Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thursday updates

The new issue of A Hundred Gourds online. Haiku editor, Lorin Ford writes:

A Hundred Gourds 1:2 is now online

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

In this issue Ray Rasmussen introduces a feature on ‘The Graphic Haibun of Linda Papanicolaou’. You’ll find AHG’s first renku section, as well as haiku, tanka, haiga and haibun, an essay on the ‘New Junicho’ renku, an interview with Peter Yovu and reviews of three haiku books.

In response to suggestions from our readers and for your ease in locating haiku, tanka and renku poems by author’s name, AHG has now established an index of poets for these sections. This index has also been applied retrospectively to the AHG 1:1 haiku section.

A Hundred Gourds welcomes your submissions to the June Edition, Issue 1:3.

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

Lorin Ford, haiku editor,
for the Editorial Team
A Hundred Gourds

The March issue of The Heron's Nest is online:

Charlotte Digregorio sent this update

Hello, Haikuists:

I have some more details about Haikufest to be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie, IL.

In general, there will be a brief presentation on haiku to begin the program. Following this, we hope there will be wide participation on the part of Haiku Society members reading their work. Next, there will be time for question and answers from the audience directed to individual readers, or to the moderator about haiku, in general.  We will finish the program with an audience haiku contest.  First, Second, and Third Place Winners will receive copies of "Frogpond."

After the program, we will meet at a restaurant within a few blocks of the Library. This, of course, is optional. Non-members are welcome to join us, too. This will be followed by a Ginko walk (nature walk to inspire haiku writing). The Ginko will be held in Vernon Hills,  and Lidia Rozmus has graciously volunteered to lead it. To end the day, we will have coffee at Lidia's home.

As for Haikufest at the Library, so far, these HSA members are scheduled to read: Lidia Rozmus, Amelia Cotter, Mac Greene, John Han, Tom Chockley, Alicia Hilton, Joanne Crofton, and Tomoko Hata.  We hope more people will read, even HSA members outside the Midwest Region who may find themselves in the Chicago area. Any member who has had three or more haiku published or accepted for publication in a haiku journal or in "Ripples" newsletter may read. Please RSVP as soon as possible and let us know if you plan to read. If you have any questions about your eligibility to read, please contact me.

Once we've nailed down how many readers there will be, we will let them know the maximum number of haiku they may read. Those who read should begin by briefly introducing themselves. They may state, for example, why they like to write haiku, what inspires them to write it, or anything they feel is relevant. We have many interesting members from diverse backgrounds, so we will inspire the audience to start writing haiku, I'm sure.

Last year at Haikufest, we had more than 50 people in the audience, unrelated to members. This year, if you bring friends and family, we will get many more.  In our press release to the media and writer's organizations, etc., we will state that attendees may bring a haiku to the program to enter in the contest, or they can write one during the program when they receive inspiration from the readers.

We'd like to have a few volunteers to help sign in people who attend. It's always good to follow up with attendees and put them on our email list. And, we'd also like to have a few volunteers to help judge the audience haiku contest.

Please contact me with questions or to volunteer. Since we are volunteers, we greatly appreciate your help. And, it's a great way to feel part of the HSA community and network with other friendly members.

Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Charlotte Digregorio
Midwest Regional Coordinator
Haiku Society of America

Charlotte also passed this along:

Call for Words and Art

A Midnight Snack

Call for words: Poems suitable for late night reading. Poems must be no longer than 56 lines (including lines between stanzas) and no more than 60 characters (including spaces between words) per line. Submit up to three poems by Word attachment to:

Call for art: Cover art related to theme. Submit up to three pieces of art by pdf or jpeg, to

Regarding line should read: Submission – A Midnight Snack.

E-mail cover letter should include: (1) poet’s or artist’s name as you would like it to appear; (2) e-mail address; (3) street address; (4) title of each poem or piece of artwork submitted; and (5) brief statement of what keeps you awake at night or what you do when you can’t sleep (no x-rating, please).

Poems and artwork must NOT include identifying information such as name, e-mail address, or street address.

Previously published work is fine provided author/artist retains publication rights. Note prior publisher for acknowledgement.

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2012

Notification of Acceptance by August 1, 2012 by e-mail. Poets and artist whose work is selected will receive one contributor’s copy as sole remuneration. Additional copies will be available for purchase.

Submission shall constitute: (1) representation that the submission is original work and that the creator retains publication rights, and (2) agreement that if the work is accepted for publication, (a) Poetic License Press may, in its sole discretion, publish and promote the work in any medium or forum, and (b) the sole remuneration is one contributor’s copy of A Midnight Snack.

Poetic License Press is an affiliate of Poetic License, Inc.

PO Box 279, Glencoe, Il 60022

And finally, Tomislav Maretić sent the link below. The deadline is today, March 1st so hurry if you're going to submit:

1 comment:

snowbird said...

Great list again, Curtis. Thanks. I found that the address for sent up a message that this site does not exist and that the name is available. As usual with me I'm not sure if it's my computer or if it's a problem with their connection.
But thanks for all the info all the time. Merrill