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TWO AUTUMNS Reading and 25th Anniversary Event
This year's four featured readers are
The Haiku Poets of Northern California's annual Two Autumns Reading is the longest ongoing haiku reading series outside of Japan. It is our biggest event of the year, and the crown jewel of our organization. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of this joyous event.
In addition to the anthology regularly published, we have created an additional anthology, edited by Garry Gay, representing poems by each of the readers who took part in the 25 annual readings. The 100 poems will be read aloud by Michael Sheffield and Carolyn Hall.
HPNC Autumn meeting
October 19, 2014 from 1 to 5 pm in Building C, Room 210 at Fort Mason in San Francisco.
Roger Abe will be our featured reader and Renee Owen and David Grayson will lead a haibun workshop.
2014 HPNC Haiku, Tanka, Senryu contest
Sponsored by: Haiku Poets of Northern California
Deadline for Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka: In hand, October 31, 2014
Deadline for Rengay: In hand, January 31, 2015
All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere. There is no limit to the number of submissions. A first prize of $100 will be awarded in each of the four categories. For the Haiku contests, second and third prizes of $50 and $25 will be awarded. Contest results will be announced at the first HPNC meeting in January and in the HPNC Newsletter. Winning poems will be published in the Spring/Summer issue of Mariposa, the membership journal of the HPNC. All rights revert to authors after the contest results are announced. This contest is open to all except the HPNC president and, for their respective categories, the contest coordinators and the judges (who will remain anonymous until after the competition, except rengay contest).
Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Submission Guidelines
Type or print each entry on two 3 x 5 cards. In the upper left corner of each card identify its category as Haiku, Senryu, or Tanka. On the back of one card only, print your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (optional). The entry fee is $1.00 per poem. Send haiku, senryu and tanka submissions, along with entry fee, to HPNC, c/o Carolyne Rohrig, 37966 Parkmont Dr., Fremont, CA 94536.
Rengay Submission Guidelines
All rengay must be titled. For two people (Poet A and Poet B) follow this linked format: 3 lines/Poet A, 2 lines/Poet B, 3/A, 3/B, 2/A, 3/B. For three poets (A, B, and C) the format is: 3 lines/A, 2 lines/B, 3 lines/C, 2/A, 3/B, 2/C. Type or print each rengay on three letter-size sheets. Include full authorship information, stanza by stanza, as well as all poets' names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (optional) on one copy only. On the other two copies, mark stanzas with letters only (poet A, poet B, poet C) to indicate the sequence of authorship. The entry fee is $5.00 per rengay. The rengay judge will be announced later. Send rengay submissions to HPNC, c/o Fay Aoyagi, 930 Pine St. #105, San Francisco CA 94108.
Make checks or money orders payable in U.S. dollars to "Haiku Poets of Northern California (HPNC)." Cash (in U.S. currency) is OK. Enclose a business-size SASE (U.S. first class postage or an IRC) for notification of contest winners. No entries will be returned, with the exception of late submissions, or those received without payment. These will be returned using your SASE; without an SASE these entries will be discarded.
HPNC dues for 2012 became due on January 1. Please go to How to become a member page.
Mariposa Submission Deadline
Mariposa is the membership journal of the Haiku Poets of Northern California. It publishes haiku and senryu, as well as tanka, haibun, short linked verse and brief articles (50-400 words). Submissions for the twice-yearly issues are due in-hand March 1 and September 1.
Go to Mariposa page more details.
HPNC Cherry Blossom Ginko
To see the details go to Cherry Blossom Ginko
March 20, 2011 (Sunday)
2010 Two Autumns reading
We had another excellent Two Autumns reading on August 22, 2010 at Fort Mason, San Francisco.
Four readers from left: Roberta Beary, Ebba Story, Victor Ortiz and Debbie Kolodji.
To see more details, please go to 2010 Two Autumns reading
HPNC participated in this year's Litquake, San Francisco's annual citywide literary festival. We read as part of the "Lit Crawl." We were also featured in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the city's free weekly newspaper, with a readership of 150,000. The feature is located here.