A Quarterly Journal of Contemporary English Language Haibun
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About this Journal

Contemporary Haibun Online is a quarterly journal published at the end of March, June, September and December of each year. It is associated with the print journal, contemporary haibun, an annual anthology from Red Moon Press and was founded in 2005 by Jim Kacian and Ray Rasmussen. The CHO archives contain the archives of its predecessor, American Haibun and Haiga.


  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

Quill and Inkwell Logo:

In Japan, haibun composition was initiated by the monk Basho Matsuo (164494), who is also considered the initiator of haiku poetry. Basho, of course, would have composed his famous haibun journals with brush and ink using Japanese characters. While an image of a computer monitor and keyboard could serve as a logo to represent the tool used by most of today's haibun writers, we prefer the quill and inkwell which conveys the idea that haibun composition is a matter of careful writing and creates a link to Basho's brush and ink.

Editorial Staff:

Our three content editors – Ken Jones, Jim Kacian and Bruce Ross – are also co-editors of contemporary haibun, the annual anthology from Red Moon Press. They review submissions to cho independently and then confer as to whether to accept a submission. The criteria they use in evaluating haibun are discussed on the Acceptance Criteria page. Submissions and requests for information about the status of a submission should be addressed to Jim Kacian. If you have trouble contacting Jim, contact Ray Rasmussen.

Ray Rasmussen is our managing and technical editor. Technical or typographical problems should be reported to him via email.

Staff biographies are found on the Editorial Staff page.