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Winner Announced: Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition

Started by Billie Wilson, October 22, 2014, 05:37:42 PM

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Billie Wilson

Hi folks.  Rick Black asked me to post this press release. Congratulations to Chad Lee Robinson!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Rick Black; 703-241-4127; rick@turtlelightpress.com
20% off pre-orders: http://www.turtlelightpress.com/products/deep-end-sky/


2014 Haiku Chapbook Competition Winner

ARLINGTON, VA – After a close competition, the winner of the fourth Turtle Light Press biennial haiku chapbook competition is Chad Lee Robinson's The Deep End of the Sky, a collection of poems that reflects the vast landscape of America.

Penny Harter, a prize-winning New Jersey poet who judged the contest, said that the poems of The Deep End of the Sky "take us deep into the heartland of the country and of ourselves." We immediately enter that "deep end of the sky" on the prairie in the stunning first two poems:

at
the
deep
end
of
the
sky
prairie

meadowlark—
all you'll ever need to know
about sunrise

"How wonderful that we fuse the image of the deep end of the sky with the singular and pulsing song of the meadowlark, which is "all we ever need to know about sunrise," she said.

Robinson, the manager of a family owned grocery in Pierre, South Dakota, has been writing haiku for more than 10 years. His family settled in the small town of about 15,000 people when his grandfather was working on the dams on the Missouri river.

Robinson first encountered haiku – a Japanese form of poetry often written in 17 syllables or less with a connection to nature – in a creative writing class at South Dakota State University. He has won two other haiku chapbook competitions as well as a number of individual haiku prizes.

"He has a unique way of capturing the heartland of the country in poems that reflect the American landscape," said Harter. For example, she said, consider this stunning poem:

hunter's retreat
the Christmas tree made from
racks of antlers

"It's going to be a great book," said Rick Black, the publisher of Turtle Light Press, which specializes in handmade books and artistic photography in Arlington, Virginia. "We had a lot of good submissions."

Second place went to Julie Warther's This Side of the Pane and third place to Aubrie Cox's Out of Translation. Four honorable mentions were also given out: a tiny hell by S.M. Abeles, A Life in Transition and Translation by Chen-ou Liu, Earthlings by Allan Burns, and Rip in the Screen by Joan Prefontaine.

A total of 31 entries were received from around the world, including the U.S., Canada, England, Japan, Greece and Hungary. Turtle Light Press is planning a spring release of The Deep End of the Sky, with a 20% discount for pre-orders (see link at top).


jedirobinson

I'd like to share some newspaper articles that have appeared in Pierre and Sioux Falls, South Dakota as a result of my manuscript winning the Turtle Light Press competition. The publicity has been fantastic and appreciated. I hope you enjoy reading these.

Here are two articles that appeared in the Pierre Capital Journal:

http://www.capjournal.com/news/pierre-poet-wins-haiku-chapbook-competition/article_387836f6-59ab-11e4-bb98-3745b988c0c8.html

http://www.capjournal.com/news/at-the-end-of-the-sky-prairie/article_9fc8c28e-714e-11e4-bdf9-6bd7852a4f5f.html

And this one appeared online today in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/12/09/pierre-poets-sd-based-haiku-wins-honor/20134943/

If these articles peak your interest, head on over to www.turtlelightpress.com and pre-order a copy for only $12.50, with free shipping in the U.S.

Thanks!

AlanSummers

Hi Chad! :)

Quote from: jedirobinson on December 09, 2014, 11:50:34 PM
I'd like to share some newspaper articles that have appeared in Pierre and Sioux Falls, South Dakota as a result of my manuscript winning the Turtle Light Press competition. The publicity has been fantastic and appreciated. I hope you enjoy reading these.

Here are two articles that appeared in the Pierre Capital Journal:

http://www.capjournal.com/news/pierre-poet-wins-haiku-chapbook-competition/article_387836f6-59ab-11e4-bb98-3745b988c0c8.html

http://www.capjournal.com/news/at-the-end-of-the-sky-prairie/article_9fc8c28e-714e-11e4-bdf9-6bd7852a4f5f.html

And this one appeared online today in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/12/09/pierre-poets-sd-based-haiku-wins-honor/20134943/

If these articles peak your interest, head on over to www.turtlelightpress.com and pre-order a copy for only $12.50, with free shipping in the U.S.

Thanks!


Thanks for including the links, I'd read the earlier ones but great to have one from just yesterday!  Our THF members will enjoy reading each link.

You are one of my favorite haiku writers because you have such a strong grasp of sense of place, and atmosphere, congratulations on this win, and all your other great successes.

warm regards,

Alan
Alan Summers,
founder, Call of the Page
https://www.callofthepage.org

sandra

Hello Chad,

You're right, this is fantastic publicity - I especially like the longer story (the second one) from the Pierre Capitol Journal. The reporter really did some legwork and has produced a fine portrait of you and you and haiku.

Congratulations,
Sandra

jedirobinson

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the compliment! You always say such nice things about my work over at Tinywords, too. Much appreciated.


Hi Sandra,

The editor of the Capital Journal wrote the long one. He met with me twice, plus interviewed two out of three of my high school English teachers, plus the poet laureate of South Dakota. He did a fantastic job. Glad you liked the articles.

Kindly,
Chad

jedirobinson

Hello!

Just wanted to post an update on my forthcoming collection The Deep End of the Sky:

Go to my haiku blog http://dakotaku.wordpress.com for updates.

The publisher, Turtle Light Press, is currently working on the second proof, so publication is getting very close!

Kindly,
Chad Lee Robinson

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