May 21, 2014

Canterbury Writers Group: Call for submissions

The Canterbury Writers Group in Melbourne is calling for submissions for their 21st anthology. The collection will include short stories, essays and poetry. Haiku poetry in particular will be considered favourably. Submissions are due by 30 June, with the book launch planned for November 2014. Acceptance will be notified individually in September via email.

Hard copy submissions can be posted to Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre, or submissions can be sent by email PDF to Rumi Komonz at:

Further information is available at:

May 06, 2014

Red Kelpie Haiku Group Ginko & Meeting #1

The Red Kelpies met on Sunday 4th May, 2014 at the Melbourne Zoo for our first meeting and ginko. We were honoured that HaikuOz President, Cynthia Rowe, and her husband Bruce, came all the way down from Sydney to be with us ... a most auspicious sign! Of course, Cynthia and Bruce are now Honorary Members.

It was one of those traditional Melbourne days, with the rain bucketing down one minute, blue sky and sunshine the next then ominous, leaden cloud-banks again.After introductions, we gathered at a table outside the cafeteria which was sheltered by an umbrella.

Each of us spoke a little about ourselves and our involvement with haiku, then Lorin explained the ‘silent ginko’ method and the follow-up work. After these preliminaries, at the urging of those with iPhones and cameras, we proceeded to a more picturesque spot for a ‘photo opportunity’ before setting off on our walk as a group. After walking through many parts of the Zoo, including a replica of an Indonesian jungle complete with 'hati-hati' signs and a wayside warung, we re-grouped for the sharing of any draft haiku that had been written, then lunch … and talking!

The Red Kelpie Haiku Group was initiated by Lorin Ford, who invited Jennifer Sutherland, Jayashree Maniyal and Robyn Cairns to be foundation members. We are delighted that Marisa Fazio and Rodney Williams, who were invited to attend Ginko & Meeting #1 as guests, are now Red Kelpie members. The Red Kelpie Haiku Group will meet four times a year.

For practical reasons, the Red Kelpie Haiku Group membership will be limited to a maximum of ten people, at least for our first year. We will also invite guests from time to time. Enquiries from haiku writers who might like to join the group or be invited along as guests and who have at least five haiku published in edited, English-language haiku journals should be directed to Lorin Ford via haikugourds at gmail dot com, with ‘Red Kelpie Haiku Group’ in the email subject bar.

— Lorin Ford
Melbourne, May 2014

May 01, 2014

HaikuOz: items posted during April

The following items were posted on the HaikuOz website during April and can be accessed at

Haiga Collaboration

Janice M Bostok Haiku Award 2014

Vale Martin Lucas

Cloudcatchers' Ginko No. 33

Red Dragonflies Autumn Meeting 2014

Bindii Ginko at Himeji Gardens 5 April 2014

Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition

NeverEnding Story

6th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum Haiku Contest