The H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest


I am so honoured to have my poem chosen for second place in the 2019 H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest. Thank you to the editors of the wonderful journals, Prune Juice and Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu, for selecting it, and publishing it.
My picture book, Happy Haiku, is due to be released soon. Perhaps by the fall? I have just seen the illustrations done by Jack Foster, and he completely captured the essence of my poems. I can’t wait to be able to share a cover reveal. My first audience, before it goes out into the world, will be my two and a half year old granddaughter. Can’t wait to read it to her!

I’ll end with a quote as I always do, today with a nod to my women’s fiction book, Full of Grace.

Quote: Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul. William Hazlitt


  1. Congratulations on the selection of your clever senryu! Gene was indeed a fine poet who left us too soon. I’m thrilled that there is an annual contest in his memory.


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