Cover Art 














Mary Davila, US

OutlawPoets Haiga Contest



Haiga Slide Show

Mary Davila, US: Haiga—St. Valentine's Day
Judith Gorgone, US: Haiga—winter night

Judi Hall, US: Haiga
grade three
Jacek Margolak, PL: Haigaice
meeting his eyes


Photo Haiga

Pris Campbell, US: Haigastill claiming a friend, my heart thuds, a lover's toast, arms opening
adwiga Miemus, PL: Photo HaigaValentine's Day
Ramona Linke, DE: Haiga—Valentine's Day
Malvina Mileta, CR: Haiga—hand in hand

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US: Haigarustle of leaves
D. V. Rozic, CR: Haiga—always together


Collaborative Photo Haiga

Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, Pl and Dorota Pyra, PL: Collaborative Hiaga—new snow around
Pris Campbell, US and Geoff Sanderson, UK: Collaborative Haiga—heart in her pocket
Marija Pogorilic, CR and Josip Pogorilić, Marko Matesic: Collaborative Haigawinter morning, busy lace-maker, lady in an armchair, a fiery kiss


Free Verse Haiga

Laryalee Fraser, CA: Haigacolor of love
Victor Gendrano, US
First Love

First OutlawPoets' Haiga Contest

The OutlawPoets: Gerry Bravi, CA; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Paul Conneally, UK; John Daleiden, US; Judith Gorgone, US; Betty Kaplan, US; Karina Klesko, US; Trish Shields, CA; Carol Sircoulomb, US



Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement

Installment 7: Chapter 6: Scheduled for publication in the next Sketchbook issue

Installment 6: Chapter 5: Haiku of Hisajo in the Taisho period (from 1917 to 1926)

Installment 5: Chapter 4: Is a haijin a poet? Is a haiku art?—March / April 30, 2009 Sketchbook

Installment 4: Chapter 3: Kyoshi and the Irony of Shiki’s Modern Haiku Movement—February 2009 Sketchbook

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

Marija Pogorilic, CR

winter morning



Featuring Sketchbook Poets
February 28, 2010 Vol. 5, No. 1

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets
for February 28, 2010 Vol. 5, No. 1

Index for February 28, 2010 Sketchbook Vol. 5, No. 1


A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies


State Poet Laureate Information






Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook "melting snow" Kukai Results

Sketchbook "Valentine's Day" Haiku Thread



March 1 -29, 2010The Poet's Gallery March 2010 Calendar from Philip Hackett

March 1, 2010Submissions close: 3LIGHTShaiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka with a musical theme

March 6, 2010'Poets' Co-op's Poetry Workshop Rescheduled

March 12, 201016th Annual Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival Details

March 13, 20102010 Robert Spiess Memorial Competition Guidelines

March 20, 20103rd Annual Hexapod Haiku Challenge

March 31, 2010Romanian Haiku Contest

March 31, 2010Deadline for submission: HaikuNow! National Haiku Contests for 2010 at The Haiku Foundation

March 31, 2010Deadline: Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards for Excellence in Published Haiku Translation, and Criticism

April 15, 20102010 Haiku Pen Contest Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine

April 15, 2010Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest

April 15, 20102010 Haiku Pen Contest Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine

April 16, 2010Kitikati Haiku Contest 2010: mailed entries in hand by April 16

April 18, Sunday – 3 PMFour Wordsmen of the Apocalypse: an evening with S.A. GRIFFIN, MICHAEL C. FORD, FRANK T. RIOS and F.N. WRIGHT

April 30, 2010The HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition

April 30, 20102010 Think TANKA Contest Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine

April, 30, 2010The Sejong Cultural Society 2010 sejong writing competition: Sijo Division

May 1, 2010Submission Deadline for Prune Juice Journal Issue 4

May 10, 2010—Postmark Deadline: The 11th Tanka Society of America’s International Competition Call for Submissions

May 23, 2010Kids Count for Earthday 5-7-5 Haiku Contest Earthday Haiku Contest! April 22 - Deadline May 23rd, 2010:  open to individual students 7 -20 years old.



Sketchbook Mailbag

Norman Olson, US




Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index




Global Correspondents


Connecting to Israel

Exciting Developments

by Helen-Bar Lev

Johnmichael Simon and Helen Bar-Lev invite you to visit their website; poetry, short stories, artwork, contest, publishing and more. Cyclamens and Swords Publishing.

Voices of Israel 2009 Anthology available






John Tiong Chunghoo, Malaysia
Gillena Cox, Trinidad
Sally Evans, Scotland
Jan Oskar Hansen, Portugal
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  March / April 2010 "spring rain" Kukai

The March / April 2010  Kukai theme is "spring rain". Use the exact words "spring rain"  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: "
spring rain" kukai

Submissions: Monday, March 01, 2010 – Saturday, April 17, 2010 Midnight.

Voting: Sunday, April 18 - Sunday April 25, 2010, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Friday, April 30, 2010 Sketchbook.

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.

A kukai is a peered review poetry contest. A haiku Topic is assigned by the editor. An 'anonymized' list of submitted haiku is then distributed to all participating poets and they are invited to vote. Votes are returned to the editor who tallies the votes and publishes the haiku for the participants, this time with names and points revealed.


Announcing the March / April 2010 "flower/s" Thread

The theme of the March / April haiku thread will be anything to do with the "flowers" and / or any kind of spring flower/s in either the southern and / or northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the words "flower/s".

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "flower/s" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line: March/April "flower" haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Saturday, April 24, 2010.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at March / April 2010 "flower/s" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Friday, April 30, 2010 Sketchbook.



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

In 2010 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

February 28, 2010 Vol. 5, No. 1

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets

Index for February 28, 2010 Sketchbook Vol. 5, No. 1

Haibun: Betty Kaplan, US; Patrick Wafula Wanyama, Nairobi, Kenya

Haigay: Betty Kaplan, US and Max Verhart, NL

Renga: The OutlawPoets' Valentine Renga

Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Janice Seward, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA

Tanka: Elizabeth Howard, US

Free Verse: RD Armstrong, Helen Bar-Lev, Mark Dohle, Joseph Farley, Bernard Gieske, Joan McNerneyl, Tracy McPherson, Malvina Mileta, Leslie Muzingo, Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, Johnmichael Simon, Ruth Waltyers, Neal Whitman



Art Feature


Andrea Mistretta

The OutlawPoets' Valentine Renga




Art Feature


Ed Baker

I did this song and dance

so many stones



Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  Poetry Victims

Volume 6, Issue 13: November 9 of Poetry Victims is now online: featuring visual art by Cesar Ivan and poetry by Belinda Subraman

Don't miss the Not Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary by zzbaggins in each of the above Poetry Victims issue.

loving and dying

amy kohut and zzbaggins


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

Karina Klesko, Editor



Poet's Honor Roll

Congratulations Catherine J.S. Lee



Judith Gorgone, US

Biography    Gallery



February 2010 "melting snow" Kukai Results

    First Place:  John McDonald, UK # 09.

    Second Place:   Bernard Gieske, US # 30

    Third Place Tie:  Keith A. Simmonds, TT  # 02


Sixteen Poets  from eight different countries wrote thirty-seven "melting snow" Haiku.

Read the "melting snow" Kukai Results

Sixteen Participating Kukai Poets

Wolfgang Beuthke, DE; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Ralf Bröker, DE; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Bernard Gieske, US; Manu Kant, IN; Doug Kutney, US, Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Ramona Linke, DE; John McDonald, UK; Peter Pache, US; Sasa Vazic, CR; Frances Shaffi, US: Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Cindy Tebo, US

Eight Participating Countries

Croatia, Germany, India, Philippines, Poland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States



Editor's Choice "Valentine's Day" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the February 28, 2010"Valentine's Day" haiku thread

The following twenty-one poets from nine countries have contributed ninty-three poems to the February 28, 2010 "Valentine's Day" Haiku Thread.

an'ya, US; Ed Baker, US; Priyanka Bhowmick, IN; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Ralf Bröker, DE; Bouwe Brower, NL; Patricia Carragon, US; Damir Damir, Montenegro; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Audrey Downey, US; Rolland Fletcher, Jr, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Manu Kant, IN; Ramona Linke, DE; Jacek Margolak, PL; Frances Shaffi, US; Bronisława Sibiga, PL; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Cindy Tebo, US

Australia, Germany, India, Montenegro, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Trinidad and Tobago, United States


from The Editors' Desks

A Thank You

The Editors, wish to thank all the OutlawPoets and the regular Sketchbook contributors for participating in the activities for this special Valentine's Issue.

A deep bow to each and everyone of you...

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US








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