2017 Golden Haiku Contest Results Announced

The results of the 2017 Golden Triangle Haiku Contest have been announced, and I am pleased, and a bit shocked, that one of my entries has been named a runner-up. According to the announcement, more than 1,200 haiku were entered into the contest, of which nearly 100 were chosen for recognition. Judges were Abigail Friedman, John Stevenson, and Kit Pancoast Nagamura. Winners and runners-up will have their haiku printed on signs that will be located in flower beds in the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, a 43-block area in Washington D.C. that stretches from the White House to Dupont Circle.

The contest theme this year was the garden. One image that comes to mind when I think of a garden is of my dad planning out the size of each bed, usually for tomatoes or cucumbers or muskmelon. I remember he would measure the size of each bed with his feet, and so I came up with this one:

garden plans—
my father measures
heel to toe

Click here to read the rest of the winners and runners-up. Congrats to all, and thanks to the Golden Triangle BID and the contest judges.

Pop Bottles: Book of the Week

pop-bottles-cover-imagePop Bottles, my first chapbook of haiku published by True Vine Press in 2009, is the book of the week at The Haiku Foundation. You can read it online or you can download it, all for free from The Haiku Foundation’s digital library.

Pop Bottles won the 2009 True Vine Press Chapbook contest. Chapbook manuscripts were to have a summer theme. Judges were an’ya, Gary Hotham and Tony Thompson. According to my notes, the contest received more than 50 entries.  For the win, I received $20.00 plus 20 copies of the chapbook (cha-ching!). Due to an error in the opening haiku, which was corrected, I received another 25 copies. Other finalists were Michael McClintock, Sandra Simpson, Elliot Nicely and Darrell Lindsey. Original cover art by Ron Moss.

Shortly after the publication of Pop Bottles, True Vine Press ceased operations which included closing the doors to Wisteria, a haiku, senryu and tanka journal edited by Tony Thompson. I don’t know how many copies of Pop Bottles were ultimately printed, but it’s probably safe to say that there weren’t many more copies than the 45 I ended up with. Over the years I’ve either sold or given away almost all the copies I have. So, if you are one of the lucky few who owns a copy, hang on to it. Keep it in a protective sleeve like your favorite baseball card. Personally, I keep my remaining copies in a fire and water proof vault that requires both fingerprint and retinal scans to gain entry. Seriously though, I am excited that Pop Bottles is in front of a much bigger audience than its original print run. So many more people will be able to enjoy it now.

Thanks to The Haiku Foundation, Jim Kacian, and THF librarian Garry Eaton for including my chapbook in the digital library and for featuring it as book of the week.

New Work Published in Stardust Haiku

A new issue of Stardust Haiku is available today, and I am happy to have a new haiku included. You can check out the website for this new journal or you can click here to read a pdf of the second issue which is focused on “the interaction between nature and love/romance.” Not only does this mark my first appearance in Stardust Haiku, but it also fulfills my annual goal of publishing in a journal I’ve never published in before. Many thanks to editor Valentina Ranaldi-Adams. Here is my effort:

humid night–
my body remembers
her body

haiku by Chad Lee Robinson, Stardust Haiku Issue 2 – February 2017

dust devils: The Red Moon Anthology Released

dustdevilsrma2016Red Moon Press has released dust devils: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016 which collects the best haiku and related writing published in 2016. I am delighted and honored to have two haiku included. The annual Red Moon Anthology series began with the 1996 volume, and dust devils is the 21st edition. I am fortunate to have had work voted into thirteen volumes of this award-winning series. Many thanks to Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Editorial Team. I would also like to thank Cherie Hunter Day and the members of the Route 9 Haiku Group for publishing these poems first.

Here are my two contributions to dust devils:

Indian summer
a childhood nickname
catches up with me

Upstate Dim Sum 2016/II


restringing fence wire–
the meadowlark’s song one post
ahead of the wind

Mariposa 35, Autumn/Winter 2016