Australian and international haiku poets were saddened this week to hear of the passing of Brisbane poet, Katherine Samuelowicz. Katherine, a talented and free-thinking poet whose haiku, tanka and other poetry was published widely, leaves a huge legacy for Australian haiku, particularly in her role as editor of one of Australian haiku’s most well-known and long running journals, paper wasp (1994-2016).
Katherine’s association with paper wasp began in the early 90’s as a founding member of the paper wasp group which she led for a number of years. From the very first issue of the journal in 1994-95 – a collection of erotic haiku – a feature of Katherine’s editorship was a willingness to engage fresh voices. Many of us are beneficiaries of this attitude, with paper wasp unearthing a generation of Australian as well as international haiku poets.
Katherine was a great supporter of the Australian Haiku Society, serving in its early years as Secretary in 2003-2004. She was a co-editor, along with Janice Bostok and Vanessa Proctor, of the Second Australian Haiku Anthology (2006) and the Third Australian Haiku Anthology (2011) along with Jacqui Murray. In 2013, she also co-edited an anthology of Australian and New Zealand haiku.
Katherine was widely regarded as a generous and compassionate person who enjoyed the company of fellow poets. Her role as a full-time delegate to the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference in 2009 was just one example of this.
Katherine is a significant voice in Australian haiku which deserves to be recognised. Some of Katherine’s publishing details can be found here. The Committee of the Australian Haiku Society wishes to acknowledge her contribution to Australian haiku and express our sincere condolences to Katherine’s family and loved ones.
another glass of wine twilight carrying the world away
Spring is coming, creeping through the twigs, silently seeping through the sap…
Ripples of Thought
Something different for your enjoyment— Ron C. Moss and Christopher Herold have collaborated in this YouTube production presenting haiku that they have each written in response to the other’s photographs accompanied by Cypress, music by Morpheus The result is something special.
window reflection the oaks he planted made of light
Photo and haiku by Simon Hanson
AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String
The AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String has proved to be another successful online event. Our Webmaster, Lynette Arden has noted that views and visitor numbers more than doubled during the Haiku String week accompanied by continued growth in international participation. Rob Scott, AHS President, was pleased to say that extending our international reach in this way is one of our goals and suggested that events like this and the John Bird Haiku Dreaming Award certainly provide impetus to this trend.
If you wish you can revisit this latest Haiku String on the theme of food & cookinghere.
Welcome to our May Members’ Newsletter; can you believe it, June already. This is a fairly thin edition and I am bound to have missed some of the many happenings that have occurred over the last month (my apologies). Please feel free to send us any potentially newsworthy items, I know there is a lot of interesting stuff going on out there that we don’t always hear about.
The results for the inaugural John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku have now been posted. Congratulations to the awarded poets; Louise Hopewell, Matthew Paul and Jennifer Sutherland for First, Second and Third Places respectively. Congratulations also to those gaining Honourable Mentions. Our gratitude is extended to all who participated in this most successful event; your contributions are deeply appreciated. Our sincere thanks to our judges; Vanessa Proctor and Michael Dylan Welch for their enthusiastic commitment to the event and for their expert and insightful comments. Our sincere thanks (once again) to Ron C. Moss for creating the certificates and the magnificent paintings accompanying First, Second and Third places. You can revisit the selected haiku and judge’s comments here.
The recent AHS Autumn Equinox Haiku String attracted a record number of contributions of which we are most grateful. As usual, haiku came from near and far around the globe, including our first offering from China-which is fantastic. If you wish you can revisit the Haiku Stringhere.
Much has happened during January and February regarding all things haiku and otherwise…
If you would like to revisit the results of the Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai along with the adjudicator’s comments you can do so here for the Seasonal and the Non-seasonal categories.