from The Editor's Chairs




Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


January / February 29, 2012

The January / February 29, 2012 Sketchbook contains poems, art and features contributed to this Sketchbook issue by these eighty five Authors / Artists from twenty countries.

Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Nepal, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, Vienna, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), United States, Yemen

These twelve poets make their first Sketchbook appearance in the January / February 29, 2012 Issue: Marion Clarke, IE; Máire Morrissey Cummins, IE; Mavis Gulliver, Scotland; Stefanija Ludvig, CR; Vladimir Ludvig, CR; Duško Matas, CR; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Cynthia Rowe, AU; Sherry Steiner, US; Jan Theuninck, BE; Christine L. Villa, US; Jari Thymian US.

Welcome to the Sketchbook family of writers.

The January / February 29, 2012  Cover Art  is Tatiana Kosach, Illustrator ~ Ten Little Haibuns by Andrea Cecon Click here for a full sized image.

The Haiga featured on the Contents page is by Editor Karina Klesko, a Taiga, "all along life's path".

Congratulations to the January / February 29, 2012 "waters of spring" Kukai winners:

    First Place: Chitra Rajappa, IN

    Second Place: Vladislav Hristov, BG

    Third Place: Karina Klekso, US

Read the "waters of spring" Kukai Results.

Thirty-two poets from fifteen countries contributed seventy-six haiku "waters of spring".

Announcing the March / April 2012 "swing" Kukai: read the full guidelines.

Forty-three poets from fifteen countries have contributed two hundred and sixteen poems to the January / February 2012 "precious stones" Haiku Thread.

Haiku Thread Read the January / February 29, 2012 "precious stones"  Haiku Thread.

Read the Editors Choice "precious stones" Haiku selected by editors Karina Klesko, John Daleiden, and Guest Bernard Gieske.

Announcing the March / April 30, 2012 "pond life" Haiku Thread: read the full guidelines here.

Now the children ages 7 - 20 can participate in the Haiku Scene: On-going and Free to enter Kids-Count-For-Earthday-Haiku Webfest:

The 2012 Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Webfest is in association with The Haiku Society of America; With Words (UK); Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms (USA); and Planetpals (Worldwide). Partnering together with the planet to bring positive messages about your world.  Read all the details here!

This January / February 29, 2012 issue contains a diversity of poetry forms: Eastern Genre: Ghazal, Haiku, Renhai, Sijo, Tanka;  Western Genre: Cameo Poem, Cinquain, Ekphrastic Poetry, Epigram, Experimental--Hymn Style, Fibonacci, Found Poetry, Free Verse, Lanterne, Rondelet, Shadorma, Sonnet, Tetracyts, Unmetered Rhyming Couplets, Yugen

For the March / April 22012 issue, editor Karina Klesko continues the Let US Pray feature. The Sketchbook 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".  Make your contribution to Let Us Pray in the March / April 22012  issue.

Ten poets from six countries are Featured in Let Us Pray; Poets participating: Karin Anderson, AU; Danica Bartulović, CR; Joseph Farley, US; Štefanija Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Emily Romano, US; Brian Strand, UK; Vania Stefanova, BG; Sunil Uniyal, IN.

Countries: Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, India, United Kingdom (England); United States

Please continue to send your poems and prayers to:

Editor Vaughn Seward has selected Renhai for the January / February 29, 2012 Sketchbook; the Renhai authors include:  Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Heike Gewi, DE / TE; Walter Mathois AT; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Vaughn Seward, 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 in the January / February 29, 2012 issue: The Gallery by Emily Romano, US. Norman J. Olson, US contributes these features: Day Trip to Miami ~ Four Sketches; from Biltmore to furniture to today; Art ~ Four Drawings: A Trip to North Carolina: January 13, 2012; Art GalleryIolanda Scripca contributes a Photo Art Gallery.

The winners of the January / February 29, 2012 Poem  Picture Contest are . . . Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Ljudmila Milena Mršić, Croatia;  Harvey Jenkins, Canada;  read the entire series of thirty-three poems.

The March / April 30, 2012 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 contest picture. The deadline for submission is Midnight, Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

The Book Fair features two books: Andrea Cecon, US: Ten Little Haibuns and Sunil Uniyal, IN: The Target Is Behind The Sky.  Also, recently published by Sketchbook writers: Judi Suni Hall and Don Hall: The Gingezel Series

Contributing Editor, Helen Bar-Lev, IL features Poems and an Interview with Stanley H. Barkan.

Contributing Editor, Doug Holder, US features an interview with Gloria Mindock: A Somerville Poet with an Eastern European Sensibility‏

Contributing Editor, Jeff Spahr-Summers, aka ZZBaggins features Poetry and Art by Heather Lenz, J.A. Spahr-Summers, and Cindy Stell, Sandhya Tiwari, Sarah Martin, Marcie Riel; The Poetry VictimsVol. 8, Issue 4Read Jeff Spahr-Summer's Not Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary.

The editors call your attention to the following deadline dates posted in the Announcements Index: January / April 2012 on the Contents page.

Sketchbook is now open for March / April 30, 2012 submissions. The submission deadline for this issue is April 20, 2012.  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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