Founded in 1990, the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Contest for grades 7-12 is co-sponsored by the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association and the Haiku Society of America. It was an honour to be asked to co-judge the contest this year with Michael Dylan Welch. The results can be found on the Nicholas A. Virgilio website, The Haiku Society of America website and its journal, Frogpond. A hearty congratulations to the six winners! It was truly a privilege to read your work.
Quote: “Our aspirations are our possibilities.” Robert Browning
I found out yesterday that my picture book, Happy Haiku, has been shortlisted for the prestigious American Haiku Foundation Award. This is the second time I have been fortunate enough to experience this, as my chapbook Not Like Fred and Ginger, was shortlisted for a Touchstone Award in 2014.
To say it gave me pause for reflection would be an understatement. The first book chronicled my very challenging journey with cancer from 2010-2013. There was a time that I didn’t know that I would still be here in 2020, let alone have another book, particularly a happy one, worthy of such recognition.
This is probably a thinly veiled attempt to say that in troubled times, we must do our best to hold on and always look forward to better days ahead.
I am grateful to the American Haiku Foundation and the Touchstone Committee and judges for this honour.
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” William Woodsworth
As a Canadian author and poet, this is one of the videos I did with Epilogue Productions for Ireadcanadian day (Feb.19th) (For more info on Happy Haiku, please visit my Books page) Happy reading!
So pleased to announce my latest Japanese short form poetry book, How Soon the Colour Fades, is available on Cyberwit.net and Amazon for pre-order. Sincerest thanks to Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agarwal (Managing Editor). Amazon
(Also, huge thanks to the first reviewers for my women’s fiction, The Smell of Roses. So appreciated!) goodreads
Quote: “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Mark Twain
As you may already know, I write in different genres, although most of it has been in women’s fiction and Japanese short form poetry. I’ve had two exciting things happen in the past couple of days in both.
My third women’s fiction with a strong romantic element, The Smell of Roses, published by Crimson Cloak Publishing, was released on the weekend, and this morning I found out that my poetry book, Wondering What’s Next, published by Cyberwit.net, has found a home in the Burlington Public Library. Thank you to all involved in making those things happen. I am grateful. Here’s a little blurb about The Smell of Roses (available in e-book and in print on Amazon)…
Groomed to run the family business, Sarah Ballister sacrifices everything else in life to climb the ladder to vice-president. Unsure of who she is anymore, if not the person her judgemental parents mapped out, she makes the agonizing decision to leave Ballisters.
Sarah meets Sam Fergus, a shoe-shine man with a disarming smile, when he asks to shine her Louboutin’s at the airport. She also runs into businessman Dan Jamison, who expresses interest in Ballisters.
Dan calls the next time he’s in town and asks her to meet him at the airport. Walking past the shoe-shine stand, she sees Sam again. She glances back at him and is surprised she has butterflies. Could the woman known as the queen of acquisitions really be flirting with the shoe-shine man?
It’s been a busy time in my little corner of the writing world. My children’s picture book, Happy Haiku was just accepted into Burlington Public Library and Oakville Public Library, and featured on CHCH TV in a CanLit segment with Annette Hamm and Edy Graziani.
Wondering What’s Next, my newly released poetry book is now available on Cyberwit.net and Amazon, and I’ve been busy promoting that, as well as Happy Haiku.
And what turned up in the middle of all this, but the final edits for my women’s fiction/romance, The Smell of Roses, which is due out in a matter of weeks. Throw in the traditionally busy month of December, and my mantra has become, “Breathe.” (:
Wishing you all peace, joy and love throughout the season and beyond. Remember to breathe…and enjoy!
Quote: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” William Woodsworth
I was honoured when Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agrawal, Managing Editor of Cyberwit.net, approached me about publishing a book of my Japanese short form poetry. The result is “Wondering What’s Next” a compilation of haiku, senryu, and haibun, that will soon be available through Cyberwit.net and Amazon.
Cover Reveal for Wondering What’s Next:
A great e-book deal from Crimson Cloak Publishing, offering three e-books for $5.00 US, for the month of October! That includes my two full length women’s fiction books, A Path to the Lake and Full of Grace, AND my newly released children’s picture book, Happy Haiku. Remember to use the coupon “3FOR5” at checkout. Or you can mix and match other books they offer, too.
I’d like to thank A Different Drummer Books for hosting my recent launch for Happy Haiku. I’d also like to thank everyone who attended, I appreciate your support greatly. And final thanks to everyone who has taken the time to leave a review on Amazon or goodreads.
Since my last post I’ve had photo-haiga and haiku published in two issues of Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu; a haiku in NeverEnding Story; and a photo-haiga in FreshOut, an arts and poetry collective. Thank you to the editors, it is always an honour.
Quote: In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger. Kobayashi Issa
I am so very happy and grateful to announce that my children’s picture book, Happy Haiku, has come full circle, and is now out in the world! My dream to write a children’s picture book of contemporary haiku has come to fruition. My sincere thanks to Jim Kacian, David McMurray and Michael Rehling for their kind support.
These 26 delicious scenes retrieved from childhood help us, young and old, to revisit those times and to share them anew. Not the cookie-cutter haiku you’ll find in similar books, Liz Crocket’s work will introduce your child (and perhaps you!) to the way contemporary haiku has evolved over the past half-century, and perhaps inspire you to capture your own special moments in the same fashion.
— Jim Kacian, Editor-in-Chief, Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years
Elizabeth Crocket has filled this book with happy stories from nature, lessons on life, great ideas for children to try, and lots of family love. The 26 haiku–as many as the letters in the alphabet—present fine examples of alliteration “birthday bat”, expression “cutting teeth”, suspense “suddenly…” and hinge questions, “do you love me?” Short and simple to read on 3-lines following the form of traditional Japanese poetry, these haiku can inspire children from as early as two to become creative writers too. – David McMurray (Asahi Haikuist columnist in Japan)
Happy Haiku is now available worldwide on Amazon, and can be ordered at any major bookseller. For those in the Burlington/Hamilton/Oakville area, please join me for a book launch celebration at A Different Drummer Books on September 29, at 1:00 pm. Everyone welcome!
As you know, I often end my blog posts with a quote…this one sums up how I’m feeling today.
Quote: Dear old world,’ she murmured, ‘you are lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you!” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
I just found out that my children’s picture book, Happy Haiku, will be released in September. Of course I quickly posted a cover reveal (illustrated by Jack Foster) on my facebook and Instagram accounts. Beloved poet and editor in the haiku community, Michael Rehling, was kind enough to write a foreword for Happy Haiku, and I am forever grateful. Here it is…
This volume is a small miracle. Liz Crocket is an established haiku poet but the fact that she is sharing her work in this wonderful book is a welcome effort to bring the simple beauty of haiku to an audience often overlooked by serious haiku poets. Children already are the receptacle of a natural love of nature and spinning imagination that adults often struggle to reacquaint themselves with as they grow older. The quality of the poems, when combined with beautiful illustrations by Jack Foster, is so seductive that I cannot believe that any reader, of any age, would not be smiling as they read this collection. I only wish that I had “Happy Haiku” to read to my granddaughters when they were young, but I plan to provide them both a copy and maybe sit down with them now and read it with them. It just might be that my great-grandchildren (someday) will have this book shared with them also.
Liz has been creating haiku that stir the minds of her readers for many years, but this may be her best work yet! I cannot think of a better way to introduce a love for this form to any child. Her sensitive and curiosity provoking work is simply a tour de force that will stimulate readers to enjoy the haiku form now and in the future. A better world is at your fingertips right now, and the fact that many of us who love haiku have something to share with a younger audience is wonderfully precious. I cannot give this book a stronger recommendation than to say that it will change the way young people imagine haiku poetry as a part of their own life. It is that powerful!