Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday updates

A Hundred Gourds

The first issue of A Hundred Gourds: a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga and tanka poetry is now online.

The Editorial Team of A Hundred Gourds extends warmest thanks to everyone who submitted their work for consideration for this, our inaugural issue. Thanks to your enthusiastic welcome, it’s a bumper edition.

As well as haiku, tanka, haiga and haibun you’ll find essays, interviews and a review in the Expositions section. There is also a memorial Feature dedicated to the late Janice M. Bostok, Australia’s haiku pioneer.

Please join us in welcoming three new editors to the AHG team:

William Sorlien, of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, is Renku Editor, already organising A Hundred Gourds’ first renku section, which will be published in AHG 1:2.

Susan Constable, of Vancouver Island, Canada, is the new Tanka Editor. Susan’s first tanka section will be published in AHG 1:2.

Mike Montreuil, of Ontario, Canada, is the new Haibun Editor. Mike’s first haibun section will be published in AHG 1:3.

A Hundred Gourds welcomes your submissions to the New Years’ editions.

·        Special notice for tanka & renku submissions to AHG 1:2 & 1:3

The submission period for tanka and renku only has been extended for the March issue, AHG 1:2. Submissions of tanka and renku received up to the 31st December will be considered for AHG 1:2. Tanka and renku submissions received between January 1st and March 15th will be considered for AHG 1:3. Please read the submissions guidelines page on the AHG website for further details.

The deadline for haiku, haibun, haiga and for the Expositions section of AHG 1:2 remains at December the 15th.

Lorin Ford, haiku editor,
for the Editorial Team
A Hundred Gourds

Haibun Today (December 2011) is now online.

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

Contributors to this issue include Melissa Allen, Deb Baker, Dawn Bruce, Owen Bullock, Steven Carter, Marcyn Del Clements, Glenn G. Coats, David Cobb, Anne Curran, Tish Davis, Cherie Hunter Day, Eduardo N. del Valle, Lisa Fleck Dondiego, Claire Everett, Jeffrey Harpeng, Ruth Holzer, Ken Jones, Robert W. Kimsey, Gary LeBel, Marie Lecrivain, Chen-ou Liu, Bob Lucky, Victor Maddalena, Marian Olson, Kathe L. Palka, Carol Pearce-Worthington, Stanley Pelter, Dru Philippou, Patricia Prime, William M. Ramsey, Ray Rasmussen, Bruce Ross, Cynthia Rowe, Miriam Sagan, Lucas Stensland, John Stone, Charles Tarlton, Diana Webb and Rich Youmans.

This issue also features reprints of historically and critically important documents on the art of haibun from difficult-to-find out-of-print or limited edition publications; these reprints include three essays by David Cobb that span the period 2000-2010 as well as an interview conducted by Rich Youmans with William M. Ramsey. In addition, Dru Philippou and Charles Tarlton in separate articles focus upon contemporary tanka prose while Tish Davis reviews the recent highlight of the same in special issues of the journal Atlas Poetica.

Writers are now invited to submit haibun, tanka prose and articles for consideration in the March 2012 issue of Haibun Today. Consult our Submission Guidelines at Haibun Today.

Sunday Dec 4 Free Music, Dance, Poetry, Food

Sunday, December 4th, 3 -4pm 

Quail Ridge Books, Wade Avenue, Raleigh

Fleur de Lisa Vocal performances by Durham’s award-winning female vocal group (Best Original Song Competition, Harmony Sweeps Mid-Atlantic Regional Finals) Performing original compositions with poetry as lyrics.

Laurece West celebrated Durham jazz singer(International Women in Jazz). 

Stephanie Levin, Smoke of Her Body (Jacar Press)
Sensuous and precise, these poems explore the boundaries and transgressions between parents, children, lovers: the ways we confine one another, the ways we break free. 

“This one just has that punch in the stomach, ‘wow, who the f#!% wrote this’ factor going for it. I like how the poems are strong, yet understated, loud and quiet at the same time.” 
        - Dorianne Laux, The Book of Men (W.W. Norton)

Lou Lipsitz, If This World Falls Apart (Blue Lynx Poetry Prize)
Quiet and deep reflections upon our inner struggles: loss, psychological change, the ways in which we are unknown to ourselves. Many poems focus on men’s issues.

Kathryn Kirpatrick, Unaccountable Weather (Press 53)
Honest, moving and uplifting poems about the woman who undergoes mastectomy, the woman who survives, the woman as mother, lover, goddess.

Richard Krawiec, She Hands me the Razor (Press 53)
A stunning collection about love, loss, moving on, and finding love and transcendence again. Poems performed with dancer Claire Constantikes, director Neck of the Woods, Wake Forest.

Food samples from The Sound of Poets Cooking (Jacar Press). 

Part of the proceeds go to the Angel Tree at Quail Ridge Books.

Also, we may plan a holiday drop in on Sunday Dec. 11, in the afternoon, so kids can come.  Might ask anyone who writes, paints, crafts, to bring items for display upstairs in case anyone wants to shop.  Are any of you going to be around/interested on Dec. 11?

the Basho-ki Pages are completely up!

I want to thank you once again for contributing to basho-ki 2011.

I hope you enjoy an obsessive compulsive walk around the haiku frog pond through the years with us.

into the sound
of haiku

Cliff T. Roberts,
President, Fort Worth Haiku Society

Contest for College Writers

Dear Professor,

We are writing to let you know about the sixth annual Anthony Abbott Undergraduate Poetry Award, a celebration of student writing, sponsored by the Charlotte Writers’ Club. We welcome poems from college students all over North Carolina. This year’s deadline is February 1, 2012.  There is no entry fee.

Judge this year is the renowned poet and nonfiction writer Rebecca McLanahan. Rebecca McClanahan has published nine books, most recently Deep Light: New and Selected Poems and The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, which won the Glasgow Award for nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, in anthologies published by Norton, Doubleday, Putnam, and Beacon, and in numerous journals. Past recipient of the Wood Prize from Poetry, the Carter Prize from Shenandoah, a Pushcart Prize in fiction, and fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council, McClanahan teaches in the low-residency MFA programs of Queens University and Rainier Writers Workshop.

The contest winner will receive $150, and five honorable mentions will receive $50.  One special honorable mention of $100 will be given in honor of the founder of the contest, dramatist, poet, and art activist Louise Rockwell, who passed away last year.

Winners will be announced on April 17, at the Central Piedmont Community College Sensoria Event sponsored by the Charlotte Writers’ Club. Winning poets will have the honor of reading before a large audience of their peers alongside featured poet Dorianne Laux, in celebration of National Poetry Month.

This year for the first time we will accept online entries. Students entering poems must also provide proof of undergraduate status by having an instructors email a verifying statement to: Questions about the contest may be addressed to Terri Wolfe at

Complete guidelines appear on the Charlotte Writers Club website,

Please urge your students to enter! And please forward this information to any other instructors you think might be interested.

Terri Wolfe                            
Lisa Kline

There will be a guest poet with a recipe and poem on The Frugal Poet web site soon.

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