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HPNC Two Autumn reading


Sunday, August 27 from 1 to 5 PM

Fort Mason, Building C, Room 205


There will be plenty of time to socialize with the readers, enjoy delicious snacks (coordinated by Renee Owen), and purchase books. A beautiful commemorative chapbook edited by Patricia J. Machmiller and produced by Linda Papanicolaou will be available for purchase.



This year’s stellar readers are William Hart, Angela Terry, and Karina M. Young.


WILLIAM HART is a novelist and poet from Kansas now living in Los Angeles. He’s been writing haiku since 1973 and has authored five haiku collections, the most recent from Red Moon Press. His second collection won a 1996 Merit Book Award from HSA. Hart’s partner in business and in life since 1983 is filmmaker Jayasri Majumdar of Calcuta.


ANGELA TERRY is an award-winning Seattle poet whose work has been published in numerous print and online journals and anthologies, and translated into a number of languages. Angela is a past member of the Haiku Society of America Executive Committee and is currently Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region of HSA.

KARINA M. YOUNG, a member of HPNC and Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, has been writing and publishing haiku and tanka since 2000. Through the Lupines, a chapbook of her haiku, was a co-winner of The Snapshot Press eChapbook Award 2016 and is forthcoming as an online collection. Eucalyptus Wind, published in 2017 by Red Moon Press, is her first full-length collection of haiku. A longtime educator, she currently freelances and helps run her spouse’s contracting business in Salinas, California.


Unfortunately George Swede will be unable to attend the reading because of other family obligations. However, you will find his haiku included in the Two Autumns chapbook available at the reading.

 HPNC Summer Meeting

Sunday, July 16  (1pm-5pm)  at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Room C205, Building C

Stephanie Baker will be our featured reader.  Yukio Kachi will give a presentation on Kigo-less Haiku by Basho


Mariposa Submission Deadline:  September 1

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.

2017 San Francisco International Competition

Haiku, Senryu, Tanka and Rengay

Sponsored by: Haiku Poets of Northern California

Deadline for Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka: In hand, October 31, 2017

Deadline for Rengay: In hand, January 31, 2018



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.


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

Carolyne Rohrig (carolyne.rohrig@gmail.com)  for Haiku, Senryu, Tanka

Fay Aoyagi (fayaoyagi@gmail.com) for Rengay


Please go to Contests Results to see the past contest results.


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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