from The Editor's Chair




Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


March / April 30, 2011

The March / April 30 , 2011 Sketchbook contains poems, art and features by eighty-six writers from twenty-one Countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Romania, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Yemen, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), United States. The Editors extend a warm welcome to all of you!

Thirteen poets make their first Sketchbook appearance in the March / April 30, 2011 Issue:

Ada Aharoni, IL; Ramesh Anand, ML; Stella Armour, UK; Denis Emorine, FR; Al Fogel, US; Rohini Gupta, IN; Evic Kraljić, CR; Joe Massingham, AU; Marion Alice Poirier, US; Bamdev Sharma, IN; Bamdev Sharma, IN; Nicole Taylor, US; Juliet Wilson, UK. Welcome to the Sketchbook family of writers.

The March / April 30, 2011 Sketchbook Cover Art by Didi Menendez is  a selected portion of a full faced portrait of Poet Pris Campbell at age 30. Click here for a full sized image.

The Haiga featured on the Contents page is

Congratulations to the March / April 30, 2011 "flower(s)" Kukai winners:

    First Place: Sanjukta Asopa, IN

    Second Place: John McDonald, UK (Scotland)

    Third Place: Ignatius Fay, CA

Twenty-two haiku poets from ten countries contributed fifty-six haiku to the "Spring's end" Kukai

Read the "Spring's end" Kukai Results

The May / June 30, 2011 Kukai is "rainbow": Read the details here.

Thirty Poets from ten countries wrote one hundred-eighty poems for the "flower(s)" Haiku Thread Read the March / April 30, 2011 "flower(s)"  Haiku Thread.

Read the Choice "flower(s)" Haiku selected by editors Karina Klesko and John Daleiden, and Guest Editor Bernard Gieske. Announcing the May / June 2011 "vegetable(s) Haiku Thread:  Read the Details here.

This March / April 30, 2011 issue contains a diversity of poetry forms: Eastern Genre: Haigay, Haiku, Kyoka, Renhai, Renku, Senryu, Tanka, Tanka Prose, and Taiga; Western Genre: Acrostic, Atom Poems, Cinquain, Etheree, Experimental Verse--the Septimal, Fibonacci, Free Verse, Pantoum, Quatrain, Short Short, Villanelle, Waltz Wave.

This month, editor Karina Klesko continues the feature: Let US Pray. The goal is to hear from all faiths and peoples on a Global Scale. Editor Klesko says, "The more people who participate and read this feature, the more our hearts will become one. Surely a heart that envelops the world can make changes and differences in lives. We can make a difference and wipe away all the divisions that have arisen because of different belief systems. Let us all love and respect one another in one accord. In March / April 30 2011. Five Poets from one country participated: Mark Dohle, US; Joseph Farley, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Richard Ilnicki, US; Sunney Poyner, US

Please continue to send your poems and prayers to:

Read Eiko Yachimoto's Chapter 8: Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement in the next issue of Sketchbook.  Read a review of chapters 1-7 by Stephen Rojcewicz, US: Brought back to Life via Haiku - the Artistry of Hisajo: A Review of “Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement” by Eiko Yachimoto.

Renhai editor Vaughn Seward has selected Renhai for the March / April 30, 2011 Sketchbook; the Renhai authors include: Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Jerry McKenzie, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA; Janice Thomson, CA. Be sure to read the Renhai notes link at the bottom of each Renhai selection; the notes contain interesting ideas about the rehnai.

Art features for March / April 30, 2011: a Photo Art Gallery from Iolanda Scripca, US; an Art Gallery by Norman J. Olson, US.

The winner of the March / April 30 Poem  Picture Contest is . . . Bernard Gieske; read the entire series of twelve poems.

The May / June 30, 2011 Poem the Picture Contest is now open; Write a poem in any form for the Picture. Send your entry to  The winning poem will be published in the next issue of Sketchbook. Click here to see a full sized image of the May / June 30, 2011 contest picture. The deadline for submission is Midnight, Sunday, June 19, 2011.

The Book Fair features three books by these authors: So I Used Gray and Other Poems by Amitava Chakrabarty, IN; The Tiny Pebbles by P. K. Padhy, IN; All The Poets Who Have Touched Me by Lyn Lifshin, US.

Contributing Editor, Helen Bar-Lev, IL features an Interview with Poet Ada Aharoni, IL and the Poems of Ada Aharoni, IL.

Contributing Editor, Doug Holder, US in Take a Walk, offers his reflections on Alfred Kazin's A Walker in the City as well as his thoughts about walking through Boston and Somerville.

Contributing Editor, Jeff Spahr-Summers, aka ZZBaggins features The Poetry VictimsVol. 8, Issue 2 and his Not Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary.

The editors call your attention to the following deadline dates posted in the March / April 30, 2011 Announcements Index on the Contents page.

Sketchbook is now open for May / June 30, 2011  submissions. The submission deadline for this issue is June 20, 2011.  For Kukai and Haiku Thread deadlines see the information above.

Submissions are open to the General Public. The Editors look forward to reading your poetry and viewing your art. Please read the Submissions Guide.


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