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