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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Vice President: David
Hospitality Chair: Michael Sheffield
Mariposa Editor: Ebba
Book Sales: Renee
Web page: Dan
........moving the dust
........from one season to another
.....Chimes Award winner, 2007
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.
An archival photo of HPNC
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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1st Place: Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, CA
the thermometer climbs
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
1st Place: John Stevenson, Ithaca, NY
the door makes
2nd Place: Ernest Berry , Picton, New Zealand
a reflection by the runway
3rd Place: Anne LB Davidson, Saco, ME
the silent air
its own shade of green
1st Place: Beverly A. Tift, New Haven, CT
a turban of pigeons
unwinds the hour
2nd Place: D. Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, California
the tube of cadmium yellow
3rd Place: Ernest Berry , Picton, New Zealand
the chameleon busy
1st Place: Earl Keener, Bethany, West Virginia
the final wave
before you board
2nd Place: Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, California
3rd Place: Margaret Chula, Portland, Oregon
end of summer
Haiku competition winners from 2008:
1st Place: Natalia L. Rudychev, aka Liao
drawn in snow
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
Haiku competition winners from 2001:
1st Place, D. Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, CA
a banana slug eating -
2nd Place: Ernest J. Berry, Picton, New Zealand
the lizard disappears
into a snake
3rd Place: Karina Young, Salinas, CA
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
the wake of a tugboat
3rd Place: W.F. Owen, Antelope, CA
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
3rd Place, Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, California
a rack of antlers
nailed to the gatepost
Haiku competition winners from 2007:
1st Place: Ernest J. Berry, Picton New Zealand
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
of the raspberry -