Like the Pumpkins and More News

Over the weekend I heard from Scott Murphy of The Befuddled Press about a project he’s been working on called Like the Pumpkins. According to The Befuddled Press website, Like the Pumpkins is “a new artist book featuring eight haiku poets exploring the subject of death.” The book is supposed to be letterpress, one of the reasons why I submitted in the first place. I am honored to be one of the eight haiku poets, and can’t wait to receive my contributor copies.

Just tonight I heard from Fay Aoyagi, one of the associate editors of The Heron’s Nest, and I will have two new haiku in the December 2015 issue. It’s always an honor to be published in The Heron’s Nest, one of the best haiku journals around.

Many thanks to Scott Murphy, Fay Aoyagi and the rest of the editorial team at THN.

I am wondering where the results of the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational are. It’s been almost four months since the contest deadline, and I’m getting impatient . . .

UPDATE: Sounds like the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Contest will wrap up in the next couple weeks. Something to look forward to . . .

Interview with Turtle Light Press

Rick Black at Turtle Light Press posted questions from an interview with me about haiku on Facebook recently. Since the interview is now concluded he has posted it in its entirety on Turtle Light Press’s blog. So if you missed it on Facebook, go take a look, and if you’re so inclined please check out the books and other items in their shop. I have many of TLP’s haiku books and I can say with certainty that they are all excellent reads.

Thank you to Rick Black for conducting the interview and posting each question on Facebook, and to Alan Summers and Tom Clausen for adding some questions at the end.

My contest-winning collection of haiku The Deep End of the Sky is still available from Turtle Light Press, in case you’re interested. At $12.50 it’s a steal, and some good reading.

Looking Ahead

Originally I started this post by looking back over my writing activity for 2015, but decided that that post will be better suited for the end of the year. So I’m looking ahead at what the rest of 2015 may bring.

I recently submitted new haiku to two of the best haiku journals around, and am optimistic that I will have some of that work accepted for publication. I am also currently waiting to hear back about yet another submission that’s been floating around my submissions folder for three and a half months! I typically don’t submit to publications or contests that take so long to respond as I don’t like waiting such a long time for a decision. I like quicker turnaround. If the work is good I want it published or at least accepted for publication as soon as possible. Anyway, I am hoping to hear back on that one by the end of this week. Of course, all of this is leading up to a major milestone, at least for me. The milestone won’t mean much to anyone else but me. I’ll explain what I mean when it happens.

Aside from hearing the results of recent submissions, I will have work in a couple forthcoming anthologies: Nest Feathers (from The Heron’s Nest, scheduled for release in October) and an anthology of haiku about the afterlife (edited by Robert Epstein, no release info available yet). As for journals, I have haiku forthcoming in Modern Haiku, muttering thunder, Presence, and Frozen Butterfly.  I will probably put together one or two more submissions which will go out in October and/or November. I get busy at work for the holidays, so the writing slows down. December is usually too busy to worry about submissions.

I’m also looking forward to The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. I have been on the panel of judges for two years, so this year will be my last. I am looking forward to reading many haiku books I may not otherwise get to read.

Since summer is almost at an end, I’d like to leave you with this:

old blue car—
the ease
of summer’s last days

The Heron’s Nest Volume X, Number 4: December, 2008

haiku by Chad Lee Robinson

Interview and Frozen Butterfly

My interview with Turtle Light Press started yesterday on Facebook.  I hope you’ll follow along as it unfolds . . .

First email in my inbox this morning was from fellow haiku poet John McManus who has selected a haiku of mine to appear in the third issue of Frozen Butterfly due out this fall. This will mark my first appearance in this journal. Frozen Butterfly is the first English-language video haiku journal. Each issue can be viewed on YouTube (I don’t have any work in issue one or two). Since it’s a video journal, that means that readers get to hear many of the poets reading their own haiku, which is always fun and insightful. Many thanks to John for selecting my work!