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Southern California Haiku Study Group

share our love of haiku

our featured haiku
bone white winter moon breath of a snow hare
~ Joan C. Fingon
Whiptail Journal 2023 
Issue 6

Southern California Haiku Study Group

The Garden of Verses
California Botanical Gardens

The Garden of Verses will be held on April 1, 2023 (no joke)

please respond to:
William Scott Galasso
by March 12, 2023

More details here

 The HNA Registration for the June 28-July 2nd conference
is now live on the HNA website:
2023 Haiku North America Conference

join Our Member zoom Workshop

“Red Paper Parasols”2022 Anthology is waiting for you
Order Your 2022 Anthology Here

workshop notes

February 11, 2023 Haiku Walk and Workshop at Descanso Gardens in person

Other Ongoing Website Meeting Notes

  • We need ongoing volunteers to post to keep current on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, Linkedin links to “share our love of haiku” if interested please contact us here
  • Add photos from posts to gallery.
    • Example, light house ginko should also be in the gallery.
    • We need to find a way to get more photos.
    • Request a call for photos.
  • Content needed:
    • Writing exercises
      • Maybe a Southern California season kigo list created by a member.
      • Worksheets of former presentations if consented by the presenter.
  • Call for content.
    • Suggestions:
      • writing exercises
      • recently published poems
      • book reviews
      • essays
      • testimonials
      • what haiku means to you?
      • why haiku?
      • what brought you to our group?
      • what’s your favorite haiku journal?
      • Contest?
        • Collaborators
          • Metro/Santa Clarita/Yvette’s art
    • all content documented and named sources

January 7, 2023 Post-holiday party will be in person

Our January 7th post-holiday party will be in person,
at Momma’s South Pasadena. 
We have reservations at 1 pm for the outdoor patio.
Momma’s Pizza
1007 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena, CA

The food is very good and the outdoor dining is under a tent (see photo). 
They will bring out heaters if it is cold.  The weather forecast looks promising.  Being outdoors will allow us to see each other and still maintain safe distances. You can order at the counter, and they will bring your food to you. The menu is at the above link.

We will share haiku gifts, as has been our custom, either a haiga, or some sort of gift incorporating your haiku (past gifts have been lemons, socks, pencils, candy, tea bags, etc).

For those who cannot attend, we will see you at our kukai zoom meeting on January 21st. Kukai  Deadline to submit is Sunday, January 8, 2023

Thanks to all! ~ Emily Bernhardt
next Member Zoom Workshop Saturday,
January 21, 2023 – Kukai Zoom Meeting
at 2:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
For those who cannot attend, we will see you at our kukai zoom meeting on January 21st.  If you cannot attend, but wish to send a photo haiga or a photo of your haiku gift, please send it by Friday January 20th

September 17, 2022 Zoom Workshop

On September 17, 2022, Roberta Beary will be joining us from Ireland to talk about  “Haiku (the personal in haiku – when to leave it in, why to take it out)”      

Because Roberta will be joining us from Ireland, where it will be 10 pm at 2 pm, we are going to start with Roberta’s program and have the read around at the end.  Please gather and log in 15 minutes early, so that Roberta can start promptly at 2 pm (10 pm!).

Topic: SCHSG Monthly Workshop

August 20, 2022 Zoom Workshop

On August 20th, 21 poets met via Zoom for the monthly SCHSG workshop:   Mimi Ahern, Lynn Allgood, Cynthia Anderson, Kathryn Bold, Marcyn Del Clements, Janice Doppler, Denise Dumars, Joan Fingon, Lee Hudspeth, Deborah P Kolodji, Yvette Nicole Kolodji, Peter Larsen, Patricia Machmiller, Seretta Martin, Wakako Rollinger, Bona M. Santos, Patricia Wakimoto,Michael Dylan Welch, Sharon Williams, Kathabela Wilson, and Sharon Yee.

After a read-around of haiku, moderator Deborah P Kolodji introduced the guest speaker, Patricia Machmiller, who gave a presentation on “What We Can Learn From the Haiku of Jerry Ball.”  Jerry Ball was the founder of the Southern California Haiku Study group in 1997.

Using a PowerPoint presentation, Patricia talked about Jerry’s early influencers and favorite haiku.  She then asked participants to share their haiku stories, who first influenced and which haiku provided early inspiration.  She then explored Jarry’s evolution as a haiku poet, from his early 5-7-5 haiku to the haiku he wrote as he matured as a haiku poet.  Coincidentally, this presentation was scheduled around the 3 year anniversary of Jerry’s passing.  After the presentation, the group watched the memorial video which was prepared for the 2021 virtual Haiku North America.

Jerry Ball
Photo from HSA Tribute video

August 27, 2022 Lighthouse Ginko

On Saturday, August 27th, the Southern California Haiku Study Group held its first live event since the pandemic with a ginko at the San Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  We met at 11:00 am on a very hot day, but where cooled by the ocean breezes on the bluff.  Wakako Rollinger, who is a docent at Topanga State Park, led the ginko, and talked about native plants along our trail.  She also brought samples of native plants, including various sages, for people to pass around and smell.  After the walk, we picnicked in a grassy area which included great ocean and lighthouse views.  Fifteen poets attended this event.

Present were:  Lynn Allgood, Sean Carlton, Marcyn Del Clements, D’Ellen, Denise Dumars, Lee Hudspeth, Deborah P Kolodji, Gregory Longenecker, Janis Lukstein, Bona M. Santos, Susan Rogers, Wakako Rollinger, Jie Tian, Patricia Wakimoto, and Sharon Yee.

Standing: Denise Dumars, D’Ellen, Bona M. Santos, Wakako Rollinger, Sharon Yee,
Gregory Longenecker, Patricia Wakimoto, Lee Hudspeth
Sitting/kneeling:  Susan Rogers, Deborah P Kolodji, Jie Tian, Sean Carlton
Not shown:  Marcyn Del Clements, Lynn Allgood, Janis Lukstein
Photo by Marcyn Del Clements

upcoming submissions

Haiku North America Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio – 2023

Authors Publish – 2022-23

Eunoia Review

Reedsy – 2022-23

Literary Matters – 2022-23

winning writers – 2022-23

Dashboard Horus: A Bird’s Eye View of the Universe

Dashboard Horus: A Bird’s Eye View of the Universe

member book launch
member book launch

Distance: Tan-Ku Sequences & Sets ~
by Mariko Kitakubo and Deborah P Kolodji
(forthcoming Spring 2023)

member book launch

Tug of a Black Hole ~ By Deborah P Kolodji

member book launch

Saffron Skies ~ by William Scott Galasso

member book launch

Not Your Kid’s Nursery Rhyme Haiku ~ by Bona M. Santos and Susan Burch

member book launch

Backpedaling ~ by Peter Jastermsky

member book launch

Full Circle ~ by Cynthia Anderson

member book launch

Upwelling – haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun ~ by Lorraine A Padden

we grow you grow
new members always welcome
how to join us
member directory
member book launch
join our member zoom Workshop
3rd Saturday of every month
2:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Upcoming Workshops

* March 18, 2023 –
2:00 PM
Zoka in Haiku, Brad Bennett & Kristen Lindquist (No exact title yet – just a topic – Debbie will update)
* April 1, 2023 –
10:00 AM To 4:00 PM
Haiku Station at the Garden of Verses
California Botanic Garden, Cultivar Garden
* April 14, 2023 –
two readings at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM
by Mariko Kitakubo and Deborah P Kolodji from their new book: Distance: Tan-Ku Sequences & Sets
Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
writing exercises
haiku resources
split sequence

selected haiku organizations
Akitsu Quarterly
American Haiku Archives
Australian Haiku Society
Blo͞o Outlier Journal
bottle rockets
British Haiku Society – Blithe Spirit
contemporary haibun online
drifting sands haibun
failed haiku
Haiku Poets of Northern California
Haiku Society of America – Frogpond
modern haiku
Poetry Pea
Prune Juice
The Haiku Foundation
The Heron’s Nest
Under the Basho
Yuki Teikei Haiku Society
suggestion box