Thursday, January 29, 2009

Publications, young haijin, and an interview

wind flow, the fourth chapbook from the Boston Haiku Society, has just been published featuring twenty-two poets from the Boston and New England region. Included in the perfect bound chapbook are examples of not only haiku and senryu, but haibun, tanka, haiga, and renku as well as a couple of sumi'e by the late Kaji Aso. It has been edited by Raffael de Gruttola, Karen Klein, and Judson Evans and features many new approaches to the poetic art form we love so dearly. Copies are $10. with $2.50 for postage and handling and can be ordered from Raffael de Gruttola, 4 Marshall Road, Natick, MA 01760.

Jack Fruit Moon, haiku and tanka by Robert D. Wilson (published by Modern English Tanka Press) is available from, major booksellers, and the publisher. Complete information and a mail or email order form are available online. Trade paperback price: $16.95 USD. ISBN 978-0-9817691-4-1. 204 pages, 6.00' x 9.00', perfect binding, 60# cream interior paper, black and white interior ink, 100# exterior paper, full-color exterior ink. Read the press release at Magnapoets.

The North Carolina Haiku Society received a special thank you message from Scott, a budding haijin in Mrs. Howell's fourth grade class at Arts Based Elementary School in Winston-Salem. NCHS member, Bob Moyer, has been teaching the students there how to write haiku. Scott and his classmates participated in their first public reading last month. Roberta Beary and Lenard D. Moore also read that night, capped off by a number of a cappella haiku by Fleur-de-Lisa.

It's comforting to know that a seed has been planted and a whole new generation of very talented poets are writing haiku.

Here is an interesting audio interview of Miriam Sagan. Sagan is a versatile writer, penning poems in a variety of styles including haibun, haiku, and tanka.

1 comment:

Area 17 said...

Well done Bob Moyer, it is so inspiring to see how haiku can touch a young person.

What a fantastic acknowledgment of the effect of your workshop!

I cannot recommend highly enough how rewarding it is to do workshops with young people, or any age where the participants are still young at heart.

all my best,

The With Words Competition 2009