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Contents Page: September, 2009, vol 5 no 3
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quill Jerry Kilbride 2008 Memorial Haibun Contest Winners:

CHO is pleased to present the winners of the 2008 Kilbride Contest sponsored by the Central Valley Haiku Club. The judges were Michael Dylan Welch and Garry Gay and Michael provides a commentary on the competition and winners' work.

buttonRenée Owen, Fields of Cotton, First Place
buttonAnne French, Kansas off the Interstate, Second Place
buttonEllen Compton, Epitaph, First Honorable Mention
buttonJeffrey Harpeng, The Day After, Second Honorable Mention
buttonMichael Dylan Welch's Comments
buttonAbout the Annual Kilbride Memorial Competition


quill Editor Bruce Ross' Selection from This Issue

In each issue, one of our editors selects and comments on a haibun that was in some way outstanding for him. For this issue, Bruce Ross picked Christopher Pachel's "First Love."

buttonChristopher Patchel, First Love & Bruce Ross' comments


quill A Tribute to Hortensia Anderson

Hortensia has informed us that she hasn't long to live and has suggested that we read "Remains of Myself" in this context. We at CHO have had the privilege of publishing and enjoying her writing in most of our issues. Here we provide a special page with selections of her work with comments by Jim Kacian, Ray Rasmussen and Bruce Ross. In addition, we provide links to each of her haibun that have appeared in this journal.


quill CHO Haibun Selection

buttonHortensia Anderson, Fleurissimo
buttonHortensia Anderson, Lantern
buttonHortensia Anderson, Remains of Myself
buttonLudmila Balabanova, Little White Bunny
buttonEric Berg, The Whiteness of the Winnowing Fan
buttonMatthew Caretti, Dark Whistling
buttonMatthew Caretti, Short Gone
buttonSusan Constable, A Matter of Color
buttonTish Davis, Breaking Waves
buttonTish Davis, Night Padding
buttonJoshua Gage, Tragedy
buttonJerry Gill, Today
buttonMichael Harper, Layers
buttonRuth Holzer, Gorsehayes, Ipswich
buttonRuth Holzer, Via dei Fiori
buttonNancy Esther James, Almost Heaven
buttonNancy Esther James, Tsuyu
buttonClyde Kessler, Hat
buttonMichael Kiella, Aboriginal
buttonBob Lucky, Aftermath
buttonVictor Maddalena, October
buttonVictor Maddalena, The First Snow
buttonDon Miller, Busy Signal
buttonMike Montreuil, Apollo
buttonMike Montreuil, Parka
buttonRobert Moyer, Just Like Always
buttonPeter Newton, Oscar and Evelyn
buttonRenée Owen, Beach Week
buttonRenée Owen, Drink a Toast
buttonChristopher Patchel, A No Passing Zone
buttonChristopher Patchel, Polarity
buttonCarol Pearce-Worthington, Heaven
buttonCarol Pearce-Worthington, One Good Man
buttonCarol Pearce-Worthington, The Scholarship
buttonCarol Pearce-Worthington, The Shape of Wind
buttonPatrick Pilarski, Church Doors
buttonPatricia Prime, Paper Boats
buttonPatricia Prime, The Pack House
buttonRay Rasmussen, Deliverance
buttonAdelaide Shaw, A City Corner
buttonAdelaide Shaw, Family
buttonDiana Webb, Biography 1
buttonDiana Webb, Biography 2
buttonNeal Whitman, Hold That Line
buttonTad Wojnicki, Looking for Steinbeck’s Ghost


quill Haibun by the Editors

buttonKen Jones, Dying in Luxury
buttonJim Kacian, Parable
buttonBruce Ross, An Old Vase


quill Essays & Interviews

haibunJohn Dunphy, Haibun: Union of Prose and Poetry
haibunJamie Edgecombe, Haibun and Realism
haibunKen Jones: Interview with Jeffrey Woodward
haibunKen Jones, Writing Reality: Fictional Haibun Stories
haibunJim Kacian: Interview with Patricia Prime
haibunRay Rasmussen, Characteristics of Contemporary English-language Haibun
haibunBruce Ross: Interview with Jeffrey Woodward
haibunBruce Ross, The Essence of Haiku

haibunArchive of Essays & Articles on Haibun

quillEditors' Thought Pieces

buttonKen Jones' Corner #1
buttonKen Jones' Corner #2
buttonKen Jones' Corner #3
buttonKen Jones' Corner #4
buttonEvaluating Haibun: Our editors evaluate & suggest revisions to a haibun

quillAnnouncements & New Releases of Haibun Books

buttonPatrick Pilarski Huge Blue, A collection of contemporary haiku, tanka, haibun, tanka prose, senryu, and quatrains, Huge Blue is a poetic tour guide to Canada’s stunning western landscapes. Poems in the book are divided into three sections: Prairie, Mountain, and Coast. To purchase a copy, please contact the publisher: Leaf Press, Box 416, Lantzville, BC, Canada, V0R 2H0, orders@leafpress.ca, http://www.leafpress.ca
buttonMike Montreuil Last Away Tournament, a collection of haibun,(artwork by Claudia Coutou Radmore, Bondi Studios, Carleton Place, Ontario, 2009, 19 pages, stapled, ISBN 978-0-9812385-1-7, $4, available from author: mikemontreuil@sympatico.ca
buttonStanley Pelter Stanley Pelter's 4th collection of illustrated haibun 'slightly scented short lived words and roses' is now available. It consists of full colour front and back cover, 134 pages and 25 illustrations. In line with his other three collections, until stocks run out, it is available to any interested in the genre for the cost of postage: $10 or £1 UK. Requests for this GIFT to 5 School Lane, Claypole, Newark, Lincolnshire NG23 5BQ, UK
buttonKen Jones "Stone Leeks" is Ken Jones's latest 96 page collection of 28 haibun and 59 freestanding haiku, introduced by Jim Kacian. US$ 10 - dollar bills, please, to Troedrhiwsebon, Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth, SY23 3NB, Wales, UK, or through the Welsh Books Council website http://www.gwales.com UK orders £7 post free, cheques to "K Jones"
buttonBruce Ross "Endless Small Waves," HMS Press: 2008, 102 pages, 68 haibun, the majority not published. Ink drawing by author on glossy pale blue cover. Proofbound. 7" X 8 1/2". Available from author, $15 North America, $17 otherwise at: Bruce Ross, PMB 127, 499 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401, USA.
buttonFrancis Masat Francis Masat's new haibun chapbook "Lilacs After Winter" encompasses a story of love, loss, and redemption – more than one might imagine. It is available for $8.95 from Modern English Tanka Press, P.O. Box 43717, Baltimore, Maryland 21236 USA, or through modernenglishtankapress.com
haibunHaiku Foundation

The Haiku Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to archive the accomplishments of the first century of haiku in English and to create greater opportunities for its second, was chartered in the state of Virginia, USA, on 6 January 2009. It is a volunteer organization primarily designed to create and implement projects centered around haiku. Most haiku organizations have privileged the poet and her needs: education, publication, socialization. The Haiku Foundation instead seeks to foster the growth of haiku itself. This is where poets come when they want to give back.

We are pleased to announce the public unveiling of our website. We hope you will visit it often and with pleasure. Please tell us how it serves you, and how it might serve you in the future. And most of all, we welcome your participation. Please join us to help us realize our goals.

haibunWriters Workshop: A group of writers focused on haibun & haiku invites applications for membership
buttonHaibun Links: Online journals containing haibun



contemporary haibun online is a quarterly journal appearing in March, June, September and December of each year. We are pleased to offer our readers quality haibun style writing and to encourage both the writing and reading of contemporary haibun. Submissions are welcome at any time.

Content Editors Ken Jones, Jim Kacian and Bruce Ross review submissions independently and then collaborate to accept submissions for two categories: I. contemporary haibun, an annual anthology from Red Moon Press and, II. contemporary haibun online. All selections are published in cho, our online journal and the writers are notified as to whether their haibun will also appear in the annual.

Copyright: All contents are the property of the contributors and contemporary haibun online. Contributors are free to publish elsewhere so long as cho is cited as the first place of publication. No content may be published or distributed elsewhere in any form or in any way without permission of the contributors. cho is associated with the print journal contemporary haibun which is published annually and which can be ordered through the Red Moon Press. cho retains the right to republish the contents in the print annual publication: contemporary haibun. The haibun in the Selections for contemporary haibun section will be published in the next print issue of contemporary haibun.

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