Thursday, October 27, 2011


Dear Haiku Friends,
I am very pleased to announce that scent of rain: the 2011 Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology is complete on its way to the printer. From our first beautiful hand-made 2001 edition with eight founding haijin, we have grown to a volume featuring 62 poets. Our new book will be perfect-bound with a full-color heavy-stock cover, featuring poems in both English and Spanish (with English translations). This collection emphasizes our unique climate and geography, our rich cultural diversity, and the broad range of experience of our contributing haijin. I think you will be very pleased with the superb quality of work in this edition.

The Anthologies will be available at our annual reading and celebration at the Pacific Asia Museum, 46 North Los Robles, Pasadena, CA, on Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 p.m. There will be another reading in San Diego at The Ink Spot, the downtown gallery loft of San Diego Writers, Ink, located at 710 13thStreet, San Diego, CA, on Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars. For those of you who have paid for postage, the books will be mailed Monday, November 21st.

Here is our roster of poets:
Lynn Halley Allgood, Don Baird, Karina Balderrabano, Ashley Baldon, Jerry Ball, Marcia Behar, Tom Bilicke, Darrell Byrd, Peggy Castro, Phyllis Collins, Joan E. Day, Billie Dee, Marcyn Del Clements, D'ellen, Pauli Dutton, Kimberly Esser, Kendall Evans, Olga GarcĂ­a, Maury Garnholz, Victor P. Gendrano, Risa Goldberg, Liz Goetz, Anita Guenin, William Hart, Maura Harvey, MargaretHehman-Smith, Una Nichols Hynum, Gloria Jaguden, Oleg Kagan, D.J. Keddy, Patricia Kelly, Deborah P. Kolodji, Sean Kolodji, Elva Lauter, Marie Lecrivain, Gregory Longenecker, Eve Luckring, Janis Albright Lukstein, Seretta Martin, Frances Ruhlen McConnel, Aida Mendez, Christine Moore, Naia, Genie Nakano, Ruth Nolan, Victor Ortiz, Melinda Palacio, Wendy Rathbone, Beki Reese, Brosnan Rhodes, Susan Rogers, Dan Spurgeon, Melissa Spurr, Stevie Strang, Karen Stromberg, G. Murray Thomas, Beverly A. Tift, Megan Webster, Kath Abela Wilson, James Won, Wendy Wright.

For those of you who have not yet ordered copies, please be aware that there will no second printing. This full-size poetry book would ordinarily retail for $15, but is available to contributors at the generously discounted pre-publication price of $8 for the first copy, $6 for each copy thereafter. They make wonderful holiday and thank-you gifts. To order your copies, or to add to your current order, please make your check out to SCHSG and mail to:
Haiku Anthology
c/o D. Kolodji
10529 Olive St.
Temple City, CA 91780
 Be sure to add postage of $2.75 for the first book, plus $0.85 for each additional copy if you will not be picking up yourbook(s) at one of our readings. If there are any questions, please contact usat

Congratulations to all of us on our 11th Anniversary Edition!

--Billie Dee, editor