Members’ News, May 2019

Winter Solstice Haiga Kukai

The Australian Haiku Society is pleased to announce the Winter Solstice Haiga Kukai conducted by Ron C. Moss. As usual there will be a seasonal and non-seasonal category in which participants may offer a haiku verse to accompany images created by Ron. The Winter Solstice occurs in Australia on the 22nd of June this year so stay tuned for further details.

Echidna Tracks

The latest issue of Echidna Tracks begins today, Issue 3: Insects, Animals, Birds and Fish. The editors sincerely thank all those who have contributed making the issue what it is. We extend our thanks also to those who submitted but unfortunately were not accepted this time around. The number of submissions far exceed what could be accommodated by the issue and many excellent haiku were passed by. We look forward to your submissions for the next issue on the subject of Recreation and Leisure open throughout October. Meanwhile do enjoy the daily offerings.

Previous issues can be accessed on the website. You can receive daily notifications by adding your email address to the Follow Blog Via Email link at the bottom of the web page.

Lynette Arden
Lyn Reeves
Simon Hanson

Windfall: Australian Haiku submissions

A reminder to Australian haiku poets that submissions to Windfall: Australian Haiku Issue 8 will be open throughout July 2019.  Please send up to six haiku relevant to the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. Observations that celebrate landform, seasons, and our unique flora and fauna, are welcome.

Address for postal submissions:

Beverley George,
Editor: Windfall: Australian Haiku
PO Box 3274
Umina Beach NSW 2257

All haiku submitted must be accompanied by a note that they are ‘original, unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere’. The editor advises receipt of submissions. Notifications of acceptance or non-acceptance are sent out during August.


$15 for two issues, one per year for two years, including postage within Australia.
Stamps or cash are also welcome. Cheques must be made out to Peter Macrow
Overseas subscriptions are $25 in Australian currency only.

Individual copies to non-subscribers or non-contributors are $10 for the first copy and $5 each for further copy. Overseas $15.

New Poetry Publications

Ashely Capes has two new poetry books available, one of free verse, Small Town Lazarus and one a mix of haiku and senryu, Teeth of the World. Further details can be found on his website.


Lorin Ford continues to have commentaries featured on The Haiku Foundation’s re:Virals blog. Two to appear during May include her thoughts on haiku by Jim Kacian and John McManus:

brief bio
i become a bit

Jim Kacian, afterimage Red Moon Press (2017)

gunfire the length of the playground

John McManus, Modern Haiku 45.1

You might like to browse the entire re:Virals archive going back ten years!

Betty Drevniok Award 2019

Simon Hanson received a first in the Betty Drevniok Award 2019 judged by Pat Benedict Campbell with –

crossing the lake
the nightly journey
of stars

All selected haiku can be read here and judge’s comments here.

I do my best to keep track of awards in various recognised competitions but apologise for any I might miss as I am bound to from time to time. Thank you to those who keep me updated on this aspect of the news.

THF Per Deim

The Haiku Foundation Per Deim for May on the theme of clothing has been selected by Marietta McGregor. The collection in its entirety will be entered into the Per Deim Archive shortly.

Film Haiga

Following World Haiku Poetry Day, The Haiku Foundation has featured a number of film haiga during May that can be found in the HaikuLife Video Archive.

Film haiga going back to 2015 can be accessed here.

If you are one to admire the beauties of lichen or if perhaps you have yet to be moved by these wonderful life forms do watch the latest film haiga production, Stone People by Ron C. Moss with music by Rick Wilson.

And another gem to emerge during May, Found on Paper, with haiku and art by Ron C. Moss and Music performed by Steve Hodge.

Paperbark Haiku Ginko by Maureen Sexton

Paperbark Haiku will be holding a ginko / haiku gathering on Wednesday 26th June, from10am – 1 pm, at Dome in Maylands, 219 – 221 Railway Parade, Maylands, Perth. Judging by the map Dome is across from Maylands train station. Shearn Park is nearby as well. You will find us in the meeting room where it will be a little quieter and we can order coffee, drinks, cake, lunch or whatever takes our fancy. I’m sure we’ll find lots of material for writing haiku.

Members’ News compiled by Simon Hanson


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