies meeting: 12th March 2011

The Red Dragonflies met at Cynthia Rowe’s home in Woollahra on Saturday 12th March. We were joined by an invited guest, Dy Anreasen, who had been fortunate enough to ‘tread in Basho’s footsteps’ with Beverley’s tour last year. It is confronting, however, to reflect that we were sitting sharing haiku in Sydney on the very day that the earthquake and tsunami were wreaking such havoc on Japan and its people. Haiku must continue to remind us of, and instruct us in, the ephemeral – and therefore precious – nature of existence…

Lesley Walter

Results – Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems

Congratulations to Quendryth Young and Greg Piko (Australia) and to Sandra Simpson (New Zealand) for their award winning poems in the The Haiku Foundation’s inaugural Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems. Haiku by two Australian writers and one New Zealand writer, three poems out of a total of seven award winners, certainly shows that ‘The Antipodes’ is on the world haiku map. The full results and judges’ commentaries may be read here:

http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/awards/touchstone-archive/

Lorin Ford

Submissions to WE ARE ALL JAPAN

We at WE ARE ALL JAPAN are assembling an anthology of all types of poetry and haibun - We Are All Japan. The purpose of the anthology is to display to Japan our feelings of love and concern for the hell they have and are currently enduring. All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to the Salvation Army or the Red Cross in Japan.

http://wearealljapan.blogspot.com/

Please submit any kind of poetry as well as haibun (stating your name, city and country) to svtojapan@gmail.com.

We accept only unpublished poetry written specifically about what is occurring in Japan. Your submissions should be heartfelt.

We also need a photo or artwork for the cover. Please send your original work to the same email.

Deadline: May 15, 2011.

TO DONATE FOR THE PRINTING COSTS OF THE ANTHOLOGY, A GIFT TO THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN, GO TO:

http://theartofhaiku.com/

All proceeds above the cost of publishing will be donated to the Salvation Army or the Red Cross to help radiation, earthquake, and tsunami victims. We would also like to send a copy to libraries in Japanese cities and towns that were hit the hardest.

Robert D. Wilson and Sasa Vazic

March 17, 2011

Moonrise and Ozku: a Group Within a Group

Ozku, the haiku-dedicated poetry group formed by Dawn Bruce in January 2010, has now incorporated moonrise, a tanka specific discussion and workshop group, into its format.

Ozku and moonrise will meet bi-monthly at haijin Dawn Bruce’s home in St.Leonards, with members Margaret Grace, Beatrice Yell, Margaret Conley, Joyce Christie and Joanne Watcyn-Jones, all enthusiastic students of haiku and tanka.

Joanne Watcyn-Jones

March 06, 2011

Words @ the Wall: State Library of SA, 16 March

Friendly Street Poets and the State Library of South Australia will present late afternoon performances of Japanese Poetry Genres in Adelaide on Wednesday 16 March.

The readings will run from 5:30pm to 6:15pm at the Treasures Wall, upstairs in the State Library, North Terrace Adelaide. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event will include traditional Japanese poetry, contemporary poetry by Hiromichi Ikeda and poetry composed by members of the Bindii Poetry Group. Poems will be read by Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Belinda Broughton, Dawn Colsey, Jill Gower and Athena Zaknic.

March 02, 2011

Notes from the Gean

The 8th issue of 'Notes From the Gean' is now online.

http://www.geantree.com/indexcover.html

Congratulations to all of the Australians and Kiwis in the haiku, tanka and renku sections. We're looking forward to all of your submissions to 'Gean, Vol. 3, Issue 1', which will be published in June.

The closing date for submissions to the June issue is March 30th.

- Lorin Ford, haiku editor, 'Notes From the Gean'

INAUGURAL MEETING OF CANBERRA TANKA GROUP, 26TH FEBRUARY

What could be added to the report (see below) written by our scribe,
Gerry Jacobson, for the first meeting of Canberra Tanka Group? All
that needs to be said is that were are deciding between 'Limestone
Poets' or 'Limestone' for the name of our group, and will definitely
know by the next meeting.

Our meeting got off to a fine start in the way in which we will
continue with a hands-on creative writing segment, 'The Value of
Verbs'. Gerry's tanka, included in his report, is an example of the
level of writing this workshop produced.

If any of our tanka friends, walking the same tanka path, are in
Canberra, they are welcome to join us. For more information contact
Kathy Kituai, the group leader, on 02 6247 8124.

And now for Gerry's report:


Cedars Scribble

I look around the room and see seven other scribblers, the tanka poets
of the Limestone Plains. Empty cups wait patiently on the table. We
must finish our inaugural meeting before we’re allowed afternoon tea.

Inaugurating the inaugural, Kathy invites us to share good and bad things
that happened to us in the past week. Then to list things we see in
the room, list occupations, and match these lists to form sentences
that might become poetry. We share some postmodern fragments.

straggly cedars
scribble through the window ...
their tops
have been edited
by the sulphur crested cockatoo

Brain affected, we agree to:
. a program outline for the year, meetings generally 4th Sunday of
month, 2pm at ACT Writers Centre;
. we hope to be a support group with ideas and inspiration;
. we’re keen on information sharing, perhaps with a list of books
available to be lent by individuals;
. Amelia outlined a Japanese style workshop proposed for 22 May;
. Kathy has plans for an Introduction to Tanka and interested friends
should contact her;
. support Kathy's and Amelia's book launch 29 May;
. Basho pilgrimage late October has two vacancies and interested
should contact Beverley George as soon as possible.

At last emerging from my chair, I realise that Barbara’s apple crumble is
also waiting patiently. With cream! Coffee counters the sultry
afternoon. Conversation. The chocolate biscuits are slightly molten
... mmm!

Tanka Poets of the Limestone Plains: Kathy K, Amelia F, Saiko O,
Michael T, Barbara C, John vdG, June F, Gerry J

We missed Tessa W, Kate K

Next meeting: Sunday 27 March, 2 pm, ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House

Review by Beverely George

Review by Beverley George
A review by Beverley George of Peggy Heinrich's Peeling an Orange (photographs by John Bolivar)
is now available on the New Zealand Haiku site hosted by NZPS
http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/node/569


February 11, 2011

Haiku North America 2011 – Seattle, Washington, USA

Save the date! Haiku North America 2011 will be held August 3 to 7, 2011, in Seattle, Washington.

Members of the Haiku Northwest group have generously offered to host the 2011 conference and they have many exciting plans already in the works, including a harbor cruise. The conference itself will be held at the Seattle Center, at the foot of the Space Needle, providing easy access to haiku writing and walking opportunities such as Pike Place Market (via the monorail), the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Experience Music Project rock-and-roll museum and Science Fiction Museum, and countless other attractions—including fleet week and the Seafair festival, with the Blue Angels performing overhead.

The conference theme will be “Fifty Years of Haiku,” celebrating the past, present, and future of haiku in North America. The deadline for proposals has been extended to February 28, 2011, but sooner is better. Proposals do not have to fit the theme. If you’ve already submitted a proposal, please confirm with Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com that you can come to Seattle on the new dates. Speakers already include Cor van den Heuvel, Richard Gilbert, David Lanoue, Carlos Colón, Fay Aoyagi, Jim Kacian, Emiko Miyashita, George Swede, and many others.

Detailed information on registration, lodging, and the conference schedule will be available in March. For further information as it becomes available, please visit
www.haikunorthamerica.com.

And check out the new HNA blog at
http://haikunorthamerica.wordpress.com

See you in Seattle!

Garry Gay, Paul Miller, Michael Dylan Welch
Haiku North America

February 09, 2011

HSA Haiku Wall – An Invitation

Dear haiku friend,

This is a call for haiku for the Quarterly National Haiku Society of America (HSA) meeting in Bend, Oregon on the 3, 4, and 5th of June, 2011. There will be an HSA Haiku Wall for the downtown First Friday Art Walk, and the plan is to put up at least 500 haiku from around the world on note cards. Those cards will afterwards be sent on to the haiku archives.

You are invited to email one of the favorites that you have written (with credits: author’s name, town or city, state and country) to an'ya at haikubyanya@gmail.com with the subject heading HSA Haiku Wall. The reprint credits for your bio will be:

Published on the HSA "Haiku Wall" exhibited in the historic Liberty Theatre Gallery at the Quarterly National Haiku Society of America Meeting in Bend, Oregon on June 3-5, 2011 as part of the downtown Bend, Oregon First Friday June Art Walk

Full details about the whole event will be forthcoming at the HSA and the Haiku Oregon Websites. We have secured a lovely historic building for the whole three day event and everything is within walking distance. Friday Art Walk and Happy Hour Tour, Saturday national meeting and haiku walk, and Sunday workshop. I hope you can make it to the event so we can actually meet in-person too! It's really not that far to Oregon. . . love ya . . . an'ya

please change your address book
to my new email address:
haikubyanya@gmail.com

January 30, 2011

Famous Reporter: Forthcoming Launches

Famous Reporter #43 is due for release in February. The haiku section has been guest-edited by Janice Bostok and contains work by many HaikuOz members. If you are in Hobart, Melbourne or Castlemaine you might catch one of the launches:

Thursday 10 February 2011 at 5.30 pm. Hobart Bookshop, Hobart, Tasmania. Launched by Laurie Brinklow.

Saturday 26 February 2011 at 2:00 pm. Collected Works Bookshop, Melbourne.

Sunday 27 February 2011 at 3:00 pm. Guildford Hotel [Castlemaine Poetry Readings], via Castlemaine, Victoria. Launched by Ross Donlon.

Haiku for issue #43 are due by end April and should be sent to Lyn Reeves, 44 Bayside Drive, Lauderdale, 7021. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and email address.

January 19, 2011

Bindii Group on Radio Adelaide: 25 January

Several members of the Bindii group were interviewed by Radio Adelaide recently. The interview will be broadcast on Radio Adelaide 101.50 FM on Tues 25 January at 3.30 pm (half hour program).

The program will also be broadcast on the Internet from the Radio Adelaide Web Site http://radio.adelaide.edu.au/listenonline/

It is a streaming broadcast, so if you are located in the Eastern States it will be broadcast at 3 pm local time.

We were interviewed about the origin of the various Japanese forms, mainly tanka, renga /renku and haiku. We read some translations of the masters Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki. We also read a selection of tanka and haiku written by group members and a collaborative renku composed by three Bindii members.

Lynette Arden
Bindii
(SA Japanese Poetry Forms Group)

January 16, 2011

Jack Stamm Haiku Award: Closes 1 February 2011

The contest is open to haiku poets worldwide, has no set theme, welcomes both the modern and traditional forms, but is restricted to the English language and unpublished haiku (including the Internet). Judges are paper wasp editors Jacqui Murray, John Knight and Ross Clark.

First Prize is A$150.00, Second Prize is A$75.00 and Third Prize is A$50.00.

Please note: The deadline is 1 February 2011. Please send your entries to Katherine Samuelowicz, paper wasp, 14 Fig Tree Pocket Road, Chapel Hill, Qld 4069, Australia. Email entries will not be accepted. Results will be published in paper wasp 17 in June 2011 and the anthology in July 2011.

Katherine Samuelowicz, for the paper wasp Editors

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January 14, 2011

Donations for Queensland Flood Relief

We have all seen the images of devastation caused in Queensland by the recent floods, and felt concern for the thousands of people who have lost family, their homes and possessions. Graham Nunn has started a flood relief appeal using sales of his most recent book of poetry, Ocean Hearted, as well as personal donations to raise much needed funds for the tens of thousands of people who are facing great personal loss. All moneys raised will be contributed to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.

Details of Graham’s project are here: http://bit.ly/hkg55h

Please contribute what you can. Those affected by the flooding need all the help they can get at this stage . . . it's going to be a long road out.

December 28, 2010

Haiku Presence Award 2010

Australian poets have featured prominently in the Haiku Presence Award 2010. First prize went to John Barlow of the UK, with Australian poet, Quendryth Young, awarded a second prize and a haiku by Lorin Ford from Melbourne receiving a commendation.

John Barlow’s winning poem was:

a stoat arcs into undergrowth thin winter moon

Quendryth Young’s second placed poem was:

evening star
a patterning
of bats

Lorin Ford was commended for her poem:

slow day
the ant keeps returning
to stanza one

December 15, 2010

Stylus Closing

Dear stylus contributors

As many months have now gone by without any progress in reviving the
stylus website I'm sorry to say that the journal is no longer
functioning. Thank you for supporting us with your haiku and related
work. It has been a great experience to compile this part of the
magazine. I am now doing some editing for "paperwasp" so look forward to seeing
more of your work there.

Regards

Duncan Richardson

December 10, 2010

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition

The FreeXpresSion haiku competition closes on 28 February 2011. First prize is $100 for the best single haiku. A copy of the entry form can be found below.

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December 04, 2010

Notes From the Gean - December 2010

The December issue of ‘Notes From the Gean’ is now online.

http://www.geantree.com/indexcover.html

Submissions to the March 2011 issue will be accepted up until December 30th.

Please check the submissions page for details.

Lorin Ford
haiku editor
Notes From the Gean

November 07, 2010

Going Down Swinging

The special 30th anniversary issue of Going Down Swinging has been published and it contains haiku from Australia and overseas by notable poets including Lyn Reeves, Rob Scott, Graham Nunn, Emilie Zoey Baker, Matt Hetherington, Sandra Simpson and Nathalie Buckland. Subscription details can be found at:

http://goingdownswinging.org.au

Myron Lysenko

Simply Haiku has a new home

The autumn 2010 issue of Simply Haiku is now available at a new location:

http://simplyhaiku.webs.com

Submissions for the Winter issue are being accepted until 15 December. Simply Haiku accepts quality traditional English language haiku, tanka, haibun, haiga, renga, book reviews, interviews and feature articles. Please read the Submission Guidelines on the Simply Haiku web site before submitting.

October 30, 2010

Ginko Invitation

The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group invites you to join us for a ginko (haiku walk).

When: Saturday 20th November 2010
11 am to 1 pm (approximately)

Where: Government Gardens (Stirling Gardens, Perth).
Meet near the main gates, corner of Barrack St and Riverside Drive.

There is parking in and near Governers Tce and it’s not far from the train station.

Please let us know if you can or cannot attend. haikumariwarabiny@gmail.com
Thank you Meryl Manoy for organising this event.

Please bring with you:
a notebook
pen/s
picnic lunch (optional)
a drink
a folding chair (optional or if you have difficulty sitting on the ground. I will stay with the chairs and other gear)

Maureen Sexton

October 19, 2010

Results of the Friendly Street Poets Japanese Poetry Competition 2010

Our congratulations to the following for their success in this keenly contested competition.

Haiku Placegetters
1st Place: Quendryth Young
2nd Place: Sandra Simpson

Highly Commended
Bett Angel-Stawarz, Dawn Bruce, John Shuttleworth, Nigel Ford, Simon Hanson and Julia Wakefield

Haibun Placegetters
Ist Place: Helen Davison
2nd Place: Nigel Ford

Highly Commended
Nigel Ford and Dianne Hill

HaikuOz would like to thank the Friendly Street Poets for running this competition and Martina Taekerher for judging it. We are also grateful for the support of the South Australian Government.

The winning and commended haiku can be read at http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/

October 09, 2010

Memorial haiku page for Nicholas Barwell

Jan Bostok has suggested that we invite friends and admirers of Nicholas to send a haiku to Haiku Oz in memory of him. We would like to invite all who wish to contribute to this tribute page to please do so. Please forward haiku to jo@echoeducation.com.au


landlocked
the surge of the sea
cradles his soul

Jan Bostok


visiting an old friend
as he reads his poems
birdsong

Vanessa Proctor

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October 06, 2010

Vale Nicholas Barwell

We have received the following notifications from Vanessa Proctor and Maureen Sexton of Nicholas Barwell's death. Each gives significant and slightly different information about Nicholas Barwell, his long life and valuable work, so we are publishing them both.
We extend to all his family and friends our deepest sympathy.

The haiku poet and enthusiast Nicholas Barwell passed away in hospital in Perth on the evening of Friday 1st October aged 91. Nicholas was born in Hereford, England, but spent the majority of his life in Perth. He described himself as ‘a retired ancient mariner’, his sense of humour ever present. He was passionate about poetry, cooking and jazz amongst many other things. Through his varied interests he became a dear friend to many and he loved to telephone his haiku friends near and far to talk poetry.
Nicholas was a kind and gentle man who touched the lives of many. In his own quiet way, he greatly furthered the cause of haiku, especially in Western Australia. It was hard not to be caught up in his enthusiasm and in Nicholas’ spirit we hope to continue his passion for haiku.

reverie
quiet snip of scissors
in the barber shop

Nicholas Barwell

~~~Vanessa Proctor

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September 21, 2010

Ambrosia closes

Contributors have received notification that the sixth edition of Denis Garrison's journal of fine haiku, Ambrosia, will not go to press and their submissions have been returned to them. The journal is ceasing publication.

In the five editions that have been produced since September 2008, Ambrosia has included the work of the following Australian haiku writers - Judith Anne Ahmed, Dawn Bruce, Emma Dalloway, Marisa Fazio, Lorin Ford, Gina, M.L.Grace, Gregory Jennings, Jo McInerney, April Orr and Barbara A. Taylor.

In its premier edition, Denis Garrison declared his belief that fine haiku should be 'achingly beautiful, painfully poignant, joyfully lightsome, startling epiphanies, wry, humbling, or awesome ... should touch the reader powerfully.'

Previous editions can still be purchased, read or downloaded online. They are available at http://www.themetpress.com/ambrosiahaiku/masthead.html

September 17, 2010

Haiku Calendar Competition 2010 Results

Results of The Haiku Calendar Competition 2010 can be viewed here at the Snapshot Press website.

http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/haiku_competition_results.htm

A snake story haiku by Australian haiku writer Lorin Ford features in the Snapshot Press 2011 Calendar resulting from the competition, as well as her fish story ku and possibly the first Southern Hemisphere Christmas haiku to appear on a calendar printed in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Haiku Calendar 2011 is available from July 2010 and can be ordered online or by mail order. See the website above for details.

September 12, 2010

New President and Secretary for HaikuOz

I am delighted to announce the appointment of

Jo McInerney as president, and

Greg Piko as secretary

of the Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz)

After four years in office, both Graham Nunn and I are stepping down and I would like to thank Graham warmly for
his splendid and sustained efforts as secretary over this period.

Both Jo and Greg are established and respected poets on the national and international haiku scene and will sustain and develop this poetic genre in Australia.

For general news about Haiku in Australia 2010 please see my report posted directly below this one.

Regards,
Beverley George
president: The Australian Haiku Society 2006-2010

September 11, 2010

Haiku in Australia 2010

Now seems like a good time to report briefly on the state of haiku in Australia. There is much to say that is positive.

The Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) is web-based and made up of many components. Its leadership comprises a patron, president, secretary, web manager and a small committee. Most input to the site comes from the leaders of the various small Australian haiku groups and from outside sources who send news of publication and competition opportunities.

Haiku groups
As in Japan, small groups are at the heart and soul of Australian haiku writing. These are poems of observation, so it is fitting the groups are regionally based, allowing members to share urban or rural landscape.

These groups include Cloudcatchers (Northern NSW, led by Quendryth Young); Bindii Haiku Group (Adelaide, led by Lynette Arden); Mari Warabiny (Perth, led by Maureeen Sexton) Red Dragonflies (Sydney, led by Vanessa Proctor); Watersmeet (Hobart, led by Lyn Reeves) and Ozku (Sydney, led by Dawn Bruce.) The ‘paper wasp’ group (Brisbane led by Katherine Samuelowicz) is currently not meeting regularly but it is hoped that this will resume soon. It is not unusual for groups to go a little quiet and then reinvent themselves.
In Melbourne, Myron Lysenko conducts haiku walks ‘Ginko with Lysenko’ four times a year.

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September 07, 2010

BLEMISH BOOKS LAUNCH NEW POETRY ANTHOLOGY

Canberra based independent press, Blemish Books, is launching the inaugural
issue of a new, annual poetry anthology, Triptych Poets.

The Queensland launch of Triptych Poets: Issue One will be on Saturday 16
October 2010 at the Albany Creek Library from 10:30 am. The event will be
hosted by Triptych Poets contributor and Brisbane poet Mary Mageau, and will
include guest MC Councillor Mike Charlton of the Moreton Bay Regional
Council.

"The concept behind Triptych Poets is simple - three poets: one book,"
explains Blemish Books Editor-in-chief, Greg Gould. "Each volume of the
series is a showcase of three suites of poems by three Australian poets that
highlight the contrasting and often complementary nature of contemporary
Australian poetry."

Issue One of the series features the work of three of Australia's best
poets: Ray Liversidge (Victoria), Hilaire (UK based) and Mary Mageau
(Queensland).

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Call for Submissions to the Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards for 2010

Call for Submissions to the Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards for 2010

The Award

The Haiku Foundation announces the creation of the Touchstone Awards Series, beginning with the Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards for 2010. The Touchstone Awards Series is a family of awards designed to recognize and reward excellence in the field of haiku.

The Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards will be bestowed annually on published collections of poems, or works of scholarship that present a noteworthy contribution to English-language haiku in the estimation of a distinguished panel of poets, editors and scholars. Any English-language book or other production that is of or about haiku (and related forms) is eligible for the Award. The 2010 Award is open to books published between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010. Each author of an award-winning book will receive an engraved stone with their name and title of their book on it, emblematic of his or her contribution to the foundations of English-language haiku.

The Panel

The panel for our inaugural awards consists of Charles P. Trumbull, editor of Modern Haiku; Ruth Yarrow, haiku poet, judge, teacher for 35 years; Lorin Ford, haiku editor for Notes From the Gean; Professor Philip Rowland, editor of Noon: Journal of the Short Poem; and Barbara Louise Ungar, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Prize in 2006.

What Books Are Eligible?

Any individual or publisher whose book has been published within the given time frame may submit their work for consideration. There is no reading fee. If there is some question about your book’s eligibility, please contact the Foundation at the address below for clarification.


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Vale Peggy Willis Lyles 1939-2010

Australian haiku poets will be saddened by the death of haiku poet, Peggy Willis Lyles.
Peggy's gracious, gentle responses in her role as editor for The Heron's Nest were well respected by many Australians, and she will be sorely missed.
Personally, 'To hear the rain' remains one of my favourite collections and I treasure the hand-penned note inside it, from when Peggy gifted it to me.
On behalf of The Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) may I offer condolences to Peggy's family, and to her haiku colleagues and friends. -- Beverley George President: The Australian Haiku Society

The announcement below is from John Stevenson: Managing Editor of The Heron's Nest

Dear Friends,

With great sadness, The Heron's Nest must advise its readers of the loss of our beloved friend Peggy Willis Lyles. Peggy passed peacefully, in the presence of her loving family, at about 6:30 in the evening on Friday, September 3.

In very many ways, Peggy was the heart of The Heron's Nest. It will be a long time before some of us are able to find the words to express our grief for this loss or our gratitude for the gift of knowing this special woman. The Lyles family and several members of the haiku community will be looking for ways to honor the poet, editor, teacher, friend, and shining example of humanity that was Peggy Willis Lyles. This will take a sustained effort over months and perhaps years. More immediately, The Heron's Nest will publish memorials in the December 2010 issue.

Please submit your memorial poems and brief tributes to Managing Editor, John Stevenson: ithacan@earthlink.net.

Those who wish to convey their appreciation for Peggy to her family should write to:

Bill Lyles
2408 Woodcreek Court
Tucker, GA 30084

The Heron's Nest

September 01, 2010

Notes From the Gean, September 2010

Notes From the Gean, September 2010

The September issue of ‘Notes From the Gean’ is now online.

http://www.geantree.com/indexcover.html

Beginning with this issue, ‘Notes From the Gean’ has the additional feature of a renga/ renku section, edited by Alan Summers of the U.K. Alan’s haiku beginnings were in Australia back in the 1990s, so give him a warm and enthusiastic welcome with your renku submissions.

Submissions of haiku, tanka, haiga, haibun and renga/ renku are invited for the December issue of ‘Notes From the Gean’. The deadline for the December issue is September 30th. Please see the submissions page for full details of how to submit your work.

- Lorin Ford

haiku editor, ‘Notes From the Gean’

August 24, 2010

MOONBATHING: A JOURNAL OF WOMEN'S TANKA

Moonbathing Issue 3 is now accepting submissions.

Moonbathing will publish two issues a year: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.

SECOND MOONBATHING CONTEST:

For the Premier Issue and yearly, the Editor is sponsoring a "Moonbathing" tanka contest. Tanka poets may submit one tanka on the subject of “Moonbathing”,whatever that means to you for consideration, in addition to their regular submission. The winner will be featured in issue 3 of Moonbathing and receive two issues of Moonbathing as the prize. Be sure to label your tanka “Moonbathing contest” if sending along with your regular submission.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Moonbathing will feature only women poets. Send a maximum of 10 tanka per submission period. Submission deadlines:

Fall/Winter Issue: In-hand Deadline: Dec. 15th Fall/winter or non-seasonal themes only.

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August 21, 2010

Famous Reporter #41

The latest issue of Famous Reporter (http://walleahpress.com.au/subs.html) contains haiku by Lynette Arden, Sandra Simpson, Anne Benjamin, Beverley George, Graham Nunn, Maeve Archibald, Carmel Summers, Sharon Dean, Kathy Kituai, Lorin Ford, Greg Piko, Dawn Bruce, Carla Sari, Susan Murphy, Judith E.P. Johnson, Leonie Bingham, Peter Macrow, Arjun von Caemmerer, John Turner, Bob Jones and Ross Bolleter.

Submissions for the next issue #42 should be sent to the guest editor Janice Bostok janbos@dodo.com.au by end of September.

August 05, 2010

NZPS Jeanette Stace Award

As announced by Nathalie Buckland on July 11 in the NSW news, Quendryth Young not only gained 1st and 3rd places in this contest, she also won the Jeanette Stace Award for Seniors. Quendryth feels particularly honoured by this Award and we thought it may be appropriate to acquaint those new to haiku with a brief note about this distinguished New Zealand poet's contribution to the genre. For further reading visit the NZPS web-site.

Jeanette Stace was involved with the New Zealand Poetry Society from the 1980s until the time of her death in 2006, holding office in many capacities, and has at times been called 'the heart and soul of the NZPS'. She was highly respected for her organisational energy and for her role as adviser in the haiku genre. Her own work was rewarded with acclaim in many spheres. But most of all she is remembered for her warmth, her humour and her compassion. Jeanette's influence on the writing of English-language haiku in New Zealand, and indeed internationally, is enormous. It is fitting that she be honoured with the awarding of prizes in her name by the New Zealand Poetry Society in its International Competition.

August 04, 2010

Zombie Renga

Ashley Capes is currently looking for people to contribute to the Zombie Renga he is facilitating over at Cordite. For all the details head to: http://www.cordite.org.au/?p=9347

July 31, 2010

Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine - 2010 Haiku Pen & 2010 Think Tanka competitions

Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine would like to announce that their "2010 Very Short Fiction Award", "2010 Haiku Pen" & "2010 Think Tanka" writing contest deadlines are fast approaching. Contest deadlines will not be extended again so send your entries while there's still time. The postal address has been posted for writers interested in submitting entries via snail mail.

All writers welcome (read guidelines at their website). If you write powerful short stories of 1000 words or less, you have a chance at winning the current grand prize for "Very Short Fiction". if you have mastered the art of brevity, you have more than one chance to win their haiku and/or tanka poetry contest.

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The Tenth Anniversary Celebrations for the Katikati Haiku Pathway, New Zealand

by Vanessa Proctor

The Katikati Haiku Pathway in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty is an attractive embodiment of haiku, where the abstract becomes concrete. A total of 42 haiku are inscribed onto boulders along the Uretara Stream. Each poem has been carefully selected by a committee to reflect its surroundings, and to walk along the pathway is to literally take a trip into the world of poetry. The brainchild of Catherine Mair, the Pathway was one of New Zealand’s Millennium Projects and recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

I was fortunate enough to attend the celebrations on New Zealand Queen’s Birthday long weekend, along with my family. There was an excellent turn out of poets and supporters, including the Japanese Consul to New Zealand and his wife, and we enjoyed viewing an impressive selection of bonsai as well as ikebana inspired by poems on the pathway. Sandra Simpson, Secretary of the Katikati Haiku Pathway Committee, announced the winners of the Katikati Haiku Competition. Particularly striking was the quality of the entries in the junior section. Two Japanese students demonstrated how to wear a yukata, the traditional summer dress of Japanese women, and there was a rousing Taiko drum performance by Wai Taiko.


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July 09, 2010

New reviews on Another Lost Shark

Patricia Prime has recently reviewed the Wind Over Water Anthology, Wild Camomile by Own Bullock, Song of an Old Cherry Tree by Giselle Maya, Moonbathing, Eucalypt #7 and Walking Into Autumn by John Bird and Beverley George. These reviews can be read at: http://grahamnunn.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/stylus-poetry-journal-37-reviews/

July 07, 2010

Contemporary Haibun Online

The new issue of CHO, edited by Ken Jones, Jim Kacian and Bruce Ross is online:
http://contemporaryhaibunonline.com/

June 12, 2010

the Katikati Haiku Pathway 10th birthday celebration

Visit this site for full story and photographs by Sandra Simpson of this exciting event.

http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/node/502

June 10, 2010

Presence #40 UK Best of issue award

Hearty congratulations to Sharon Dean who has won the readers' choice award for

dappled sunlight
an old dog shakes the river
from his coat

Sharon Dean

June 07, 2010

Haiku Dreaming Australia – June 2010 Report

http://haikudreamingaustralia.info/

Haiku Dreaming Australia – June 2010 Report


Origin:
Haiku Dreaming Australia started in 2006 as an online publication to encourage the writing of haiku relevant to Australia, and to provide a permanent display of the best of these. The background and rationale are given in Dreaming’s online articles.

How it Works:
I, as editor, review haiku publications and select material for the Dreaming Collection. In addition many poets directly submit their poems (over 1000 to date) and editors draw my attention to poems they think I should consider. In 2009 I sponsored an international haiku competition (Judges: Janice Bostok, Lorin Ford, Ron Moss and Rob Scott) which yielded 28 haiku for Dreaming, including 8 from overseas. Of the thousands of haiku considered in the last four years I have accepted and published 362.

I remove haiku from the Collection to the Dreaming Archives as guided by peer reviews I receive. 134 of the 362 haiku selected have since been removed to the Archives leaving 228 currently in the Collection. At this stage 200-250 seems a reasonable population.. Of the initial 120 haiku published in 2006, 19 survive.

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June 04, 2010

Haibun Today June 2010

The summer quarterly issue of Haibun Today is now online for your reading pleasure at http://haibuntoday.com

Contributors to the current issue include Hortensia Anderson, Owen Bullock, Anton Capri, Glenn G. Coats, David Cobb, Tish Davis, Cherie Hunter Day, Charles Hansmann, Jeffrey Harpeng, Michele L. Harvey, Keith Heiberg, Graham High, Ruth Holzer, Marleen Hulst, Roger Jones, Bob Lucky, Mary Mageau, Johannes Manjrekar, Francis Masat, Renée Owen, Dru Philippou, Patricia Prime, Ray Rasmussen, Bruce Ross, Cynthia Rowe, Mark Smith, Richard Straw, Diana Webb and Theresa Williams.

Writers are now invited to submit haibun and articles for consideration in the September 2010 issue of Haibun Today. Consult our Submission Guidelines at Haibun Today. Forward any submissions by email to Jeffrey Woodward, Editor, at haibun.today@gmail.com

June 02, 2010

Notes From the Gean

The fifth issue of 'Notes From the Gean' , Vol. 2, Issue 1 - June 2010, is now online.

http://www.geantree.com/indexcover.html

'Notes From the Gean' publishes English-language haiku, tanka, haiga, haibun and renku.

We welcome your submissions for Vol. 2, Issue 2 up until close of submissions on the 30th of June.


-Lorin Ford, haiku editor

"Notes From the Gean"
the online journal of Gean Tree Press

May 15, 2010

Poetica May 22: Australian Haiku pt I

A detailed exploration of this burgeoning poetic form with some of Australia's leading practitioners.

It will please some and surprise many that the seemingly mystical art of haiku writing is not only alive throughout Australia but is truly flourishing. This intriguing little 17-syllable poem, which originated in Japan, is daily beguiling and tempting writers across the country from Perth to Brisbane... and not only the case-hardened haiku devotees but an increasing number of mainstream poets as well.

In Part 1 we hear from Jodie Hawthorne, Susan Murphy, Andrew Lansdown, John Turner, Beverley George, Graham Nunn, Lyn Reeves and Peter Macrow.

Readers: Peter Holland, Jodie Buzza and Murray Dowsett.
Sound Engineer:David LeMay
Producer: Ron Sims


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April 29, 2010

Famous Reporter

Haiku submissions for the June issue of Famous Reporter have closed. Submissions for the December issue can be sent to guest editor Janice Bostok at janbos@dodo.com.au before 30 September, 2010.

March 23, 2010

South Australia Regional Representative

Martina Taeker has sent notification that she is stepping down from her role as Regional Representative - South Australia.
On behalf of the Australian Haiku Society, may I thank Martina for the contribution she has made, and continues to make, to the understanding of Japanese poetry genres in Australia with her inspiring workshops, gallery events and her lively participation in the annual Salisbury Festival. Thanks, Martina, and all the best with your many endeavours

I am delighted to welcome Lynette Arden as the new regional representative for South Australia. Lynette leads the recently formed Bindi haiku group, participated in the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference at Terrigal in September 2009, and intends visiting Japan with other haiku poets 'In the Footsteps of Basho" later this year. Lynette is a long term contributing member of the Kensington and Norwood Writers Group and is encouraging and supportive of other writers.
Welcome, Lynette

March 06, 2010

Notes From the Gean, Issue #4

Notes From the Gean, Issue #4 is now on-line.

http://www.geantree.com/indexsub.html

Many thanks to all of our wonderful contributors. You will notice that we now have added a haibun section, edited by Ray Rasmussen.

I look forward to reading your haiku submissions for Issue #5, which will be published on June 1st.

Please check the submissions page of 'Notes From the Gean' for changes to the submissions policy.

'Gean' now has an 'open submissions' policy. You may submit work at any time. However, please note that work received after the 30th of March will not be considered for the June issue, but held over for the following issue.

Lorin Ford, haiku editor - Notes From the Gean

January 25, 2010

Review of Wind Over Water Anthology

A review of the Wind Over Water anthology by Patricia Prime is now up on Stylus Poetry Journal. The link to read the review is: http://www.styluspoetryjournal.com/main/master.asp?id=992

January 16, 2010

Going Down Swinging open for haiku submissions

Vibrant Australian literary journal Going Down Swinging is delighted to announce that it will be publishing
haiku/senryu/haiga in Issue #30. Send up to 10 previously unpublished works. Please read submissions guidelines carefully. Payment: $10 per haiku/senryu/haiga. Submissions open 15 January to 31 March 2010. Publication date: August 2010.

For more information, go to the website: http://www.goingdownswinging.org.au/

January 06, 2010

Call for Submissions: Haibun Today

Call for Submissions: Haibun Today—First Quarterly Issue, March 2010

Haibun Today, a literary blog devoted to the promotion of haibun since 2007, will become an online quarterly webzine in 2010 with issues in March, June, September and December. You can now find Haibun Today at http://www.haibuntoday.com as well as at its original http://haibuntoday.blogspot.com address. Full access to the Haibun Today archives will continue to be available via either site.

You are invited to submit haibun and haibun-related articles and reviews for consideration in the March 2010 issue of Haibun Today.

Submission Guidelines are at http://haibuntoday.haikuhut.com/pages/submissions.html. Forward any submissions by email to Jeffrey Woodward, Editor, at haibun.today@gmail.com.

January 04, 2010

haiku from the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference

In issue 40 of famous reporter published in Tasmania by Walleah Press, haiku editor, Lyn Reeves, has devoted the haiku section to work by delegates to the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference, September 22-25 2009 at Terrigal on the Central Coast of NSW. Previous conferences were held at Long Beach, California; Ogaki, Japan; and Matsuyama, Japan.
Activities at the conference, in addition to the presentation of papers, focused on kukai conducted at Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Garden, the Australian Reptile Park and Pearl Beach arboretum as well as responses to the remarkable dust storm experienced on September 23rd. These activities spawned a variety of lively haiku, many of which you will find included in this issue of the journal.
Information on subscribing to famous reporter is available on walleahpress.com.au

December 03, 2009

Notes from the Gean #3 now online

Issue #3 of 'Notes From the Gean' is now online. We welcome your submissions of haiku, tanka and haiga. Submissions for Isue #4 are now open and will remain open until the January 15th deadline.

Lorin Ford,
for 'Notes From the Gean', a quarterly haikai journal.
www.geantree.com

November 21, 2009

Two recent international conferences -haiku and tanka

Please visit the Society of Women Writers NSW Inc website

http://www.womenwritersnsw.org/

to find reports of the recent 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference Terrigal Sept 22-25 2009
and the 6th International Tanka Festival Tokyo October 10-12 2009

Access is through the easy to use menu on the left hand side. Just look under poetry events and then click first on haiku and then on tanka. Both these articles, the former with more photographs than shown here, will appear in the Society's bimonthly newsletter "Images" edited by Dita Diamante. Please take time to read the about section of the Society which has been helping women writers since 1925.

A reminder you can also visit the haiku pages of the New Zealand Poetry Society for more details of 4HPR posted by Sandra Simpson.

November 18, 2009

Key-ku now open for submission

Submissions are open again for the “Key-ku” haiku column of the weekly news paper Solares Hill, published by the Key West Citizen, Key West, FL. Janelle Barrera and I are co-editing the column in the wake of Lee Gurga’s departure as editor, and we thank Lee again for his confidence in recommending us. Submissions of five or fewer may be emailed to sjnbarrera@gmail.com, Key-ku in the subject line please. Three lines and seasonal preferred, but there are no restrictions. No payment or copies are provided, though the Hill is available online through The Citizen. Questions or comments may be sent to Janelle or to me at cfmasat@bellsouth.net.

Fran Masat

October 31, 2009

3Lights Journal

The wonderful 3Lights Gallery will close as of December 31, but in its place will be the new 3Lights quarterly online journal. Submissions of up to 10 haiku/senryu/tanka are now being sought. For full details visit the site: http://3lights.wordpress.com/

Haiku Registry

The Haiku registry is a new project being undertaken by the Haiku Foundation. If you have published English-language haiku in an edited journal (print or online), you are invited to submit the following information:

Name:
Date of birth (optional):
Place of birth:
Present place of residence:
Brief biographical statement not to exceed 50 words:
Awards or other honors:
Books published, with date of publication and publisher’s information:
Up to 10 English-language haiku that have been published in an edited print or online journal, with publishing credits (up to four will be selected to appear in the Registry
Photograph in jpg format
Email address (optional):
Web site address (optional):

Information should be emailed to: haikuregistry_at_thehaikufoundation.org (replacing _at_ with @)

October 05, 2009

Interim Brief comment on the Fourth Haiku Pacific Rim Conference, September 2009

Beverley George and a band of helpers have, after working tirelessly for many months, succeeded in presenting an outstanding international haiku conference in Terrigal this September. So many ideas and aspects of the haiku form were displayed and discussed using multi media by excellent presenters from the international representatives who attended this grand event.

My hearty congratulations to all who participated and especially to our President, Beverley George, without which the friendships forged and strengthened in our haiku community, would not have taken place.

Dawn Bruce Vice-President of the Haiku Society of Australia

September 30, 2009

Riverbeats Haiku

Do you write haiku?

Riverbeats invites you to take part in a spectacular free live show on the banks of Parramatta River:

Riverbeats
Live, 2009
ParramattaRiverbank
31st October at 7:00-10:00pm


ParramattaCity Council and New Writers? Group Inc are looking for original Haiku on the theme of water and our relationship to it.

The selected poems will be recited and/or projected on massive screens as part of the live, light and sound performance.

Two awards are offered contributing poets:

Continue reading "Riverbeats Haiku" »

Report from 4th Pacific Rim Haiku Conference

Sandra Simpson has recently posted a report and some stunning photographs from the 4th Pacific Rim Haiku Conference. To read/view the report visit: http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/node/423

September 01, 2009

Notes from the Gean #2 Online Now

Issue #2 of 'Notes From the Gean' is online as of 1st September, and has a new website and address: http://www.geantree.com/index.html

We're looking forward to your haiku, tanka and haiga submissions for the next issue. Submissions for Issue #3 are open until October 15th. Late submissions will not be considered or held over for future issues.

August 26, 2009

Haiku Workshops in Perth

Workshop: Haiku Day with Graham Nunn (QLD) & Maureen Sexton (WA)

Venue: Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Perth.


Part one of this workshop will run from 10am - 12pm and address the following topics:

- a brief history of haiku
- defining haiku
- are the syllables important?
- haiku purpose
- fragment and phrase theory
- wabi and sabi
- techniques for writing haiku
- techniques for revising your work

Part II, will run from 1 pm to 3 pm and include a ginko and a look at publishing haiku in Australia and beyond.

To book email: maureensexton@live.com.au

100 verse renga

At the recent Queensland Poetry Festival, Janice M Bostok and Dr Jacqui Murray read a 100 verse renga they wrote some time ago. Commenting on their performance, Festival attendee John Bird wrote:

"The combination of two readers--they read alternate haiku--with large screen showing sumi-e and haiku text, was a fresh and exciting way to bring a 100-verse renga to a general poetry audience. It was very well received"

Congratulations, Janice and Jacqui.

August 16, 2009

Riverbeats 09

Riverbeats 09 invites you to contribute your original Haiku on the theme of water and our relationship to it.

As part of a special composition by the internationally acknowledged ensemble, Synergy Percussion, selected Haiku will be recited and projected along the banks of Parramatta River during this unique performance for Riverbeats Live 09.

Riverbeats Live 09. Saturday October 31.
from 7:15pm on the banks of Parramatta River.

* Writers interested in this project can visit the NEW Writers' Group Inc website and download the permission form: http://nwg-inc.com/word/?page_id=290
* Haiku and completed forms should be sent to nwg_inc@yahoo.com.au
The final decision on which haiku are used is made by Riverbeats organisers. Haiku should be original but it doesn't matter if they have already been published elsewhere if they speak to the theme of 'water and our relationship to it'.

The haiku will be read and/or projected without the writers' names however that information will be made available on the Riverbeats website.

August 03, 2009

CREATRIX JOURNAL HAIKU SECTION

NEXT DEADLINE: 21st August for the September issue.

Haiku Submission Guidelines
Creatrix will be published online in March, June, September and December each year. Founding members of Creatrix Online Haiku Journal: Maureen Sexton, John Bird, Nicholas Barwell To avoid disappointment, please take note of the submission guidelines.

Continue reading "CREATRIX JOURNAL HAIKU SECTION" »

MARI WARABINY HAIKU GROUP

The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group is a group of haiku enthusiasts in WA who give feedback on each others' haiku by email. We all recognise the need to critique our haiku, no matter how experienced or inexperienced we are. We follow guidelines for haiku writing based on the Submission Guidelines for haiku sent to the Creatrix Journal, and the Haiku Information provided for Creatrix haiku submissions. We will occasionally participate in Ginko (haiku walks) and also meet to read and discuss haiku. We don't expect members to attend all our ginko or meetings.

Mari Warabiny are Nyungar words meaning 'Billowing Clouds'.

If you live in Western Australia, and you'd like to join the group, email Maureen: maureensexton@live.com.au

July 16, 2009

2009 Genkissu! Spirits Up! World Wide Hekinan Haiku Contest Results

I would like to extend our congratulations to Beverley George, who recently won the 2009 Genkissu! Spirits Up! World Wide Hekinan Haiku Contest with her haiku:

from a lifted oar
a shimmer connects the sky
and sunlit river

Australia, Beverley George

for full contest results visit:

http://www.city.hekinan.aichi.jp/KANKOKYOKAI/haiku/genkissu/haikutaikai_kekka.htm

July 02, 2009

Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose - Winter 2009 Call for Submissions

*Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose*

*Issue 2. Winter 2009*

You are invited to submit haibun and tanka prose for the Winter 2009 issue of *Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose*. The submission deadline is September 30, 2009. Submissions will NOT close earlier than the deadline.

*Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose* is a biannual journal--a print literary journal, a PDF ebook, and a digital online magazine--dedicated to the publication and promotion of fine English haibun and tanka prose. We seek traditional and innovative haibun and tanka prose of high quality and desire to assimilate the best of these Japanese genres into a continuously evolving English tradition. In addition to haibun and tanka prose, we publish articles, essays, book reviews and interviews pertinent to these same genres.

Continue reading "Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose - Winter 2009 Call for Submissions" »

June 21, 2009

MODERN HAIBUN & TANKA PROSE 1—Summer 2009

MET Press is pleased to announce the publication of a new journal. The premiere issue of the biannual journal, Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose, edited by Jeffrey Woodward, has been published in print, in PDF ebook, and in an online digital edition. This Summer 2009 issue is 184 pages in a trade paperback. ISSN 1947-606X.

Continue reading "MODERN HAIBUN & TANKA PROSE 1—Summer 2009" »

June 01, 2009

Kilmeny Niland : a tribute

Kilmeny Niland is best remembered in Australia for her beautifully illustrated children's books.

She also practiced haiga. With the permission of Kilmeny's immediate family, American artist and haiku poet, Olga Hooper (Origa), has produced a fitting tribute to Kilmeny's haiku and haiga with examples of her work and links to other sources.

This commemorative page for Kilmeny is in the inaugural issue of Notes from the Gean accessible online at http://geantree.webs.com/inmemoriam.htm

It is well worth visiting.

May 31, 2009

Notes from the Gean #1 now online

"Issue #1 of 'Notes From the Gean' is now online, as of just after midnight, 1st June 2009, Australian Eastern Standard Time:

http://geantree.webs.com/haiku.htm

Many thanks to all of our contributors for making our debut issue so interesting and enjoyable. We look forward to your contributions to the second issue. Please check the submissions page for deadlines for issue #2. "

-- Lorin Ford

May 26, 2009

The Biennial British Haiku Society Haibun Anthology 2009

Entries are invited for this prestigious international event, the purpose of which is to help raise the quality and range of the haibun genre, which combines poetic prose and haiku.

Entry fee: £ 6.00 (cheques to 'British Haiku Society', or US$ 12 in dollar bills), plus
£ 3/ $6 for each additional haibun.

Conditions of entry: Open to all, except BHS Committee members and any others involved with the administration of the anthology. Entries must be written in English, and be between 100 and 2000 words long, including haiku. Work must be unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Each haibun should be given a title. Entries will not be returned, so please retain copies of each submission. Copyright reverts to the author after publication in the anthology. In the unlikely event of an insufficient quantity and/or quality of submissions, those that are received will be carried forward to the following year for consideration.

Continue reading "The Biennial British Haiku Society Haibun Anthology 2009" »

Call for Submissions for Ambrosia 4.

Ambrosia 3, Spring 2009, has been published, with 100 haiku by twenty-nine poets. It is available as a print edition, as a PDF ebook, and for free online in an HTML edition at www.ambrosiahaiku.com It is a great new issue - check it out!

Call for Submissions - Ambrosia 4, Summer 2009

You are invited to submit haiku for the Summer 2009 issue of Ambrosia. The submission deadline is July 1, 2009 . Submissions will NOT close earlier than the deadline. Ambrosia is a quarterly journal—a print literary journal, a PDF ebook, and a digital online magazine—dedicated to publishing and promoting fine English haiku in traditional style. Ambrosia specializes in fine single haiku in tercet form. Senryu, collaborations, and sequences are not wanted. All selection decisions will be made at the sole discretion of the editor.

Previously unpublished work, not on offer elsewhere, is solicited.

Continue reading "Call for Submissions for Ambrosia 4." »

May 20, 2009

Kikakuza 1st International Haibun Contest Results


from stephen gill,
here are the results of Japan's first ever haibun contest (English section).

Kikakuza 1st International Haibun Contest Results
GRAND PRIX For Rose (John Parsons, UK)

HIGHLY COMMENDED As If It Does So Just For Me (Barbara Taylor, Australia); Untitled (Ion Codrescu, Romania); Close Encounters (Bamboo Shoot, UK)

HONORABLE MENTIONS Wanting (Philippa Yaa de Villiers, South Africa); Untitled (Zinovy Y Vayman, USA); The Ark (Angelee Deodhar, India); Last Wish (Jo Pacsoo, UK); Untitled (Valeria Simonova, Italy); April Gusts (Luce Pelletier, Canada)

TOTAL: 90 entries. JUDGES: Nobuyuki Yuasa & Stephen Henry Gill

CEREMONY: April 4th. The Grand Prix-winning piece was read aloud at a small ceremony held at the temple of Jogyoji 上行寺 in Isehara, where Basho’s disciple Kikaku’s grave is located. A cherry-tree was flowering and a lark was singing overhead.

HaikuOz congratulates Barbara on this result


Kikakuza 1st International Haibun Contest Results

from stephen gill,
here are the results of Japan's first ever haibun contest (English section).

Kikakuza 1st International Haibun Contest Results
GRAND PRIX For Rose (John Parsons, UK)

HIGHLY COMMENDED As If It Does So Just For Me (Barbara Taylor, Australia); Untitled (Ion Codrescu, Romania); Close Encounters (Bamboo Shoot, UK)

HONORABLE MENTIONS Wanting (Philippa Yaa de Villiers, South Africa); Untitled (Zinovy Y Vayman, USA); The Ark (Angelee Deodhar, India); Last Wish (Jo Pacsoo, UK); Untitled (Valeria Simonova, Italy); April Gusts (Luce Pelletier, Canada)

TOTAL: 90 entries. JUDGES: Nobuyuki Yuasa & Stephen Henry Gill

CEREMONY: April 4th. The Grand Prix-winning piece was read aloud at a small ceremony held at the temple of Jogyoji 上行寺 in Isehara, where Basho’s disciple Kikaku’s grave is located. A cherry-tree was flowering and a lark was singing overhead.

HaikuOz congratulates Barbara, whose work appears frequently in overseas journals, on this result


May 12, 2009

Defining (?) Haiku – a Study in Progress

Defining (?) Haiku – Thoughts from a Study in Progress
..... John Bird, May 2009

Dear Members,

In August 2007 the President of AHS asked me to advise the Society on definition(s) of English-language haiku (ELH). I’m still bumbling along on that task. The recent, ‘What is haiku?’ exercise was an offshoot of my study and prompted discussion on points I’ve been thinking about. At President Beverley’s invitation I here share some of my thoughts and tentative conclusions. I’d really like to get your reactions. Please send them to me at definitivelyku@fastmail.fm

[ Now, this is my bus and nobody else is allowed to drive it!]

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May 09, 2009

2009JAPANSCAPE

The exhibition "2009JAPANSCAPE" will be held in the national gallery for foreign art in Sofia, Bulgaria on 24.25.26 July. The exhibition will feature approx 400 japanese contemporary haiku, tanka and senryu with Japanese landscapes printed together on "tapestries".

http://www.foreignartmuseum.bg/en/index.html

Issa's Snail - interactive renga

Ashley Capes has recently started an interactive Autumn Kasen Renga on his blog Issa's Snail. All are welcome to visit the site and contribute to the renga.

Issa's Snail is located at: http://issassnail.wordpress.com/

May 02, 2009

Magnapoets & HNA 2009

Submissions are now being accepted for the next issue of Magnapoets. The selection process runs through the month of May in the following categories: free verse and form poetry, tanka, haiku, senryu, and short stories. Contributors receive a single copy of this beautiful journal.

Additional information is available at:

http://www.magnapoets.com/announcements

http://www.magnapoets.com/

April 30, 2009

ANTHOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL HAIKU ABOUT WAR, HUMAN RIGHT VIOLENCE & DISCRIMINATION

ANTHOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL HAIKU ABOUT WAR, HUMAN RIGHT VIOLENCE & DISCRIMINATION
Edited by: Dimitar Anakiev

Number of haiku: not limited.

Both published (the source of the first publication not obligatory) and unpublished.

Accompanied by English translation.

Please include your name, age, address and nationality.

Deadline: ASAP, but no latter than May 15, 2009.

Send to: mao1935@live.com with the subject "Antologija".

April 27, 2009

In honour of Anzac Day

A new Montage gallery : "Antipodes," in honor of Anzac Day (April 25th), features haiku from "Down Under" by Janice Bostok, Ernest J. Berry, and Ron Moss.

http://www.redmoonpress.com/montage.html

April 25, 2009

A new haiku online journal:

Notes From the Gean: a journal of Japanese short forms

Gean: the wild cherry, Prunus avium. [French guigne]
Press Release and call for Submissions:

We are pleased to announce ‘Notes From the Gean’, a new journal specialising in Japanese short forms. The inaugural issue is due out on June 1st 2009. You can find us at http://www.geantree.webs.com/

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April 13, 2009

What is Haiku? - personal reflections on the exercise ~ John Bird

Between October, 2008 and March, 2009 HaikuOz published 74 responses by 71 poets (57 Australian) to the question, What is haiku?. These numbers reflect our enduring fascination with the nature of this haiku thing. Rich pickings are there to be had. Perhaps our scholars will be encouraged to persevere with discovering the aesthetic(s) of English-language haiku?

Responses ranged from formal, descriptive definitions to abstract expressions. I found the latter at least equally interesting and instructive. I won’t try to paraphrase them – it’s best they be (re)read in the authors’ own words.

But looking to the definitive answers, some analysis is possible. The near-universal view was that a haiku is a poem whose most distinguishing feature is brevity.

It seems we insist that our haiku is poetry despite daily-published ‘haiku’ that might persuade others to a contrary view. Is it that we don’t wish to be known as writers of anything less than poetry? I wonder if this mind-set encourages a striving for ‘depth’ or ‘intellectual significance’ or ‘semantic complexity’ that might make an older Bashõ uncomfortable. What happens to haiku when stressed to measure up to its bigger cousins?

Brevity. We are agreed the haiku is: small, short, concise, a snapshot, brief as a synaptic flash, a molecule of poetry, an atom! Nobody suggested that it should, like its Japanese parent, have a minimum length.

Continue reading "What is Haiku? - personal reflections on the exercise ~ John Bird" »

March 21, 2009

Haiku News

There are many good things going on for haiku in Australia.

In WA, Creatrix provides a new publication opportunity. see Regional News – WA for details from Maureen Sexton and to support this venture.

John Bird's valuable forum "What is Haiku" continues in the main (current events) page. More on this soon.

Also please visit http://haikudreamingaustralia.info/ to read short essays and articles relevant to Australian haiku.

Coming up in Regional News for NSW
A haiku bilingual reading at Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Garden promotes community understanding of the genre, as does
A presentation of writing haiku in Australia for 160 students.

and coming up in tanka news (Australia) this week a launch and a workshop.

Don't forget to send the secretary of HaikuOz your news!


March 03, 2009

Haiku Tribute to Bushfire Victims - an update

I have now posted all of the haiku received in response to the tragic bushfires in Victoria. The response was overwhelming and I would like to encourage everyone to revisit the updated post to read the latest haiku.

February 14, 2009

An interview with Lyn Reeves

Interview with Lyn Reeves on ABC 7ZR

In her afternoon program Siobhan Maiden interviewed Lyn Reeves who read some haiku and talked about how to write them. Siobhan wanted to encourage listeners to text a haiku to their lovers this Valentine’s day. She suggested that haiku would be a wonderful way for people to express their responses to the Victorian bushfires.

Read the full interview here:

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2009/02/12/2490077.htm?site=hobart&rotator=true

February 11, 2009

Tribute to the Bushfire Victims

While all Australians struggle for words to convey their dismay at the suffering caused by the devastating bushfires, some poets try to share their feelings in haiku.

Your haiku is welcome too. One per poet please to secretary@haikuoz.org

relief centre
the new bed toy
smells different

Beverley George


out of black silence
the wobble
of a burnt lamb

Dawn Bruce


'bushfire country all the brick chimneys standing'

Janice Bostok

fire-fighter
she wears soot
for makeup

Cynthia Rowe


black void
a stranger's hug
releases the tears

Quendryth Young


town in ashes
a firefighter
wipes his eyes

Lorin Ford

drizzle...
blackened rubble around
the chimney

Nathalie Buckland


fire storm
melted metal where the street
used to be

Kathy Earsman


gnawed white . . .
last season’s dog bones
in the ash pile

Ron Moss


smoke haze …
a koala drinks
from the fireman’s water bottle

Lynette Arden


crackly footsteps
in a blackened field
we all cry together

Greg Piko


after the wildfire...
a row of new green tents
becomes home

Beatrice Yell

Continue reading "Tribute to the Bushfire Victims " »

February 09, 2009

Bushfires in Victoria February 2009

I feel certain I speak on behalf of everyone who comes to this web-site, when I send our deepest regrets to those who have suffered most in these tragic fires in Victoria: the people who have lost the people they love, their homes, their neighbourhood, their way of life, their landscape and livestock, and their pets.

May each of you, victim or helper, who has witnessed the loss of human and animal life, and of habitat, under merciless and unexpected circumstance, be granted healing in due course.

Special thoughts to those people, rendered powerless, who still wait to hear the fate of loved ones. Our hearts are with you.

On behalf of the committee and members of the Australian Haiku Society
Beverley George
President HaikuOz

January 20, 2009

WHC-German Winter Issue 2009

The WHC-German Winter Issue 2009 is online:

"...nichts als Möwen aus dem Feld"
"...digging up nothing but seagulls"

http://athenaeum-language.blogspot.com/2009/01/whc-german-winter-issue-2009.html

Enjoy it!

December 15, 2008

bottle rockets press - flower anthology submission guidelines

Call for submissions: bottle rockets press will be publishing a haiku anthology of flowers due out sometime in 2010. The book will be a perfect-bound with a glossy cover plus an ISBN. (The third anthology in the series.) Submission can cover any aspects of flowers. Any type of flower is welcome. No tanka, haibun or haiga will be considered.


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December 08, 2008

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST INVITED FOR 2009 QLD POETRY FESTIVAL

The 2009 Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) invites proposals from poets and other performers and artists interested in being part of the 13th Annual Queensland Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word, to be staged at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, August 21 - 23.

QPF would like to hear from both individuals and groups for single performances at the Festival and for other projects in association with the Festival. While all projects should have a relationship to poetic language, we encourage applications from non-poets wishing to explore the relationship between poetry and other art forms (e.g. performances with a music and/or multi-media focus etc).

For full submission guidelines visit www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com

Expressions of Interest must be received by close of business, Friday 27 February, 2008.

If you have any questions regarding your submission please don’t hesitate in contacting Festival Director, Julie Beveridge at julesbev@yahoo.com.au

December 01, 2008

LYNX - Open for Submissions

LYNX is an ezine developed by Jane Reichhold which publishes various short form genres of poetry. Publication is in February, June and October of each year. Submissions are currently open for the February 2009 issue and will be closing on January 1st. To view the current edition go to: http://www.ahapoetry.com/ahalynx/233hmpg.html

Send submissions of haiku, tanka, renga, haiku sequences, tanka sequences, sijo, sidoka, cinquain or ghazal to Werner Reichhold at Werner@wernerReichhold.com . Place submissions within the body of the email, as Werner will not accept attachments.

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November 24, 2008

Tributes to W J Higginson - a thank you from Penny

Please thank all the members of the Australian Haiku Society for their
condolences, poems in tribute, etc. They warm my heart.

Penny Harter

October 30, 2008

Haiku Dreaming Australia #7 November 2008

HaikuOz supports Haiku Dreaming Australia in encouraging haiku on Australian themes. Each month we showcase a haiku from the Dreaming website.


     way up there
     between skyscrapers
     clouds getting away


                                  Jack Prewitt

October 29, 2008

Tribute to W J Higginson– thank you

Submissions of tributes to W J Higginson have now closed. They are a fine set of poems and thank you to every one who paid respect to someone who made such a remarkable contribution to haiku in English.

Penny Harter is deeply appreciative of the tribute to her late husband.

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October 28, 2008

More tributes to W.J. Higginson

blue skies
my kite string
broken

John Bird (Australia)


like Autumn steam
the soul of the great poet
mounts to the sky

Laura Vaceanu, President of Costantza Haiku Society, Romania


the word came west
carrying with it the scent
of sagebrush and pine

Karma Tenzing Wangchuk (USA)


a falling leaf
with a last haiku-
on the sky missing a star

Ana Ruse (Costantza, Romania)


renku home-
sabaki's eyes between
the stars
 
Dana-Maria Onica (Romania)


Autumn dusk -
continuing to fold
paper cranes
 
Eduard Tara (Romania)


into the clouds
an eagle soars
winging free

 Mary Mageau (Australia)


gathering acorns
under the tallest oak
autumn wind

Lynette Arden (Australia)

Continue reading "More tributes to W.J. Higginson" »

October 18, 2008

Tribute to WJ Higginson continued

temple elephant—
a mahout rides into
the gathering mist

kala ramesh ( India)


mud
between my fingers...
I trace his name

Jo McInerney (Australia)


the master passing on his worn inkstone

Nora Wood


morning frost
the long winter
comes early

Adelaide B. Shaw (USA)


Old Frog
leaps into
s i l e n c e

Ed Baker


pepper tree -
wild flowers where I lay
my friend to rest

Graham Nunn (Secretary, Haiku Oz)


the mountain pine –
holding the light,
held by it

Lorin Ford (Australia)

[original haiku:

Holding the water,
held by it –
the dark mud

William J. Higginson, p168 ‘The Haiku Handbook’]


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October 14, 2008

Tributes to William J Higginson

If you would care to add your tribute please send one haiku per poet to Graham Nunn secretary@haikuoz.org by October 27, 2008.
Please be prepared to wait a few days for collation and posting. The poems you contribute will then be sent on to Bill Higginson's family. With regard to sharing your poem with other sites which are paying tribute to Bill, we believe tributes stand outside normal submission rules but poets should acknowledge prior postings.

cliff top –
the tallest pine tree
bends to wind

Janice M. Bostok (Australia)


out of darkness
a flash of lightning
into darkness

Kirsty Karkow (USA)


opening his book . . .
the world he offered
tumbles out

Beverley George (Australia)


Haiku World
from East to West
a bow to his spirit

Maria Steyn (South Africa)


billowing light . . .
the dried ink-stone
filled with stars

Ron Moss (Australia)

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October 12, 2008

William J Higginson – sad news

Haiku poets around the world are probably aware that William J Higginson (Bill to his many friends and acquaintances) has been battling cancer.

News of his death has been broken to the haiku world by Bill's wife, Penny Harter, and you can read a letter from Penny on Curtis Dunlap's web-site Three Questions.

It would be difficult to envisage that any poet writing haiku in English would not be aware of Bill's major contribution to widespread understanding and adoption of this genre. Most people, serious about haiku, would own one at least, if not several, of his books.

On behalf of the haiku community of Australia I will extend our condolences to Penny Harter and to their daughters, Beth and Nancy, and to all other members of their family. Bill Higginson was a very special person who made a tangible, positive contribution to the world and he will be missed.

Beverley George
President
Australian Haiku Society

October 11, 2008

Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents
Haiku North America, 2009
Ottawa, Canada, August 5th-9th

Ottawa welcomes you to celebrate and share haiku in the crosscurrents of history, geography, culture and the arts. For five days in August, the National Library of Canada will be home to international speakers, panels, presentations, poetry readings, haiga exhibitions and archival displays. Situated on historic Wellington Avenue in the heart of downtown Ottawa, our conference is steps from the Parliament Buildings, the Supreme Court, the Rideau Canal system (named a UNESCO heritage Site in 2007), and the outdoor beauty and fun of the Byward Farmer’s Market/entertainment district.

Haiku development is passing through turbulent waters, like estuaries in constant flux due to wind, coastline drag, and the varied layers of salt and cold. Meanwhile haijin struggle in and out of eddies to find ways to remain close to nature as countries rush to build city-states. HNA 2009: Crosscurrents will offer worldwide reflection, smooth the waters to navigate through regional haiku trends, and chart the ways to new poetic possibilities.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: If you are interested in making a presentation or leading a workshop at the next HNA conference, in Canada’s capital, please forward the following information:
TITLE: PRESENTER: SYNOPSIS: (50 words) BIO: (50 words) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE REQUIRED:

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New editor at Lynx

Lynx welcomes a new editor, Allison Millcock, who will be handling the haiga submissions for Lynx.

For 'Haiga Submission Guidelines'

Email Allison Millcock: millcock@dodo.com.au

October 03, 2008

Dreaming Haiku # 6 – October 2008

HaikuOz supports Haiku Dreaming Australia in encouraging haiku on Australian themes. Each month we showcase a haiku from the Dreaming website.


     that distant ridge
     I'll never climb . . .
       autumn rain


                                  Lyn Reeves

October 02, 2008

International Aspects of Haiku in English

From Quendryth Young, editor of the haiku pages of FreeXpresSion,
an Australian magazine published for over ten years now by Peter Pike,
comes this report:
"Haiku have been published in FreeXpresSion from fourteen
countries including Australia, plus contact with Ireland and Canada.
And from five different states in the USA.
The countries are: New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States
of America, Romania, Japan, Poland, Netherlands, Israel, India,
South Africa, Austria, Belgium, Trinidad & Tobago, and of course,
Australia."
As a haiku editor, Quendryth is always ready to consult nationally and
internationally before advising readers of perceived best practice for
writing haiku in English. Her efforts are helping Australians to understand
this tricky small genre better.

Beverley George

September 28, 2008

10 days in August Exhibition

Step right up folks and recapture your favourite Ekka memories at Museum of Brisbane's (MoB’s) exciting new exhibition. Uncover the rich history and grand traditions of this iconic annual event.

While the Ekka for many Queenslanders is a great day out in August, it also represents an enormous effort by many thousands of people. This MoB exhibition goes behind the scenes to find out what it takes to deliver these 10 days in August, from the past to the present. Local poet, Graham Nunn, who was poet-in-residence at the 2007 Ekka, has ten haiku featured in large vinyl letters throughout the exhibition, providing a unique perspective on his Ekka experience.

Visitors can also discover some of the unique personalities that give the Ekka it’s special atmosphere, delve into vintage showbags, and find out the stories behind memorable moments like the Grand Parade and old favourites such as strawberry sundaes and dagwood dogs - all of those things that make the Ekka, the Ekka!

10 Days in August: Memories of the Ekka
Until Sun. 16 November 2008
10am - 5pm daily.
Entry is FREE.
Museum of Brisbane, ground floor of Brisbane City Hall,
King George Square (between Ann and Adelaide Streets), Brisbane.

September 15, 2008

Haiku Workshop Opportunity

A HAIKU WORKSHOP is to be held on Sunday 26 October 2008, in Ballina NSW, organised by the local haiku group, 'Cloudcatchers'.

The workshop will include guidelines for appreciating and writing haiku, and the opportunity to take part in a ginko (haiku walk). This will be followed by the writing and sharing of haiku, with workshopping of participants’ work. It is aimed at beginners, but established writers, who wish to extend their experience in this genre, are welcome. Those poets who have already written haiku, are invited to present material for sharing and discussion.

The workshop will run from 10 am to 4 pm, with a break for lunch. Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake will be provided. Participants may bring their own lunch or buy it close by. The cost of the workshop is $40, which includes a set of notes.

Continue reading "Haiku Workshop Opportunity" »

September 02, 2008

Haiku Dreaming Australia

Dreaming Haiku # 5– September 2008
HaikuOz supports Haiku Dreaming Australia in encouraging haiku on Australian themes. Each month we showcase a haiku from the Dreaming website.

       
     bay shallows
     a starfish moves its fingers
     over mine


                                  Lorin Ford

First Published The Heron's Nest March 2006

August 28, 2008

W J Higginson – healing thoughts

As most of you may have heard today from various international haiku postings William J Higginson, author of the "The Haiku Handbook' and other publications significant to writers of haiku in English, is unwell and undergoing treatment.

The Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) joins societies and individuals around the world in sending our very best wishes for Bill's swift recovery.

Individual cards amd messages may be sent to
Penny Harter / William J. Higginson
P. O. Box 1402
Summit, NJ 07902

August 04, 2008

Haiku Dreaming Australia

Dreaming Haiku # 4– August 2008
HaikuOz supports Haiku Dreaming Australia in encouraging haiku on Australian themes. Each month we showcase a haiku from the Dreaming website.

       
     hills hoist –
     a leg of his karate suit
     kicks in the breeze


                                  Sharon Elyse Dean

July 29, 2008

Tasmania State Library - graphics exhibition

News just to hand of the Go Graphic exhibition which will feature manga by Madeleine Rosca and also haiku and haibun by Ron Moss.
It starts on July 30 and we hope to have a report about it very soon.
http://events.discovertasmania.com/Events/Controller/view_event.asp?id=4749

Haiku: the art of the short poem [film]


Thanks to Ron Moss for an alert about the trailer of this short film, shot by Tazuo Yamaguchi at HNA 2007 in Winston Salem .
Subscribers to Mayfly published by Brooks Books will also find information enclosed with the latest issue.
To view the trailer visit http://www.brooksbookshaiku.com/haikufilm/
What is haiku for? Haiku is for sharing. William J Higginson


July 04, 2008

Haiku Happenings

When browsing this website, don't forget to look under the various States
Recently added to this site are news items from:
NSW : Haiku reading in Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden
WA: Haiku workshop, competition and library haiku wall
QLD: Words and Water Dragons A Haiku event with a difference August 3
TAS: A workshop with Jodie Hawthorne plus other news
VIC: book launch: haiku by Sue Stanford plus Hiroshima Day remembrance
book launch: haiku by Lorin Ford
SA: a ginko in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens planned for September

Under Publications
you will find recently added news from India

June 29, 2008

Haiku Dreaming Australia

Dreaming Haiku # 3– July 2008
HaikuOz supports Haiku Dreaming Australia in encouraging haiku on Australian themes. Each month we showcase a haiku from the Dreaming website. http://haikudreamingaustralia.info/




       Sorry Day
     the breeze touches
     every gum leaf


                                  Carolyn Cordon



June 16, 2008

Poetica - Haiku in Australia Parts 1 & 2

Poetica is a radio program dedicated to the performance of poetry and ranges freely among contemporary Australian and overseas work as well as drawing on ancient sources and from bi-lingual programs, live readings, studio-based poetry features and on-location recordings.

Scheduled for broadcast on June 21 and 28 is the program, Haiku in Australia, a detailed exploration of this burgeoning poetic form with some of Australia's leading practitioners.

It will please some and surprise many that the seemingly mystical art of 'Haiku writing' is not only alive throughout Australia but is truly flourishing, beguiling and tempting writers across the country from Perth to Brisbane...

In Poetica's two part feature, Peter Holland, Jodie Buzza and Murray Dowsett read a couple of hundred Haiku along with discussions with Haiku writers across Australia.

To listen to the program and for more details visit: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/poetica/

New Vice President for Haiku Oz

The committee of the Haiku Society of Australia (HaikuOz) would like to thank Lyn Reeves, who is stepping down from the role of vice-president of the Society after nearly two years of invaluable service and support.

Congratulations and welcome to Dawn Bruce, who has agreed to accept vice-presidency for the term of two years. Dawn's enthusiastic commitment to the practice of haiku, which she has shared with other poets over a sustained period of time, make her an ideal candidate for this role.

Beverley George (president)
Graham Nunn (secretary)
for the committee

June 03, 2008

Ginko with Lysenko


Time and Place Date: Monday, June 16, 2008
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Melbourne General Cemetery,
Street: Cemetery Rd, Carlton
City/Town: Melbourne, Australia

Contact Info Phone: 03.9387.4323
Email: myronpoet@hotmail.com

Come for a walk in the beautiful surrounds of the Carlton cemetery and experience the graveyard through the calm, non judgmental eye of a haiku with poet and teacher, Myron Lysenko.

cost: $15.00
Meet at the Main entrance, Cemetery Rd, 11 am sharp
bring some lunch and lots of paper to write on.

walking through
our dead friend’s garden
we turn the torch off

-Myron Lysenko


June 02, 2008

Queen's Service Medal for New Zealand haiku poet

June 2, 2008

The Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) warmly congratulates Catherine Mair of Katikati, New Zealand.

The NZ Queen's Birthday Honours list (which precedes the Australian list by a week) includes a Queen's Service Medal (QSM) for Catherine "for services to poetry and the community".

To find out more, visit Haiku News edited by Sandra Simpson on the New Zealand Poetry Society web-site
www.poetrysociety.org.nz/haikunews June 2008.

This is a landmark for haiku in English in the southern hemisphere.

Beverley George
President
Australian Haiku Society

June 01, 2008

Dreaming Haiku # 2 – June 2008

HaikuOz supports Haiku Dreaming Australia in encouraging haiku on Australian themes. Each month we showcase a haiku from the Dreaming website. http://haikudreamingaustralia.info


             sacred site –

             lantana overruns

             the melaleuca


                   Quendryth Young



Editor's comment. This haiku might be thought slight unless one knows 'lantana' is an imported and highly invasive noxious weed and that 'melaleuca' (paperbark or myrtle) is indigenous to Australia. Haiku Dreaming notes provide the data that reveals this as a powerful political poem. John Bird

May 06, 2008

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop presents its fifth collection of haiku on:

www.wollumbin-haiku.com

Previous collections may be found on the site under archives

Please feel free to send the workshop web address, to any groups or individuals you think might find it of
interest. Feedback is appreciated.


May 03, 2008

Haiku Dreaming Australia

Dreaming Haiku # 1 – May 2008
HaikuOz supports Haiku Dreaming Australia in encouraging haiku on Australian themes. Each month we showcase a haiku from the Dreaming website. http://haikudreamingaustralia.info/




      pregnant again . . .
     the fluttering of moths
     against the window


                                  Janice M Bostok




Editor's comment First published in Minutes of a meeting of the Haiku Society of America circa 1973. From my first reading I assumed the moths were Australian bogongs, part of the tens of millions of their kind who head south in late spring from breeding grounds in southern Queensland on their 3,000 km journey to spend summer in cool caves of the Southern Alps. This haiku became famous without most people knowing the incredible “bogong story" but for me it enriches the haiku. John Bird

9th Annual Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Award - Results

First prize was awarded to Jan O'Loughlin for her haiku:

hawk in flight
recycling the wind
into himself

Second prize was awarded to Sharon Dean for her haiku:

coastal cafe
she suckles in the shade
of mum's cowboy hat

Third prize was awarded to Helen Davison for her haiku:

spring again
birth-marks
on the snow gums

Haiku selected for the anthology will be announced soon.

May 02, 2008

Haiku on Melbourne's Trains

The third Moving Galleries exhibition, featuring haiku and rooku by residents of Victoria will be launched in May 2008. This is a wonderful initiative set up by Rooku Troupe (Melbourne haiku poets Lia Hills, Matt Hetherington and Myron Lysenko) in conjunction with Connex Trains and The Committee for Melbourne. This promotion of artwork and haiku has attracted great interest from the public and Melbourne's commuters.

The haiku are featured on decals which appear on the inside walls of 20 Connex trains. They will remain on the trains for six months.

Continue reading "Haiku on Melbourne's Trains" »

April 27, 2008

Haiku Aotearoa 18 – 20 April, 2008 Christchurch: brief report

A year after attending the stimulating 3rd Haiku Pacific Rim International Conference in Matsuyama, Japan, I was delighted to be a delegate at a New Zealand national haiku conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, convened by The Small White Teapot Haiku Group. Organisers Barbara Strang, Judith Walsh and Anne Edmunds are to be warmly congratulated.

Thirty-one delegates attended with twenty-nine flying or driving in from various parts of New Zealand, including Invercargill, Dunedin, Hamilton, Wellington, Otago and Auckland. Australian Haiku Society Queensland Regional Representative, Jeffrey Harpeng, a founder of The Small White Teapot Club and instrumental in its naming, flew in from Brisbane, and I arrived from Pearl Beach, via Sydney.

The congenial but explorative tone of the conference was established on Friday night in the keynote address by Cyril Childs and led to lively, open-minded discussion throughout the conference. It was interesting to learn Cyril first became intrigued by haiku while working in Matsuyama, Japan, in 1989. Matsuyama is the birthplace of the poet Shiki and there is a wonderful museum there, the Shiki-Kinen, dedicated to haiku.

Continue reading "Haiku Aotearoa 18 – 20 April, 2008 Christchurch: brief report" »

April 25, 2008

Prestigious award for book of haiku

The Williams Carlos Williams Award for a book published by a small press, a not for profit body or a university press is administered by the Poetry Society of America and carries great kudos.

The Australian Haiku Society warmly congratulates American haiku poet Roberta Beary and publisher Snapshot Press [UK].

Roberta Beary's collection of haiku and senryu The Unworn Necklace was one of two finalists in the Society's 2008 poetry awards, an outstanding achievement.

April 10, 2008

Haiku and the Seasons: an exploration

Haiku Oz President, Beverley George has an essay titled Haiku and the Seasons: an exploration published in the latest edition of the NSW Poets Union magazine Five Bells. The magazine also features a review of Eucalypt: a tanka journal issue 3. For information on how to get a copy of the magazine or to join the NSW Poets Union visit: www.poetsunion.com

April 03, 2008

the Katikati haiku path, New Zealand

To see a new post about the Katikati haiku path on the north island of New Zealand
see http://ackworthborn.blogspot.com/2008/04/abc-wednesday-k-is-for-katikati-haiku.html

Gerald England
New Hope International; Haiku Talk
reviews, poetry, photography and more
http://www.geraldengland.co.uk/

March 15, 2008

Haiku, Zen and the Eternal Now

A workshop for anyone interested in haiku and Zen Buddhism

perched
upon the temple bell
the butterfly sleeps
Buson

The interactive workshop will examine the influence of Zen on the ancient Japanese form of haiku poetry, explain how the two have come together and why Zen has relevance to writing haiku for even those who have little understanding of Zen philosophies.

Continue reading "Haiku, Zen and the Eternal Now" »

March 10, 2008

Melbourne Haiku Readings - March/April

Haiku Reading - March

"THANGS CAFE"
502 Lygon St East Brunswick 8pm FREE
*
THURSDAY MARCH 20th, 2008.
*
HAIKU NIGHT
Sue Stanford, Carla Sari, Matt Hetherington, Helen Begley
Michael de Valle & Myron Lysenko
*
all poets & haikuists welcome to read in OPEN SECTION
*
Paul Gibson Roy to MC proceedings.
Good food & booze on sale. Free entry
*
Info: Roger : 9383.7851
& Paul : 9386 1126
Paul E: roypg@unimelb.edu.au

Poetry night organized by Paul Gibson.

Continue reading "Melbourne Haiku Readings - March/April" »

February 25, 2008

INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL DE VALLE

“Moving Galleries” is an on-going project, initiated by a trio of haijin calling themselves Rooku Troupe. They have been instrumental in getting haiku published on decals in Melbourne’s suburban trains.

Here is an interview with a writer who has his haiku currently riding around the Melbourne tracks.

A writer of poetry, haiku, short stories and novels, Michael de Valle’s poetry has featured in both the Moving Galleries pilot and the Spring 2007 Exhibition. Moving Galleries editor, and poet, Leanne Hills, approached Michael to discuss his influences.



Continue reading "INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL DE VALLE" »

January 27, 2008

Japanese Poetry Seminar

Friendly Street Poets Inc. is starting the 2008 seminar program with a Japanese Poetry Seminar on Saturday 16th February. Published poet and SA representative of HaikuOz, Martina Taeker, will be focussing on haiku, haiku sequence, and haibun.

Many people will already be familiar with Martina's practical yet highly informative style of teaching and her ability to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves. Hopefully a yummy afternoon tea will also help the creative process along. The seminar will be held on Saturday 16th February, from 2 - 4.30 pm at the SA Writers Centre.

Following the seminar, Friendly Street Poets Inc will be running a competition in all three categories. Although the haiku section will be restricted to residents of SA, the haiku sequence and haibun sections will be open to poets from other states. More details about the competition will be released after the seminar.

For further seminar details and the booking form please visit http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/?cat=4

January 16, 2008

WHC German Winter Issue

The winter issue of WHC - German is online now.

http://athenaeum-language.blogspot.com/2008/01/whc-german-winter-20072008.html

It features haiku from: Christa Beau, Wolfgang Beutke, Gerd Börner, Claudia Brefeld, Beate Conrad, Michael Denhoff, Georg Flamm, Volker Friebel, Hubertus Thum, Klaus-Dieter Wirth and many others.

editor: Angelika Wienert (Oberhausen, Germany)

January 13, 2008

Haiku Postcards

HAICOM
HAIKU INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CASCINA MACONDO
PRESENTS
HAIPOMACÒ - ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL
HAIKU POSTCARDS MAILING ART COLLECTION

Haijin friends worldwide, you who travel and meet places and people and languages, wherever you are, let one of your thoughts become community for us all. Look for a postcard. Handwrite on the back, in clear writing, a simple haiku. May the time you spend in finding a postcard, the time you spend in writing a haiku, sitting on a big stone, under a pine-tree, at a coffee table, be a happy time. Attach a stamp, add the date and your full signature, then send it to:

Cascina Macondo - Borgata Madonna della Rovere, 4
10020 Riva Presso Chieri - Torino - Italy

Continue reading "Haiku Postcards" »

January 11, 2008

Famous Reporter delayed

For all who subscribe to Famous Reporter and those of you with haiku featured in issue #36 - the magazine will (hopefully) appear in late February this year.

New Portfolio from Ron Moss

Ron Moss, a former Secretary of Haiku Oz and Regional Rep for Tasmania, has a stunning new portfolio of haiga for viewing at http://www.haigaonline.com/issue8-2/contemporary.html
The haiku and paintings are inspired by his voluntary work as a fiery. Congratulations, Ron.

An invitation to tell us about your year

A very happy 2008 to all HaikuOz members!
Would you like to let us know about your successes and publications during 2007? We are inviting Australian haiku poets to send their news - approx 200 words per poet - for inclusion on our website. We'd love to celebrate with you.

If you have published a book or online portfolio you can list it under members' publications. Follow the format of the other entries there and send your information to secretary@haikuoz.org with 'Haiku Oz Members News (YOUR SURNAME)' in the subject line.

We'd also like to hear about haiku happenings in your region. If there's nothing happening, why not start something? And keep the news flowing to the website throughout 2008, to help spread the enjoyment and appreciation of writing haiku in Australia.

January 02, 2008

Australian featured guest poet on Tanka Online

From January1 – July 1 2008, Beverley George will be the featured guest poet on Tanka Online, a US site which provides a great deal of useful information on techniques for writing tanka. Visit www.tankaonline.com to read an interview of Beverley by Jeanne Emrich. At the end of the interview you will find links to some of Beverley's poems and to information about her tanka collection empty garden.

December 27, 2007

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop #4

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop presents its fourth collection of haiku on: www.wollumbin-haiku.com

Previous collections may be found on the site under archives. Please feel free to forward this email, or send the workshop web address, to any groups or individuals you think might find it of interest. Feedback is appreciated.

December 16, 2007

Haibun Today

Haibun Today (http://haibuntoday.blogspot.com/) went online in Nov. 2007 with daily postings. It is edited by Jeffrey Woodward from Detroit, Michigan, USA with the assistance of Patricia Prime, New Zealand/Australia Correspondent, and Lynne Rees, UK Correspondent.

HT uses previously published and unpublished haibun as well as book reviews and articles relevant to the genre. Unsolicited submissions of haibun are welcome and should be forwarded to haibun.today (at) gmail (dot) com. Authors should query before submitting reviews and essays.

Australian contributors to date include: Julie Beveridge, Janice M. Bostok, Sharon Dean & Graham Nunn

Haiku Aotearoa 2008

Haiku Aotearoa 2008, a conference for writers of haiku and related forms, takes place at Bishop Julius Hostel, 90 Waimairi Road, Christchurch, the weekend of 18-20th April, 2008. We of the Small White Teapot Group are finalising a programme to appeal to beginners and experts, which will enable us to learn, mingle and celebrate together. Highlights include Richard von Sturmer's Tanka Film presentation and the launch of the third New Zealand Haiku Anthology. The venue is a modern student hostel, with gardens and a park adjacent, close to Christchurch Airport. There will be a choice of living in or attending during the day, for some or all of the conference. Price for the
conference is $90, or $22 for a half day session, and full board at Bishop Julius will cost $201. For the brochure and enrolment form giving full details please email: Barbara Strang, bhstrang@yahoo.com Alternatively if you wish to live in you can secure a place by sending $100 deposit to Judith Walsh, 44 Bentley St, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand before 31st Jan, 2008. Places are limited so don't delay. Cheques to be made out to Small White Teapot Group. Prices in NZ Dollars.
More details at: http://www.haiku2008.com

December 10, 2007

FreeXpression

The magazine 'FreeXpresSion' is promoted as "the magazine for writers that readers enjoy". It is edited by Peter Pike and has been in monthly publication for fourteen years. In January 2007 a haiku section "HaikuXpresSion" was introduced, edited by Quendryth Young.

During this year, HaikuXpressions has published material from fifty-eight different haiku poets. Of these there were fifteen overseas contributors. A number of poets were published for the first time, and some of these only began exploring the fascinating genre of haiku this year. Haiku submissions (up to five) may be sent to:
quendrythyoung@bigpond.com

In 2008 the magazine will include a haiku section in its annual competition, which closes on 28 February, with a first prize of $100. For an entry form please contact quendrythyoung@bigpond.comquendrythyoung@bigpond.com

Nocturne - submission call

3LIGHTS is an online gallery of haiku, tanka and related forms. It was founded in 2006 by British poet, Liam Wilkinson. For more information, click here.
NOCTURNE : JANUARY 2008

Submit to:
threelightsgallery at yahoo dot co dot uk

We are now accepting submissions of haiku, senryu and tanka with a nocturnal theme (though all submissions will be considered) for our forthcoming exhibition, Nocturne, which begins in January 2008.

Please send up to 10 haiku/senryu/tanka with a brief biography. Please do not send attachments. All poems should be included in the main body of the email.

Unfortunately we cannot offer payment but hope that by showcasing your poems, we contribute to the promotion of your work as a writer.

If your work is successful it will appear in the exhibition and may be used elsewhere on the website. All copyright remains with you, the author.

October 21, 2007

Rooku on Trains/Moving Galleries Project

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 will see the launch of the Moving Galleries Spring 2007 Exhibition
at Flinders Street Station by The Minister for the Arts and Public Transport, The Hon. Lynne
Kosky.

Moving Galleries is a travelling exhibition of art and poetry which enables emerging and
established Victorian artists to showcase their talent. It is also designed to enhance the travel
experience for Melbourne's train commuters, and build on Melbourne's reputation as a thriving
cultural and creative capital.

Continue reading "Rooku on Trains/Moving Galleries Project" »

October 19, 2007

5th Annual Shiki Kukai Poet's Choice - kigo section

The winner – just announced – of the fifth Annual Shiki Kukai Poets' Readers' Choice for the kigo section

is Ron Moss, Tasmania, for the haiku

starry night
what's left of my life
is enough

please visit >
http://www.haikuworld.org/kukai/current.html

Congratulations, Ron, and thank you, Robert and Jennie, for administering this international monthly competition and the associated annual collation and challenge.

The 9th World Haiku Festival WHFindia Bangalore February 2008

Dear All,

vast is the ocean of sacred words
which enlightens the universe
with divine vision

Rigveda 1.3.12

We, The World Haiku Club India, are nurturing dreams of holding The 9th WORLD HAIKU FESTIVAL in INDIA.
We propose to have a three-day festival – on 23rd, 24th and 25th of February 08 at H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji’s The Art Of Living Ashram at Bangalore, the Garden city of India

Continue reading "The 9th World Haiku Festival WHFindia Bangalore February 2008" »

October 14, 2007

Visit to Tasmania inspires haibun

Text, images and audio for your enjoyment.
http://postherdmusic.googlepages.com/home

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October 01, 2007

Black Robe White Mist: the art of Rengetsu

Black Robe White Mist

This item was contributed by Gerry Jacobson

HaikuOz poets may well be interested in the exhibition Black Robe White Mist at the National Gallery of Australia. It is the art of Rengetsu (Lotus Moon) who was a 19th century waka poet, Buddhist nun, calligrapher, potter and painter. Many of her beautiful poems are inscribed on pottery and scroll paintings. It's on at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra until 27 January. The published catalogue of the exhibition is itself a notable addition to the literature in english with many new translations of her poems. There are associated events at the gallery such as talks, tea ceremony, ikebana demonstration, calligraphy workshop, concert, over the next couple of months.

September 22, 2007

Becoming Sky – A Haiku Reading at the Queensland Poetry Festival - Sunday Sept 9

Becoming Sky - Report by Jeffrey Harpeng

Ynes Sanz cannily mc'd this megavitamin dose of haiku by reading the label of contents on this spoken literary supplement before retreating into the shadows to put her feet up and indulge. First up was the B complex and the St John's Wort from Dangerously Poetic Press. Laura Jan Shore and James Khidir read the Sand Between the Toes anthology to the musical accompaniment of Kevin James maintaining a sustained drone on harmonium and accompanying himself alternatively on ocarina and bamboo flutes according to the changes in emotional tone as the pieces shifted through the landscape and the various styles of the contributors. This firmly established a close your eyes and drift ambience. Almost an out of body experience.

Sue Stanford was an antioxidant in the mix, her acutely observed and crafted pieces a superb antidote to myopic vision and flaccid statement. She prefaced her work with listening advice for the audience. She warned of how a single haiku can set up a resonance and stay with you for minutes and even hours on occasion and at other times elude you before you can grasp them. She advised then, that as she would be reading quite a number of them that it would be best just let go of them. Taking that advice my experience was of an ebb and flow of word and emotion elegant and elegiac, passionate and precise.

Continue reading "Becoming Sky – A Haiku Reading at the Queensland Poetry Festival - Sunday Sept 9" »

September 14, 2007

Katikati Haiku Pathway

The new Katikati Haiku Pathway guidebook is now available. It features a complete set of the 30 poems, including those by Australian writers Janice Bostok, John Knight, Cecily Stanton and Ed Davis, engraved on boulders in this riverside walk in Katikati, New Zealand. The walk had its three newest additions blessed at the end of July in a ceremony conducted by local Maori.

The book also includes short author biographies, a potted history of the project and a map of the pathway.

For those ordering from Australia the cost (including P&P) in New Zealand dollars is $11 for 1, or $19 for 2.

Payment may be made through the Katikati Haiku Pathway Focus Committee's PayPal account, please e-mail Sandra at nzhaiku@gmail.com for details of the payee account, or for the cost if you wish to purchase more than 2 guidebooks.

Haiku Reality

THE NEW ISSUE OF HAIKU REALITY IS OUT
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Contents
Haiku Contents


Essays, Criticisms, Analyses, Interviews...

a.. Geert Verbeke: Reflections...
b.. H. F. Noyes: Favourite Haiku
c.. Margaret Chula: Harmony: Poetry and a Bowl of Tea
d.. Lee Gurga: Juxtaposition
e.. Mohammed Fakhruddin: LAND AND SEA in Poetic Harmony
f.. Richard Powell: Still in the Stream
g.. Richard Powell: Wabi What?
h.. Bruce Ross: Sincerity and the Future of Haiku
i.. Lee Gurga: Toward an Aesthetic for English-Language Haiku
j.. Interview with David G Lanoue
k.. Interview with Max Verhart

Continue reading "Haiku Reality" »

September 12, 2007

Haiku Special - Save $$$

To celebrate seven years of publishing poetry, Pardalote Press is offering big savings. Titles are discounted by 25% - more for the special pack of six haiku titles. Beautiful gifts for special friends. You can order online at http://www.pardalote.com.au

August 11, 2007

Haiku Definitions- appointment

On behalf of the committee of the Australian Haiku Society I am pleased to announce the appointment of John Bird
to act on behalf of the Australian Haiku Society to consider the following questions and make recommendations to the Society on:
1. What haiku-related terms, if any, should the Australian Haiku Society define for its members?
2. What wording should be used in any such definitions?
3. What supporting or clarifying notes are required?
4. How should the Australian Haiku Society definitions be adopted and promulgated?
Please send any comments and input to
johnbird@bigpond.net.auBeverley M George
President, Australian Haiku Society

July 30, 2007

New Zealand Poetry Society - haiku results

Congratulations to Quendryth Young (1st place) and Jeff Harpeng (5th place) in the recent NZPS competition.
Visit the NZPS web-site for further detail and comments from one of the judges http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/about2007results
If you would like to see the list of Highly Commended and Commended poets (which includes the following Australians: Janice Bostok, John Bird, Quendryth Young, Jeff Harpeng, Kees Hulsman and Lyn Reeves) click on any one of the five peoples's names who placed as winners in this competition. A Highly Commended and a Commended list will then become accessible from the top of the page.

July 18, 2007

Haiku North America Conference 2007

Dear friends of haiku,
HNA 2007 will have over 50 presenters from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Special guests include Sonia Sanchez and Kalamu ya Salaam. Presenters include many of the best haiku poets writing in English, including Cor van den Heuvel, Alan Pizzarelli, William J. Higginson, Penny Harter, George Swede, Lenard D. Moore, Randy Brooks, John Barlow, Jim Kacian, A. C. Missias, Roberta Beary, Stanford M. Forrester, Michael Dylan Welch, and many others.
We have posted the schedule: http://www.haikunorthamerica.com/hna_2007_schedule.html

Dave Russo
local organizer for Haiku North America 2007

July 15, 2007

Poetry on Brisbane's City Cat Ferries

Queensland Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word, has recently secured funding from Brisbane City Council to develop a virtual poetry anthology that will screen on Brisbane's City Cat fleet. The project is a partnership between Brisbane City Council, 4UTV and Queensland Poetry Festival.

24 poets will be invited to submit a poem for this 6-month project, beginning Monday July 9. Each selected poem will form part of the Poem of the Week virtual anthology and will be developed into a 30 second program by 4UTV that will screen once every thirty minutes on the digital screen in each of the 10 City Cats. This will total 2000 viewings for each poem, to an estimated audience of 120 000 City Cat passengers each week.

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July 10, 2007

3rd Pacific Rim Haiku Conference, Matsuyama, Japan, April 2007

Report: Beverley George
President
Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz)

Through haiku composing, you can exchange your way of thinking and deepen your understanding about the people beyond the borders, isms and religions. Kanda Sosuke.

It is impossible to imagine a more idyllic and appropriate setting for a haiku conference than in cherry blossom season at Matsuyama, the birthplace of the poet, Masaoka Shiki where this year marked the 140th anniversary of his birth.

Matsuyama is a castle city on the island of Shikoku and it is also famous for its ancient onsen (hot springs). It was in this city that the Matsuyama Declaration was signed in 1999 to establish the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Research Center. The Declaration signifies the generous intent of Japanese people to share haiku internationally.

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July 09, 2007

Words and Water Dragons - a report

The prospect of a crisp Sunday morning in the Japanese Garden at Brisbane Botanic Garden Mt Coot-tha enticed lovers of Japanese poetry forms to the Queensland Poetry Festival's Second Annual Words and Water Dragons readings on Saturday July 8.

After participating in a ginko led by QPF Artistic Director Graham Nunn, our MC for the morning, and informally sharing inspirations and first-draft haiku, more than 30 people gathered in the square pavilion to hear readings of haibun, haiku and tanka complemented by the achingly beautiful sounds of the shakuhachi in Carl Rathus' skilful hands.

Jan Bostok and Jeff Harpeng were feature readers. Other Brisbane haijin including Ross Clark, Graham Nunn and John Knight read from their work, once again reminding us of the breadth of talent in this sector of Brisbane's thriving poetry scene.

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Dangerously Poetic Launch - sand between the toes: a haiku journey through Byron Bay and beyond

Dangerously Poetic Press will be launching sand between the toes, a haiku journey through Byron Bay and beyond CD/book at the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival on Sunday the 29th of July at 1:45 pm.  Dr. Jacqui Murray will do the honours. Poet, journalist, historian and broadcaster, she has been writing haiku for many years. In that time she has been an international haiku judge, co-ordinated the JAL World Childrens' Haiku Contest in Australia and has been widely published. She is also a founding editor of the haiku magazine, Paper Wasp.  About the cd/book, she has said, A lyrical reaffirmation of nature in haiku, music and organic sound to calm the senses and feed the soul.

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July 07, 2007

Haiga Online

http://www.haigaonline.com/

Latest edition of Haigaonline.

See in the experimental section, "A Touch of Light," a multimedia haiga slideshow by Ron Moss with Jim Swift. See http://www.haigaonline.com/issue8-1/experimental.html.

July 01, 2007

Tanka at the Bay

Report by Beverly Sweeney
on behalf of
Dangerously Poetic Press

Byron Bay’s Dangerously Poetic Press invited Beverley George, internationally acclaimed tanka poet and editor of Eucalypt, Australia’s first literary journal for tanka, to lead our Tanka Workshop on Saturday 16 of June and to also read at our monthly poetry reading on the following day.

In the quaint little CWA hall in Brunswick Heads 15 poets, some having their first attempt at tanka, sat down pens in hand eager to learn about this fascinating Japanese form. Beverley shared her extensive knowledge of the history and current status of tanka both in Japan and other countries. There was much laughter and lively discussion demonstrating yet again the interest in this area stimulated by Japanese poetry. In the afternoon with Beverley’s support we all attempted at least one tanka and were given plenty of useful feedback. There’s no holding back our Northern Rivers poets when we get together. It was especially delightful that we had amongst the participants several poets experienced in this form such as John Bird and Max Ryan. We lunched, laughed and wrote and I for one have been tinkering with tanka ever since.

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June 25, 2007

Report on Haiku : Sensations of a Lifetime

A two-part workshop presented by Janice Bostok
as part of the Queensland Poetry Festival 2007 Outreach programme
supported by the Brisbane City Council
and the Mt Ommaney Library

'When the pupils are ready the teacher will come.'

Full workshops and a healthy waiting list for the two free sessions at the Mt Ommaney Library in Brisbane's Centenary Suburbs this June 10th and 24th made it clear that plenty of people were more than ready to explore the pleasures and challenges of haiku and related forms under Janice Bostok's gentle guidance.

Attendances by people from as far afield as Bribie Island quieted any lingering doubts the organisers might have had about the feasibility of holding of an event at this outer suburban venue.

The workshops received excellent support from the local press as well as publicity from Brisbane Japanese cultural groups and the library itself.

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June 13, 2007

Jim Kacian a virtual guest at Watersmeet

Recently I was speaking to Jim Kacian of the USA a very fine poet and publisher of Red Moon Press. We first met several years ago when he spoke at our haiku group in Hobart and we have stayed in contact over the years. Earlier this year Watersmeet moved to a new venue and I asked Jim to be our virtual guest and he obliged us with a wonderful talk and inspiring haiku....

Ron Moss


Greetings from the winter of Virginia:

Ron was kind enough to invite me to say a word or two and contribute a couple poems to celebrate the new venue of Watersmeet. Let me begin by saying yours is the most poetic name in the world of haiku--nicely chosen.

It seems like quite a long time ago that I met with the dozen or so poets in the Botanical Gardens in Hobart. The scene I met there was the same as what I encountered throughout that trip around the world--poets, some experienced, most not, who were all relatively new to haiku and were using the opportunity not only to learn more about it, but to create community through it as well. There was an eagerness to the proceedings that we were unlikely to regain again. Now, a half-dozen years along the way, perhaps we have attained something else--a maturity, and undoubtedly a good deal more knowledge of what haiku is and can be. The challenge of haiku for us remains what it always has been--one of finding a way of being with it which permits us the use of our increased knowledge without sacrificing that eagerness, that newness.

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June 07, 2007

Matsuo Basho Poetry Offerings

English Haiku wanted

The Deadline: Tuesday July 31st, 2007

What we are looking for:

We are looking for Haiku written in English that are original submissions or are unpublished work for our Haiku competition to be held during the Basho festival on October 12th.
(Double submissions or work previously published under a different name may not be used in the competition).

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Wollumbin Haiku Workshop 3

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop
presents its latest collection of haiku on:

http://users.mullum.com.au/jbird/Wksp/W-home.html

Previous collections may be found on the site under 'archives'.

Please feel free to forward this email, or send the workshop web
address, to any groups or individuals you think might find it of
interest.

If you wish to be removed from the mailing list, please notify the
Workshop by using the email address below.

Nathalie Buckland
wollumbin@fastmail.fm

June 02, 2007

Haiku Oz members place well in contest

The first round of results have just been announced in the recent Haiku Contest on the theme of Tea, co-organized by Chajin—The House of Japanese Green Tea, and the Association for the Promotion of Haiku.

The jury, made up of Morgan Beard, Carol Négiar, Drew Hanson, Gilles Maucout and Dominique Chipot, has determined the first ten authors.

Haiku Oz would like to congratulate Beverley George & Janice M. Bostok who have had work selected.

May 20, 2007

Haiku New Zealand Showcase

A new Showcase section has been added to the Haiku NewZ website. The Showcase will be added to on a regular basis, highlighting the work of two outstanding New Zealand haijin at a time.

Our inaugural writers are Barbara Strang (Christchurch) and Bernard Gadd (Auckland). The pages also include an article of the Katikati Haiku Pathway, and a glossary of New Zealand terms to aid overseas readers.

New Zealand does not have its own haiku society, however the New Zealand Poetry Society has offered a home for our web presence for which are extremely grateful.

Please do call by and enjoy haiku from this amazing corner of the world:

www.poetrysociety.org.nz/haikunews/showcase

Spinifex Review

A review by Johnye Strickland of Beverley George's haiku collection Spinifex, published by Pardalote Press www.pardalote.com.au is now available from Simply Haiku Summer 2007 www.simplyhaiku.com/

May 06, 2007

Eighth International Jack Stamm Haiku Award - Results

The results of the Eighth Jack Stamm competition up on the Paper Wasp site, at:

http://members.optusnet.com.au/paperwasp/selections.html

You can also get to a list of selected haiku from 2006 (and earlier) issues of Paper Wasp from this same page.

April 25, 2007

Haiku Workshop - Hobart

1st May 7 – 9 pm Haiku - Writing Workshop with LYN REEVES
An introduction to haiku
Rosny Library Meeting Room, Bligh Street, Rosny Park, Hobart – near Service Tasmania.

Haiku are tiny poems that were first written hundreds of years ago. People from all over the world are discovering the pleasure of these condensed capsules of poetic insight, so that Haiku-in-English has become the fastest-growing literary genre. Today's haiku have their beginnings in ancient Japan, but today's poets use haiku to express the uniqueness of everyday experience and the environment they live in. A haiku captures a moment in time and shares that experience with a reader. The skills developed by writing haiku can make all types of writing more vivid and immediate.

Lyn Reeves is the haiku editor for the Tasmanian literary journal Famous Reporter. As representative editor for the Australian Haiku Society she has selected Australian content for the Canadian-based ezine above ground testing and for the World Haiku Association's website. She also served as secretary for Australia's haiku association, HaikuOz and is currently its vice-president.
All welcome. There will be a $3 charge to cover venue hire and supper. Enquiries 6248 8496 or 6248 8726

April 17, 2007

Spinifex: haiku - two reviews

There are two reviews of Beverley George's new haiku collection, Spinifex, now online.

http://www.styluspoetryjournal.com/main/master.asp?id=737 Reviewed by Patricia Prime

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~writerslink/reviews.html Reviewed by Lorin Ford

April 16, 2007

RESULTS FROM 2007 ANITA SADLER WEISS MEMORIAL HAIKU AWARDS

2007 ANITA SADLER WEISS MEMORIAL HAIKU AWARDS
Sponsored by the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland
Judge: Billie Wilson, Juneau, Alaska


FIRST PLACE

summer dawn
the bones of the bonfire
charred black
~Kate Bosek-Sill, Rochester, NY

A new day is dawning, and the remains of this fire remind us that yesterday is gone forever—as fully consumed as the wood (the “bones”) of that bonfire. There is a nice edge of wondering why the fire was built. The use of “bones” is not only intriguing within the haiku, but within the context of etymology, since “bonfire” comes from the medieval “bone-fire.” This is an excellent poem to be read aloud. The inner play of the long “o” sound of “bones” with the short “o” in “bonfire—the near-rhyme of “dawn” and bonfire”—and the alliteration of “b” words in the second and third lines—add layers of pleasing sound.


SECOND PLACE

whaling station—
the weight of rust
on the snowline
~Ron Moss, Tasmania, Australia

An unusual topic. The freshness of the material is appealing, and the juxtaposition is compelling. Even in abandonment, the very existence of this station “weighs” heavily against human history. The damage done is powerfully captured in understatement: that feather-light rust is like blood against the snow.


THIRD PLACE

in my pocket
a small stone
from the top of the mountain
~Karen Sohne, Toronto, ON, Canada

The use of a pivot line showcases the tiny stone that symbolizes the conquering of a mountain. And within that symbol is a gift of encouragement regarding any mountain that might seem to be blocking our path.

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March 31, 2007

Matsuyama in the spring

It's time for me to head to Matsuyama, for the Third Pacific Rim Haiku Conference.

2007 is the 140th anniversary year of the birth of the poet Shiki in Matsuyama. I look forward to seeing much of the city on foot, keeping a sharp eye out for stones that carry Shiki's haiku.

The Matsuyama Declaration was signed here in 1999 to establish the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Research Center and to signify the generous intent of Japanese people to share haiku internationally.

It's spring in Matsuyama. If you visit the conference web-site
http://hpr-conference.com/index.html
you can glimpse what is it like to go on a cherry blossom ginko at Matsuyama Castle.

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March 10, 2007

Shamrock Haiku Journal

The premiere issue of Shamrock Haiku Journal, the new online magazine of the
Irish Haiku Society, is now available at
www.freewebs.com/shamrockhaiku/currentissue.htm

Shamrock is an international quarterly online journal that publishes quality
haiku, senryu and haibun in English, and has a home page at
www.freewebs.com/shamrockhaiku

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February 28, 2007

Haiku with an Australian Flavour in Famous Reporter

Famous Reporter #34

The December issue of Famous Reporter is replete with wonderful haiku from some of Australia’s leading haiku poets. It contains 65 haiku over 11 pages, with a significant contribution from northern NSW haijin. In addition to this you will find John Bird’s prize-winning haiku sequence, 'The Fence Rider, 1950 Australia'. This outstanding poem is in six parts, each part a sequence of seven haiku.

If you want to read haiku with a distinctive Australian flavour, Famous Reporter #34 is essential reading. $8 posted (within Australia) from Walleah Press, PO Box 368, North Hobart, TAS 7002 – or $15 for a subscription.

Submissions for issue #35 close end of April.

Immense beauty in brevity

Here are some quotes from Christopher Bantick’s review of Spinifex: haiku by Beverley George in The Sunday Tasmanian (18/2/07):

‘it celebrates the strength and diversity of haiku as a poetry form’

‘The poems rest on the page like perfectly cut templates of experience’

‘Apart from the poems that will make readers stop and regard the world perhaps a little more thoughtfully, the design of the book also deserves comment. Besides the convenient size that’s ideal for handbags and pockets, the poems are not cluttered on the page…Reeves has presented the poems with a filigree of grass on the pages. This adds to the delicate feel of the book. The result is an excellent gallery of words and shape.’

‘hard to imagine a better example of the form’

‘a book of quiet contemplation and stolen moments of peace winnowed from busyness'.

Spinifex: haiku is available from Pardalote Press http://www.pardalote.com.au

February 26, 2007

The Interviewer Interviewed – meet Patricia Prime

Patricia Prime is well-known as an interviewer and reviewer, generous with her time for others' poetry.
We thought you might like to read about her own life and poetry. An interview by Beverley George has now gone up on Simply Haiku Spring 2007 www.simplyhaiku.com/

Book launch – haibun by Julie Beveridge

Small Change Press (www.smallchangepress.com.au) is proud to announce the launch of their first title for 2007, Home is where the Heartache is, a collection of haibun, by Julie Beveridge.

"Compressed energy and an unswerving courage to tell the truth about bad things gives these haibun a sharp edge – a kind of grim elegance. Journeying with Beveridge is not always comfortable but it is always compelling."
Beverley George
President, Australian Haiku Society

Date: Friday 30 March
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Queensland Writers Centre
Level 2, 109 Edward St, Brisbane
Tickets: $15.00 (including a signed copy of the book and glass of wine)
Bookings Essential: To book call QWC on (07) 3839 1243 or buy online at www.qwc.asn.au.

For more information email Graham Nunn at geenunn@yahoo.com.au

February 25, 2007

empty garden - review

A review by Robert L Wilson of Beverley George's tanka anthology empty garden is now available on Simply Haiku Spring 2007
www.simplyhaiku.com/

Previous reviews of this book may be found on www.eucalypt.info under the heading empty garden

February 09, 2007

Wild Grapes - Australian Poetry Blog

Wild Grapes is a Blog dedicated to providing readers with the latest Australian Poetry news.

http://australian-poetry.blogspot.com/

January 27, 2007

Eucalypt: a tanka journal

The inaugural issue of Eucalypt, Australia's first literary journal for tanka only, is now available.
The first issue features the work of 27 Australian tanka poets, as well as that of leading tanka poets from Japan, USA, NZ, Canada, England, South Africa, Croatia and India.

Eucalypt is attractively produced on Hanno Art Silk paper and contains poems only It is supported by a free electronic occasional newsletter and a web-site www.eucalypt.info www.eucalypt.info

Tanka On-line (US)- a site for learning about tanka

"Tanka Online at www.tankaonline.com which premiers February 1, 2007, is a website teaching poets new to the form how to write tanka. A collaborative effort by poets Jeanne Emrich, Michael McClintock, Tom Clausen, Margaret Chula (all of the USA), Amelia Fielden (Australia) and Mariko Kitakubo (Japan), it features essays and articles on writing and appreciating tanka, a tanka gallery, recommended reading, and more."

January 15, 2007

FreeXpresSion

The Haiku Section in the magazine FreeXpresSion has been launched and
the first edition is now available. The two page centrespread presents
haiku from around the world, with contributions from Peggy Willis Lyles
and Ferris Gilli (USA), Dhugal Lindsay (Japan) and Ernest Berry (New
Zealand). Also represented are respected Australian writers, such as
Janice Bostok, Beverley George, John Bird, Myron Lysenko, Ron Moss,
Ross Clark, Vanessa Proctor, Lyn Reeves, Graham Nunn and others.

Members of HaikuOz are invited to submit material, up to five
unpublished haiku at a time, not on offer elsewhere. Send these direct
to the Haiku Editor, Quendryth Young (quendrythyoung@bigpond.com),
including your postal address. Please keep a copy of your submission.
You will be notified within seven weeks concerning the acceptance of
your work. Any writer whose work is published receives a complimentary
copy.

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January 09, 2007

An interview with Jodie Hawthorne

JODIE HAWTHORNE has a new haiku book WATCHING PILGRIMS, WATCHING ME, published by Pardalote Press. It was launched in Tasmania. Kaye Aldenhoven had an opportunity to talk to Jodie in Darwin, as she waits for the birth of her child, before returning to China.

Kaye: I enjoyed reading your newly launched book of haiku. I admire this village image:

where children play
the words of Mao
whitewashed

How did you come to write haiku?

Jodie: I remember writing haiku in primary school; year 5 or 6. At that time it was part of the school curriculum and we wrote it according to syllable count, which is perhaps not the best way but helps children to write to form.
I remember the haiku were hung from the school ceiling on coloured cards and I was very proud as the teacher made a special remark about my haiku in front of the class. I never forgot the experience and a whole 18 years later (year 2002) while I was staying in Melbourne with a friend haiku entered my life again.
My girl friend was asked to teach a practical writing class to an adult group but couldn't think of any writing form that she could cover in 3 one hour sessions. I asked her if she had heard of haiku. She hadn't, but was inspired by my brief description and raced off to the library to find some reference books. I read through the books as well to refresh my memory, learning more about haiku and its history, form etc. and began to compose some.
 

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January 06, 2007

Australian poets, Janice M Bostok and Beverley George were invited to each contribute 12 haiku to an interactive computer game that's proving to be loads of fun.

Haiku Journey Computer Game
(Report by Michael Dylan Welch)

A new computer game for word-game lovers from Hot Lava Games, available for free preview at http://www.nstorm.com/games/game_detail.asp?game_id=492. Featuring 540 haiku by 45 leading English-language haiku poets, selected by Michael Dylan Welch.

Hot Lava Games has just released Haiku Journey, a computer game that lets you explore Japan while "solving" some of the best English-language haiku available today. If you enjoy haiku and the board game Boggle, you'll enjoy Haiku Journey. In the words of Hot Lava Games: "Escape to picturesque and pastoral Japan at the foot of Mount Fuji in this new word puzzler. The unique experience of Haiku Journey is part logical mindbender and part relaxation therapy! Build words to gain inspiration and reveal/solve original haiku. Collect ancient artifacts along the way to power up your abilities. Includes two modes of play and a tranquil screensaver." And in the words of GameZebo: "Haiku Journey offers a unique experience. Relaxing and brain-straining at once, this oriental word-puzzler oozes atmosphere and high production values. From its slick interface to stunning visuals to tranquil music to challenging puzzles, it has it all, even a calming screensaver."

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Wollumbin Haiku Workshop

Haiku Oz members, John Bird, Quendryth Young and Nathalie Buckland have just posted the second edition of their website, Wollumbin Haiku Workshop. The web address is

http://users.mullum.com.au/jbird/Wksp/W-home.html

Comments are invited so please, visit the site, read the haiku and offer your feedback.

January 04, 2007

empty garden – a new review



There is a now a review by Patricia Prime of Beverley George's tanka anthology, empty garden, on Stylus www.styluspoetryjournal.com see 'Reviews'. The review by Dave Bacharach for MET (Modern English Tanka) Issue 2 can be found on www.eucalypt.info under empty garden

December 23, 2006

Yellow Moon 20 mailed

Yellow Moon 20, Summer 2006, the final issue, was mailed on Wednesday, 20th December. It seems to have reached a number of people just in time for Christmas. If, within Australia, you haven't received it yet, hopefully it will be with you next week. A week or so later for overseas poets.

Season's Greetings,

Regards,
Beverley

Beverley George
www.eucalypt. info

December 18, 2006

Chrysanthemum - an internet magazine for modern verse in the tradition of Japanese short poetry

Chrysanthemum was originally a Latin word (the same in German & English) that emphasized the connection of the ancient Greek-Roman tradition to the Japanese. The chrysanthemum is known as one of the Five Noble Plants in the Chinese-Japanese tradition.

Chrysanthemum is an international internet magazine that will appear twice a year, and will showcase previously unpublished Haiku/Senryû, Tanka, Haibun, Essays and Interviews in German and English. Haiku/Senryû submitted in English will be translated into German, if not already accompanied by a German translation, which is welcome but not required. Tanka, Haibun, Essays and Interviews will appear only in their original language. Submissions in languages other than German or English are also welcome as long as as they are accompanied by a translation into German or English.

Chrysanthemum welcomes work based both on traditional values as well as modern, innovative contributions in form and content, although there will be a special focus on innovative work of quality. Chrysanthemum hopes to achieve a connection between the heritage of the genre and the development and adaption in countries outside Japan.

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December 14, 2006

A new publication opportunity for haiku poets

A new outlet for haiku in Australia will be launched in January 2007. For thirteen years the monthly literary magazine, FreeXpresSion, published by Peter Pike (currently president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, NSW Inc.) has comprised stories, poetry and articles from up to 400 subscribers. A haiku section is to be incorporated, and members of HaikuOz are invited to submit material, up to five unpublished haiku, not on offer elsewhere.

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November 29, 2006

Jeanette Stace (1917 – 2006)

low tide
I walk to you
across the sky


On 2nd October Jeanette Stace died peacefully after suffering a stroke. She was one of New Zealand’s leading haiku poets and made an important contribution to English language haiku, not only through her own poetry, but also by encouraging others to write and enjoy haiku. She received many awards for her work, but was always modest about her achievements. Jeanette was an invaluable member of the New Zealand Poetry Society committee for many years, co-edited two NZPS anthologies and judged the NZPS junior haiku competition. She was involved in the Windrift and Zazen haiku groups and helped organise several haiku projects, such as the Ikebana, Haiku, Bonsai exhibition in Wellington earlier this year. She was still leading haiku workshops in her late 80s.

Jeanette touched many people’s lives. She was warm, energetic and had the most wonderful sense of humour.


grandson’s visit
we compare notes
on his parents


by Vanessa Proctor


Red Moon (US) has new web-site

Red Moon's new web-site is http://www.redmoonpress.com/
Be sure to visit.

November 25, 2006

empty garden

Beverley George's tanka collection, empty garden, is now available.
Details and an order form are on www.eucalypt.info see empty garden.

This small book is exquisitely designed and is printed on quality gloss paper.

To read a review by Dave Bacharach, published on Modern English Tanka, go to

http://www.modernenglishtanka.com/digital/2006d/emptygardenreview.html

October 19, 2006

Yellow Moon 20 - haiku winners

The results of Yellow Moon Seed Pearls competition have been mailed out and also posted on www.yellowmoon.info > competitions > results > Seed Pearls

You can read the winning entries here.

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October 17, 2006

Tanka Workshop

South Australia Writers Centre– tanka workshop

On Thursday November 2nd, 6:30-9:30 pm, Beverley George will present a tanka workshop and is hoping to meet some HaikuOz poets there. Please contact the SA Writers Centre for further details or to make a booking.

This is the thirteenth workshop Beverley has presented this year but the first in another state. She is hoping the latter situation will change next year.

For information about tanka in Australia visit www.eucalypt.info

September 27, 2006

K L O S T A R I V A N I C, C R O A T I A, 2006: RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEST FOR HAIKU IN ENGLISH

This year jury received 582 haiku written by 122 authors.
Judges were: Prof. Ruzica Mokos and Prof. Vida Pust Skrgulja

1st Prize

in noon light
a brown pine needle
spinning above the ferns

Marshall Hryciuk, Toronto, Canada

2nd Prize:

calm water -
a fallen leaf of a willow
rocking the Moon

Dusko Matas, Zagreb, Croatia

3rd Prize:

Winter dawn.
Sunrays clinking
on icicles.

Antonina Kazalamheva, Bulgaria


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September 18, 2006

Pardalote Press

Pardalote Press has a new web-site. It's very attractive, easy to use and well worth a visit.

http://www.pardalote.com.au

September 11, 2006

Sign up to receive updates

Just a reminder to all Haiku Oz visitors to sign up to the mailing list so that you receive all of the regular updates via email! We here at Haiku Oz pride ourselves on our service and look forward to keeping in regular contact with all of our readers.

August 18, 2006

Interview with Beverley George

There is an in-depth interview with Beverley George, President of the Australian Haiku Society, on Simply Haiku
www.simplyhaiku.com The interview was conducted by New Zealand poet, Patricia Prime

July 30, 2006

Call for submissions: red lights

red lights is interested in submissions of tanka, tan-renga, and tanka sequences. Please send up to 10 tanka or tan-renga or 2 tanka sequences (no longer than 10 stanzas each) for consideration to:

red lights
Pamela Miller Ness, Editor
33 Riverside Drive, Apt.4-G
New York, NY 10023

Honorarium: $1 per tanka accepted.

Deadlines: November 15th for January 2006 issue; April 15th for June 2006 issue.

July 23, 2006

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop presents its inaugural collection of previously unpublished haiku by John Bird, Quendryth Young & Nathalie Buckland at:

http://users.mullum.com.au/jbird/Wksp/W-home.html


July 05, 2006

Kigo

New Zealand Poetry Society has an article on kigo by Vanessa Proctor in their current edition.

Well worth the read at www.poetrysociety.org.nz/haiku.html.

Prepublication offer - Second Australian Haiku Anthology

Second Australian Haiku Anthology will be published in late July 2006.

Prepublication prices are:
$16 Australian, including postage within Australia
elsewhere: $16 US (cash only) including postage.

Normal prices:
$22 Australian including postage within Australia
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Please send your orders to:
Katherine Samuelowicz
14 Fig Tree Pocket Road
Chapel Hill Qld 4069
Australia

June 28, 2006

Calling for haiku for kids

In July I will have the privilege of working with primary school children (age 10 –12) to create haiku. I’d like to introduce them to a range of contemporary Australian haiku, as well as some by the old Japanese masters.

If you have some haiku you think might appeal to this age group, and would allow me to share them with children, could you please email them to Lyn Reeves by clicking on my name.
The poems won’t be published, except perhaps as a handout; you will be acknowledged as author and retain all copyright. I will be extremely grateful to you, and the kids, I’m sure, will be delighted.

June 25, 2006

Announcing Eucalypt: a tanka journal

I am delighted to tell you that Eucalypt; a tanka journal, Australia’s first journal dedicated entirely to this poetic genre, is now a reality.

You can discover it on www.eucalypt.info
and my thanks go to John Bird who has devised the web-site.

Tanka has a thirteen hundred year history in Japan where it is still widely written. It has also become increasingly popular with poets who write in the English language. If you’d like to know more about the this amazing five line poem, please read the article available on the web-site titled Tanka; the Myriad Leaves of Words.

Eucalypt will be a high-quality print publication in which the poems will speak for themselves. Additional information and discussion will be available on the web-site and in a complimentary occasional email newsletter. If you wish to receive this newsletter you will need to email editor@eucalypt.info with a request to be added to the Eucalypt electronic mailing list.

I hope you are going to enjoy Eucalypt.

Regards,

Beverley George
Editor
Eucalypt: a tanka journal

June 16, 2006

Haiku Vancouver May 2006

Haiku Vancouver May 19-22 2006. A report from Pauline Cash

Among the rhodendron gardens in the University of British Columbia, 41 haijun gathered to discuss haiku and tanka.
The event was organised by Alice Frampton and was attended by poets from Japan, US and Canada. Participants from Australia were Amelia Fielden and myself. We were housed in a student hostel on campus.

A highlight of the first day was a ginko (haiku walk) through the Nitobe Gardens where we went our separate ways to contemplate the sensory beauty and symbolism of this walk through life. The cedars, firs, maples and hemlocks, the low rock, the waterfalls, bridges, lanterns and birdlife provided inspiration for many haiku. Later that day poets wrote their haiku for posting on a wall outside for all to enjoy.

Continue reading "Haiku Vancouver May 2006" »

June 05, 2006

Aussie Wins Tanka Society of America International Competition 2006

Australian tanka poet, Beverley George, from Pearl Beach, New South Wales, has won the Tanka Society of America's International competition 2006 from a field of 317 entries from various countries. Second was Margaret Chula from Portland Oregon and 3rd was Linda Jeannette Ward from Coinjock North Carolina. Beverley also received a High Mention for a second poem. She gained 2nd place in the same competition in 2005 but this is the first time an Australian has won this major competition.

http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.com/

May 23, 2006

Report from Wordstorm

I recently had the pleasure of attending Wordstorm, the 2006 Northern Territory Writers’ Festival held in Darwin (May 18 – 21) at the Museum and Art Gallery NT. The programme connected almost 60 writers from Indigenous, non-Indigenous and Southeast Asian cultures with a diversity of readers, writers, artists and lovers of life who came to share the experience and excitement of this unique festival.

It was a privilege to be included in the programme and an honour to be asked to run a workshop on the art of haiku. Opportunities such as this continue to raise the profile of haiku in our country and I was thrilled with the energy the small but committed group of workshop participants generated.

I look forward to keeping in contact with all of the participants and sharing their haiku journey.

May 22, 2006

Welcome from Graham Nunn

I would like to take the opportunity to thank outgoing secretary Ron Moss for all of his work and everyone else who has been and currently is a part of the HaikuOz team. Your work has paved the way for me to take over the role of secretary at a very exciting time and I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges this role presents.

May 18, 2006

New Secretary appointed

Outgoing HaikuOz secretary, Ron Moss, has announced the appointment of Graham Nunn as secretary.

Information of current haiku events and competitions and membership enquiries may be sent to Graham at secretary@haikuoz.org

HaikuOz thanks Ron for his willing help and wishes him well with his poetry and art.

May 15, 2006

Haiku Canada - May conference

Haiku Canada is about to stage its latest annual conference, this time in Vancouver.
At least two Australian members of HaikuOz -– Pauline Cash and Amelia Fielden – are off to participate.


May 14, 2006

Jack Stamm Haiku contest results

by Katherine Samuelowicz

The results can be found on the paper wasp web site, by following this link on the competitions page:

http://members.optusnet.com.au/paperwasp/competitions.html

The winning haiku will also be published in the July issue of paper wasp (vol 12 no 3, 2006).

All the haiku listed will also be included in the anthology which is expected to come out in July or August.


May 09, 2006

Yellow Moon Seed Pearls 19 2006 results

Yellow Moon Seed Pearls 19 2006 results are now available
www.yellowmoon.info
Click on Competitions, then on Results, then on Seed Pearls.

Yellow Moon congratulates winners and finalists and thanks everyone who participated

Beverley George
Editor
Yellow Moon

April 30, 2006

Australian haiku poet wins BHS JW Hackett Award

Australian haiku poet, John Bird, is a joint-winner of the British Haiku Society James W Hackett award for the following haiku.

winter festival
a village stray settles
at the busker's feet

James W Hackett comments: "A picturesque, unique scene, well suggested. The stray lying down at the feet of the entertainer is a poignant, ‘Wordsworthian’ moment."

HaikuOz congratulates John on this fine achievement.

3rd Pacific Rim Haiku Conference 2007

The 3rd Pacific Rim Haiku Conference is scheduled for April 7- 11 in Matsuyama, Japan
A web-site with preliminary details and booking information is available on
http://hpr-conference.com/schedule.html