Haiku Spooktacular

My son Nathan's painted pumpkins.

My son Nathan’s painted pumpkins.

Lots of haiku news today.

First, Haikuniverse is celebrating Halloween with a selection of 25 themed haiku and other micro-poems culled from over 200 submissions. I am happy to say my submission was chosen for publication:


Halloween party–
squishing jello brains
between my teeth

Second, the newest issue of Mariposa hit my mailbox today, and I have two haiku and a tanka included. Here’s one of the haiku:

first light
the falcon leaps
into its wings

And finally, I am pleased to announce that I will have a haiku in Modern Haiku‘s first issue of 2017.

Many thanks to editors Rick Lupert (Haikuniverse), Cherie Hunter Day (Mariposa), and Paul Miller (Modern Haiku).

Happy Halloween!


The Deep End of the Sky – book update

Turtle Light Press and I are steadily working toward publication of my contest-winning haiku collection The Deep End of the Sky. We finished editing last November, and I had blurbs in-hand by early February. An announcement of the competition results appeared on The Haiku Foundation forums, The Haiku Society of America website, and in the Haiku Poets of Northern California newsletter. I started this blog in January to help promote the book, and I am now on Facebook with a personal profile as well as a writer’s page in order to reach as many people as possible. Three newspaper articles appeared last fall, two in the Pierre Capital Journal and one in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Rick Black of Turtle Light Press is nearly finished with the layout and design of the book’s interior, and we have started considering images for the interior as well.

While we don’t yet have a publication date for The Deep End of the Sky, we are still on track for a spring release. It’s getting close!

Recent Acceptances

I am happy to announce that the editor of Mariposa, journal of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, recently accepted a brand new haiku of mine for issue #32, due out this spring.

I will also have a new haiku in the spring issue of Acorn as well as four new haiku in Robert Epstein’s forthcoming anthology about the afterlife. And I mentioned before in my “Home Early” post that my forthcoming collection The Deep End of the Sky will have one previously unpublished haiku in it.

Even though it’s only mid-March, I am behind on my writing goals for the year, but I have some submissions still under consideration. If all goes well with those, I hope to be back on track by this time next month.


Just heard back from A Hundred Gourds, and I will have three new haiku in the June issue!