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Accepting Haiku submissions, NOW through February 11th, 2019!

Open call for submissions for the annual Poets' Picnic!

Open call for submissions of haiku, haiku-like poems, and short one- or two-line poems from New Mexico poets for the annual Poets’ Picnic at the Open Space Visitor Center on the west side of Albuquerque, Saturday, May 25, 2019, a free event, open to the public. The day will include poetry readings, workshops, music and more in a beautiful location! Mark your calendars now!

Dale Harris and Scott Wiggerman are again coordinating the poetry for this unique celebration. Community sponsors for the 2019 Poets’ Picnic are Escribiente Calligraphy Society, LIBROS Book Arts Guild, the Open Space Alliance, and the New Mexico State Poetry Society.

The theme of your haiku should be related to nature: the seasons, Rio Grande Valley open spaces, plants, animals, ecology, the Bosque, the environment. An ideal length is approximately 10 words (the poems need to be able to fit on a Weathergram!). No need to count syllables for the haiku.

Please send from 1-10 haiku and/or short one- or two-line unpublished, original poems in the body of an email (no attachments) to: Scott Wiggerman: [email protected].

Use "Poets’ Picnic Haiku" as the subject of your email, and send all poems in one email. Deadline for haiku submissions: February 11, 2019. Remember, only original poems that have not been previously published in print or online.

Members of Escribiente, Albuquerque’s Calligraphy Society, will calligraph poems with the poet’s name appearing on a Weathergram, a poem of ten words or less written on a strip of paper, then hung outdoors on a branch or bough to weather over a season. (Note that calligraphers may choose an excerpt from a haiku or may alter a line break if necessary to fit it on a Weathergram.)

LIBROS book artists will again create a limited-edition poetry chapbook of these Weathergram poems for sale at the Poets’ Picnic as a fundraiser for the Open Space Alliance, a volunteer group that supports Open Space activities.

Deadline for haiku submissions: February 11, 2019

POETS’ PICNIC: Saturday, May 25, 2018