The Haiku Calendar Competition 2016

Snapshot Press has announced the results of The Haiku Calendar Competition 2016, and I am pleased to report that one of my haiku is the winner for the month of May, and another one of my haiku is a Runner-up for the month of April. To read the full list of winners and runners-up, go here.

The contest received a whopping 1,115 entries, and with only 52 spots to fill The Haiku Calendar 2017, this made for some stiff competition. The quality of the haiku that appear in any edition of The Haiku Calendar is quite high. So high, in fact, that I usually only submit every other year because it takes me that long to write a submission’s worth of material of that caliber.

Many thanks to John Barlow for selecting my work for The Haiku Calendar 2017.

Here is my winning haiku for the month of May:


all you’ll ever need to know

about sunrise

Acceptances at A Hundred Gourds

A Hundred Gourds has been one of the best international haiku journals since it began five years ago. This June, the online journal will publish its final issue (5:3). I decided to pull a submission together one last time for a journal that has been very good to me. Tonight I heard from editor Lorin Ford that I will have two haiku in the final issue to appear in June. Here is a list of all the issues of A Hundred Gourds in which my work appears (25 poems in all, including the two pending publication in June):

A Hundred Gourds 1:1, December 2011 (4); A Hundred Gourds 2:1, December 2012 (5); A Hundred Gourds 3:1, December 2013 (3); A Hundred Gourds 3:2, March 2014 (3); A Hundred Gourds 3:4, September 2014 (3); A Hundred Gourds 4:3, June 2015 (3); A Hundred Gourds 5:1, December 2015 (2); A Hundred Gourds 5:3, June 2016 (2).

Grateful thanks to Lorin Ford for reading (and publishing) so much of my work over the years. I wish her and the rest of the editorial team all the best.

The Deep End of the Sky at Red Moon Press

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]Great news today: The Deep End of the Sky is now available for purchase at Red Moon Press! It’s exciting to watch my book slowly make its way into the world. With the help of Turtle Light Press, Red Moon Press, and a few local shops right here in Pierre, SD, lovers of haiku and poetry can enjoy The Deep End of the Sky. I will also mention that Red Moon Press has just released a handful of new haiku books, so if you’ve been waiting to buy a copy of The Deep End of the Sky, now you can get it along with some other brand new Red Moon Press titles. Here’s a link to read Alan Summers’ short but satisfying review of my book at Red Moon Press. Many thanks to Rick Black and Jim Kacian, and to all who’ve purchased a copy of The Deep End of the Sky.

FYI. You can still purchase The Deep End of the Sky from Turtle Light Press, The Book Depository, Amazon, or directly from me.

Featured Haiku

Take a gander at the featured haiku over at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog today. I guarantee you’ll like it. Many thanks to Charlotte for featuring another one of my haiku.

And just for fun, here’s a picture of the haiku carved into stone.

migrating geese Touchstone

“migrating geese” won a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems from The Haiku Foundation in 2011. And so the Foundation had the haiku carved into this rather heavy stone. It currently sits on this corner shelf in my dining room.