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