Fort Worth Haiku Society: A History by Cliff Roberts
A prototype meeting of the Fort Worth Haiku Society happened on Saturday May 18, 2002. Earlier in that morning I sent 5 haiku to Acorn magazine for their consideration for publication. I also posted haiku in AOL's Amazing Instant Novelist Short Poetry, Instant Poetry and Romance poetry boards (now defunct.)
Around noon my wife Brenda and I decided on an impormptu trip to the Fort Worth Japanese Gardens. It was a day after a rain, we had blue sky, light breeze and a comfortable temperature. Everything was green and lush. Lots of turtles and, of course, the koi. The Gardens were very busy with visitors. Brenda's hip was hurting her so she stayed at the Meditation Gardens while I strolled around. We wrote haikai and then I met back with her and we shared our 'ku'. This was around 2 p.m. I decided to go ahead and start the Fort Worth Haiku Society. The meetings were to be on the 3rd Saturday of each month. I later discovered while surfing the web that this was a very common day for haiku meetings. Later at home I read Jane Reichhold's 1996 "Another Attempt To Define Haiku"" and prepared for my Haiku Workshop for presentation to the New Millennium Poets of Arlington Texas while listening to a Japanese music CD.
June 15, 2002 we held the first official meeting of FWHS at the Japanese Gardens in the covered Meditation Garden. Charter Members: Cynthia Arceneaux, Roberta Pipes Bowman, Coke Reed Brown Jr*. susan delaney, sharon Fernbach, Fred Fowler*, J. Paul Holcomb, Barbara Beene Jackson, Cliff T. Roberts, Brenda Roberts, Ruth Savage. Dennis J. Smith, Ocean St. John, Jeannette Strother, and Susan Wiley.
After many illnesses and deaths within our family and circle of friends we took a two year haitus from 2009 until 2011. Thanks to our friend Jan Benson's return to Texas, and visit with us, we were once again energized and got back into the swing of meetings and hostings. We retain our Charter from Poetry Society of Texas, and are still active in the Haiku Society of America and the local poetry community.
*Those deaths included 3 of our FWHS family: Fred Fowler, Helen Jones and Coke Reed Brown Jr.
Spring Contest Winners!
Remember Summer Contest deadline is June15, 2013
Poetry Contest sponsored by Fort Worth Haiku Society and National Space Society of North Texas
Subject: Space Exploration, Development and Settlement
Deadline July 31st
Division one: Haiku/Senryu (17 syllables of less, no punctuation required, no capitalization required, titled haiku are accepted)
Division two: intermediate length forms (Tanka, mondo, sedoka, limerick, cinquain, clerihew, sijo, 4 to 6 lines)
Divinsion three: long forms (haiku sequences, renga, rengay, tan-renga, haibun, choka) More than one author is allowed but the prize will be split between them.
Haiga will be accepted but the art work will not be considered in the contest. It may be considered for publication in the anathology, if suitable and in black and white.
1st prize $25 each division
2nd prize $10 each division
The three first place winners will compete for an additional $25 grand prize.
Pleasae send enries as an email attachment to email@example.com
Include the poet's name, address, phone number and email address, a brief biography and a statement agreeing to the terms of the contest. Please indicate the division the work is to be entered in. The work may not be submitted to another contest or publication until 1 year after the contest ends. Judges will be drawn from the Fort Worth Poetry Society, and the National Space Society of North Texas. The decision of the judges is final.
Results will be announced at FenCon, October 5, 2013
Dues will be due June 1, 2013 for the next year!