Acorn and Other News

I recently received the spring issue of Acorn that includes a new poem of mine. As always, I’m thrilled to be in another issue of Acorn. It’s such a fantastic haiku journal. With thanks to Susan Antolin, here is my contribution:

it’s cancer . . .
the tips of the tall grass
brush my palms

by Chad Lee Robinson, Acorn No. 38, Spring 2017

In other news, I feel kinda bad that I wasn’t able to participate in this year’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration for International Haiku Poetry Day, but the theme of reconciliation just didn’t spark anything for me. So hopefully next year’s theme will be more inspiring.

The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems were announced yesterday. I was honored to have a poem on the shortlist, this one which was originally published in Mariposa 35, 2016 (thanks to editor Cherie Hunter Day):

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

by Chad Lee Robinson

Unfortunately, the Touchstone judges did not select my poem as a winner. Since the Touchstone Awards began, I have been fortunate enough to have had four poems shortlisted, one of which (this one) actually won:

migrating geese–
the things we thought we needed
darken the garage

by Chad Lee Robinson, first published in The Heron’s Nest Vol. XIII, Number 1: March, 2011.

This haiku can also be found in my award-winning collection from Turtle Light Press, The Deep End of the Sky.

Thanks to the Touchstone judges for shortlisting my poem.

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

Haiku Books Make Great Gifts

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]It’s inevitable that between mouthfuls of turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie that someone asks for Christmas lists. If you’ll be buying for a lover of books, poetry, or haiku, The Deep End of the Sky may be of interest to you.

Winner of the 2014 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition, and published by Turtle Light Press in 2015, The Deep End of the Sky is a wonderfully rich collection of haiku about the landscape of the American prairie and what it means to live there. Upon its release, The Deep End of the Sky received a number of outstanding reviews (to read those, please click on the BOOKS tab above and scroll down to The Deep End of the Sky) written by masters of haiku: Randy Brooks, Michelle Root-Bernstein, an’ya, Sandra Simpson, Alan Summers, and others. And just this November, The Deep End of the Sky took second place in the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for books published in 2015, easily one of the most prestigious awards/honors my haiku writing has received in my nearly 15 years of publishing.

The Deep End of the Sky is available to order from multiple venues. Right now, you can take advantage of 10% off the cover price of $12.50 plus free shipping in the USA from Turtle Light Press’s store. You can also find it on Amazon, The Book Depository (this is especially helpful for those in other countries), and directly from me. If you are interested in ordering directly from me, you can reach me at jedirobinson (at) yahoo (dot) com or through this blog or on Facebook. If you are in Pierre, signed copies can be found at Korner Grocery, Prairie Pages Bookseller, and South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center’s Heritage Store.

Reviews and awards aside, The Deep End of the Sky really is a great book. The haiku were written over a ten-year period, and so the haiku I selected for this collection can be counted among my best pieces. Much of what the haiku are about are based on my family’s heritage and experiences in South Dakota, and so the collection is, at times, telling a personal story. Whether or not you’ve read my work before, you’ll more than likely find much to like, maybe even love, about The Deep End of the Sky.

Happy Holidays

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!

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.

The Beauty of Winter

This week experience The Beauty of Winter through haiku on Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog. I’m delighted to have a haiku included, and it’s up today. Head on over to read my contribution as well as the contributions of others. Many thanks to Charlotte for including my work!

a slight shake of bells
as the harness comes off
night snow

haiku by Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in The Heron’s Nest XI:2, June 2009 and The Deep End of the Sky (Turtle Light Press, 2015)

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!

Frogpond Review Update

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]The website for Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America, has updated to include reviews from its most recent issue. Here is the link to read the brief but marvelous review Michele Root-Bernstein wrote for The Deep End of the Sky.

For easy access, I have updated the BOOKS tab above to include links to all known reviews of The Deep End of the Sky that can be found online.

The Deep End of the Sky can be bought online at Turtle Light Press, Amazon.com, and Book Depository. And if you live in my part of the world, copies can be bought at Korner Grocery, Prairie Pages Bookseller, and The Heritage Store at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. To order directly from me, please see the BOOKS tab above.