September 30, 2009


A new haiku/tanka journal has been started by Dick Whyte and Laurence
Stacey. The purpose of this journal is to explore current events and
news items through the poetic forms of haiku, senryu, tanka and kyoka.
There have been many attempts to marry the news with haiku poetry on
the internet, but as Liam Wilkinson wrote, "often using the 5-7-5
model... It’s the kind of thing to which serious writers, readers and
students of haiku and related forms would have a strong aversion."
(read the rest of Liam's article here:

In contrast to this, Haiku News is attempting to marry the art of
modern English language haiku with the news. We have no interest in
the 5-7-5 form. We are interested in good contemporary haiku poetry,
which is inspired by world events (from the intimate to the
intimidating, from the minuscule to the monumental). What we are
hoping is that through the poetic we will be able to inject the
political with the personal. As Joseph Stalin wrote, "One death is
sad, one million deaths is a statistic." At Haiku News we are trying
to remind people that a million deaths is really nothing more than one
death a million times over. It is not that a million deaths is more
sad than one, but that each of the million deaths is equivalent to
one. Too often the news assumes a pretense of objectivity, and reports
events as if they were simply a curiosity, rather than something to
feel and think critically about.

We have been on-line for about a month now and plan to update once a
day with news from around the world in poetic form. Because this is a
huge task Haiku News is taking submissions. All you need to do is
write a haiku, senryu, tanka or kyoka about a news article and send it
to us with a link to the news item which inspired it. To read more
about the submission process see here:

Happy writing!!

Riverbeats Haiku

Do you write haiku?

Riverbeats invites you to take part in a spectacular free live show on the banks of Parramatta River:

Live, 2009
31st October at 7:00-10:00pm

ParramattaCity Council and New Writers? Group Inc are looking for original Haiku on the theme of water and our relationship to it.

The selected poems will be recited and/or projected on massive screens as part of the live, light and sound performance.

Two awards are offered contributing poets:

A Certificate and $100 cash prize for the haiku that best captures the spirit of Riverbeats.
(judged by Riverbeats Musical Director, Dale Barlow)

A certificate and book of Haiku poetry for best three Haiku by one writer.
(judged by NWG Inc editors)

Deadline: 7th October 2009

Download permission/entry form at our website's haiku page.
Send entries to NWG Inc editors:

NB: Haiku will be selected regardless of previous publications or awards, however the Cash prize is not open to haiku that have previously won an award. Previous awards do not affect the second prize.

Report from 4th Pacific Rim Haiku Conference

Sandra Simpson has recently posted a report and some stunning photographs from the 4th Pacific Rim Haiku Conference. To read/view the report visit:

September 18, 2009

Congratulations Ron Moss - 2nd place HSA Harold G. Henderson Award

Ron Moss has continued his winning streak, taking out 2nd place in the 2009 HSA Harold G. Henderson Award. To read the results visit:

September 13, 2009

Members News - Quendryth Young

On behalf of everyone at Haiku Oz, I would like to congratulate Quendryth Young, whose haiku:

winter rain
the lake creeps
under the fence

received an Honourable mention in Ito En.

Haiku Society of America 2009 Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards

Congratulations to all the winning authors and editors, HSA 2009 Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards for Excellence in Published Haiku, Translation and Criticism - an'ya and Cherie Hunter Day, Judges.

The FIrst Place award is for Best First Book and is made possible by Leroy Kanterman, co-founder of the Haiku Society of America , in memory of his wife Mildred Kanterman.

First Place for Best First Book: “a wattle seedpod” – Lorin Ford
Post Pressed 207/50 Macquarie St , Teneriffe, Qld, 4005 Australia .

Second Place: “Empty Boathouse: Adirondack Haiku” – Madeleine Findlay Single Island Press, 379 State Street, Portsmouth , NH 03801

Third Place: “An Unknown Road ” – Adelaide B. Shaw
Modern English Tanka Press, P.O. Box 43717 , Baltimore , MD 21236

Special Award for Anthology: “dandelion clocks” – edited by Roberta Beary and Ellen Compton, Haiku Society of America Members Anthology 2008
Available from HSA Treasurer, Paul Miller, 31 Seal Island Road , Bristol , RI 02809

Special Award for Themed Haiku Collection: “it has been many moons” S.B. Friedman, Lily Pool Press (Swamp Press). Copies available from S.B. Friedman: 119 Nevada St. , San Francisco CA 94110-5722 .

Special Award for Chapbook: “Distant Sounds” – Helen Russell
Edited by Connie Hutchison, Ann Spiers and Ruth Yarrow. Handmade limited edition.

Special Award for Haibun: “contemporary haibun, Volume 9” – edited by Jim Kacian, Bruce Ross and Ken Jones, Red Moon Press, P.O. Box 2461, Winchester, VA 22604-1661

Special Award for Haiku Criticism and Theory: “Poems of Consciousness” – Richard Gilbert, Ph.D, Red Moon Press, P.O. Box 2461, Winchester , VA 22604-1661

In the competition for this year's Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards for books published in 2008, 43 entries were received. The judges comments will appear in Frogpond Volume 33:1 2010.

Carmen Sterba
HSA 1st Vice President

September 01, 2009

Daily Haiga

Daily Haiga features the work of artists from all over the world. To view the site visit:

Notes from the Gean #2 Online Now

Issue #2 of 'Notes From the Gean' is online as of 1st September, and has a new website and address:

We're looking forward to your haiku, tanka and haiga submissions for the next issue. Submissions for Issue #3 are open until October 15th. Late submissions will not be considered or held over for future issues.