Welcome to the Haiku Poets of Northern California official website

About Haiku Poets of Northern California 

for 2015-2016  schedule please visit 2015-2016 schedule

HPNC Spring Meeting

Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 1 to 5pm at Fort Mason, Building C (room number will be posted at the entrance to the building).   Johnnnie Johnson Hafernik will be our featured readers.  Cherie Hunter Day will give a presentation and workshop on 'One-line Haiku."

        HSA/HPNC Combined Summer Meeting

HSA/HPNC combined summer meeting will be held on July 19, 2015 in Santa Rosa, California.

1:00   meet at Paradise Ridge Winery (please finish lunch before coming to the winery)

       Paradise Ridge Winery (http://prwinery.com)

       4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa

1:30 – 2:30  ginko/guided tour  (sculpture garden and Nagasawa family exhibit)

Guided tour including wine tasting $25 per person

Guided tour only $15 per person

Note:  A guided tour will be about 1 hour.   The winery was owned by a Japanese immigrant family before WWII.


3:30      HSA/HPNC meeting at the residence of Carolyn Hall, Santa Rosa

    3:30-4:30    business meeting

    4:30-4:40    featured reading by Susan Antolin

    4:40-5:40     "Write like Issa” workshop by David Lanoue

    5:40-6:00    sharing winery ginko and Issa-style haiku

    6:00-8:00???  Dinner and PARTY!!!


RSVP to the winery visit and meeting by May 15 to Fay Aoyagi (fayaoyagi [at] gmail.com)


2014 San Francisco International Competition

Rengay Results

First Place:   Letter from Home by Susan Antolin, Michael Sheffield, Lois Scott

Second Place:  A Spill of Moonlight bCarol Judkins and David Terelinck

Third Place:  Origami bJulie Warther and Angela Terry

Honorable Mentions (not ranked):

A Winter’s Tale by Michael Dylan Welch and Sarah Welch

Visiting Hours by John Thompson and Renée Owen

The Joy of Rain bShrikaanth Krishnamurthy and Sahana Shrikaanth, India

Please click here to see more details:

2014 Rengay Contest Results (with Judges' comments) 

2014 Rengay Contest Results


2014 San Francisco International Competition 

Haiku, Tanka, Senryu Results


First Place:  Scott Mason, Chappaqua, NY

Second Place:  Cezar-Florin Ciobica, Botasani, Romania

Third Place:  Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, CA


First Place:  Kirsty Karkow, Waldoboro, ME

Second Place:  Janet Lynn Davis, Waller, TX

Third Place:  Kristy Karkow


First Place:  Brad Bennett, Arlington, MA

Second Place:  John Stevenson, Nassau, NY

Third Place:  Chen-ou Liu, Ajax, ON, Canada

If you would like to see the results in details, please click the following links:

2014 Haiku Tanka Senryu Contest results 

2014 Haiku Tanka Senryu Contest results (with Judges' comments)




August 30, 2015, 1pm to 5pm, Fort Mason Building C, Room 260 in San Francisco.

This years readers are:

Chuck Brickley

Bevery Acuff  Momoi  

Kath Abela Wilson 

Joan Zimmerman  




Membership Dues


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.

More ...