Just a quick reminder about the 31st annual Haiku Holiday on Saturday, April 24th. I plan to attend. If you're in the neighborhood, please drop by. You'll find a friendly group of poets there, willing to share their knowledge and poems with you.
Richard Krawiec sent this update:
Fleur de Lisa wins Original Song competition.
This past Saturday Fleur de Lisa won the Original Song competition at the Mid Atlantic Regional Finals of the Harmony Sweepstakes National Competition for a cappella groups. The winning song, "Rainy Season" was written by Sarah Shunk, based on a haiku by Roberta Beary.
Although Fleur de Lisa didn't win the overall competition, the judges and audience were impressed with all six original songs they performed,which included three written to haiku by Beary, one based on a haiku by Richard Krawiec, another written to Jaki Shelton Green's free verse poem, and one original song written by Sarah. In addition to the Original Song winner, the audience favorite from their set was Slicing, also based on a poem by Beary.
Fleur de Lisa'a new CD, The Unworn Necklace, features songs written to a variety of poetic forms, including haiku by Basho and Issa, a relationship suite written to a series of haiku by Roberta Beary, and longer poems written by Jaki Shelton Green, former NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer, and Wendell Berry. You can hear samples at their website(link below). "The Sound of the Name' is from their relationship suite. 'Fireflies' combines Japanese Death poems written by Chine and Kagai.
Lenard D. Moore forwarded this news to me:
The Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2010 English-Language Haibun Contest
Sponsor: Central Valley Haiku Club
Deadline: In hand by October 1, 2010
Submissions: All entries must be unpublished, not under consideration elsewhere, and in English. No limit to the number or length of any submissions. Submit three copies of each haibun, two (2) copies without author information attached for anonymous judging, one (1) copy with author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for notification purposes. A first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded. Honorable mention certificates also will be given. Winning entries will be published in an upcoming CVHC chapbook and will be available at the CVHC website.. The entry fee $5 (US) per haibun should be paid by check and made out to: Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer).
Eligibility: Open to the public; CVHC officers are not eligible.
Correspondence: No entries will be returned. Send business-sized SASE for a list of the winning entries. Please note that entries without SASE, insufficient postage, or that fail to adhere to contest rules will be disqualified.
Judges: Will not be disclosed until the contest winner has been decided.
Send entries to: Yvonne Cabalona, 709 Auburn Street, Modesto, CA 95350-6079.
Penny Harter will read at the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. The festival will take place October 7-10, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.
More information is available on the festival web site:
Saša Važic' sent this update:
The Haiku Now! Contest 2010 winners have been announced: