Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thursday updates 3/3/2011

Gabriel Rosenstock sent this link:

Poetic Bridge "AMA-HASHI"
A Japanese-English Publication of International Poetry

Saša Važić sent this call for submissions:


Your submissions (up to 6 unpublished haiku in English and your mother tongue, haiga, essays, interviews, book reviews) are welcome.

Please read the submission guidelines before submitting:

Deadline: April 30, 2011.

Saša Važić

Scott Owens sent this announcement:

The annual Poetry Council of North Carolina contest is now open through May 31, 2011, for adult and student poets with a North Carolina connection. Rules for the 2011 competition are posted at Adult and student poets, as age appropriate, may enter the following categories: 1) Oscar Arnold Young Contest for a Book of Poetry; 2) Charles Shull Traditional Poetry; 3) James Larkin Pearson for Free Verse; 4) Ellen T. Johnson-Hale Light Verse; 5) Performance Poem to be judged during a live performance on Poetry Day, October 1st , at Catawba College; 6) Charlotte Young for Elementary School Students; 7) Carol Bessent Hayman for Middle School Students; and 8) Sam Ragan North Carolina Connection for High School Students; and Gladys Owings Hughes Family Heritage Contest for Free Verse. Questions about the contest and PCNC may be e-mailed to, or call Ed Cockrell, president of PCNC, at 919.967.5834.

Poetry Hickory

The next Poetry Hickory, next Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 at Taste Full Beans, in downtown Hickory, promises to be a good one. Featured writers Rhett Iseman Trull, from Greensboro, and Malaika King Albrecht, from Southern Pines, are two of the most popular poets in the state right now. They each authored top-selling books within the past two years: Trull's The Real Warnings, 2009 Anhinga Prize Winner; and Albrecht's Lessons in Forgetting, 2010 Main Street Rag Author's Choice Chapbook selection. I have heard them both read from their work, and their personalities shine through their readings.

The Open Mic readers, Hickory's Nancy Posey and Statesville's Doug McHargue, are also wonderful poets whom many of you have met and heard from before. Posey, who is an instructor at Caldwell Community College and an officer of the Poetry Council of NC, will read from her new book Let the Lady Speak. McHargue is a return reader at Poetry Hickory whose poems have been published recently in Wild Goose Poetry Review (

Both Posey and McHargue are regular participants in Writers' Night Out, a regional resource and networking group for writers that meets at 5:00 at Taste Full Beans before each Poetry Hickory. Writers' Night Out is sponsored by the NC Writers' Network but is open to all who are interested.

As always, Poetry Hickory, sponsored by Main Street Rag, is free and open to the public. Write me back or call me at (828)234-4266 if you have any questions.

Billie Wilson sent this update:

Just a friendly reminder that the in-hand deadline for entering the Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition for 2011 is fast approaching: March 13.

For complete details, click the above link.

Penny Harter sent this update:

I have two haibun just posted in Haibun Today (Volume 5, Number 1, March 2011):

I also have a tanka and a haiku, recently posted as haiga with photographs by Ray Rasmussen, on his site "Day's End." The site features work relating to aging:

AND, while I'm at it, on February 14th, my haibun, "For Two Horses By the Fence at VCCA" was posted on tinywords:

Jeffrey Woodward

ANNOUNCEMENT: Haibun Today (March 2011) is now online.

The spring quarterly issue of Haibun Today is now online for your reading pleasure at

Contributors to this issue include Melissa Allen, Chris Bays, John Brandi, Steven Carter, Sonam Chhoki, Glenn G. Coats, Tish Davis, Cherie Hunter Day, Amelia Fielden, Ruth Franke, Charles Hansmann, Penny Harter, Michele L. Harvey, Ruth Holzer, Rita Hooks, Gerry Jacobson, Roger Jones, Gary LeBel, Bob Lucky, Johannes Manjrekar, Giselle Maya, Linda Papanicolaou, Carol Pearce-Worthington, Stanley Pelter, Dru Philippou, Patricia Prime, Ray Rasmussen, Bruce Ross, Helen Ruggieri, Katherine Samuelowicz, Adelaide B. Shaw, Lucas Stensland, Charles D. Tarlton, Diana Webb, Theresa Williams, and Rich Youmans.

This issue also features an in-depth interview, “Showing the Shadow: Ray Rasmussen on Haiku, Haiga and Haibun,” an important essay by Rich Youmans, “More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Explorations in Contemporary English-Language Haibun,” as well as articles and reviews by Glenn G. Coats, Tish Davis and Linda Papanicolaou.

Writers are now invited to submit haibun, tanka prose and articles for consideration in the June 2011 issue of Haibun Today. Consult our Submission Guidelines at Haibun Today. Forward any submissions by email to Jeffrey Woodward, Editor, at

Helen Losse sent this:

If anyone is interested in making a trip to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem on Thursday, March 16, you can hear two great poets by making one trip. Isabel Zuber (Red Lily, Press 53) is reading at 3 pm in Room 204 of the Z Smith Reynolds Library and Jane Mead is reading at 7 pm in DeTamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall.

Jane Mead, former poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University, is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Lannan, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations and the author of three collections of poetry. She is the author of The Lord and the General Din of the World, House of Poured-out Waters, and The Usable Field. She now farms in Northern California.

Haiku and Meditation Saturday March 5, 2011

Bob Moyer will lead a workshop on haiku and meditation at Golden Flower Center, 612 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC from 2 PM until 3 PM.

And finally new issues of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Heron's Nest, and Notes From the Gean are online.