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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.
  • 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’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.
  • Results of the 2012 Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest were announced at the Conference. Winners and poems are posted here.
  • The Society’s 2012 anthology, Bending Reeds, was distributed at the Conference. Edited by Patricia J. Machmiller, the book includes many haiku of the important Japanese poets Dr. Akito Arima and Kai Hasegawa in new translations. The volume is dedicated to Teruo Yamagata, President of the Yukuharu Haiku Society of Japan, and a longtime friend and mentor of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. A description of this handsome publication and ordering information are shown on the Society’s Publications page.

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.

Yuki Teikei Poets Pages

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.