YTHS is pleased to offer its third one-day Tanka Workshop on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. Joan Zimmerman and Patricia J. Machmiller will introduce ways to write a tanka in response to one written by someone else. For details see here. These popular workshops have limited space and are likely to fill up fast.
The 2014 Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest has been announced. The in-hand deadline is May 31, 2014. Authors of the top three haiku win awards of $100, $50, and $25. This is the longest-running USA-based international haiku contest. Submission guidelines are available here.
The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society announces the start of a new haiga activity and is soliciting haiga from its members. See the writeup in the latest GEPPO or on this site.
The Society’s 2013 retreat at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Center provided enjoyment of shared haiku and allied arts as well as the experience of the natural world of the Pacific coast.
- Results of the 2013 Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest were announced at the Conference. Winners and poems are posted here.
- The Society’s 2013 anthology, Above the Clouds, was distributed at the Conference. Edited by Patrick Gallagher, the book includes members’ haiku, tanka and renku, with the addition of works from the esteemed 2013 Haiku in the Park poets, Gregory Longenecker, Michael Sheffield and Dennis Bolger. The volume includes an article by Patricia J. Machmiller describing the contributions to the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society by Teruo Yamagata, President of the Yukuharu Haiku Society of Japan. A description of this handsome publication and ordering information are shown on the Society’s Publications page.
Wild Violets, the Society’s 2011 poetry, haibun, and essay anthology has been published and is available using information available here. The volume has been exceptionally well-received and popular, and a second printing has been authorized. Edited and introduced by Jerry Ball and J. Zimmerman, the anthology’s poems and text are enhanced by Ann Bendixen’s powerful, elegant art. Judith Morrison Schallberger designed the anthology and Harry Lafnear designed the striking cover. Wild Violets is 70 pages plus folding inserts; 6″ x 9″. Glossy art covers; perfect bound. ISBN 978-0-9745404-9-8. The editors’ introduction can be read here. $12.00
One of the tenets of haiku esthetics that the Yuki Teikei Society honors, is the importance of the use kigo, or season words in English language haiku. Robert Wilson, a prominent editor and critic of haiku and allied forms has recently published a treatise strongly supporting the use of season words in all haiku. See it the on-line journal, Simply Haiku, at this link. (See our publication that elaborates on San Francsico Bay area season words below.)
The Society sponsors the 2013 annual Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest. The in-hand deadline for 2013 has passed; prizes are 1st, $100; 2nd, $50, and 3rd, $25; plus honorable mentions. The haiku must be in the form 5-7-5 syllables, and contain a season word from a supplied list. See 2013 Contest for complete rules and entry information.
Registration for the Society’s 2013 long weekend haiku poetry retreat is available. The retreat will be November 7-10, at Asilomar State Seashore and Conference Center, located along a dramatic section of the Monterey California coastline. The retreat is designed to inspire and nurture the creative spirit of haiku poets from near and far. The program will allow ample time for attendees to wander and write in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Opportunities are also available for poets to share their work, and participate in renku. This year’s retreat will feature a more relaxed schedule and a more economical fee than recent retreats, only $400 for three nights with all meals.
Registration information and a form for registration are provided here.
Nov 7 -10 Asilomar State Beach and Conference Center Pacific Grove, California
The focus of this year’s retreat will be on time for walking, writing, and sharing haiku.
The attendance fee is $400, which includes three night lodging with all meals.
To reserve your place please send the completed registration form to the Registrar:
Betty Arnold, 24142 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
The full conference fee of $400 must be paid to the Registrar by September 30.
Asilomar Haiku Retreat 2013 Registration Form
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For this new feature of the website, each member of the Society can provide up to ten haiku for presentation. The presence of the poems on the website will allow viewers to understand the tenor and range of Yuki Teikei poetry. Each member is invited to submit, by email or snail mail, poems for posting on the website under the poet’s name. Poets may choose from their whole corpus, poems they like that they would be happy to share with Yuki Teikei poets and web viewers. Send them to the web-minder, Patrick Gallagher, at wpgallagher.home(at)gmail.com or 818 Van Ness Ave Apt 705, San Francisco, CA 94109.