Cover Art














Max Verhart, NL and Marlčne Buitelaar, NL

seasons pass



Ed Baker, USHaiga; Maya Lyubenova, BLHaiga; Robert Naczas, PLHaiga

Pris Campbell, USPhoto Haiga; Mary Davila, USPhoto Haiga; Doris Kasson, USPhoto Haiga;  Jacek Margolak, PLPhoto Haiga; Shanna Baldwin Moore, USPhoto Haiga; Stephen Nelson, UKPhoto Haiga; Max Verhart, NL and Marlčne Buitelaar, NLPhoto Haiga

Max Verhart and Marlčne Buitelaar, NLCollaborative Photo Haiga


Art of Saul Bernstein


Mona 9th

Saul Bernstein



Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement

Installment 3: Chapter 2: Glass Ceilings of Hisajo Renaissance—December 2008 Sketchbook

Installment 2: Chapter 1: Who Introduced Hisajo—November 2008 Sketchbook

Installment 1: Prologue: My Courtesy VisitOctober 2008 Sketchbook

by Eiko Yachimoto


Cover Artist

winter solstice

Doris Kasson, US



Contest News


The deadline for the Fulton Prize for Short Fiction is January 31, 2009. Read the details

The deadline for the 2009 Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards is January 31, 2009. Read the details

Kikakuza Haibun Contest: Deadline: 31 January 2009 Read the details



In 2008, Pris Campbell was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her poem, "Colorless Rooms", published by In The Fray, July 2008.



Sketchbook Mailbag


Norman Olson


Writer's Handbook


Writer's Handbook Index




Global Correspondents


Connecting to Trinidad & Tabogo

'Christ The Reason For Christmas'

by Gillena Cox



Connecting to South Africa

13: Camps Bay

by Jeff Spahr-Summers



Connecting To China

A Taste of My New Home

by Bob Lucky



Connecting to Israel

2008 Winners

by Helen-Bar Lev


Johnmichael Simon and Helen Bar-Lev are pleased to announce the launch of their new website Poetry, short stories, artwork, contest, publishing and more. Cyclamens and Swords Publishing.






John Tiong Chunghoo, Malaysia
Gillena Cox, Trinidad
Sally Evans, Scotland
Helen Bar-Lev, Israel
Bob Lucky, Hangzhou, China
Cristian Mocanu, Romania  
Aju Mukhopadhyay, India
Rita Odeh, Israel
Kala Ramesh, India
E. E. Sule, Nigeria

Various Correspondents will be featured from month to month.




Announcing "hazy moon" February 2009 Kukai

The February 2009 Kukai theme is "hazy moon" . Use the exact words ""hazy moon"  in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be workshopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.


Author, Country

Subject:"hazy moon" kukai

Submissions: Thursday January 01, 2009 – Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Midnight.

Voting:  Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – Tuesday, February 24, 2009, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Saturday, February 28, 2009 Sketchbook.

Recent letters to the Sketchbook editors and discussions on various forums indicate that some assumptions about a kukai must be spelled out. From now on (April 1, 2008), Haiku entered in the Sketchbook kukai must be previously unpublished; they must not be workshopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print. In short, if the haiku has appeared on the internet or in print we consider it to have been published. The voting in a kukai is anonymous and publication anywhere voids anonyminity. Any haiku found to be previously published will be disqualified.



Announcing 2009 "Spring arts and crafts" Thread

The theme of the monthly haiku thread will be anything dealing with Spring arts and crafts.

 Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line:
"Spring arts and crafts" February 2009 haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday, February 25, 2009.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at "Spring arts and crafts"  thread February 25, 2009.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Saturday, February 28, 2009 Sketchbook.



Sketchbook is an E-Journal for 
Eastern and Western Short Verse Forms

In 2009 Sketchbook will be published on the last day of each month bi-monthly:  February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Submission deadline: 20th of each publishing month six times a year.

Submissions are open to the general public.

Send to:
Subject: Submission + Genre(s) + Author Name

Renhai Editor, Vaughn Seward:

Read the complete submission guidelines



Sketchbook Special Features
December 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 12

Free Verse
Haiku Sequence
Contemporary Renga
Tanka Sequence


The Little Black Book: Enter


Vaughn Seward, Renhai Editor

Send all renhai submissions to Vaughn Seward


Rengay Through The Seasons

by Masago and Friends


WinterDecember: 14-18 (This Issue)

AutumnSeptember: 1-5
October: 6-9
November: 10-13



Backs to the Wind

Karina Klesko, US; Eiko Yachimoto, JP; Norman Darlington, IE; Betty Kaplan, US; John Daleiden, US

Karina Klesko, US: Sabaki


Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  The Poetry Victims: These December 2008 issues are now online:

Vol. 5, Issue 18: Featuring art by Pierre Francillion and poetry by Jan Oscar Hansen and J. A. Spahr-Summers


J. A. Spahr-Summers

The Poetry Victims: Current Topics: Current Poetry News, Music by Parov Stelar, Photographs by ZZ Baggins, Art by Amy Kohut, ZZ's Links, Waking Life, Special Links

Please use the back arrow in the main
browser to return to Sketchbook

Karina Klesko, Editor



Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month

A. D. Winans, US


The Reagan Psalms CD



Dr.Sarojini Sahoo, IN

The Dark Abode

The Art of Haiku, Gerald England, ed.
Spirit Harvest, Trish Shields
unfinished book, Deborah P. Kolodji
Flowers of Life, Brian Strand
Shorthand of the Heart, Brian Strand
Poiema: Ekphrasis Poems, Brian Strand
Phaneros, A Selection of Lanternes, Brian Strand

Things Just Come Through, Ed Baker
Cobweb, Cristian Mocanu
Watching the Bud of Dream, Rita Odeh
The Language of Sparrows, Andreas Gripp
Like Darwin Among the Gods,
Andreas Gripp
Presence of Mind, Jim Kacian
Oklahoma Heat, Marc Thompson
(C)opyright Sign, Daniela Bullas
Animals are Nature's Poetry, Helen Bar-Lev
Cyclamens And Swords, Helen Bar-Lev
The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson
San Francisco Blues, A. D. Winans
whispers from hell, A. D. Winans
Rustle of Bamboo Leaves, Vicgtor P. Gendrano
Coast Lines,
Trish Shields and Katherine Gordon
Fire Pearls, M. Kei, editor
Heron Sea: Short Poems of the Chesapeake Bay, M. Kei
The Poetic Image, Alan Summers and Roger Brown
moments, Gillena Cox
seasons of a hermitess, an'ya
Fire and Rain, RD Armstrong
Beads on Blossoms, Andreas Gripp
On/Off The Beaten Path: The Road Poems, RD. Armstrong,
Last Call: The Legacy of Charles Bukowski: The Saga Continues,
RD. Armstrong, (Raindog)
Lost in the Fog, Lyn Lifshin
The Whole Body Singing, Quendryth Young
El Pagano and Other Twisted Tales, RD Armstrong
Marking Time, A. D. Winans
Restoration Poems, Ed Baker
As If, Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
The Reagan Pslams CD, A. D. Winans
Hesitant Commitments, Pris Campbell
The Dark Abode, Dr.Sarojini Sahoo

December 2008 "winter night" Kukai Results

    First Place: Robin Beshers, US

    Second Place Tie: Catherine J. S. Lee, US and Jacek Margolak, PL

    Third Place: Jacek Margolak

Read the  "winter night" Kukai Results

Participants in the "winter night" kukai

Ed Baker, US; Robin Beshers, US; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Michele I. Harvey, US; Manu Kant, IN; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Maroglak, PL; Ioan Marinescu, US; John McDonald, (Scotland) UK; Kristin Reynolds, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Josh Wikoff, US; Scot Young, US; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Countries:  India, Poland, Romania, Trinidad, United Kingdom (Scotland), United States

Editor's Choice

2008 December "dance" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the "dance" December 2008 Haiku Thread

Participating Poets

Gillena Cox, TT; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Jan Oskar Hansen PT; Manu Kant, IN; Bill Kenney, US; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Ioan Marinescu, RO; Iga Gala Miemus, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Terry Steudlein, US; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Countries:  Australia, India, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Trinidad, United States,


From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US



childwriter's cover

childwriter's contents: January 31, 2008: Vol. 1, No. 1

Brian Strand, UK—Vignette-on Two Levels

Michemon, JP—IllustratorChildren's Books: Gallery 1; Gallery 2; Michemon Biography