Robert Epstein from California, USA, has edited a new collection of poetry titled They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku. While the book presents many haiku celebrating parents, and the bond between parent and child, it also includes a substantial number of haiga and tanka, plus several longer, free verse poems. Hence,… Read More They Gave Us Life edited by Robert Epstein
Vine Leaves Press began publishing the Vine Leaves Literary Journal in 2011. Since its inception, the journal has presented ‘vignettes’ in poetry and prose. Editor of the journal, Jessica Bell, explains that a vignette doesn’t operate within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead focusing on mood, character or setting to create an atmosphere… Read More Vine Leaves Literary Journal
Each year the City of Kumamoto in Japan conducts an international haiku competition. The contest is named after the celebrated novel, Kusamakura, written by Natsume Soseki (1867-1916). I was honoured recently to receive a Second Prize award in the 22nd ‘Kusamakura’ International Haiku Competition. Being a poet who seeks to interpret a Japanese genre while… Read More ‘Kusamakura’ Haiku Competition
Scott Mason is a widely published haiku poet from the United States who has won many haiku awards over the past 15 years. Since 2010 Scott has also volunteered as an editor with the popular haiku journal, The Heron’s Nest. Scott’s new book, published by Girasole Press, is titled The Wonder Code. The Wonder Code… Read More The Wonder Code by Scott Mason
This Sunday, 26 November, is your last chance for 2017 to Brush With Poetry at the Black Swan Gallery and Café in Binalong. The MCs for the day will be Lizz Murphy and myself. The open mic poetry reading and performance event is sure to feature an entertaining mix: short poetry, long poetry, traditional poetry,… Read More Brush With Poetry: 26 November 2017
Haiku Northwest is a very active group of poets based in the Seattle area of Washington State, USA. The group began in 1988 under the leadership of the celebrated haiku poet, Francine Porad. Each year, Haiku Northwest sponsors the Francine Porad Haiku Award. The Porad Award is open to entries from around the world, and… Read More 2017 Francine Porad Haiku Award
What great news, Tanya from Monji Tea in Sydney (Australia) has turned the humble teabag into something inspirational and beautiful using haiku by Vanessa Proctor and myself. Each gift pack also incorporates original artwork by Australian artist, Tatiana Georgieva. Monji Tea offers delightful gift packs for New Parents. Inside are pyramid teabags containing your choice… Read More BUB Haiku in Monji Tea Gift Packs!
Thank you to the respected New Zealand journal, Kokako, for publishing an extended review of Blowing Up Balloons: baby poems for parents by Vanessa Proctor and Gregory Piko. Issue 27 of Kokako includes a review of BUB written by widely published Auckland poet, Tony Beyer. As Tony points out, Blowing Up Balloons is at the… Read More Kokako Reviews BUB