Haiku Poets of Northern California



About Haiku Poets of Northern California

HPNC was formed in 1989 to further the writing, study, and appreciation of haiku and related genres of poetry written in English, which now include senryu, renku, rengay, tanka, and haibun. We hold meetings, sponsor readings, and publish haiku books with our own imprint, Two Autumns Press. Though most of our members live in the San Francisco and Northern California area, membership is open to anyone with an interest in haiku.

HPNC's members include both new and established writers, many of whom have had their work published in journals and anthologies throughout the world. We also welcome beginners.

HPNC publishes a quarterly newsletter, as well as Mariposa, a twice-yearly journal of haiku and related poetry, and also publishes occasional anthologies of haiku and senryu by members. We also hold annual contests for haiku, senryu, tanka, and rengay. You can see some of the recent Haiku Competition winners at the bottom of this page.

Meetings and Events:

HPNC holds four quarterly meeting each year, usually at Fort Mason in San Francisco ( click here for directions to our meeting location ). We usually hold our meetings on the third Sunday of every third month, starting in January. These meetings usually consist of a featured reader, a featured presentation or workshop related to haiku, rounds of open readings of haiku and tanka, news and announcements, socialization and refreshments, and book tables for the sale and purchase of HPNC and other books (bring your own publications if you have some to sell).

Everyone is welcome at no charge. You are invited to read your poems if you wish, and to participate in discussions and workshop activities, or to just listen. Whether you're new to haiku or a seasoned writer, you'll find something to benefit you at HPNC's quarterly meetings. In addition to those meetings HPNC also sponsors a special event featuring four of its members who present haiku at the annual Two Autumns Series at Fort Mason. For this year, HPNC's main events are listed below.

2009 Past Calendar

January 11, 2009: This date is for HPNC's annual planning meeting. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Roundtable Pizza Restaurant (1503 Northpoint St., behind the Marina Safeway) to plan the agenda for 2009. All members are invited to come and make suggestions for the coming year: featured readers, featured programs, Two Autumns readers and your wish list for HPNC. Plan to stick around for pizza and yakking after we have concluded the business part of our meeting.

January 18, 2009: HPNC's regular quarterly meeting will be held in Building C, Room 235 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. John Thompson and Gary Gay will be the featured readers and there will be discussion regarding the Rengay form as well as a round of reading.

March 1st, Sunday, 2009: There will be a special meeting at Fort Mason, Building C, Room 235 at 1:00 p.m. George Swede and Anita Krumins, the editor and assistant editor of Frogpond (the journal of the Haiku Society of America) will be visiting the Bay Area and are eager to meet with fellow haiku poets. George and Anita have offered to do a Q & A regarding the editing, layout, design and production of Frogpond. In addition, George (a highly respected and widely published haiku poet) will give a reading of some of his latest work. They will have just returned from New Zealand and will be happy to fill us in on the goings-on among New Zealand haiku poets. We hope you can all be there.

April 11, 2009, Saturday. Japanese Poetry & Music at the Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival at 7:30pm in Gualala, on the northern Sonoma County coast. HPNC Members Renée Owen will perform her haibun to Brian Foster's shakuhachi flute & Linda Galloway will translate Mariko Kitakubo's Japanese tanka performance. Other performances include Don McLeod, dancing an original butoh theatre piece to Jane Reichold's translations of Basho's haiku and musicians Shirley Muramoto on the koto and Karl Young on the shakuhachi. For more information see the following site: http://www.gualalaarts.org/ , or to see the complete program of the event, go to http://tobaccoroadpoet.blogspot.com/2009/03/gualala-arts-2009-whale-jazz-festival.html.

2009 Upcoming Calendar

May 3rd, 2009, Sunday: The 4th Annual Moon Viewing Party, for details please contact Susan Antolin

May 9th, 2009, Saturday, from 1:30 to 4:30, HPNC members Roger Abe, Ebba Story, Rich Krivcher and Linda Galloway read at the San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden Tea House, 1490 Senter Road, San Jose. See the Yuki Teikei web site: http://www.youngleaves.org

July 19th, 2009, Sunday: HPNC's regular quarterly meeting will be held in Building C, Room 235 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. The featured reader will be Renee Owen, accompanied by her husband Brian Foster, on shakuhachi flute.

September 13th, 2009, Sunday: This is the 20th anniversary of HPNC's premier annual event, the Two Autumns Reading. This year our readers will be Gary Gay, Carolyn Hall, David Grayson and Michael Dylan Welch. Please do join us in celebrating poetry and its presentation at the longest running Haiku Reading series in North America.

Submissions for Mariposa:

Mariposa is the semiannual journal of the members of HPNC. Only work by current members can be considered for publication. The in-hand submission deadline for the Spring/Summer issue of Mariposa is March 1st and for the Fall/Winter issue September 1st.  Postal submissions must include an SASE or e-mail address for acceptance decisions. We encourage e-mail submissions. Poems from any season are accepted for each issue. haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, short linked verse, and brief articles (50-400 words) focusing on one aspect of haiku practice are welcome. Also line and gray-shade artwork and photographs suitable for reproduction within our 6 inch high by 4 1/2 inch wide perimeters is encouraged. All submissions must be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. Contest-winning poems which have not been published in a book or journal will gladly be considered. Submission review begins one month before the deadline and no acceptance decision letters are mailed until all submissions have been received and reviewed. The editor usually responds to submissions by the third week of the month after the deadline. Please note: Although Sue Antolin filled in for Ebba Story on the Fall/Winter issue, submissions for the Spring/Summer issue should be sent to Ebba Storey. Postal submissions should be sent to: 478 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 or email to: ebbastory@juno.com.

Books For Sale, HPNC fundraiser:

HPNC has books for sale to help fund our activities. You can find the list of available books here: HPNC Book Offers .

To arrange your purchases contact Renee Owen, reneeowen@sbcglobal.net. Please be advised that you should put "HPNC Book Sales " in your email's subject line. If you are purchasing a single book by mail, enclose $1.50 for postage; if you use a check to pay for postage pleases make that payable to Renee Owen; checks for books should be made payable to HPNC. To purchase more than one book, contact Renee to determine postage necessary. We have various books by Two Autumn's Press still available as well as back issues of Mariposa, member's anthologies and the annual Two Autumn's chapbooks.

 The 2009 San Francisco International Competition:

The guidelines for the 2009 competition have been posted: HPNC's 2009 Competition! If you'd like to see the kind of haiku we enjoy you can look at the winning entries for the last few years, just click here

To Join HPNC

To join HPNC, you may use our membership application form. Membership dues are $15.00 per year and entitle you to four quarterly newsletters plus two issues of Mariposa. All events are free to both members and nonmembers, but we do pass the hat to help defray rental costs at each meeting (such contributions are welcome but entirely optional).

Then again, you could come to our next meeting or event with a check or money order payable in U.S. funds to "HPNC " (but you're welcome to attend without joining if you wish). Please note that HPNC is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Your contributions are encouraged. Join us today!

HPNC Officers as of 2009

President: Garry Gay

Vice President: David Grayson

Treasurer: Paul Miller:
31 Seal Island Road Bristol, RI 02809

Membership Secretary: Carolyn Hall,

Recording Secretary: Paul Williams

Hospitality Chair: Michael Sheffield

Newsletter Editor: Susan Antolin

Mariposa Editor: Ebba Storey

Book Sales: Renee Owen

Web page: Dan Brady

........spring cleaning

........moving the dust

........from one season to another



......David Grayson

.....Chimes Award winner, 2007

Comments Welcome!

Thanks for visiting the HPNC Web site. We'll be adding to the site periodically, so please visit again. If you have any comments or suggestions, contact Dan Brady Thanks! When writing Dan please put HPNC in the subject line of the email.


Haiku Poets of Northern California

An archival photo of HPNC folks...
a friendly bunch if ever there was one!


Additional Resources

The Central Valley Haiku Club invites HPNC members to their website. The link is here: http://www.valleyhaiku.org/

For information about the Haiku Society of America, please visit http://www.hsa-haiku.org/

For information about the Yuki Teikei Society, which also meets in the San Francisco Bay Area, please visit www.youngleaves.org.

For links to other haiku sites, please visit the Open Directory site for haiku and related forms at www.dmoz.org/Arts/Literature/Poetry/Forms/Haiku_and_Related_Forms/,

For information about the Haiku North America conference, please visit www.haiku-north-america-2003.org/..

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Haiku competition winners from 2000:


1st Place: Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, CA



the thermometer climbs

all night


2nd Place: Timothy Russell, Toronto, OH


morning rain -

an egg for my father

spreads in the skillet


3rd Place: Paul M., San Francisco, CA


pear slice falling

to the kitchen floor

pale moonlight



Haiku competition winners from 2002:


1st Place: John Stevenson, Ithaca, NY


new snow

the arc

the door makes


2nd Place: Ernest Berry , Picton, New Zealand


overnight rain

a reflection by the runway



3rd Place: Anne LB Davidson, Saco, ME


tree-filled swamp

the silent air

its own shade of green



Haiku competition winners from 2004:


1st Place: Beverly A. Tift, New Haven, CT


old steeple

a turban of pigeons

unwinds the hour


2nd Place: D. Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, California



the tube of cadmium yellow

squeezed flat


3rd Place: Ernest Berry , Picton, New Zealand


.....spring rain

the chameleon busy

.....being green



Haiku competition winners from 2006:


1st Place: Earl Keener, Bethany, West Virginia


mackerel sky

the final wave

before you board


2nd Place: Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, California


Hiroshima Day

cigarette-pack cellophane



3rd Place: Margaret Chula, Portland, Oregon


end of summer

my garden

one wheelbarrow


Haiku competition winners from 2008:


1st Place: Natalia L. Rudychev, aka Liao


the heart

drawn in snow

still falling


2nd Place: Susan Antolin


and so I agree

not to die before she does

the sound of crickets


3rd Place: Linda Galloway


water thrush ...

as if time never

visited here




Haiku competition winners from 2001:


1st Place, D. Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, CA


redwood shade

a banana slug eating -

my worries


2nd Place: Ernest J. Berry, Picton, New Zealand


desert heat

the lizard disappears

into a snake


3rd Place: Karina Young, Salinas, CA


Twin towers

and yet the morning glory




 Haiku competition winners from 2003:


1st Place: Laurie W. Stoelting, Mill Valley, CA


a phoebe's erratic flight

this canoe trip

won't settle anything


2nd Place: Christopher Herold, Port Townsend, WA


autumn sunset

the wake of a tugboat

sloshes ashore


3rd Place: W.F. Owen, Antelope, CA


Indian summer

rust on our hands

from the swing



Haiku competition winners from 2005:


1st Place: Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, California


autumn dusk -

a word that will do

for the one I can't find


2nd Place: Ernest J. Berry, Picton New Zealand


contractions -

the darkness

between stars


3rd Place, Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, California


a rack of antlers

nailed to the gatepost

lingering heat



 Haiku competition winners from 2007:


1st Place: Ernest J. Berry, Picton New Zealand



one bumblebee

deepens the hum


2nd Place: Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, California


weathered bench -

I open my palms

to the winter sky


3rd Place: Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, California


hollow center

of the raspberry -

Mother's silence