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for 2016-17  schedule please visit 2016-17 Schedule

HPNC Winter Meeting

Sunday, January 22 (1pm-5pm)  at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Room C205, Building C

Johana West will be our featured reader and a presentation by Michael Sheffield on the use of local kigo.


2017 San Francisco International 

Rengay Competition

                       Deadline for Rengay: In hand, January 31, 2017

Rengay Submission Guidelines  (Judge:  Tanya McDonald)

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.


Entry Fees

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.


Thank you for participating in this year's contest.

If you have any questions, please contact by e-mail

Fay Aoyagi (fayaoyagi@gmail.com



2016 San Francisco International Competition Haiku, Senryu, Tanka Results:

Haiku (Judge:  Lee Gurga)

1st Place:  John Stevenson

2nd Place:  Neal Whitman

3rd Place:  Scott Mason

Honorable Mention:  Sharon Pretti, Christopher Herold, John Stevenson

Tanka (Judge:  Marilyn Hazelton)

1st Place(tie):  Karina M. Young, Debbie Strange

2nd Place:       Christina Sng

3rd Place:        Leslie Anne Swanson

Honorable Mention:   Chen-ou Liu

Senryu (Judge:  Ferris Gilli)

1st Place:  Julie Warther

2nd Place:  Anita Gremin

3rd Place:  Christopher Herold

Honorable Mention:  Christina Sng, Alison Woolpert, Neal Whitman

Go to Contests Results for more details

Membership Dues


HPNC dues for 2017 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.


The 26th Two Autumns Reading

Sunday, August 30, at Fort Mason, Building C, Room C260 in San Francisco.   

Readers:  Chuck Brickley, Beverly Acuff Momoi, Joan Zummerman, Kath Abela Wilson, and Rick Wilson.


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.

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