I am delighted to announce that I am the guest poet for Route 9 Haiku Group’s fall issue of Upstate Dim Sum. I have six haiku spread over the anthology’s center pages, and haiga artist Ion Codrescu of Romania has turned one of my haiku into a beautiful haiga painting for the anthology as well.
The Route 9 Haiku Group is a powerhouse in the haiku community, made up of four leading English-language haiku poets: Hilary Tann, John Stevenson, Tom Clausen, and Yu Chang. It is an honor to be invited. The work of its four members as well as their previous guest poets have inspired my own in some way.
Many thanks to the members of the Route 9 Haiku Group for this opportunity.
My haiku bucket list is a little shorter today.
It’s inevitable that between mouthfuls of turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie that someone asks for Christmas lists. If you’ll be buying for a lover of books, poetry, or haiku, The Deep End of the Sky may be of interest to you.
Winner of the 2014 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition, and published by Turtle Light Press in 2015, The Deep End of the Sky is a wonderfully rich collection of haiku about the landscape of the American prairie and what it means to live there. Upon its release, The Deep End of the Sky received a number of outstanding reviews (to read those, please click on the BOOKS tab above and scroll down to The Deep End of the Sky) written by masters of haiku: Randy Brooks, Michelle Root-Bernstein, an’ya, Sandra Simpson, Alan Summers, and others. And just this November, The Deep End of the Sky took second place in the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for books published in 2015, easily one of the most prestigious awards/honors my haiku writing has received in my nearly 15 years of publishing.
The Deep End of the Sky is available to order from multiple venues. Right now, you can take advantage of 10% off the cover price of $12.50 plus free shipping in the USA from Turtle Light Press’s store. You can also find it on Amazon, The Book Depository (this is especially helpful for those in other countries), and directly from me. If you are interested in ordering directly from me, you can reach me at jedirobinson (at) yahoo (dot) com or through this blog or on Facebook. If you are in Pierre, signed copies can be found at Korner Grocery, Prairie Pages Bookseller, and South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center’s Heritage Store.
Reviews and awards aside, The Deep End of the Sky really is a great book. The haiku were written over a ten-year period, and so the haiku I selected for this collection can be counted among my best pieces. Much of what the haiku are about are based on my family’s heritage and experiences in South Dakota, and so the collection is, at times, telling a personal story. Whether or not you’ve read my work before, you’ll more than likely find much to like, maybe even love, about The Deep End of the Sky.
To celebrate The Deep End of the Sky‘s second place showing in the Haiku Society of America Merit Books Awards 2016, Turtle Light Press is running a limited-time only sale on the book – only $10.00 a copy! Plus Turtle Light Press offers free shipping in the US, so if you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy or you want to get some Christmas shopping done early, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this offer. If you find yourself in Turtle Light Press’s store, I hope you’ll take the time to check out their other books as well.
This offer is only available from Turtle Light Press.
Many thanks to Rick Black for running this promotion!
I am pleased to report that I have had haiku accepted for two issues of hedgerow: a journal of small poems, an online journal that releases a new issue on Fridays. Look for my work in issues #99 and #100 in December. Many thanks to editor Caroline Skanne!
The results of the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for 2016 were announced this morning in Ripples, the HSA’s monthly newsletter. I am more than pleased to say that The Deep End of the Sky, my contest-winning book of haiku published by Turtle Light Press in 2015, has been awarded second place. This is quite an honor, easily one of the biggest and most important awards my work has received in my nearly fifteen years in haiku. I am thankful and grateful to the Haiku Society of America, the contest judges (Joe McKeon and Naia), Rick Black and Turtle Light Press, and Penny Harter, but most importantly to my family for the inspiration and encouragement. More details for this year’s results, including commentary from the judges, are forthcoming online at the HSA website, and in a future issue of Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America.
I am happy to announce that I have had work accepted for publication in issue seven of Sonic Boom which should be released in December. This will mark my first appearance in Sonic Boom. Many thanks to editor Shloka Shankar!