Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday updates

Hi Folks,

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

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
The Haiku Foundation

Hi Curtis,

Thought you and your readers would like to hear about the HSA booth at the 52nd Sakura Matsui Japanese Street Festival. It has taken a while to catch my breath, but we were able to reach out to lots of people. I have written up a short article:  or you can go to my personal Facebook page and check out the wealth of pictures to get a sense of the day, too.

Many thanks,

Rick Black
Turtle Light Press
(908) 227-7951



We're ready to begin accepting offers of content for the third issue of our Journal of Renga & Renku, which is now listed with the Bibliography of Asian Studies and the MLA International Bibliography. The journal will be:

1. published early 2013

2. available in hardcopy only

3. available for secure online purchase using Paypal

We're looking for a variety of content along the lines of:

1. academic/polemic articles on any aspects of the genre

2. translations of old renga and renku

3. news of renku groups and happenings

4. book articles/reviews

5. letters responding to the contents of previous issues, or on any relevant topic

6. and of course, a showcase of current examples of the genre:

a) in English

b) in any other language, accompanied by an English translation

c) previously published or not (just let us have details of prior publication so we can acknowledge properly)

d) simultaneous offers are fine too, again provided you advise us immediately of acceptance, for purposes of acknowledgement

e) in any of the standard forms: kasen, triparshva, nijûin, jûnichô, shisan, rokku, hyakuin, imachi, yotsumono, etc.

f) in any explorations of the above forms in terms of experimentation with one-line, zip, 5/7/5 or other fixed counts, and even rhyme

g) solo and group work

h) with (preferably) or without notes/reflections on the poem/process from sabaki or renju or both

i) Please include the following text in all poetry submissions: "I hereby confirm that I have obtained consent from all of the participating poets to offer this poem for publication by JRR"

7. We are also holding a contest, the winning poem to appear in JRR3; click here for details:

8. We're open to discussing content ideas we've not covered above, so please write

9. All communications will be acknowledged within two weeks

10. Closing date for sending content: October 1, 2012

11. We are regretfully unable to pay contributors for content at this stage

To gain an idea of the sort of content that interests the editors, leaf through the previews of our previous issues (or, better still, buy them) at

Please send all contributions and other communications to (RengaRenku AT gmail DOT com)

We look forward to hearing from you.

Norman Darlington
Moira Richards
Journal of Renga & Renku

Dear Curtis,
An announcement for Tobacco Road.
Thanks so much,


For the past four-and-a-half years I have derived great pleasure from editing Acorn. It has been a joy to read your submissions and publish your haiku. A delightful bonus was that I got to know so many of you in the haiku community. I cherish the connections we have made and look forward to our continued friendship as fellow poets. I will watch for your poems in Acorn and other haiku journals and eagerly anticipate seeing you at haiku conferences and events.

I thank AC Missias, who founded Acorn in 1998, for giving me the opportunity to assume the role of editor in 2008. And now I have the privilege of handing over the reins to Susan Antolin who will become editor of Acorn beginning with the Fall 2012 issue. As I move on to pursue other interests, I am so fortunate to have found someone whose outstanding abilities as a haiku poet, and whose experience as a haiku journal editor, make me feel certain that Acorn’s reputation as a journal of the highest quality haiku will be continued and even enhanced under her guidance. Sue has published a wonderful collection of haiku titled Artichoke Season (which you should read, if you have not already done so). She is currently president of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, co-editor of Mariposa, the HPNC haiku journal, and editor of Ripples, the newsletter of the Haiku Society of America. Most important, I know and trust her poetic vision.

Poems for the Fall 2012 issue will be read during July and August only. Please send your submissions directly to Susan at (Please note the new email address. The website will remain the same:
All best,
Carolyn Hall

Carlos Colón talked haiku recently on Kate Archer Kent's Red River Radio (KDAQ, 89.9 FM)

A new Gallery of Haiga from haigaonline featuring Ron C. Moss and Michael Dylan Welch

Many Thanks.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday updates

Susumu Takiguchi sent this update:

10 April 2011

Re: New Issue of World Haiku Review is now online: April 2012 Issue

The World Haiku Club is pleased to announce that the April 2012 Issue of World Haiku Review is now online. Click on:

Rohini, 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 let us know.

We do hope that you will enjoy this issue of World Haiku Review.


Susumu Takiguchi
Managing Editor & Acting Editor-in-Chief, World Haiku Review
Chairman, The World Haiku Club

Kala Ramesh
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, World Haiku Review
Rohini Gupta
Technical Editor, World Haiku Review

Gabriel Rosenstock sent this update about his new book. Click the title to download more information.

                                                        THE INVISIBLE LIGHT
                                             Infrared photographs by Ron Rosenstock
                                                      Poetry by Gabriel Rosenstock

Sasa Vazic sent the following Japan-Lithuania haiku contest link:

Norman Darlington sent the following update:

JOURNAL OF RENGA & RENKU sale price ends soon


There is less than a week left to take advantage of the introductory price of US$19.95. At midnight Saturday 14 April 2012, JRR2 reverts to the cover price of US$25. If you haven't ordered your copy yet, you can securely order now at . Preview JRR2 Table of Contents at

Norman Darlington
Moira Richards
Journal of Renga & Renku

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Claudia Coutu Radmore sent the following link to their Ottawa KaDo group:

Rick Black sent the following update:

April 2012

‘The Bard of Camden’ to be Honored With New Edition of Poems

In conjunction with National Poetry Month, two events are being held in Camden, N.J., to launch a new collection of haiku by Nick Virgilio, a lifelong resident and one of the most beloved haiku poets in the country.

On Friday, April 27th, the Paul Robeson library at Rutgers University-Camden will host an exhibition of Virgilio’s papers as part of their “American Haiku Masters” collection; and then on Sunday, April 29th, a community reading of the new book, Nick Virgilio: A Life in Haiku, will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Camden.

Virgilio, who started writing in the 1960s, was one of the pioneers of haiku in the U.S. He wrote thousands of haiku ranging in subject matter from the Vietnam war to water lilies, from prostitutes on street corners to cicadas on a hot summer night.

“Virgilio was intensely American, with a generosity of heart and spirit that recall Walt Whitman,” said Rod Willmot, a Canadian haiku poet and former publisher of Burnt Lake Press, which issued Virgilio’s first book, Selected Haiku. “He was a people’s poet, touching readers through the universality of what moved him and the honesty and dedication with which he wrote.”

“When I found out that so many of his poems had never been published, I jumped at the opportunity,”
said Rick Black, founding editor of Turtle Light Press, a Virginia-based publisher which is releasing the new collection. “In particular I have always loved his poems about his brother’s death in Vietnam as well as life on the streets of Camden.”

Haiku, short nature poems of 17 syllables or less, originated in Japan several hundred years ago; they became popular in the U.S. at the start of the 20th century and are still loved and written by many people today, from school children to Pulitzer Prize winning poets.

Edited by Raffael de Gruttola, a former president of the Haiku Society of America, the book contains more than 100 unpublished haiku as well as 25 old favorites, excerpts of an interview with Virgilio on Marty Moss-Coane’s “Radio Times” show, two essays by Virgilio on writing, a tribute by Monsignor Michael Doyle of Sacred Heart Church, an afterword by poet Kathleen O’Toole, photos and facsimiles of some of the original manuscripts.

More than twenty years after his death, Virgilio is still a beloved poet today. He was a regular commentator on the public radio program Weekend Edition with Scott Simon in its early years and was instrumental in helping to found the Walt Whitman Center for the Arts & Humanities. Some of his poems have even inspired street murals near Sacred Heart Church and elsewhere.

The Rutgers exhibition, which runs on Friday, the 27th from noon to 1:30 p.m., highlights original manuscripts, book art, and journals. It will feature a short reading from the new book as well as remarks by the publisher and editor. To R.S.V.P. for lunch or more information, contact curator Elizabeth Moser at:

Similarly, a large crowd is expected at Sacred Heart to participate in the community reading on Sunday, the 29th. Featured speakers will include Monsignor Michael Doyle, Tony Virgilio (Nick’s surviving brother), Henry Brann (president of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association), Raffael de Gruttola, Rick Black and others. For more information or directions to the church, please call 856-966-6700 or email:

“I think it’ll be a wonderful celebration of Nick’s life,” said Monsignor Michael Doyle, pastor of Sacred Heart. “He created beauty out of the gutters of Camden and, by reading these new poems, the entire community will be uplifted.”

The First "International Kukai" Invitation

Dear haiku poets, you are invited to participate in The First "International Kukai" (HAIKU CONTEST).

The Kigo (THEME) is SPARROW/S no other form of the word will be accepted.

Send THREE haiku which include SPARROW/S to:

Subject: April_submission

Submission Deadline: April 10, 2012
Voting Deadline: April 20th 2012


winter solitude—
only a sparrow
to share my meal

—Rita Odeh
tinywords, 2007

Read the full direction page at this link (you must scroll down):

Rita Odeh & John Daleiden
ro / jd

The 7th International Tanka Festival 2012

Shonan Village Centre, November 28th- 29th, 2012

The ITF SHONAN VILLAGE CENTER Competition for tanka in English

Call for Submissions: Open to everyone

Entry Fee: None

Submission Period: April 1st – June 30th, 2012

Address for submissions: ITF SHONAN VILLAGE CENTER Competition

         c/o Nihon Kajin Club

         Shuei Bldg. 2F, 1-12-5 Higashigotanda,

         Shinagawa ku, Tokyo, 141-0022, Japan

Rules of Entry:

1. Tanka must be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.

2. Post two copies of each tanka, with your name and address on one copy only.

    Entry is by mail only.

3. Any theme is acceptable. (Five line form only)

4. Judging is anonymous.

5. Winning tanka and commended tanka will be published in the Festival brochure.

The 7th International Tanka Festival



  ITF SHONAN VILLAGE CENTER will be held by NIHON KAJIN CLUB, the Japan Tanka Poets’ Society. The schedule is as follows:

November 28th Registration at SHONAN VILLAGE CENTER

29th The 7th International Tanka Festival in SHONAN VILLAGE CENTER



          (JR Zushi )

Awarding ceremony, Keynote speech, Tanka workshop, Minispeech, Tanka Poetry reading etc.