Wishbones, a collection of haiku and senryu by PSNH member Ben Moeller-Gaa, recently won the Haiku Foundation’s 2018 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. The judges also commended PSNH member Jessi Graustein for her calligraphic treatment of Ben’s poems. Two poems from the book were reprinted in the Autumn 2018 issue of The Poets’ Touchstone (pg. 16-17). You may also read samples and the judges’ comments at the Folded Word website.
We have a few bits and pieces to finalize for the Spring 2019 issue of The Poets’ Touchstone, so it is running just a touch late. But to reassure you that it is moving forward, we thought we’d give a you a sneak peek at the cover.
We also wanted to let you know that we were thrilled with the response to our Fortnight Frenzy call for submissions. So many of you sent in haibun, prose poems, and limericks that our submissions response time is slower than we’d like. If you don’t hear whether or not your Fortnight Frenzy submission will be included by Sunday, 5 May 2019, please email Jessi at FoldedEditors [at] gmail [dot] com to ask about your poem’s status.
Spring fever has hit the TPT editorial desk and we’re itching to get the new issue out. But before we hit “print”, we want to extend one last chance to get your poems included. PSNH Members, please email up to three limericks, haibun, and/or prose poems to Jessi at FoldedEditors [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Fortnight Frenzy” by 11:59 p.m. on 29 March 2019. All poems may be included in the same MS Word .doc file (Times New Roman 12 pt. font, please). Bonus points go to anyone who includes the following in the body of your email:
- your pen name
- your website/blog/Twitter/Instagram/whatever (if you have one)
- a short bio (50 words or fewer)
- FOR REPRINTS: the name of any publications in which your poems previously appeared along with a statement that you have the right to grant us permission to reprint them
That’s right – a special call with no forms to fill out, nor any fees. Just shove your limericks, haibun, and prose poems in a file and fling them to Jessi. You’ll hear her decision on whether or not they’ll be included by 15 April 2019.
On your marks…get set…go!
If you haven’t received it already, members should receive the Autumn 2018 issue of The Poets’ Touchstone in the mail this week. Many thanks to Ala, Liz, Don, and Priscilla for wrestling with mail merge and braving the bulk mail system. This should be the last issue to come out late. Production of the Spring 2019 issue (slated for mid-May) is currently running ON TIME.
Speaking of TPT 61.2 (Spring 2019), it will contain the 1st-4th place poems from the November 2017 National Contest. This contest was mistakenly omitted from the current issue (61.1) and we apologize for any inconvenience our error has caused. The results for the November 2017 National Contest are as follows:
- 1st Place: “Ball of String” by Glenn K. Currie (Concord, NH)
- 2nd Place: “Dark Side of the Spoon” by Kathryn Howd Machan (Ithaca, NY)
- 3rd Place: “Out of the Closet” by Barbara Bald (Alton, NH)
- 4th Place: “Holy Spirit” by Maren C. Tirabassi (Portsmouth, NH)
To the winning poets: Congratulations and many thanks for sharing your words with us!