Haiku Happenings

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Winter cemetery. Photo: Sandra Simpson

July 2019:  The past week of cold, clear days has been lovely – bright sunshine but my goodness, how the temperature falls away in the afternoon. Rain back on the horizon for the start of the new month.

Congratulations to André Surridge and Kirsten Cliff who have both produced new collections in the past couple of months. See below for ordering information.

The latest monthly Article concerns the life of New Zealander Max Bickerton, one of the first to translate Issa’s haiku into English. Never heard of him? Me either. In reality, his one article about Issa was his only contribution to haiku but his life was so darn interesting that it was a pleasure to research.

The Contest listing has been updated to mid-October. Please remember that the list is refreshed as information comes to hand so it’s always worth checking back during the month.

Thanks, as always, to the New Zealand Poetry Society for giving us space on its site – free of charge. If you’d consider joining the NZPS, it would be a small repayment for the hosting and support that we receive out of kindness. For those within New Zealand, your membership fees are tax deductible, as is any donation you make over the top of the annual sub. Read more about joining and membership benefits here, including how to join if you live outside New Zealand.

If you’d like to recommend an article, offer to write something for these pages, or generally have something to say about haiku and its related forms, please feel free to get in touch with me.  If you find any broken links within an article please let me know. Time passes and websites disappear but clicking on a broken link is always frustrating so I’d like to keep them up to date if I can.

– Sandra

NZ Haiku Books

1: one hundred petals is a collection of 100 haiku and senryu by André Surridge, the Hamilton poet’s first collection.  The 64-page book is printed on recycled paper and is available for $20 within New Zealand (includes postage) and $NZ25 elsewhere. To order a copy email André.

2: Kirsten Cliff Elliot has published a collection, Patient Property: a journey through leukaemia through Velvet Dusk Publishing, a new US indie publisher. Patient Property includes 61 haiku and tanka, with a foreword by Owen Bullock and an afterword by Patricia Prime. Purchase from the publisher or from Kirsten ($20 , including postage within New Zealand, or $NZ25 for overseas). Email Kirsten for details.

3: number eight wire is the fourth NZ haiku anthology, containing 330 haiku by 70 poets of all ages and surveys the period 2008-18. Read ordering details here. The first review has been published, on the Australia Haiku Society website. Read Vanessa Proctor’s thoughts here. Short reviews are also available in Frogpond 42.2 and Modern Haiku 50.2.

Haiku Abroad

1: The Ulysses Haiku Project opens this month in Dublin, part of the city’s annual tribute to novelist James Joyce. Curator Nickie Hayden says: “I chose haiku because every line in Ulysses has the same kind of richness that is carried in each line of a haiku.”

Print maker Robert Russell was struck by Joyce’s portrayal of Dublin in Ulysses, and working with Stephen Fry, Paula Meehan, Rachael Hegarty, Theo Dorgan and Patricia Ross, imprinted their haiku on five etched images on copper plates. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to write their own Ulysses, Joyce or Bloomsday-inspired haiku to become part of the exhibition – or email your haiku. Read more here.

2: Paul Chambers, editor of the Wales Haiku journal, took a visit to his hometown of Pill (part of Newport) and worked with some senior students on haiku. The area is often portrayed negatively in the media. Watch the BBC Wales film here (4 mins).

Publication News

1: Online journal KYSO Flash is looking for haibun and tanka prose for its next issue.
Submit: By July 31. Full details from the website.

2: New journal Tanka Origins is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue. Tanka only (ie, no tanka prose, sequences, etc).
Submit: By July 31. Full details from the website.

3: Akira Yagami, editor of the new paper journal Leaf-fall, is seeking artwork for the cover of issue 2. All kinds of art considered, but please send only jpeg files. Publication of haiku in Leaf-fall opens later in the year.
Submit: By email to Aikra Yagami with the subject line ‘art cover submission’.

4: Atlas Poetica is seeking ‘flowing tranquility’ tanka for a special feature.
Submit: Up to 5 tanka (only one will be chosen) by August 1. Full details from the website.

5: Puddock is a new haiku journal from Scotland. For its first issue editor Colin Stewart Jones is seeking haiku, tanka, haibun, haiga and renga (renku). Work in English, Gaelic or Scots is welcomed.
Submit: By June 1 Extended to July 1 November 1. Full details from the website.


To Steve Clarkson and Adjei Agyei-Baah (of Ghana, but studying at Waikato University) who have both received Honourable Mentions in the Pumpkin Festival Haiku Contest (Croatia, 262 haiku entered).

forty days of rain
fixing the hole in my shoe
with gourd

Steve Clarkson

Read all the winning haiku here.

To Andre Surridge who has received an Honourable Mention in the AHA Haiku Contest (US, 955 poems entered) with

fading light
the warm scent
of poached quinces

The full set of winning poems is available to read in Seedpods, the newsletter of the United Haiku and Tanka Society. To access Seedpods, you must join the mailing list (free). Email Mike Montreuil with your details.

To Steve Clarkson who has received an Honourable Mention in the Betty Drevniok Haiku Award (Canada). Read all the winning haiku.

she describes its flight
with her eyebrows

Steven Clarkson

To Anne Curran and Sandra Simpson who have both been Commended in the Anam Cara Haiku and Senryu Contest (Ireland, 250 poems entered). Read all the winning haiku here.

he reaches
for her hand –
school dance

Anne Curran

Contest results

H Gene Murtha Senryu Contest (US, opens as a pdf)

Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award (US)

OtherWordly Haiku Contest (US)

Mainichi Haiku Contest (Japan, opens as a pdf)

Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest, set theme (Japan, 1256 entries)

Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest, original photos (Japan, 1583 entries)

Santoka Haiku Contest (Serbia, 179 entries)

Santoka Haiga Contest (Serbia, 38 entries)

Free e-Books

echoes 2 is a new e-book to celebrate 20 years of the Red Moon Press series, New Resonances, which introduces up-and-coming haiku poets. The 10th biennial volume was published in 2017, bringing the total number of poets featured across the 20 years to 170. echoes 2  includes work from all 10 volumes.

Snapshot Press has a number of recent e-books for free download. Visit the website to choose a title.

Ancient Bloodlines is a free e-book of collaborative rengay by Simon Hanson and Ron C Moss, plus artwork by Ron. Download here.


1: Haiku North America: August 7-11, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. See the website.

2: World Haiku Association: September 13-15, Meiji University, Tokyo.  The 10th conference marks the WHA’s 20th anniversary. See the website.

3: Haiku Northwest Getaway: October 24-27, Seabeck, Washington state, US. Further details from the website.