Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday updates - September 15

Richard Krawiec sent the link (below) to the Jacar Press chapbook contest?  He writes:

"Haiku books will be given equal consideration.  I'd also love to see a submission containing both haiku and free verse."

Paul Conneally sent this:

Hi Curtis - heres a link or everyome to send a haiku to the London jaona matsuri - if they do it today tomorrow we will put it up on the haiku wall in the Matsuri!


Robert Epstein sent this:

I'm writing to let you know that I started a blog a little while ago.  The subject, like the anthology, is on death awareness--one's own and that of others.  It bears the same title as the collection of poems on the subject of one's own mortality.  I thought I would send you a link to the blog; if you think it worthy, I would be most grateful to you for posting an announcement of the launch for this blog, so that other poets might find their way to the site to share their death awareness poetry.

Thanks so much!

Howard Lee Kilby sent this news about the upcoming HSA South Regional Conference:

The 14th annual Haiku Society of America South Regional Conference in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas will be held Friday and Saturday, November 5-6, 2010. Poets from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas will attend. This may be the largest gathering since HSA President Kristen Deming honored Hot Springs by setting the 1998 2nd quarter business meeting in the Spa City.

Our program is chaired by Celia Stuart-Powles of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Remember to bring a $10 haiku related gift for the White Elephant exchange. Dr. Susan Delphine Delaney of Plano, Texas is the inspiration for this event. It's always a hoot.

Here is information about our hotel accomodations:

The Arlington Hotel, 239 Central, Hot Springs, Tel: 1-800-643-1502  as a rate of $79.95 Single or Double with a charge of $15 for each additional person.

To better explain that, one or two people = $79.95; 3=$94.95; 4=$101.95  Please use the confirmation code HAIKU SOCIETY OF AMERICA. They have set aside five rooms. When those rooms are sold, they will set aside another five rooms and so on.

The Springs Hotel and Spa, located at 135 Central Avenue, offered a rate of $69.95 for 20 rooms. When I told Virginia Williams the hotel manager that I couldn't guarantee 20 rooms she said that she couldn't offer that price. She then gave me a rate of $79.95. She did say that if we filled 20 rooms that she'd give us the lower rate.

Tel: 1-888-624-5521. The confirmation code is HSA GROUP.

She also said that she's give the same rate if someone wished to come on Thursday and leave on Sunday.

For information please contact Howard Lee Kilby at or telephone 501-767-6096. Please use HSA Conference in the subject line.

M. Kei sent this:

Keibooks Announces Catzilla! Tanka, Kyoka, and Gogyohka About Cats

13 September 2010 —Perryville, Maryland, USA

Keibooks announces publication of Catzilla! Tanka, Kyoka, and Gogyohka About Cats. Edited by M. Kei, the anthology features the work of forty-five poets from around the world. The poets have written tanka, kyoka, and gogyohka—five line poems originally from Japan—in homage to our funny, friendly, and infuriating feline companions. Covering the full range of personality and behavior, the cats of Catzilla! are by turns endearing, heartbreaking, funny, and tragic.

The cover cat, Timmynocky (Swedish for ‘thingamabob’), is a ship’s cat serving aboard a tall ship on the East Coast of the United States. This summer ‘Timmynocky the Sailor Cat’ achieved notoriety when the editor, M. Kei, detailed his exploits on his blog. The full account of Timmynocky’s adventures can be read at

waking to something
ominous . . . . . . I find
it’s just my cat
going for a late night stroll
on the keys below middle C

Sylvia Forges-Ryan

eros has stopped
by my garden and kindled
a little flame —
I’ve fallen for this cat
with the eyes of a prophet

M. L. Grace

Gus, the rest home cat
sits on the bed
of the next one
to leave this world

André Surridge

“Cats are highly evolved, intriguing, mysterious, ruled-by-no-one beings who are mischievious bringers of unwanted gifts. Cats off to M. Kei for bringing us a collection of tanka that tears at our heartstrings one moment and has us giggling the next.”
—Alexis Rotella, author of Black Jack Judy and the Crisco Kids

List of Poets included in Catzilla!

Alexis Rotella, Amelia Fielden, André Surridge, Angela Leuck, Anne Curran, Beverly Acuff Momoi, Bob Lucky, Bruce D. Reed, Carolyn Thomas, Christopher L. Jorgensen, David Rice, Denis M. Garrison, Diane Mayr, Dorothy McLaughlin, Edward J. Rielly, Geert Verbeke, Geoffrey Winch, Hortensia Anderson, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Jamila, Janick Belleau, Joanne Morcom, John Martell, John Stone, Joyce S. Greene, Kath Abela Wilson, Kathy Nguyen, Kris Lindbeck, Liam Wilkinson, Lorne Henry, M. Kei, M. L. Grace, Miriam Sagan, Owen Bullock, Patricia Prime, Paul Mercken, Peggy Heinrich, Radhey Shiam, Richard Stevenson, Rodney Williams, ruinedXfinery, Sylvia Forges-Ryan, Taro Aidu, Vasile Moldovan, William Hart

About the Editor

M. Kei is an internationally known and award-winning tanka poet and editor. He has previously published two collections of his own work, Heron Sea and Slow Motion, and is the editor Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the anthology series, Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka that reads all tanka, kyoka, and gogyohka published in English each year to select the best for inclusion in the anthology. He previously edited Fire Pearls : Short Masterpieces of the Human Heart. Kei is currently employed as a sailor aboard a square-rigged ship. He is available for interviews by contacting the address below.

Catzilla! Tanka, Kyoka, and Gogyokha About Cats
ISBN 978-0-557-53612-2
Perfect bound, cover cover, B&W interior
136 pp
$14.00 US (paperback), $7.50 US (ebook)
Currently available from
Forthcoming from and other major booksellers.

P O Box 1118
Elkton, MD 21922-1118
Email: Keibooks (at) gmail (dot) com

1 comment:

Aubrie said...

Curtis, glad to see Tobacco Road updates again. Keeps me on track with the haiku news!