Monday, September 24, 2012

In conjuction with the Folsom Arts and Humanities Month, the Central Valley Haiku Club will be holding a reading featuring haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun.  The reading will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory, 1336 Sibley Street, Folsom California.  After the reading, there will be an open mic session whereby the audience is invited to share their poems (does not have to be haiku).  Backdropped by a beautiful Japanese garden and koi-filled pond, the sake factory is the perfect setting in which to share our poems.  Please join us.  We'll be happy to see you.  -- Yvonne

Friday, August 31, 2012

    The CVHC’s last meeting of the summer was held on August 11, 2012, as scheduled, at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory.  Escaping the scorching heat outside, relaxing in the sheltering cool of the meeting room, members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi and Leslie Rose were delighted to welcome a new member to the group:  Debora Larry Kearney who is a Placerville resident who teaches at one of our local Jr. colleges.
    Under old business, Yvonne said she is still happily accepting haibun for this year’s Jerry Kilbride Memorial English Language Haibun contest.  She’s hoping that since our last day for submissions is not until December 1st that we will have a bumper crop of wonderful writings from which our judges will need to choose. 
    Yvonne received a message from Charlie Trumbull (editor of Modern Haiku) who will be in our area attending the Haiku Pacific Rim Conference in September.  We are hoping that we will have a chance to visit with Charlie at that time.
    Still hoping to successfully use web technology for some of our meetings, Bill is exploring Google Plus which would allow up to nine participants to “hang out”.  Before our next meeting he asked us all to explore the possibilities.
    Our next meeting will be after our annual Haiku Reading.  This year's Reading will be on October 27th from 1-3, and, as usual, will be at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory with members sharing their haiku and related genre.  A special invitation will be, as always, extended to those in our audience who have poetry to read as well.
    Before beginning our tan renga workshop, Yvonne shared that we need to be looking for one of her poems which will be appearing in volume 14 of Bottlerockets.   We took turns reading some of our most recent poems, then with much laughter and chatter, we dove into writing tan renga, constructed from poems we each had brought to use as starting points.  In the process we produced a number of poems that we hope you will be seeing in various publications in the near future.
L. Rose


Thursday, August 02, 2012

    As summer heat was beginning to grip the Central Valley and surrounding foothills, on June 16, 2012, the CVHC held their second Skype meeting.  Members Bill, Yvonne, and Ricardo said they  further refined the Skype process as a club meeting process,  had a great visit and set the next meeting date for the club.  That next meeting will be on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 11:30, and again will be held at the Sake Factory in Folsom (see the link to the left).  At that meeting we will be celebrating the recent publication of two of our tan renga, written at April’s meeting and published in the most recent Frogpond (volume 35:2) and continue preparations for our annual reading in October.  We plan to do another tan renga workshop since our last attempts were so successful. Stay tuned here for time and date for the October reading.
     Leslie Rose

Sunday, June 10, 2012

April Minutes

Central Valley Haiku Club Meeting - Saturday, April 14, 2012

    Outside the windows, a mallard pair and their twelve yellow ducklings swam on cloud darkened water, when the Central Valley Haiku Club held their first spring meeting on Saturday, April 14,  at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom.  Attending were Yvonne Cabalona, Ricado de Bernardi, Bill Owen and Leslie Rose.

    This was primarily a “tech” session, with the goal of bringing everyone up to speed so that, in the future, we can begin to conduct some of our meetings via “Skype”.  Skype names were exchanged and a time set for a trial run.

    This settled, we discussed this year’s Jerry Kilbride English Language Haibun contest which is currently underway.  In an effort to allow entrants time to send in multiple submissions, the deadline for the contest has been set as December 1st this year.  (Full information about the contest may be found at our website:  as well as on page 26 of the HSA March Newsletter.)  We are anticipating another set of extraordinary submissions.

    Congratulations were in order for Yvonne who will have several previously published haiku appearing in an anthology of poems, “The Temple Bell Stops”, collected by Robert Epstein, on the theme grief and loss.

    With these bits of business out of the way, the group then conducted a tan renga workshop, and created several poems before closing time, when we adjourned with the promise of meeting on-line in the evening to test the “Skype” conference call system.

    The evening “Skype” test had its “trial and error” moments.  And in the end we were unable to do a video conference, but the audio conference worked well.  Enthused, we have set our next meeting for June 16th at 1:30, and it will be our first official “Skype” club meeting.  In preparation for that, members will be upgrading and checking out other on-line alternatives.
We are feeling quite technologically accomplished.

Monday, January 30, 2012

CVHC Minutes for January 2012

January 2012 Meeting.......

Having canceled the meeting scheduled for December of 2011, the Central Valley Haiku Club, held their first meeting since the Haiku Reading in October on January 14, 2012. Members Bill Owen, Mark Hollingsworth, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, and Leslie Rose gathered at one of the club's favorite meeting spots, the Eastern Empire Restaurant.

Over savory plates of food, the main topic of discussion turned on technology and making chapbooks available for download to the public, as well as finding and enjoying such things as haiga online.

Leslie Rose reported on the stellar 2011 Seabeck Haiku Getaway that she attended in October held by Haiku Northwest and shared the anthology constructed by the more than 30 attendees at that event.

Yvonne reported on last year's Haibun contest. We would like to thank our judges, Deborah Kolodji and Ellen Compton. First place goes to Cara Holman of Portland, Oregon for her haibun "Filtered Sunlight." And Second place goes to David Grayson of Alameda, California, a member of HPNC, for his haibun, "Pathfinder." You may view these writings at our website. We would like to congratulate and thank all our entrants for their wonderful submissions. With this year's contest already underway, we're hoping that all of these poets and more will be working on pieces to submit. As member Yvonne commented, with the deadline later this year, we're hoping that everyone will have more than enough time to gather and weave their prose and poetry.

Under celebrations, Leslie shared her tanka that appeared in the recent Fall/Winter edition of "Moonbathing". Bill announced that one of his haiku will be appearing in the forthcoming "Frogpond". And Yvonne had a couple of haiku and a haibun included in the most recent copy of "Bottle Rockets".

The last order of business was to set the date for our next meeting. It will be held at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory, 1136 Sibley Street, Folsom, CA, on Saturday, March 10th, at 11:30

Respectfully submitted,
Leslie Rose
CVHC Secretary.