Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday updates - 4/26/2010

Raffael de Gruttola sent the wonderful reading below. He writes:

This is the piece that Judson Evans, Karen Klein, and I cross-adapted from Katherine Snodgrass' one act play called HAIKU. Katherine is the Director of the Boston Playwright's Theatre at Boston University. We took the dialogue of the play and adapted it as a renku for performance purposes. It was presented at the Mass Poetry Festival last year in October and was videotaped for the local Lowell TV Outlet. Katherine's play won the 1988 Heideman Award-Winning One-Act Play in the US.


Sculling Blackbirds from Eric Sack on Vimeo.

Carole Macrury sent this reminder:

The 11th Tanka Society of America’s International Competition Call for Submissions

Deadline: Postmark date of May 10, 2010.

Eligibility: Open to all, members and non-members alike, except TSA officers and judges.

Regulations: Any number of tanka may be submitted. Entries must be original, in English, unpublished, and not submitted for publication or to any other contest.

Entry Fee: $1.00 per tanka, U.S. funds only. Please make checks/money orders payable to the "Tanka Society of America."

Submissions: Submit each tanka on three separate 3 x 5 inch cards, two with the tanka only (for anonymous judging), the third with the tanka and the author's name and address in the upper left-hand corner. Type or print neatly please.

Submit entries and fees to: Carole MacRury, 1636 Edwards Drive, Point Roberts, WA 98281-8511 USA

Awards: First prize: $100; Second Prize: $50; Third Prize: $25. Amount of prizes may be reduced if an insufficient number of entries are received. Winning poems will be published in Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America journal.

Adjudication: The name(s) of the judge(s) will be announced after the contest.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

Correspondence: Unfortunately, entries cannot be returned. Please send a business size SASE for answers to queries or for a list of winning entries. For foreign entries, send a self-addressed envelope and one international reply coupon.

Saša Važic' sent this update:

The 14th annual Mainichi Haiku Contest.

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Yuki Teikei Haiku Society
Annual Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest

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Apokalipsa magazine is issuing a call for


If a haiku is always derived from simplicity, brevity, and the use of least words possible – without redundancy, which express the whole dimensionality of a haiku moment, which is the starting point and goal of the haiku masters’ creativity, interpreting a comic we can speak about experimentation with time, i.e., moment. A haiku comic is a multifaceted experiment that incorporates various interpretations of a personal experience in form of a “frozen” moment – a quick sketch or illustration, an “explained” moment in form of banner short stories, which occasionally flirt with animation approaches, and one- or more-page form, which visualises a certain haiku or creates an atmosphere that forms a basis for understanding a certain moment, message or thought within its time frame.

Your haiku comics will be published in the September 2010 issue of Apokalipsa magazine and in its special volume Haiku comic 6 edited by Boris Bac'ic'. A special comic exhibition and projection within the project Ljubljana 2010 – World Book Capital, and Pecs 2010 –European Capital of Culture, is also planned. The authors will be notified about the upcoming events and will receive the publication by regular mail. Please send the contributions until 1 June 2010 to the following address: REVIJA APOKALIPSA, UI. Lili Novy 25, 1000 Ljubljana, marked Haiku comic, or via e-mail (in tif or jpg format, 600dpi BW or 300dpi GRAYSCALE) to the following address:
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Saša also needs your help:

Sasa Vazic, editor of the bilingual Haiku Reality/stvarnost, would like to kindly ask poets to resubmit their work to her email The fact is her hard disc burned up, so she has lost all emails with submissions.

Haiku Reality is open for submission to all other authors as well.

This just in from M. Kei:

Atlas Poetica Announces New Special Features: Romanian Tanka Poets

24 April 2010 — Perryville, Maryland, USA

Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka is proud to reveal the new ‘Special Features’ section of its completely redesigned website. The new website, designed by Alex von Vaupel, Technical Director for Atlas Poetica, hosts information about the journal, submission guidelines, ordering information, sample issues, and now the new Special Features section. It is located at .

Atlas Poetica is an international tanka journal that publishes tanka literature in many languages. However, it can be difficult for readers and poets to find venues to enjoy tanka featuring different languages and cultures. Therefore, Atlas Poetica has established the Special Features section to focus on different aspects of the international tanka community.

The first Special Feature is ‘25 Romanian Tanka Poets’ edited by Magdalena Dale and Vasile Moldovan, with an Introduction by Moldovan and translations by Dale and others. The Introduction surveys the history of tanka in Romania from 1878 to the present, and highlights some of the accomplishments of Romanian tanka poets at home and around the world.

The Introduction is followed by twenty-five tanka in the original Romanian accompanied by English translation. Some of the poets featured are well-known to the international tanka community, but other poets are being translated into English for the first time. ‘25 Romanian Tanka Poets’ is a beguiling snapshot of tanka in Romania and provides citations for readers interested in reading more.

More Special Features will be coming soon, including ‘25 Canadian Tanka Poets in French and English,’ edited by Aurora Antonovic and translated by Huguette Ducharme and Mike Montreuil. It is slated to appear the first week of May. It will be followed by ‘25 New Zealand Tanka Poets,’ edited by Patricia Prime. It will appear in the first week of June.

A fourth Special Feature, ‘25 Poems on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Themes’ is in the planning stages. It is being edited by Alex von Vaupel. Queries about the LGBT Special Feature can be sent to with a subject line of “LGBT tanka feature”.

Anyone interested in being a Guest Editor for a Special Feature at the Atlas Poetica website will find guidelines on Special Features home page, below the Atlas butterfly that is the symbol of the journal. Anyone interested in being a Guest Editor should familiarize themselves with the project by reading the Special Features section and also a sample issue of the journal archived on the site. Atlas Poetica’s Special Features are published on an irregular schedule.

About Keibooks:

Keibooks is a micropress located in Perryville, Maryland, USA, founded by poet and tall ship sailor, M. Kei. Keibooks publishes select projects reflecting his interest in tanka poetry and the sea. Using print-on-demand technology, Keibooks is able to publish high quality literature in attractive, affordable editions. Keibooks is home to Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka, and previously published Fire Pearls : Short Masterpieces of the Human Heart, a classic anthology of tanka love poems, as well as several other titles. For more information, visit: <>.

M. Kei, publisher and editor
P O Box 1118, Elkton, MD, 21922-1118, USA
Email: Keibooks @

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