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About CHO

Contemporary Haibun Online is a quarterly journal published in January, April, July and October.

The Journal was founded in 2005 by Jim Kacian and Ray Rasmussen, and was edited from 2005 through 2013 by Jim Kacian, Ken Jones and Bruce Ross. The present editors are Bob Lucky and Lynne Rees, with Ray Rasmussen serving as technical editor. Editoral staff biographies are found on the Editorial Staff page.

The current banner and designs are by Tony Crosse whose website is http://www.tonycrosse.com/. Ray Rasmussen created the present and earlier websight designs.


  1. to publish high-quality writing by practitioners of modern English-language haibun
  2. to encourage the practice of haibun composition by providing a respected publication venue with well-known practitioners as editors
  3. to provide reference materials, examples, and lessons in haibun and haiku composition
  4. to create an archive of articles and interviews of practitioners on the subject of haibun

How Things Work at CHO:

Editors Bob Lucky and Lynne Rees review submissions independently and then confer as to whether to accept, invite a revision, or not accept the submission. The criteria they use in evaluating haibun are found on the Editorial Staff & Guidelines page.

When a piece is accepted, they copy edit the piece to correct typographical and grammar errors and sometimes make syntax changes.

Ray Rasmussen formats the issue and puts it online and gives the work a second copy edit.

What to Do about Problems:

Submissions and requests for information about the status of a submission or its content should be addressed to Bob Lucky.

Technical or typographical problems should be reported to Ray Rasmussen.




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