The 2014 Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Retreat at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA, Thursday Nov 6 – Sunday Nov 9, 2014. Each year the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society holds a haiku retreat at Asilomar in the beautiful natural setting of Monterey Bay on the Pacific Ocean. It is a great opportunity for poetry writing in an environment of coastal forest and dune vegetation populated with shore birds and other land and sea creatures. Asilomar, noted for its Arts & Crafts architecture by Julia Morgan, is located on the Monterey Peninsula, known for its historical and literary heritage. Registration is now closed.
The theme of this year’s retreat will be “All About Birds.” For more information see the Retreat page.
The 2014 Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest has been announced and entries are now closed. The in-hand deadline was 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.
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.)