Saturday, October 29, 2011

CVHC English Language Haiku Reading, October 2011

Annual Haiku Reading

As autumn crept into the California central valley and surrounding hills, on Saturday, October 8th, 2011, the Central Valley Haiku Club held their annual English Language Haiku reading at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory, 1136 Sibley Street, Folsom, CA. This event, along with many other art activities, is held in conjunction with Folsom's yearly celebration of the arts.

Before an audience of around two dozen, and with the koi pond as backdrop, club members Yvonne Cabalona, Bill Owen, Mark Hollingsworth, Lana Campbell, and Leslie Rose, shared information about the various haiku forms and then read some of their poetry, while member Ricardo de Bernardi took pictures. To everyone's delight, at the end of the reading, some of the audience members shared their poetry as well.

When the reading was finished and the audience had departed, the Club held their next to the last meeting of the year.

The first item of discussion was the 2011 Jerry Kilbride Memorial English Language Haibun contest which closed on October 1st. Yvonne reported that the submissions have gone to the judges and we will be receiving notification of our winners before our next meeting in December. So, with this contest almost put to bed, it was decided that we should, even before this year ends, begin notifying poets of our next haibun contest, our ninth annual event, which will have a deadline of December 1st, 2012. We are hoping, with a full year to write, and with a later deadline, more writers will submit entries. Full information about the contest may be found at our website:

We had several celebrations. Yvonne has been invited to submit copies of her Chapbook, Down the Mermaid's Back, for consideration for the Touchstone Award. She also will have one of her poems published in the "Heron's Nest". And Leslie announced that one of her tanka's will be published in #5 of "Moonbathing".

As this meeting ended, the date of December 3rd was chosen for the last meeting of the year. We will again meet at the Eastern Empire Restaurant on Howe Avenue in Sacramento at 12:30 to share laughter, poems and good food.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

sumi-e the art of her fingertips

w. f. owen

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Minutes of the CVHC August Meeting

During the "Dog Days of Summer" the members of the CVHC met, as planned, the hot afternoon of August 13th, at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom and shared a potluck of foods while catching up on all that has been happening with the various members over the last several months.

Attending were members Bill Owen, Mark Hollingsworth, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi and Leslie Rose. We were pleased to hear that member Lana, who we have missed over the last several meetings, had contacted Bill to say that she will be rejoining us in October for our annual Haiku Reading event.

Yvonne reported that she has secured the meeting room at the Sake Factory for us for that reading. We will be performing between the hours of 1:00-3:00 and will retire to the tasting room for a meeting from 3:00-4:00 directly after that.

Regarding our annual Jerry Kilbride Haibun Contest, Yvonne is looking for more entries during these last few weeks before the deadline. To spur entrants to get their poems in, we will be posting twice to Facebook during August.

We briefly discussed Tanka Prose and member Leslie was asked to check to see if there are currently any contests being run for that particular form.

We congratulated Bill who has a haiku appearing in the latest issue of Frogpond (Vol. 34:2, 2011).

Yvonne shared her poem, "Into the Dark", and the story behind it, which has been accepted for publication in the upcoming Bottle Rockets.

With that we had to close the meeting, but are looking forward to our next gathering on October 8th at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom. (Anyone wanting more information about that Reading may go to our Facebook page or our blogspot:

Leslie Rose

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Great meeting today! Among items discussed, the haibun contest
is still open for submissions (see the announcement above).


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Central Valley Haiku Club Minutes

Spring Meeting
It was a small gathering, our first of the spring, that our CVHC held on Saturday, April 8, 2011, at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California. Attending were members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi and Leslie Rose

Lately our members have found themselves tugged in a variety of directions, making it difficult for many to attend the bi-monthly meetings. So we briefly discussed the possibility of "SKYPE-ing" our meetings so that members might be able to share in what is happening from wherever they are on our meeting days. It was decided that we should further investigate this possibility and discuss it again at a future meeting.

Our annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2011 English-language Haibun Contest is up and running, the deadline for submissions being October 1st. Again we're posting announcements and contest details on our blog and website and have asked other sites, such as the HSA and the Tobacco Road Blog to post that information as well.

We all shared and enjoyed each other's recent creative efforts before adjourning.

Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 4th, at the Eastern Empire Restaurant on Howe Ave. in Sacramento, when we will share good company, good food and our writings.

June Meeting

Although the weather was something less than summer-like, the CVHC gathered, dry and warm, inside the Eastern Empire Restaurant on Saturday, June 4th. Attending were members: Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Mark Hollingsworth, and Leslie Rose.

In an effort to reach contestants, Leslie Rose reported that both HSA and HPNC are kindly posting information on their websites for our 8th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial Haibun Contest. That information is posted on our blogspot as well. We also have created a Facebook group open to all in the hopes of generating even more interest and participation.

Bill reported that our blog, has been adjusted so that CVHC members can post to that site regularly. We will be posting our club minutes there in the future.

Looking to this fall, Yvonne said that in the next couple of weeks she will be contacting the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California, to set up our annual October Haiku Reading at that facility.

During our sharing time, Yvonne said that she recently participated in the Modesto Poets Corner Celebration Contest, sponsored through the McHenry Museum, and she was among the winners, participating in the Reading that culminated that contest. Congratulations Yvonne!

Much to everyone's delight, Yvonne and Bill then did a "Slap down" exchange of haiku poems before we adjourned.

We set our next meeting for Saturday, August 13th at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California starting at 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by
Leslie Rose, CVHC Secretary

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Gekkeikan Sake Factory

The next meeting of the CVHC is on Saturday, August 13, at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom. Bring your haiku for a friendly "throw down." See you there!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

salmon run

bank to bank a crib

of river rock

Poem by Yvonne Cabalona

Photo by Ricardo V. DeBernardi

Below Knights Ferry Covered Bridge (swinging rope)
Photo copyrighted by Ricardo V. DeBernardi

2011 Modesto Poets' Corner Contest Chapbook

"Sensing Water"

emptied canals fill
with tule fog

flooded orchards
the moon's reflection
wobbles ... wobbles

covered bridge
between gaps
sounds of the river

Saturday, June 04, 2011

the wake a full box of his cigars

w. f. owen

These Years in the Garden, 2010
Yvonne Cabalona, Editor

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here I is. Cool!!!
his Cheshire smile
my cat with bird feathers
in his ruff

Yep! I woke up to the sound of bones being munched. I think he thinks the bedroom is his table. :)


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Our blog is named after a haibun written by w. f. owen in the journal Frogpond, XXVI:1, (2003):


Bill tells the story of his stroke on Super Bowl Sunday. A baseball player, golfer and high school honor student. much of that taken away as he sat in a recliner during halftime. He is a new advisee of mine at the College. six years, and only a sophomore. He takes one course at a time. One day at a time, he laughs. Dark glasses. a white cane. He finds the buildings on campus by the colors and shapes of air conditioning units on top. Recently, they repainted our building a different color, throwing off his internal map. He found his way by the different scents of flowers and shrubs bordering the sidewalks. "You turn left at the roses, then right at the mock orange. It's easy."

I saw Bill only a few more times. We chatted about the new plants on campus.

humid stillness
in the bush
the frog's blink

Friday, May 13, 2011

The 2011 (8th Annual) Jerry Kilbride Memorial English-Language Haibun Contest

Sponsor: Central Valley Haiku Club

Deadline: In hand by October 1, 2011

Submissions: All entries must be unpublished, not under consideration elsewhere, and in English. 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. Winning entries will be available on our website. The entry fee ($5 US dollars per haibun) should be made out to: Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer).

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

Correspondence: No entries will be returned. Send business-sized SASE for a list of the winning entries. Please note that entries without SASE, insufficient postage, or 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.