On July 8, 2023, 12 members of Towpath Haiku gathered via Zoom to share news and workshop poems. Upcoming meetings include an in-person renku gathering planned for September, and the next regular Zoom meeting on September 9th.
Publications, Awards, and Announcements
Susan Burch won 2nd place in the FULL CIRCLE Haiku Contest, for her poem:
what choice do I have Thumbelina
Roberta Beary launched Haibun A Writer’s Guide (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2023) at the Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol, UK, along with co-author Lew Watts. Around 200 flash fiction writers attended. Roberta and Lew also conducted a haibun workshop, a first for the festival. Its success led to an invitation to present more workshops via Zoom to this audience of seasoned fiction writers who are new to haiku and its related forms.
Susan and Roberta both received “Highly Commended” in the 2023 H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest.
~ Roberta Beary
~ Susan Burch
Ryland Shengzhi Li will be editing a new haibun column entitled Clouds in Paper, as part of the Young Buddhist Editorial. The theme is interdependence between people, nature, and all things. Open for submissions until October 13.
Julie Bloss Kelsey is releasing her latest collection titled After Curfew (Cuttlefish Books, 2023), in which she shares awkward and embarrassing teenage & young adult memories via haiku and other short forms.