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June 30, 2012

Katikati Haiku Contest winners, 2012

Australian haiku poets have made a very good showing in the 2012 Katikati Haiku Contest, with 1st prize awarded to Lorin Ford, 2nd prize to Joanne Watcyn-Jones and a Highly Commended to Cynthia Rowe. Among the Commended haiku were those by Jan Dobb and Cynthia Rowe.

1st Prize

harvest moon
the horizon between here
and hereafter

- Lorin Ford, Australia

2nd Prize

heart failure
folding the sails
before nightfall

- Joanne Watcyn-Jones, Australia

Highly Commended

enamelled top
my son's smile spins
around the floor

- Cynthia Rowe, Australia

The full list of winners and the judge’s commentaries are available on the NZPS Haiku NZ website:

http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/katikatihaikucontestresults2012

Congratulations to all!

June 28, 2012

MOONBATHING: A JOURNAL OF WOMEN'S TANKA

Please note a change in Issue 7's deadline & my change of address

EDITOR
Pamela A. Babusci

Moonbathing Issue 7 is now accepting submissions. I have additional copies
of Moonbathing issue 5 & issue 6. If you wish to purchase a copy(ies) please e-mail me.

Moonbathing Issue 7 has the Annual Moonbathing Contest
Please send one tanka on the theme of: "moonbathing" however you interpret it with your regular submission- Please label the contest tanka. The winner will receive a year's subscription to Moonbathing.

Please note the change in deadline for Issue 7 from Dec. 15th to Nov. 15th

Moonbathing will publish two issues a year: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Moonbathing will feature only women poets. Send a maximum of 10 tanka per submission period. Submission deadlines:

Spring/Summer: In-hand Deadline: May 15th spring/summer themes or non-seasonal only

THIS ISSUE: Fall/Winter: In-hand deadline: Nov. 15th fall/winter theme or non-seasonal only
No previously published tanka or simultaneous submissions; no tanka that has been posted on-line, on Facebook/Twitter or on a personal website/blog.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Send your tanka IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to: Pamela A. Babusci: moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com
PLEASE NO ATTACHMENTS. E-mail submissions ONLY.

I hope that all tanka poets who have their work accepted will support Moonbathing by purchasing a copy or a subscription. If Moonbathing is to survive it will need your support and I will be most grateful for it.

DONATIONS MOST WELCOME

DISCLAIMER:
Moonbathing does not assume liability for copyright infringement or failure to acknowledge previously published tanka.

COPIES/SUBSCRIPTIONS:

Subscriptions: $12 for one year (two issues) U.S. and Canada; $6 for single issue. International: $16
(two issues) $8 single issue U.S. dollars; send US cash or international M.O.—payable to Pamela A. Babusci

Pamela A. Babusci, Editor of Moonbathing
244 Susan Lane Apt. B Rochester, NY 14616 USA

The Editor of Moonbathing is looking forward to receiving your best tanka. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Pamela A. Babusci moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your female tanka poets that might be interested in submitting-many thanks!

Respectfully submitted,
Pamela A. Babusci, Editor of Moonbathing


June 22, 2012

Sharon Dean Chancellor’s Medal

Cloudcatcher:

I feel sure you will all join with me in saluting one of our founding members, Sharon Dean. Sharon has been informed that she is a recipient of the Chancellor's Medal (Griffith University) for excellence in the Doctor of Philosophy, for 'recognition of your exceptional performance in your research higher degree placing you as one of the highest achieving PhD graduates and the Arts, Education and Law's top ranked candidate for 2011.' The graduation ceremony will be in July/August.

Sharon's thesis was entitled: “White Heron: The Authorised Biography of Australia's Pioneering Haiku Writer Janice M Bostok”.

You will recall that Janice, who died last year, was the Patron of Cloudcatchers, and attended all our gatherings when she felt well enough to do so.

The Chancellor has written to Dr Dean, stating that, 'The Board of Graduate Research has noted with great pleasure your outstanding contribution and the significance of your work in your field of research, not to mention the standard of excellence demonstrated in your research practice.'

Congratulations, Sharon. Cloudcatchers are so proud of you, and grateful for your contributions to the group with your perspicacious haiku, and your ever-buoyant friendship.

Quendryth Young
Cloudcatchers Coordinator

June 12, 2012

A Hundred Gourds: Wanted, a Webmaster

The on-line journal A Hundred Gourds (AHG) is in need of a webmaster, preferably someone with an interest in haiku and related poetry. The position, as all other positions related to the AHG journal, is a voluntary one, so the compensations are not monetary but rather those that come with working with a dedicated team to produce a high quality journal that serves the world-wide English-language ‘haiku & related’ community.

A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal, is published on the first day of March, June, September and December. The AHG webmaster receives the completed sections, one from each editor, six weeks in advance of publication date, with the exception of book reviews for the ‘expositions’ section and the traditional haiga for the ‘haiku’ section, which webmaster may receive up to three weeks before publication date. Features, a separate category, may be received up to four weeks before publication date. The final two weeks before publication are reserved for proof reading of the completed sections and any resulting necessary corrections to text or format before the issue is made available to the public.

The AHG website is presently set up using Dreamweaver software templates; however, the new webmaster need not use Dreamweaver to format the journal. Ray Rasmussen is willing to act in a supporting or ‘coaching’ role at first to a new webmaster, if need be.

We believe that AHG is a good journal that is needed by the growing haiku community. We look forward to any and all enquiries from potential webmasters, and please circulate this message among your friends.

Please have a look at the current issue of A Hundred Gourds and the two archived issues:

http://www.haikuhut.com/ahg/index11.html

Please address enquiries about the webmaster position to both Ray Rasmussen and Lorin Ford:

Lorin Ford - haikugourds@gmail.com
Ray Rasmussen - webmastergourds@gmail.com

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

June 11, 2012

Chancellor's Medal

Hearty congratulations to Dr Sharon Dean whose thesis: “White Heron: The Authorised Biography of Australia's Pioneering Haiku Writer Janice M Bostok” has been selected as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for 2011 for excellence in the Doctor of Philosophy [Griffith University],for 'recognition of your exceptional performance in your research higher degree placing you as one of the highest achieving PhD graduates and the Arts, Education and Law's top ranked candidate for 2011.'

The Chancellor has written to Dr Dean, stating that, 'The Board of Graduate Research has noted with great pleasure your outstanding contribution and the significance of your work in your field of research, not to mention the standard of excellence demonstrated in your research practice.'

The thesis centres on Janice Bostok, inspirational leader in the haiku genre and former Patron of the Australian Haiku Society. The graduation ceremony will be in July/August.

Well done, Sharon!

Shamrock No 22 now online

The new issue of Shamrock (No 22) is now available online at
http://shamrockhaiku.webs.com/currentissue.htm

It has a big selection of English-language and translated haiku, as well as two haibun and three reviews of the haiku books by Helen Buckingham, Clare McCotter and Svetlana Marisova & Ted van Zutphen.

Many thanks to the contributors. We hope our readers will enjoy it.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky
Editor

June 01, 2012

A Hundred Gourds 1:3 is now online

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

http://ahundredgourds.com

A Hundred Gourds welcomes your submissions to the September edition.

The deadline for all submissions to AHG 1:4 is June 15th.

In this issue we commemorate the life of Hortensia Anderson, who passed away on the 21st of May, with a haibun written by Shelia Windsor. Hortensia, as she was known as a haiku writer, will be sadly missed by all who knew her and had the benefit of reading her beautiful haiku.

Our feature for this issue is Visual Innovation in Renku Poetry, introduced by Renku Editor, William Sorlien and featuring a renku by Bea Bereis, Simone Busch, Ramona Linke.

As well as our usual haiku, renku, haibun, haiga and tanka sections you will find an interview with Jane Reichhold, essays by Beth Vieira and Jack Galmitz, a commentary on a poem by Jim Sullivan and two book reviews. Enjoy reading!

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