from The Editor's Desks




Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


July / August 2009


In 2009 Sketchbook with be published bi-monthly: February, April, June, August, October, and December.  The publication date for each issue is the last day of the month.  Submissions are due on the 20th of the month of publication.

The July / August 2009 Sketchbook contains poems, art and features from eighty-nine writers / artists from twenty countries including: Australia, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Hungry, India, Japan, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States. The Editors extend a warm welcome to all of you!

The July / August, 2009 Sketchbook Cover Art is by Russ Freeland.

The featured haiga is

Congratulations to the Kukai winners; July / August "Cicada" Kukai:

    First Place: Jacek Margolak, PL

    Second Place: Andrč Surridge, NZ

    Third Place: John McDonald, UK

Read the "Cicada" Kukai Results27 poets participated from 13 countries; 54 haiku were submitted to the kukai

The September / October, 2009 Kukai "harvest moon": Read the details here.

The July / August  2009 haiku thread was anything to do with with the beach.  Read the "Read the July / August "beach" haiku thread.  Read the the editor's choice of the "beach" haiku threadEditor Karina Klesko and Editor John Daleiden. 78 haiku were submitted by 26 poets from 11 countries. 

The September / October 2009 haiku thread was anything to do with leaves... Read the details here: September / October, 2009 "Leaves" haiku thread.

This month Eiko Yachimoto continues her discussion of Sugita Hisajo's (1890-1946) haiku development in Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement Installment 6: Chapter 5: Haiku of Hisajo in the Taisho period (from 1917 to 1926).

Renhai editor Vaughn Seward has selected fourteen Renhai for the July / August, 2009 Sketchbook; the Renhai authors include Zhanna P. Rader, US: Vaughn Seward, CA; John W. Sexton, UK; Janice Thomson, CA.  Be sure to read the notes link at the bottom of each selection; the notes contain interesting ideas about the rehnai links and various modes of composing a renhai.

Rengay Through The Seasons by Vaughn Seward features rengay numbers forty-five through fifty-two completing the year long rengay project; guest writers are Zhanna P. Rader and Gary Gay, the creator of the Rengay form: Mid Summer: 45-48 with Guest—Zhanna P. Rader No. 48 and Late Summer: 49-52 with Guest—Gary Gay, No. 52.

Sketchbook Global Correspondent Jan Oskar Hansen has sent a report from Portugal: A Village in Iberia .

The Book Fair features The Reagan Psalms CD by A. D. Winans. If you are looking for a good listen, try this CD.  The Book Fair also includes these new selections:Sea Trails by Pris Campbell, A Thousand Reasons: Tanka by Pamela A. Babusci, and Night Traveler by M.J. Iuppa, Anathema: Poems Selected & New by Andreas Gripp. Purchasing information about each of these selections is in the links above.

Contributing Editor, Jeff Spahr-Summers, creator and editor of Poetry Victims, presents July / August readers to art by Amy Kohut, zzbaggins, and Ed Baker; poetry by Christian Drake, J. A. Spahr-Summers, and Oskar Hansen.

These thirteen poets are appearing for the first time in Sketchbook: Nadia Adams, South Africa; Magdalena Banaszkiewic, Poland; Ignatius Fay, CA; Bo; Russ Freedland (cover); Bill Gainer, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Peggy Heinrich, US; M.J. Iuppa, US; Toshiaki Yoike, CA; John Landry, US; Sergio Ortiz, PR; Richard Stevenson, CA; Neal Whitman, US. The Sketchbook Editors welcome you warmly.

The editors call your attention to the following deadline dates posted in the Announcements section on the contents page:

Sketchbook is now open for September / October 2009 submissions. Remember, the 20th of each publication month is the deadline for open submissions to the poetry pages. Submissions are open to the General Public. The Editors look forward to reading your poetry and viewing your art. Please join us in our fourth year of publishing Sketchbook.


Karina Klesko and John Daleiden









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