Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Several updates - July 14, 2010

Folks, I apologize for the lack of updates. Summer can be a busy time for me. I've also spent more time writing. So far, July has been great for the creative juices.

Okay, on to the updates, a few that you probably already know about.

Penny Harter was featured on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation's "Poetry Fridays" blog-post on Friday, July 9th. This series features the "Festival Poets" who have been invited to read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, to be held October 7th -10th at the Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. In addition to linking to some of her longer poems, the post featuring Penny links to one of her haibun and a haiku, as well as to her "Three Questions" responses on Tobacco Road. You can find it at:

And see the rest of the list of "Festival Poets"---with a briefer profile of Penny (click on her name) at:

She feels honored to have been asked, and she hopes to see some of you there. She'll be reading sometime on the weekend, yet to be announced. You can visit the Dodge Poetry Festival web site from time to time as they refine the schedule: (Four-day and weekend only tickets are available now on the site. Individual day tickets go on sale mid-August.)

Hi Curtis,

First, let me say I enjoy getting your blog updates very much. It's truly become the key source of information for our field. Keep up the good work!

Second, I have 2nd editions of my two books available in all ebook formats (e.g., for Apple's iPod/iPadf, Kindle, Sony Reader, etc.). Soon, these books will be available at each product's online ebook stores, but
are ready now at the links below.

Small Events: Haibun by W. F. Owen (Expanded 2nd Edition):

Note: This book won the Kanterman Merit Book Award for Best Haibun in 2008.

Haiku Notebook Second Edition:

I hope you can include this information in a future update please.

Thanks and take care,

Dear fellow haiku poets & friends:

I am proud to announce the publication of my chapbook; Wrecking Ball & other Urban Haiku from Accents Publishing. A haiku chronicle of the seasons in my home city, Philadelphia, it collects poems that have appeared in haiku journal in recent years, with some new poems as well.

Perfect bound, 30 haiku, 30 pages; just $5 dollars. Reviewed in the current edition of Frogpond.

It is available from the publisher Accent Publishing:, from or from me:

Barry George
2011 Chestnut st., #11G
Philadelphia, Pa. 19103

($5 plus $1 shipping & handling, within the USA). Please make Check out to: Barry George.

Norman Darlington sent this:

Call for Content - Journal of Renga & Renku

We're ready to begin accepting offers of content for the first issue of Journal of Renga & Renku (formerly billed as The Renku Journal). While some details remain to be ironed out, the journal will be:

1. published near the end of 2010
2. available in hardcopy only
3. available for purchase online using Paypal

We're looking for a variety of content along the lines of:

1. Academic/polemic articles on any aspects of the genre

2. Translations of old renga and renku

3. News of renku groups and happenings

4. Book articles/reviews

5. and of course, a showcase of current examples of the genre:

a) in English

b) in any other language, accompanied by an English translation

c) previously published or not (just let us have details of prior publication so we can acknowledge properly)

d) simultaneous offers are fine too, again provided you advise us of prior publication for purposes of acknowledgement

e) in any of the standard forms: kasen, triparshva, nijûin, jûnichô, shisan, rokku, hyakuin, yotsumono, etc.

f) in any explorations of the above forms in terms of experimentation with one-line, zip, 5/7/5 or other fixed counts and even rhyme

g) solo and group work

h) with (preferably) or without notes/reflections on the poem/process from sabaki or renju or both

6. We are also considering holding a contest, but have not finalised our thinking on that. Please send us any ideas you may have and/or indication as to whether you'd be interested in entering and/or reading the results

7. We're open to discussing content ideas we've not covered above so please write

8. All communications will be acknowledged within one week

9. We are regretfully unable to pay contributors for content at this stage

Please send all contributions and other communications to RengaRenku AT gmail DOT com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Norman Darlington
Moira Richards
Journal of Renga & Renku

Liam Wilkinson sent this update:


3LIGHTS Journal of Micropoetry invites you to submit haiku, senryu, tanka and other micropoems for its autumn issue. The autumn issue's theme will be FAIRGROUNDS & THE CIRCUS.

Please submit up to ten unpublished micropoems on a theme of fairgrounds and the circus to threelightsgallery [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk. We no longer require biographical details, but please include your name and location. The deadline for all submissions is September 1st 2010 and the issue will be published online in October.

Whilst we continue to accept and encourage submissions of quality haiku, senryu and tanka, from the autumn issue onwards we are also keen to receive submissions of micropoems (poems of no more than 140 characters including spaces). Micropoetry is a swiftly growing literary form and, thanks to microblogging sites such as Twitter, poets are continually discovering new forms of concise expression. As a result, 3LIGHTS now opens its arms to submissions of these short poems and dedicates itself to promoting these brief and engaging works.

For our complete submission details and to read our past issues, please visit We look forward to receiving your work. Please feel free to share this submission call widely.

Our forthcoming issue, 3LIGHTS Summer 2010, will be released in August, featuring a selection of new poetry from some of the finest writers of short-form poetry. We're also delighted to present a selection of haiku and tanka from our featured poet André Surridge.

Best wishes,
Liam Wilkinson

3LIGHTS : Journal of Haiku & Related Forms
Edited by Liam & Diane Wilkinson

Lenard D. Moore forwarded this information to me about the 

Click the above link to download or view the pdf document.

Charlotte Digregorio
sent this update:

The Haiku Society of America's National Quarterly Meeting in Mineral Point, WI, will be from Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 12. It's a biggie, and we're expecting people from outside the Midwest Region.


Friday, September 10
2:00-7:00  Registration at The Foundry Books: 105 Commerce Street/Mineral Point
5:00-7:00  Opening Reception Sponsored by Modern Haiku
7:00-8:30  MEMORIES OF BOB SPIESS – Speakers to include Bob’s friends associates. MEMORIES will be followed by readings of Bob’s haiku and "Speculations."
8:30-9:30  Open Haiku Reading

Saturday, September 11
Breakfast On Your Own
7:30-8:00    Tai Chi Warmup -- Jayne Miller
9:00-9:55    Robert Spiess: A Poetics for Modern Haiku --Randy Brooks
9:55-10:10   Break
10:10-11:05  Robert Spiess’s Muse -- Lee Gurga
11:05-11:20  Break
11:20-12:15  Verbs in Haiku -- Charles Trumbull
12:15-1:15   Lunch On Your Own
1:15-2:45    Hat Haiku: A Midwest Workshop -- Francine Banwarth & Dubuque Haiku
1:15-2:45    Traditional Approach to Haiga -- Lidia Rozmus
1:15-2:45    Experience Kodo (Japanese Incense): Enjoy the Subtleties and Nuances of Incense from Japan -- Jerome Cushman
3:00-4:30    A Journey to the Back of Beyond: Risk-taking in Haibun --Roberta Beary
3:45-5:15    Repeat Lidia Rozmus
4:15-5:45    Repeat Jerome Cushman
4:45-5:45    Instant Feedback: One-on-one mini conference sessions with award-wining haiku, senryu, rengay, and haibun writers, editors, and  publishers.
6:00-6:45     Cocktails and Social at TFB
6:45-7:45     Midwest Style Picnic/Tailgate at TFB
7:45-8:15     HAS and Midwest Regional Announcements and Presentation of the Haiku North America banner to Randy Brooks
8:15-9:15     Open Reading

Sunday, September 12
Breakfast On Your Own
9:00-10:30   Shake Rag Alley Kigo
10:30-11:00  Announcement of Kukai Contest Winners
11:30-?       Lunch and Haiku Reading--Location TBA

Francine Banwarth sent this:

2010 Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition Results

The Haiku Society of America announces the results of the 2010 Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition. Thank you to our judges Jerry Ball and Merrill Ann Gonzales, to all who entered, and congratulations to the winners!

Grand Prize:  Ron Moss, Ferris Gilli, Matthew Paul, Paul MacNeil for TIDE SWELL

First Runner-up:  Christopher Herold and Carol O'Dell for STEAMY WINDOWS

Second Runner-up: Origa (Olga) Hooper, Hana Nestieva, Valeria Simonova-Cecon for EVER REVIVING

The deadline for the next Einbond Competition is in-hand February 28, 2011.

And finally, here's a local news story that I hope you'll find interesting. ;-)

An eye for beauty

  Click the above link to view the story.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Poets and Poems - Jack Brae Curtingstall

The Unknowable River

No more can you know its flow than the flow
of blood in your wrist, the branched veins that show
before bedding into the palm of your hand:
the mountain streams that cut the higher land,
that hide the arrowed fish that go where they go.

So you'll climb to the place where the sun's glow
betrays the gravelled channel of springs. No
map is detailed enough or fully planned.
No more can you know

the clear dream of water that moves so slow,
where mountain trout hug the anti-shadow
of speed, the nemesis of ground stone, sand
so fine it niggles deep, grits in your mind
to the eeled spawning-beds of fear below.
No more can you know.

Jack Brae Curtingstall

[Originally appeared on Politely Homicidal]

Photo by Gerard Sexton

Thursday updates - 7-1-2010

The July issue of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature is online. Southern Legitimacy Statements are available on the poetry page. After reading the SLS, click the poet's name to read their poems.

Appearing in this issue are Kevin D. Blankenship, Tim Peeler, CL Bledsoe, Joseph Lisowski, Cynthia Staples, Brad Vogler, Katrina Parker Williams, Rose Auslander, Jim Solomone, Natasha Wall, Thomas Cochran, and yours truly. :)

Issue 4 of Prune Juice : Journal of Senryu & Kyoka has been published. The new issue features poetry by Sanford Goldstein, Ed Baker, Patricia Prime, M. Kei, Alexis Rotella, Bob Lucky and many more fine writers of senryu and kyoka.

Visit to read the new issue or go straight to

Submissions for issue 5 (Winter 2011) are now being accepted. Please send up to twenty senryu/kyoka to prunejuicejournal [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk. We no longer require biographical details. Deadline: December 1st 2010.

Please feel free to spread this information as widely as possible. Your continued support is very much appreciated.

Best wishes,
Liam Wilkinson
Ed. Prune Juice
[I've embedded the new issue here, too.]
Prune Juice Issue 4

Scott Owens sent this:

Lots of stuff going on.

First, a reminder that the next Poetry Hickory is July 13 and will feature Maureen Sherbondy and Richard Krawiec.  Open Mic readers that night will be Tony Ricciardelli, Doug McHargue, and Stony Walker.

Second, don't forget that Writers' Night Out on July 13 will consist of a poetry workshop taught by Sherbondy and Krawiec.  Cost of the workshop is $10 per person.

Finally, if you haven't heard yet, we'll be holding a Book Release Party for "The Nature of Attraction," my new collaboration with Pris Campbell, at Taste Full Beans on August 5, from 5:30 to 7:00.  The event will include a live reading from me and a recorded reading from Pris.  Wine and snacks will be served.  A promotional flier is below.  Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested.

Scott Owens
Click the image to view a larger document.

A new issue of Haiku Reality is online:

Anatoly Kudryavitsky sent this:

IHS International Haiku Competition 2010

The Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition offers prizes of Euro 150, Euro 50 and Euro 30 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English. In addition there will be up to 7 Highly Commended haiku/senryu.

Also, there will be prizes from Dóchas Ireland of Euro 100, Euro 30 and Euro 20 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English or in Irish Gaelic (with an English translation) about Ireland in the changing world + up to 3 Highly Commended haiku/senryu in this category. This category is only open for participants born or residing on the island of Ireland.