Monday, November 17, 2014

CVHC 2014 Haiku Reading, "Dragonfly Dance"

            Waiting for fall to arrive, on yet another sunny,Central Valley day, we held our annual CVHC Poetry Reading, “Dragonfly Dance”, on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory, in Folsom, California.
skipping roller pen
the half-filled words
of my poems
Yvonne Cabalona (bottle rockets, no. 30)

            Our dear friend, w.f. owen, was MIA, suffering from the effects of a flu virus, but members Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo diBernardi, Mark Hollingsworth and his wife, Nancy, Lynne Sperry, and Leslie Rose carried on.

raking leaves
the color
where his pocket used to be
Mark Hollingsworth
 (one song, the Two Autumns Reading Series, HPNC)

            With an array of snacks, provided by our dear friends of the Sake Factory, we nibbled,  and each member shared poems, from haiku, to senryu, to tanka, to haibun.

expired parking meter
two quarters
over grandpa’s eyes
                                                                        Lynne Sperry

            After the members had shared, audience members were invited to read as well. 

new love the up and down of her teabag
                                                   w f owen (Frogpond 2012, Vol. 35)

            Reading finished, before we said our goodbyes, we held a quick meeting of members, checking on the progress of our haibun contest, and setting the date for our next meeting, Saturday, December 20th, which will be our Christmas meeting, at The Eastern Empire Bar and Grill in Sacramento.  

a jet drawn line
divides the cirrus strands
summer’s end
Leslie Rose


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,

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 .  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).