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.
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.
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.
The Society’s 2012 retreat was very successfully combined with the Fifth Haiku Pacific Rim Conference. Asilomar State Beach and Conference Center provided the conference facilities and lodging as well as the experience of the natural world of the Pacific coast. Scheduled events included the keynote address and inspirational contributions by Dr. Akito Arima, papers and presentations by many participants on haiku and allied forms, a ginko, a kukai, numerous art workshops, and renku. A preliminary report of the Conference is available on the HPR website.
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.)