The Deep End of the Sky On Sale Now!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]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!

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The Deep End of the Sky Recognized in HSA Merit Book Awards

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]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.

One Year Ago This Month

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]One year ago this month Turtle Light Press released my contest-winning haiku collection The Deep End of the Sky. In that time the book has received many positive reviews in the haiku journals as well as some wonderful feedback from individuals all over the world. Looking back, I was fortunate to have Penny Harter choose this manuscript as winner, and to have Rick Black to guide me through the editing/publishing process. Thank you, guys, for all your help, and to everyone who bought a copy.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please see the BOOKS tab above for a list of places where it is sold.

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.

Rewind: Haiku Highlights from 2015

Notebooks used in 2015. The five small Moleskine's contain nothing but haiku and drafts of haiku. The six Field Notes notebooks contain some haiku and other writing.

Notebooks used in 2015. The five small Moleskine notebooks contain nothing but haiku and drafts of haiku. The six Field Notes notebooks contain some haiku and other jottings.

As each year comes to a close, I like to look back at what I accomplished with my haiku writing. This helps to settle any doubt as to what I got done over the last twelve months, and it helps me figure out where the writing is going, if anywhere, in the coming year.

I like facts and figures and lists. I like to arrange things in front of me. So I found it fun to make a list of the places I published work in 2015. But I didn’t stop there. I broke the list into more detailed lists: places where my work appeared for the very first time, places where work was reprinted. And then the figures: how many new poems did I publish this year, how many poems were reprinted, how many did I publish in this journal or that, how many poems are still awaiting publication, how many haiku and related poems have I published since I started writing them in 2002?

Information like this doesn’t really do me any good. I think it’s a mistake to try to compare one year’s figures to the next in an attempt to glean any useful information. I just find it fun to look at the numbers.

Despite the fact that 2015 is book-ended by droughts in my writing, I still managed to publish 40 new haiku. It’s been many years since I pulled off a number like that. So what does this mean to me? When I found myself writing, I was writing some good stuff, and a lot of it. I’m not sure it should mean anything more than that. As for the droughts, I can say with certainty the causes were/are busyness and laziness. I really shouldn’t call these intervals of little writing droughts because to me they’re more like a field left fallow for a season. These are intervals of renewal.

So let’s talk lists and numbers. I published 40 new haiku in 2015. I published those haiku in the following places: Acorn (1), Akitsu Quarterly (3), Beyond the Grave: Contemporary Afterlife Haiku (Middle Island Press) (4), bottle rockets (1 sequence of 5 haiku), cattails (2), The Deep End of the Sky (Turtle Light Press) (1), Frogpond (2), Frozen Butterfly (1), The Heron’s Nest (4), A Hundred Gourds (5), Mariposa (1), Modern Haiku (2), muttering thunder (2), Presence (2), Under the Basho (4), Wild Plum (1). Of these, the journals publishing my work for the very first time are: Akitsu Quarterly, cattails, Frozen Butterfly, Under the Basho, and Wild Plum.

I’m a big fan of getting my work reprinted. It’s a great way to get my writing in front of readers who may not have seen it the first time. 2015 was no exception. I had work reprinted in the following places: Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog (6), Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the First Fifteen Years of The Heron’s Nest (The Heron’s Nest) (5), A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Tancho Press) (1), Haiku 2015 (Modern Haiku Press) (1), big data: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2014 (Red Moon Press) (1), Like the Pumpkins (The Befuddled Press) (1), A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology (Haiku Society of America) (1), EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration (The Haiku Foundation) (1), With Words Summer Haiku Competition (joint 1st place plus other highly commended and commended haiku).

On top of having 40 new poems find their way into the world (that’s the nuts and bolts of this whole operation), the most exciting publication of 2015 was The Deep End of the Sky, my third collection of haiku. With the help of Rick Black at Turtle Light Press, my third contest-winning collection was released last May and has received numerous positive reviews. Because of the publication of my book, I started this blog in January 2015 as a way to promote the book and my writing in general. I also joined Facebook with personal and writer profiles. Later in the year, I joined Twitter, but I have yet to pen my first tweet. A number of interviews with the Pierre Capital Journal resulted from the publication of The Deep End of the Sky as well as a reading I gave to the South Dakota Arts Council’s Tales on the River series in August. Yet another interview with Rick Black appeared a question or two at a time on Facebook in the fall.

And in addition to the writing and publishing, I completed my second year as a panelist for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards.

Fast Forward to 2016

In January, this blog will celebrate its first birthday. I am looking forward to my third and final year as a panelist for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. On the publishing front, I have one new haiku awaiting publication in bottle rockets. And on Christmas Eve I received word from Jim Kacian that I will have a haiku reprinted in galaxy of dust: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2015 (Red Moon Press, 2016). Also, I plan on submitting The Deep End of the Sky to the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Awards.

I guess the only other thing will be to WRITE MY ASS OFF. Oh, and reach that major milestone I mentioned a couple times before. I am this close . . .

Thanks

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who bought a copy or copies of The Deep End of the Sky, and also to the local shops who helped me sell copies: Korner Grocery, The Heritage Store at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and Museum, and Prairie Pages Bookseller. And thanks to those who took the time to check out this blog or one of my Facebook pages. I hope you keep coming back!

Review in Haiku Canada Review

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]Haiku Canada Review published a short but sweet review of The Deep End of the Sky in its October 2015 issue. Guy Simser has a number of good things to say about the book, such as:

“His refreshingly short and plain haiku have been carefully constructed with a minimal amount of affected input. It is not hard when reading them to want to scrape mud off your boots[.]”

“Chad’s book takes you through the traditional seasonal path starting in spring. Visually, the volume is book-ended by haiku relating to the prairie sky. The subject matter is pastoral, work sweat and tears, with suggestions of reverence.”

“This book is a keeper for those interested in heart of a man in the heart of his country.”

Guy Simser also has good things to say about Rick Black and Turtle Light Press as well as the Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition.

Many thanks to Guy Simser and Haiku Canada Review for the good review, and to Rick Black for sharing the review with me.

Interview with Turtle Light Press

Rick Black at Turtle Light Press posted questions from an interview with me about haiku on Facebook recently. Since the interview is now concluded he has posted it in its entirety on Turtle Light Press’s blog. So if you missed it on Facebook, go take a look, and if you’re so inclined please check out the books and other items in their shop. I have many of TLP’s haiku books and I can say with certainty that they are all excellent reads.

Thank you to Rick Black for conducting the interview and posting each question on Facebook, and to Alan Summers and Tom Clausen for adding some questions at the end.

My contest-winning collection of haiku The Deep End of the Sky is still available from Turtle Light Press, in case you’re interested. At $12.50 it’s a steal, and some good reading.

Wild Plum and Other News

Check out my new haiku in the just-released Wild Plum 1:2, Fall & Winter 2015. Many thanks to the editor for selecting my work.

In other news I have answered some interview questions for Rick Black at Turtle Light Press, the publisher of my book of haiku The Deep End of the Sky. Look for those to appear one or two at a time on Turtle Light Press’s Facebook page in the near future.

Other than that all’s quiet on the haiku front. I’ve been writing, but I haven’t been happy with hardly any of it lately. But I may have enough other good ones for a submission or two in September. In the meantime, I’m waiting to hear back on a couple other haiku submissions, so fingers crossed for good news from both.

Looking head I have work forthcoming in Modern Haiku, muttering thunder, Presence, bottle rockets, and an anthology about the afterlife edited by Robert Epstein.

Turtle Light Press Releases The Deep End of the Sky

I am thrilled to announce that Turtle Light Press has released The Deep End of the Sky, my newest collection of haiku! The Deep End of the Sky is the winner of the 2014 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition. Penny Harter served as the contest judge. Here is the stunning cover:

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You can head over to Turtle Light Press to order a copy and to read sample poems from the book plus some early praise from haiku heavyweights Billie Wilson, Marian Olson, Michael McClintock and Randy Brooks as well as South Dakota Poet Laureate David Allan Evans.

Special thanks to Penny Harter for selecting my manuscript, to my five “blurbers” above, and to Rick Black who has given so much of his time and energy and expertise to help make The Deep End of the Sky the amazing book that it is!

I hope that you will share this announcement with anyone who may be interested in The Deep End of the Sky. I’d also like to hear what you think about the book. Please share any feedback with me at jedirobinson (at) yahoo (dot) com. You can also write a review on Amazon.com as well!

Enjoy!

 

Stay Tuned . . .

Rick Black at Turtle Light Press and I have been working hard (mostly Rick has) to wrap things up for the official release of The Deep End of the Sky which will be here before you know it! I now have files on hand to print flyers and posters, and Rick has come up with a time table of what will happen and needs to be done leading up to official release day. Stay tuned to this blog for updates as we move closer to you finally holding a copy of The Deep End of the Sky in your hands . . .