The Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2012 English-Language Haibun Contest

The 12th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial

2014 English-Language Haibun Contest!


Sponsor: Central Valley Haiku Club (CVHC)


Deadline: In hand by December 1, 2014


Submissions: All entries must be in English, unpublished, and not currently under consideration by any online or printed publication. Haibun that have appeared on social network sites are not considered published for the purposes of this contest. There is no limit to the number or length of any submissions. Submit three copies of each haibun, two (2) copies without author information attached for anonymous judging, one (1) copy with author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for notification purposes. A first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded. Honorable mention certificates also will be given. The entry fee of $5 (US) per haibun should be paid by check and made out to: Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer).


Eligibility: Open to the public; CVHC officers are not eligible.


Correspondence: No entries will be returned. Contestants will be notified by email. Please note that entries that fail to adhere to contest rules will be disqualified.


Judges: Will not be disclosed until the contest winner has been decided.


Send entries to: Yvonne Cabalona,

709 Auburn Street,

Modesto, CA 95350-6079.


If you have further questions, please contact Yvonne Cabalona, YCabalona@gmail.com

Sunday, October 05, 2014



Central Valley Haiku Club
August 2014

          Our Central Valley Haiku Club held the midsummer meeting on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom. In attendance were members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Lynne Sperry, Mark Hollingsworth and his wife, Nancy, and Leslie Rose.
  While we shared a feast of foods supplied by the members we discussed the finer points of writing haibun, and our current efforts to write a Club linked haibun, before turning to business.
          Our current focus is our next meeting which will be our Annual Haiku Reading.  Yvonne has again secured us the Gekkeikan Sake Factory meeting room for that event.  We are ever so grateful to the Sake Factory for their continued support of this annual event.  This year the reading will be held on Saturday, October 11th.  The Reading itself will be from 1:00-3:00 and will be followed by our Club meeting from 3:00-4:00.
          After details concerning the Reading were worked out, we took time to celebrate.  Yvonne will have a haibun and a haiku appearing in the next volume of “Bottle Rockets”  (volume 16 #1).
          With plans made, we adjourned, anticipating our next gathering.

Respectfully submitted,
Leslie Rose, CVHC Secretary

Friday, August 08, 2014



Early Summer Meeting 2014

          As warm summer temperatures overtook the Central Valley of California, the CVHC members gathered once again at 12:00 at the Eastern Empire Bar and Grill (460 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825).  In attendance, around a table filled with Asian delicacies, were members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Lynne Sperry, and Leslie Rose.
          Once our stomachs were full and we had updated each other on what we’d all  been up to in the intervening months, one of the first items of business involved club officers.  Bill, who has masterfully commanded our helm for so long, decided that it was time to step aside and let leadership pass on to another.  So after much discussion, by acclamation Yvonne Cabalona was chosen to preside over our little group. From here, into the next year, our roster of officers will be:
          Yvonne Cabalona, President
          Bill Owen, Vice-President
          Mark Hollingsworth, Treasurer
          Leslie Rose, Secretary
          That important bit of business out of the way, Yvonne proposed that we start work on another linked haibun, since it has been some time since we published our last one.  With a “throwback” theme, Yvonne provided a starting haiku, and we will all be working to see which of us can come up with the haibun that will begin the series.
          Information about our current Jerry Kilbride English Language Haibun Contest has been posted in the HSA newsletter and electronically posted on the HSA site.   It was suggested that we also post a link on Facebook and Twitter as well since we would like to have a bumper crop of entrants in this year’s competition.
          As our meeting ran down, we began reminiscing about “members lost”, folks who, for various reasons, no longer attend our gatherings.  One of those past members was a man named Ty Hadman, author of “War Crimes-DongHa Haiku” published in 2002.  We wondered where he was and what he might be writing.  We are hoping that, when this is posted, someone who knows of him might drop us a line.

          Before we adjourned our meeting, midst a flurry of hugs and well wishes, we selected Saturday, August 9th, as our next gathering time.  We will be holding that meeting from 11:30 to 3:00 at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom (1136 Sibley Street, Folsom, CA 95630) (phone:  916-985-3111).


Saturday, May 31, 2014



The 12th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2014
English-Language Haibun Contest


Sponsor:  Central Valley Haiku Club

Deadline:  In hand by December 1, 2014

Submissions:  All entries must be in English, unpublished, and not currently under consideration by any online or printed publication.  Haibun that have appeared on social network sites are not considered published for the purposes of this contest.  There is no limit to the number or length of any submissions.  Submit three copies of each haibun, two (2) copies without author information attached for anonymous judging, one (1) copy with author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for notification purposes.  A first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded.  Honorable mention certificates also will be given.  The entry fee  of $5 (US) per haibun should be paid by check and made out to:  Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer).

Eligibility:  Open to the public; CVHC officers are not eligible.

Correspondence:  No entries will be returned.  Please note that entries that fail to adhere to contest rules will be disqualified.  Contestants will be notified by email

Judges:  Will not be disclosed until the contest winner has been decided.

Send entries to:    Yvonne Cabalona, 
                                709 Auburn Street,
                                Modesto, CA  95350-6079. 

If you have further questions, please contact Yvonne Cabalona, YCabalona@gmail.com

CVHC Minutes - March 2014



Central Valley Haiku Club

          With spring in the air, the most recent meeting of the Central Valley Haiku Club was held on Saturday,  March 1st , at the Eastern Empire Bar and Grill on Howe Ave. in Sacramento, CA.  Attending were Mark Hollingsworth and his wife Nancy, Yvonne Cabalona and husband, Ricardo de Bernardi, Lynne Sperry, Bill Owen and Leslie Rose.
          After a delicious meal of Asian delicacies, a time when we brought everyone up to date on our lives, we celebrated the completion of yet another Jerry Kilbride English Language Haibun contest.  The winners, Michael Dylan Welch, 1st place for his haibun “Punctum”, Renee Owens, 2nd place for her haibun “Brennan’s Barkeep”, and our Honorable Mention winner, Seren Fargo, for her piece “Shedding Old Bonds”, have all been notified and congratulated.
          In February we opened for submissions to the 2014 Jerry Kilbride Haibun contest.  Guidelines and submissions are posted on the CVHC website, and may be sent to Yvonne Cabalona , 709 Auburn St., Modesto, CA 95350-6079.
          We discussed the possibility of publishing another Club Chapbook.  We could not come to a consensus on that undertaking but decided, instead, that we might try writing a group book on-line, using Tapestry.com .  All agreed to experiment on that App before our next meeting.
          Before our meeting’s close we celebrated Yvonne’s birthday, as well as the following publications of our work:
          -Yvonne Cabalona has 3 poems and a haibun appearing in Bottle Rockets #30
          -Leslie Rose has a poem appearing in the latest Red Moon Anthology
          -Bill Owen (w f owen) has work appearing on the Haiku Foundation website
          -Mark Hollingsworth has work that Epstein has asked to put into a chapbook he is
            working on of Spiritual Haikus.
          Our next meeting was slated for May, but had to be rescheduled for June 21st when it will again be held at 12:00 at the Eastern Empire Bar and Grill (460 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825).

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Central Vallley Haiku Club - Fall 2013 to Year's End


    Fall to year's end was a time of celebration for the Central Valley Haiku Club.

    Saturday, October 19th, the Club had their annual Reading at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California.  As koi nibbled at the surface of the water outside the windows of the meeting room, members Mark Hollingsworth, w f owen, Yvonne Cabalona and Leslie Rose shared haiku, tanka, tan renga, and haibun.  Members Ricardo de Bernardi and Lynne Sperry, as well as Mark's wife, Nancy, were part of an appreciative audience.

    After the reading the group met briefly to discuss, among other things, next year's haibun contest and the tan renga which the group had selected to submit to various publications.

    The next meeting date was set for Saturday, December 7th at the Eastern Empire Bar and Grill.

    The December meeting was the annual holiday luncheon.  In attendance were w f owen, Lynne Sperry, Mark Hollingsworth and his wife, Nancy, Yvonne Cabalona, and Ricardo de Bernardi.  It was a relaxed meeting, in the holiday spirit, and the only point of business covered was the conclusion of the annual Jerry Kilbride English Language Haibun Contest which had reached it's deadline on December 1st.  The contest submissions were sent to the judges and all anxiously await the results of that competition, which will be announced in the New Year.

    The next meeting will be March 8th at noon, and will again be held at the Eastern Empire Bar and Grill (460 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825).

 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Central Valley Haiku Club - Summer 2013

    This summer, the Central Valley Haiku Club held two meetings.
    The first meeting, on the 29th of June, was held, as planned, at the Eastern Empire Restaurant (Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA).  Attending were members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Lynne Sperry and Leslie Rose.
    The first item of business was an update on the Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2013 English Language Haibun Contest.  Yvonne reported that entries have begun to come in.  We decided, in an effort to expand our number of entrants, we will post the contest several times between now and the contest deadline (December 1st) on both FaceBook and Twitter.
    Before adjourning, poems were shared and the group celebrated:  Leslie Rose announced the publication of several poems over the next month in "Prune Juice" (Issue 10), "tinywords" (13.2). "a hundred gourds" (Issue 2.4), "Ribbons" (Spring/Summer 2013), and "Frogpond" (Spring/Summer 2013).  And the club was delighted to have three tan renga accepted by "Frogpond" for the Spring/Summer issue as well.

    The second summer meeting was held August 10th at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory (Sibley St., Folsom, CA).  Attending were members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Leslie Rose, Mark Hollingsworth and his wife, Nancy.
    There was nothing new to report regarding the Jerry Kilbride Haibun contest, but we will be posting another reminder about the contest on Facebook and Twitter, and Secretary Leslie Rose will have flyers about the contest for the attendees at the annual Haiku Northwest's Seabeck Haiku Getaway which she will be attending.
    The big topic of the day was our upcoming annual English-Language Haiku Reading which will again be held in October.  Yvonne has secured a room at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory (1136 Sibley St., Folsom, CA 95630) for Saturday, October 19th and the Reading will run from 1:00-3:00.  It is always the highlight of our year and we're hoping for a good turn-out.
    Poems were shared and a round of tan renga were created before we adjourned, with the promise to work up more two line completions, individually, in the hopes of submitting a new cluster of tan renga to various publications.
    Looking forward to seeing some of you at our October Reading.....
                                Leslie Rose

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CVHC Meeting, April 20, 2013



    The last of our Spring meetings was held at our second most favorite location, The Eastern Empire Restaurant in Sacramento.  Our attending members,  Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Lynne Sperry, and Leslie Rose, grazed through platters of delicious Asian cuisine as we caught up with what has been happening in our various lives. 
    The posting of our haibun contest information was discussed and we spent time exploring technology resources with our various i-phones and i-pads.
    Before parting, poetry was shared and our next meeting date was discussed. 
    Our next meeting will again be held at the Eastern Empire Restaurant (Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA) on Saturday, June 29th, when we hope to workshop a few new tan renga.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CVHC Meeting on February 9, 2013

    The CVHC meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2013, was held at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California.  The members attending, Lynne Sperry, Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi and Leslie Rose, brought a feast of foods to munch on while we shared news before we got down to business.
    The major business of the day involved preparing for our next Jerry Kilbride Memorial English Language Haibun Contest.  Adjustments were made to the contest rules in preparation for posting to the public.  We again settled on December 1st as the contest deadline for this year so that participants will have ample opportunity to send in many haibun.
    We were delighted to hear that Bill Owen has won The Museum of Haiku Literature Award.
    With no other pressing business to take care of, we then turned to the creative part of our get-together, sharing haiku and then using them to create tan renga. By meeting's end we had a dozen poems to show for our efforts, a very productive output for the afternoon.
    Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Golden Empire Restaurant on Howe Avenue in Sacramento, when we will again share laughter, food and poems.