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

Naad Anunaad

naad-anunaad-coverNaad Anunaad: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Vishwakarma Publications, 2016), is edited by Kala Ramesh, Sanjuktaa Asopa and Shloka Shankar. It contains 746 haiku by 231 authors from 26 countries.

Putting together an anthology of world haiku would be an epic undertaking, so it should come as no surprise that many such anthologies have an angle to keep the workload from becoming too overwhelming. In the case of Naad Anunaad, the editors simply wanted an anthology of haiku available to the people of India. According to the editor’s introduction, “[t]his anthology began as […] a dream project that entailed publishing in India an anthology of contemporary haiku from around the world, and making it affordable for anyone wanting to know more about haiku in my country. Haikai is blooming here and schools and colleges are beginning to show an interest in this season-based poetic form.”

One way this anthology is different from other world haiku anthologies is that it includes many more haiku poets from India, which makes sense since this anthology’s focus is to further the development of haiku in India. Many of the poets from India in Naad Anunaad are new to me. But based on what I read, the haiku coming out of India are as strong as anywhere else in the world.

As for the rest of the world, there are a great many other countries and styles of haiku represented. My selection of 8 poems, for example, include mostly three-liners but also one-liners and even a vertical haiku. Here is one of my one-liners in the anthology:

kick by kick the stone’s shadow evolving

I’ve only read through it once so far, but there’s much to like about Naad Anunaad, and I expect to return to it again.

Many thanks to the editors for including some of my work!

Haiku Voted into Next Red Moon Anthology

I am very happy to share that the staff of the annual Red Moon Anthology series has voted to include two haiku of mine into the next Red Moon anthology titled dust devils. The goal of the Red Moon Anthology series is to gather the best haiku and related writing in one place for each calendar year. It is an honor to be included. Thanks Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Editorial Staff!

Rewind: Haiku Highlights from 2016

I’ve been having a hard time saying what I want to say about 2016. I accomplished some great things with my haiku writing, but the echo of certain failures from year to year are starting to get to me. So I will do my best to keep any negative feelings I’m holding right now out of this highlight reel and keep this as straight forward as I can.

I published 38 new poems (37 haiku and senryu, and 1 tanka) in the following places: Acorn, Akitsu Quarterly, bottle rockets, Failed Haiku, Frogpond, Haikuniverse, hedgerow, The Heron’s Nest, A Hundred Gourds, Mariposa, Otata, Sonic Boom, Under the Basho, and Upstate Dim Sum.  Six of these places I published in for the first time in 2016: Failed Haiku, Haikuniverse, hedgerow, Otata, Sonic Boom, and Upstate Dim Sum.

I republished some poems this year in the following places: galaxy of dust: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2015 (Red Moon Press, 2016); naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary world haiku (Vishwakarma Publications, 2016); Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2016 (Haiku Society of America, 2016), The Haiku Calendar 2017 (Snapshot Press, 2016); Charlotte Digregorio’s Writers’ Blog; and in two columns at The Haiku Foundation: Haiku in the Workplace and reVirals.

I did receive some awards in 2016. I had one winner and one runner-up in Snapshot Press’s Haiku Calendar Competition. It’s always an honor to be included in that one. Also I was one of the “other popular poets” in The Heron’s Nest Readers’ Choice Awards, and I had a poem in the “other popular poems” part of those same awards. And this one-liner of mine

in a rush to reach stillness whitewater

was shortlisted for a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems from The Haiku Foundation.

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On top of that, my book The Deep End of the Sky (Turtle Light Press, 2015) received second place in the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for 2016. Not too shabby.



Placing in the Merit Book Awards is definitely one I can cross off the haiku bucket list. But so is being the Route 9 Haiku Group’s guest poet in Upstate Dim Sum. When I scan the list of previous guest poets, I don’t really feel like I should be among such an outstanding group of haiku poets, but I am honored and grateful and excited to be there.

Looking forward to 2017, I have one haiku accepted for publication in Modern Haiku. And I have yet to find out if any of my work has been voted into the next Red Moon Anthology, so fingers crossed I will have work voted in.

I am grateful to (still) be writing and publishing. I appreciate every opportunity I had in 2016, and hope 2017 will bring many more haiku moments to share.

Happy New Year