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

The Haiku Calendar 2017

the-haiku-calendar-2017The Haiku Calendar 2017 is now available from Snapshot Press. I am pleased to have two haiku in it, one winner for the month of May, and one runner-up for the month of April. Both of my haiku can also be found in my award-winning collection The Deep End of the Sky. According to Snapshot Press’s website, “The Haiku Calendar has appeared annually since the 2000 edition was published in 1999. Edited by John Barlow, and featuring haiku poets from around the world, the calendar continues a rich tradition exploring and celebrating the relevance of seasonal references in English-language haiku.” Many thanks to John Barlow for choosing my work for such a beautiful publication.

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Winning haiku for the month of May, The Haiku Calendar 2017 (Snapshot Press)

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Runner-up haiku for the month of April, The Haiku Calendar 2017 (Snapshot Press)

 

Frogpond and More

I am delighted to announce that I will have a haiku in the next issue of Frogpond 39:3, with thanks to interim editor Christopher Patchel and interim co-editor Joyce Clement.

Here are the places to watch for my work over the next couple months: Frogpond, Mariposa, The Heron’s Nest, the Haiku Society of America’s members’ anthology, and The Haiku Calendar 2017 from Snapshot Press.

More haiku news coming soon!

The Haiku Calendar Competition 2016

Snapshot Press has announced the results of The Haiku Calendar Competition 2016, and I am pleased to report that one of my haiku is the winner for the month of May, and another one of my haiku is a Runner-up for the month of April. To read the full list of winners and runners-up, go here.

The contest received a whopping 1,115 entries, and with only 52 spots to fill The Haiku Calendar 2017, this made for some stiff competition. The quality of the haiku that appear in any edition of The Haiku Calendar is quite high. So high, in fact, that I usually only submit every other year because it takes me that long to write a submission’s worth of material of that caliber.

Many thanks to John Barlow for selecting my work for The Haiku Calendar 2017.

Here is my winning haiku for the month of May:

meadowlark–

all you’ll ever need to know

about sunrise