The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is the city’s annual springtime event celebrating the Japanese tradition of flower viewing. Each April, Vancouver organises an extensive program of indoor and outdoor community events including concerts, cultural events and The Big Picnic in Queen Elizabeth Park. As part of the Festival, Vancouver runs a Haiku Invitational inviting poets… Read More 2019 Vancouver Haiku Invitational
Sydney poet, Tricia Dearborn, and myself will be reading at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra on Monday, 29 April 2019. Smith’s is a great venue for poetry and the event gets underway around 7pm. Tricia will be launching her third full-length collection of poetry, Autobiochemistry, published by University of Western Australia Publishing. The book will be… Read More Tricia Dearborn and Gregory Piko to read at Smith’s Alternative
Blowing Up Balloons: baby poems for parents and Monji Tea new parent teabags are now available in WrappedToYou gift hampers. Australian supplier of hampers and gifts, WrappedToYou, ships world-wide from their office in Newcastle, New South Wales. Beautiful new parent gift hampers can be purchased direct from the WrappedToYou website: wrappedtoyou.com.au. Blowing Up Balloons (BUB),… Read More Baby Poems now in WrappedToYou Gift Hampers
Vanessa Proctor and Kent MacCarter appeared last month at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra (Australia). Smith’s is a fun venue that offers live music, comedy and/or poetry almost every night of the week. After the usual open mic session, award-winning Sydney poet, Vanessa Proctor, stepped to the stage presenting a selection of her Japanese genre, short… Read More Smith’s Alternative: Vanessa Proctor and Kent MacCarter
Monji Tea has added to their range of gift packs containing haiku by Vanessa Proctor and myself. Monji Tea’s delightful gift packs for New Parents contain 10 pyramid teabags containing your choice of either the highest quality organic English breakfast tea, or peppermint tisane. And on the tag of each teabag is one of the… Read More Baby Poems from Monji Tea
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
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