October 21, 2007

The 2008 Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards

The 2008 Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards, sponsored by the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland, will mark the fourth annual competition dedicated to the memory of Baltimore-based haiku poet and teacher Anita Sadler Weiss.

Deadline: IN-HAND by JANUARY 31, 2008.
Sponsor: The Haiku Poets of Central Maryland.
Eligibility: Open to the public, aged 14 and up. (Only the contest coordinators are prohibited from entering.)
Awards: Total of $300.00 in prize money: First Place, $175.00; Second Place, $75.00; Third Place, $50.00. Five ranked Honorable Mentions will also be awarded.

Submissions: All entries must be the original work of the poet, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.
Entry fee: $1.00 per poem. Poets may enter up to 15 haiku. Entry fee must accompany submission.

Submission Guidelines: Print or type each individual haiku on three separate 3” x 5” index cards. On the back of ONE CARD ONLY print or type your name, address, and email address (if one is available). Include a No. 10 (business-size) SASE (or SAE plus US$1 for return postage for entries sent from outside the U.S.) for notification. Also enclose your entry fee in U.S. currency or check or money order payable in U.S. dollars. Make checks or money orders payable to “HPCM/Elizabeth Fanto.”


Send entries to: Haiku Poets of Central Maryland, c/o Elizabeth Fanto, 51 Gerard Avenue, Timonium, MD 21093 USA. DO NOT EMAIL ENTRIES.

Notification/publication: Winners’ list will be mailed on April 1, 2008, to commemorate Anita Sadler Weiss’ birthday (April 6). Notification of winning poems will be sent to all competition participants and made available to the public for an SASE while supplies last. The winning poems will also be published in The Dragonfly, the newsletter of the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland. All rights remain with the poets.

Adjudication: The name(s) of the judge(s) will be announced concurrently with the winning haiku.

Rooku on Trains/Moving Galleries Project

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 will see the launch of the Moving Galleries Spring 2007 Exhibition
at Flinders Street Station by The Minister for the Arts and Public Transport, The Hon. Lynne

Moving Galleries is a travelling exhibition of art and poetry which enables emerging and
established Victorian artists to showcase their talent. It is also designed to enhance the travel
experience for Melbourne's train commuters, and build on Melbourne's reputation as a thriving
cultural and creative capital.

In keeping with the Moving Galleries pilot, launched in April 2006, the Moving Galleries Spring
2007 Exhibition will feature 36 unique decals (self-adhesive posters) affixed to the inside walls of
Connex suburban trains. However, the Moving Galleries Spring 2007 Exhibition will ride on 40
trains - twice as many as last year - and will feature artwork celebrating spring as a time of
renewal, and poetry about a range of topics including Melbourne icons.

Eighteen of the Spring 2007 decals will carry poetry in the 'rooku' style, submitted by Victorians of
all ages and from all walks of life, including a Grade 3 class and a factory hand, as well as
professional poets. The other 18 decals will carry artwork by emerging artists, mostly living and
working in inner-city Melbourne, who were sourced via local Artist-Run Initiatives (ARIs).

A new initiative – the Moving Galleries Spring 2007 People's Choice Awards - will allow the public
to vote for their favourite poem or artwork, via the Moving Galleries website. The successful artist
and poet, announced in April 2008, will each receive $500, and a lucky member of the public who
votes will also take away a prize, to the value of $500.

With sponsorship from Connex and the Department of Infrastructure, and the support of the
Committee for Melbourne, Moving Galleries will run bi-annual exhibitions, launched each spring
and autumn, over the next 3 years. The launch on 24 October will be followed by a celebration
with the talented artists and poets whose work was selected for the exhibition.

For more information, log onto

October 19, 2007

5th Annual Shiki Kukai Poet's Choice - kigo section

The winner – just announced – of the fifth Annual Shiki Kukai Poets' Readers' Choice for the kigo section

is Ron Moss, Tasmania, for the haiku

starry night
what's left of my life
is enough

please visit >

Congratulations, Ron, and thank you, Robert and Jennie, for administering this international monthly competition and the associated annual collation and challenge.

The 9th World Haiku Festival WHFindia Bangalore February 2008

Dear All,

vast is the ocean of sacred words
which enlightens the universe
with divine vision

Rigveda 1.3.12

We, The World Haiku Club India, are nurturing dreams of holding The 9th WORLD HAIKU FESTIVAL in INDIA.
We propose to have a three-day festival – on 23rd, 24th and 25th of February 08 at H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji’s The Art Of Living Ashram at Bangalore, the Garden city of India

India, a land of cultural and deep-rooted traditions has known haiku from the time of Sri. Rabindranath Tagore. Unfortunately, it is now relatively unknown as a practicing form of poetry and children in schools and colleges hardly know the existence of this nature / season’s poetry! One of the aims of holding this World Haiku Festival in India is to create an opportunity to get to know the poets of the world and to build awareness for this ancient form of poetry in our country.

We are expecting that a festival of this kind would stir-up a lot of interest both in the minds of Japanese haiku poets as well as haiku poets world over – for haiku is deeply entrenched in the ‘present moment’ – riding on the lines of Zen which as you all know, has its roots in Buddhism, which traces its roots to Vedanta.

We are in the process of crystallizing the three days event, the time we would be together. But I felt that I needed to inform you well in advance so that you could plan out your trip to India. Bangalore is known for its temples and its scenic beauty and if you have the time and the inclination, then the Taj Mahal and the Buddhist places of interest can definitely be included in your itinerary!

We have the Buddhist caves of Ajanta and Ellora, close to Bombay. We can suggest a good reliable travel agent for your sight seeing covering the Taj and Agra, Delhi and Rajasthan.

February is a good time to be in India, the weather would be most congenial and pleasant. Aditya the Sun God, would be his most friendly self!
I am looking forward to hearing a positive reply from you.

For any further details,
please contact me at

In haiku friendship,

Kala Ramesh
WHFindia 08

October 14, 2007

Visit to Tasmania inspires haibun

Text, images and audio for your enjoyment.

Richard Warner is a musician who has lost most of his hearing. Arecent trip to Tasmania inspired him to write words in the haibun form and song to accompany his photos. He is a new member of Haiku Oz.

October 01, 2007

Black Robe White Mist: the art of Rengetsu

Black Robe White Mist

This item was contributed by Gerry Jacobson

HaikuOz poets may well be interested in the exhibition Black Robe White Mist at the National Gallery of Australia. It is the art of Rengetsu (Lotus Moon) who was a 19th century waka poet, Buddhist nun, calligrapher, potter and painter. Many of her beautiful poems are inscribed on pottery and scroll paintings. It's on at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra until 27 January. The published catalogue of the exhibition is itself a notable addition to the literature in english with many new translations of her poems. There are associated events at the gallery such as talks, tea ceremony, ikebana demonstration, calligraphy workshop, concert, over the next couple of months.