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A few news items for troutswirl readers.

First and foremost, I would like to point out to everyone some of the hard and creative work The Haiku Foundation’s Webmaster, Dave Russo, has done. On the right hand side of the blog you will notice a number of changes have been made.

Because troutswirl contains different sections/strands, Dave had created a “Posts by Category” archive. If you allow your mouse-arrow to rest on one of the category titles (i.e. Virals), a brief definition of that section should appear inside a box. Clicking on one of the section titles allows you to access all the posts created for that individual section.

Below “Posts by Category,” a search engine has been added. Forget what posting you commented on?: type in your name. Want to see if there are any posts that mention Bashō: type in “Bashō.” Whatever you do, don’t type in “Scott Metz.” Your computer might break 😉

A section displaying a larger amount of the most recent comments left on troutswirl posts, “Comments on Posts,” has also been added.

Lastly, an archive for each of troutswirl’s first three months (May, June and July) has been added and will, of course, continue to expand with each passing month.

We hope these changes create a more pleasurable and clearer reading experience for you.

More changes are in the works, so please stay tuned. We are always open to suggestions on ways to improve the blog, so please let us know if you have any ideas.

A reminder: the in-hand deadline for the Henderson Haiku and Brady Senryu contests (run annually by the Haiku Society of America) is July 31. Send all previously unpublished haiku and senryu to:

Francine Banwarth
985 So Grandview
Dubuque, IA 52003

Any questions or concerns, email Francine at:

All details and procedure can be accessed on the HSA website.

A note from Charlie Trumbull:

Please note that Modern Haiku is moving to New Mexico!

After the close of the current reading period on July 15, the MH files will be packed up for the move to Santa Fe, NM. For a period of about a month, processing of new submissions will be suspended and response times will be very slow. We will try to process subscription matters as promptly as possible, but there may be some delays in this area too. We beg your understanding! With luck, we’ll be able to meet our publishing schedule and have issue 40.3 in the mail on schedule in October.

Effective immediately, the new address for all Modern Haiku matters is:

Charles Trumbull
Editor, Modern Haiku
PO Box 33077
Santa Fe NM 87594-9998

Mail will be forwarded from our Evanston mailbox for six months, but using that box, of course, will only add to the delay in processing your submissions and subscriptions.

We think we’ll be able to keep our present e-mail address:

Haiku North America 2009 now has a blog:

Recent posts include:

Paul D Miller on Haiku Trends
A Look at HNA with Michael Dylan Welch
A Virtual Visit with Garry Gay
Coming August 7: An evening of music and poetry
Robert Sibley and the Way of Shikoku

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. That link to is wonderful. Also,
    Alan, I very much enjoyed your interview up there in the heavens! I have never come across anyone who could stretch “words” in more directions than you can.

  2. I would like to say that the Results of the 2nd With Words International Online Haiku Competition (2009) are now up:

    The Competition Report plus the Judge’s Commentary are now up to read as well as the winning haiku.

    Backlinks are included to facilitate visiting both the 1st and 2nd With Words haiku competitions.

    There will be changes to the 3rd With Words haiku competition so I will be happy to hear about feedback.

    Details as to how to contact us are on this webpage:

    all my very best,


    Alan’s BBC interview:


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