About Haiku Poets of Northern California
HPNC was formed in 1989 to further the writing, study, and appreciation of haiku and related genres of poetry written in English, which now include senryu, renku, rengay, tanka, and haibun. We hold meetings, sponsor readings, and publish haiku books with our own imprint, Two Autumns Press. Though most of our members live in the San Francisco and Northern California area, membership is open to anyone with an interest in haiku.
HPNC's members include both new and established writers, many of whom have had their work published in journals and anthologies throughout the world. We also welcome beginners.
HPNC publishes a quarterly newsletter, as well as Mariposa, a twice-yearly journal of haiku and related poetry, and also publishes occasional anthologies of haiku and senryu by members. We also hold annual contests for haiku, senryu, tanka, and rengay. You can see some of the recent Haiku Competition winners at the bottom of this page.
HPNC holds four quarterly meeting each year, usually at Fort Mason in San Francisco ( http://www.fortmason.org/ click directions to find our meeting location). We usually hold our meetings on the third Sunday of every third month, starting in January. These meetings usually consist of a featured reader, a featured presentation or workshop related to haiku, rounds of open readings of haiku and tanka, news and announcements, socialization and refreshments, and book tables for the sale and purchase of HPNC and other books (bring your own publications if you have some to sell).
Everyone is welcome at no charge. You are invited to read your poems if you wish, and to participate in discussions and workshop activities, or to just listen. Whether you're new to haiku or a seasoned writer, you'll find something to benefit you at HPNC's quarterly meetings. HPNC also holds an annual holiday party in early December and sponsors a haiku reading featuring four of its members in the annual Two Autumns reading series at Fort Mason. For this year, HPNC's main events are as follows (all in San Francisco unless indicated otherwise)
January 7th, 2007: The annual planning meeting at Fort Mason, Room C220 , 1 to 5 PM. All members are invited to attend and share ideas for the upcoming year.
January 21st, 2007: The first meeting for the year, at Fort Mason, Room, C235, from 1 to 5 PM. Paul O. Williams will be our featured reader.
April 1st, 2007: HPNC's third annual moon viewing party will take place in Golden Gate Park. For details contact Susan Antolin: email@example.com
April, 22nd, 2007: The second meeting for the year , at Fort Mason, Room 235, from 1 to 5 PM. Cherrie Hunter Day will be our featured reader. Paul Watsky will speak on his recent translation work on Santoka.
July 22nd, 2007: The third meeting for the yeare, at Fort Mason, Room 235, from 1 to 5 PM, Presenations by David Grayson, Faye Aoyagi and featured reading by Roger Abe
September 30th, 2007: HPNC's Annual Two Autumns Event, Fort Mason, Room TBA, from 1 to 5 PM. This year the readers will be: Jerry Ball, Laura Bell, Mark Hollingsworth and Alison Woolpert. The host for the event will be Rich Krivcher and the chairperson will be Ebba Story. This will be the 18th year that this celebration has taken place. Don't miss this always pleasurable celebration of Haiku.
October 28th, 2007: The fourth meeting of the year, at Fort Mason, Room TBA, from 1 to 5 PM.
How to Join HPNC
Membership dues are just $15.00 per year, and entitle you to four quarterly newsletters plus two issues of Mariposa. All events are free to both members and nonmembers, but we do pass the hat to help defray rental costs at each meeting (such contributions are welcome but entirely optional). To join HPNC, you may use our membership application form . and send it to the membership secretary The renewal date is January 1st.
Then again, you could come to our next meeting or event with a check or money order payable in U.S. funds to "HPNC" (but you're welcome to attend without joining if you wish). Please note that HPNC is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Your contributions are encouraged. Join us today!
HPNC Officers for 2005
President: Garry Gay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: David Grayson, email@example.com
Membership Secretary: Carolyn Hall, Carolynhal@aol.com
Recording Secretary: Paul Williams , firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Editor: Susan Antolin, email@example.com
Mariposa Editor: Ebba Story, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web page : Dan Brady, email@example.com
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Visitors since 2004
1st Place: Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, CA
the thermometer climbs
2nd Place: Timothy Russell, Toronto, OH
morning rain -
an egg for my father
spreads in the skillet
3rd Place: Paul M., San Francisco, CA
pear slice falling
to the kitchen floor
1st Place: John Stevenson, Ithaca, NY
the door makes
2nd Place: Ernest Berry , Picton, New Zealand
a reflection by the runway
3rd Place: Anne LB Davidson, Saco, ME
the silent air
its own shade of green
1st Place: Beverly A. Tift, New Haven, CT
a turban of pigeons
unwinds the hour
2nd Place: D. Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, California
the tube of cadmium yellow
3rd Place: Ernest Berry , Picton, New Zealand
..... spring rain
the chameleon busy
..... being green
1st Place: Earl Keener, Bethany, West Virginia
the final wave
before you board
2nd Place: Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, California
3rd Place: Margaret Chula, Portland, Oregon
end of summer
1st Place, D. Claire Gallagher, Sunnyvale, CA
a banana slug eating -
2nd Place: Ernest J. Berry, Picton, New Zealand
the lizard disappears
into a snake
3rd Place: Karina Young, Salinas, CA
and yet the morning glory
Haiku competition winners from 2003:
1st Place: Laurie W. Stoelting, Mill Valley, CA
a phoebe's erratic flight
this canoe trip
won't settle anything
2nd Place: Christopher Herold, Port Townsend, WA
the wake of a tugboat
3rd Place: W.F. Owen, Antelope, CA
rust on our hands
from the swing
1st Place: Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, California
autumn dusk -
a word that will do
for the one I can't find
2nd Place: Ernest J. Berry, Picton New Zealand
3rd Place, Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, California
a rack of antlers
nailed to the gatepost