February 21, 2011

Day’s End: Poetry and Photography about Aging

Announcing Day's End: A collection of haiku, senryu, tanka matched with images and of haibun on the subject of aging by 50 poets. Editor Ray Rasmussen. Guest Editor Anita Virgil.

This website contains a collection of images and poems by some of the well-known poets in the contemporary haiku, senryu, tanka and haibun genres. Also included are poems from Asian poetry masters – voices from the past sharing the same sensibilities as we, who think of ourselves as modern.

February 15, 2011

Call for Submissions: An Anthology of English-Language Haiku by Women

Seeking haiku and senryu for an anthology focusing on excellent English-language haiku by women around the world. Ladies, send 5-15 of your best haiku, published or unpublished, to:

With your submission, please include your name, country, a brief bio of 150 words or less, and any applicable publication credits of submitted poems. Nominations of poets and individual poems are also welcome, and strongly encouraged. Deadline: April 15.

It had come to my attention when searching that there is not anthology of just women's English-language haiku (none that I've found anyway). With such prolific and powerful women writers within the English-language community, they deserve a space/recognition of their own.

Aubrie Cox

February 12, 2011

Report on BINDII MEETING 5 February 2011

Present: Marilyn Linn, Lesley Charlesworth, Alex Ask, Veronica Shanks, Athena Zaknic, Lynette Arden, Belinda Broughton, Margaret Fensom, Helen Pryor, Jill Gower.

Apologies: Pam Brow, Maeve Archibald, Robin Sinclair, Margaret Rawlinson.

General Business:
Alex Ask Treasurer took charge of the group funds of $70. Current email lists have been sent to Alex Ask, Maeve Archibald and Belinda Broughton. With my computer difficulties this is a good safeguard and helpful to the running of the group. Thank you to these people. We run as a cooperative group and welcome contributions of help from members.

Donation to Box factory facilities: Maeve Archibald bought and presented to the Box Factory Community our gift of a biscuit tin and serving bowls.

5 March Meeting, 19 March and 2 April meeting: Maeve Archibald has prepared a workshop on writing haibun (prose plus haiku). Members will need to register to attend.
7 May meeting: Alex Ask has agreed to run the meeting.

TANKA WORKSHOP: Lyn Arden conducted a workshop on writing tanka. The workshop briefly covered some of the history of the form in Japanese literature, with examples of Japanese tanka, both early and modern read to the group. This was followed by reading of tanka in English and some discussion of the usual ways of writing tanka, both in English and Japanese.
As part of the workshop, we had brief exercises in ‘show and tell’ and some discussion of how to show by using metaphor and placing images side by side for the reader to interpret. We then had a couple of exercises writing tan renga as an introduction to the construction of a tanka. Tan renga consist of two sections of three and two lines written by two people.

Lynette Arden 5 February 2011

February 11, 2011

Haiku North America 2011 – Seattle, Washington, USA

Save the date! Haiku North America 2011 will be held August 3 to 7, 2011, in Seattle, Washington.

Members of the Haiku Northwest group have generously offered to host the 2011 conference and they have many exciting plans already in the works, including a harbor cruise. The conference itself will be held at the Seattle Center, at the foot of the Space Needle, providing easy access to haiku writing and walking opportunities such as Pike Place Market (via the monorail), the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Experience Music Project rock-and-roll museum and Science Fiction Museum, and countless other attractions—including fleet week and the Seafair festival, with the Blue Angels performing overhead.

The conference theme will be “Fifty Years of Haiku,” celebrating the past, present, and future of haiku in North America. The deadline for proposals has been extended to February 28, 2011, but sooner is better. Proposals do not have to fit the theme. If you’ve already submitted a proposal, please confirm with Michael Dylan Welch at that you can come to Seattle on the new dates. Speakers already include Cor van den Heuvel, Richard Gilbert, David Lanoue, Carlos Colón, Fay Aoyagi, Jim Kacian, Emiko Miyashita, George Swede, and many others.

Detailed information on registration, lodging, and the conference schedule will be available in March. For further information as it becomes available, please visit

And check out the new HNA blog at

See you in Seattle!

Garry Gay, Paul Miller, Michael Dylan Welch
Haiku North America

February 09, 2011

HSA Haiku Wall – An Invitation

Dear haiku friend,

This is a call for haiku for the Quarterly National Haiku Society of America (HSA) meeting in Bend, Oregon on the 3, 4, and 5th of June, 2011. There will be an HSA Haiku Wall for the downtown First Friday Art Walk, and the plan is to put up at least 500 haiku from around the world on note cards. Those cards will afterwards be sent on to the haiku archives.

You are invited to email one of the favorites that you have written (with credits: author’s name, town or city, state and country) to an'ya at with the subject heading HSA Haiku Wall. The reprint credits for your bio will be:

Published on the HSA "Haiku Wall" exhibited in the historic Liberty Theatre Gallery at the Quarterly National Haiku Society of America Meeting in Bend, Oregon on June 3-5, 2011 as part of the downtown Bend, Oregon First Friday June Art Walk

Full details about the whole event will be forthcoming at the HSA and the Haiku Oregon Websites. We have secured a lovely historic building for the whole three day event and everything is within walking distance. Friday Art Walk and Happy Hour Tour, Saturday national meeting and haiku walk, and Sunday workshop. I hope you can make it to the event so we can actually meet in-person too! It's really not that far to Oregon. . . love ya . . . an'ya

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