The fall haiku journal publication season comes with a lot of summer deadlines: I currently have 112 poems out for submission! I am thrilled that I HAVE a body of work that is able to support such a robust variety of options (5-15 poems at a time). And of course I do hope this will yield some successful acceptances. Fingers crossed!

If you’re interested in submitting to some of the haiku magazines that still have open deadlines through the end of August, here is a selection of links:









Sample poems

July 24, 2015

Gearing up for mid-year submission season. I have a decade’s worth of haiku to sift through. I fell off the face of the planet? Oh yeah: kids, moved cross country twice, new jobs. Back in the saddle now! Reading the Acorn Sample poems to get started, along with The Heron’s Nest. And Modern Haiku‘s current samples, and of course the mothership, Frogpond. Wish me luck!

Train Writers

February 28, 2014

This sounds like an awesome idea, I love trains!

This summer we are moving back to Austin, TX. The kids will be turning 6 and 9, and they will both be in Elementary school. After cobbling together multiple part time jobs, and self owned businesses, it will be time for me to get a full time job again.

I have a Comparative Literature BA degree from the well-respected Northwestern University, but I do not have a singular career path. I have been these things, in no particular order:

a pre-school teacher, a small crafty business owner, jewelry maker, concert hall usher, web designer, social media manager, craft studio receptionist, poetry book author, band & orchestra musician, culinary travel company office manager (then ‘vice-president’), receptionist at a theme party prop warehouse, review copy writer, coordinator at a company which arranged nutritional elementary school field trips through grocery stores, a merchandiser, a field marketing agent for a variety of clients ranging from electronics to vacuums, and then a team lead followed by field operations manager of 110+ field agents specializing in a national grass roots marketing campaign for a major client.

With this last full time position, the rush of stability and career validation I had was wonderful. Unfortunately, in a twist of fate so common these days, a giant company bought the client company, which switched the financial focus to cut the funding to my company, and the funds were no longer there to support my ft position. I was soon let go and left gasping for air after almost a year of extremely intensive and gratifying work.  I rose to corporate fame with a bonus and an employee of the quarter award. Just as quickly, it was all over and gone. But I was surprisingly such a rock star at coordinating so many people, details, schedules, client goals, and directives. I managed, I trained, I hired, I wrote well-worded reports and team-inspiring emails, I surpassed goals and exceeded expectations while sales grew from our efforts. I answered 300+ emails a day and had a conference call (or 3) every day. I felt like a puppet master artfully maneuvering hundreds of strings week after week.

I can think of several kinds of places I’d like to work, and several types of job functions I’d like to perform, but it seems like never the twain shall meet and I always wind up doing something I completely hate on a deep mind, body, and soul level (think vacuum cleaner demos for hours on end at a big box store.)

I know I can coordinate complex projects involving many people, and I can drive these projects to success because of my ability to communicate succinctly and quickly, to see the big picture, to stay organized in the face of thousands of coordination details, and to work hard until every last loose end that I can control is taken care of.

I know that I will not be a sales person. I can lead and motivate other people with excellent theories and methods on HOW to sell something, but I shall not sell something myself, anything other than something creative I’ve made. (So all those insurance sales companies that keep finding my resume, kindly just back off please.) I get very excited when sales happen as a direct result of what I’m doing behind the scenes, but I don’t want to be a sales person.

I know that I love the travel industry and it would be so awesome to work in it again. My first five years post-college were spend working full time for a small but dynamic specialized travel company. Sending people on trips tailored to their interests, and traveling on all those business trips to Italy to discover the hidden gems of family olive oil farms, b&b’s, wineries, and little known regions wanting to increase their tourism; these were some of my favorite employment years. Getting to occasionally use my French fluency was also fun! I travel(ed) regionally for my marketing & merchandising jobs, and even wound up booking a lot of travel for the marketing sales reps I managed, so travel seems to find its way into my jobs in one way or another.

It would also be great to work at a University in an administrative capacity. Those were some of the best years of my life and it is such a thriving environment, full of the promise of adult life and excited young people who are on their way to running the world for the next generation. It would feel great to be part of that world again.

Other agencies I’d like to consider are companies which deal with supporting the environment, creative arts education, and natural birth and baby care choices. I would love to live in the world of art museums and public art, coordinating logistics for large scale installations. I could also see myself thriving in events management such as music, art, or food festivals.

I also am a reformed Luddite and love the way technology has become a part of life and an extension of one’s brain for both entertainment and organizational purposes. There are so many cool high tech companies that not only produce these products but also really seem to care about the whole individual in terms of work-life balance, and making the work environment comfortable, fun, and cool. I would feel excited to go into work every day, and to work in a place that values the hard work and creative solutions I thrive on.

I know what inspires me. Art, music, creativity, writing, the world of the abstract. I am passionate about people having access to creativity, and about the environment. As a preschool teacher, I loved multi-sensory teaching, and multi-media art projects, and creative discussion and thinking. As an environmentally conscious person, I recycle and compost, reuse, and repurpose with fervor. I will always support natural processes such as natural birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, healthy & balanced nutrition, a peaceful mind and nurtured relationships. People have told me I should consider being a doula because of my ability to be sensitive to people’s needs. I love to spend time crafting my writing to say what I want to say in the most perfect way, like so many works of literature I analyzed in my academic years.

I know I’ve also brought these interests into my employment: organizing recycling at work, donations to animal shelters, bringing my writing skills to a killer report showing team success & goal achievements, or to editing culinary trip itineraries, redesigning the travel document packet for clients, making my own business cards, redesigning websites, teaching preschoolers how to write haiku, supporting mothers with helpful information in online forums, graphic design of promotional flyers and tickets. I am an amateur photographer and designed my own book cover with a double exposure technique I honed while at the Speos Institute in Paris. I am always looking for a way to do something better and in a more interesting and visually pleasing way. I can bring this into any job, and I want it to be valued.

I’d like to think that a potential employer or career partner could read this and think I’m the perfect person to be on their team, or to lead their team or project once I’ve thoroughly immersed myself in the company’s mission. And hopefully that mission will be one in line with my own passions and interests. If I could find a job which incorporates all of the above, my role as a human being, other than mothering my children and honoring my talents, would be so enriched and fulfilling.

Wish me luck in my pursuit of a job, I want to have a really good one next.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stop worrying. Just say enough is enough and turn it over to the universe… Do not picture your self going out and acquiring what you want, picture what you want coming to you.

Paradigm Shift

A summary of the top five high quality print haiku journals (as opposed to online-only journals) and their basic submission rules. You can click on the title of the journal to go to their website (link opens a new page), explore some of their sample haiku and other content, find out how to subscribe to issues, and get some helpful haiku writing guidelines to ensure you are submitting quality literary genre haiku as opposed to silly pop culture haiku.

As we near the end of November, I’m very excited to start the publication quest with some of the fall haiku I’ve written this month. It’s been a very fruitful haiku harvest so far!

Submissions will be read during January/February and July/August only.
Please send submissions of 5-15 poems at a time. Posting to private, online mailing lists and workshops is not considered prior publication; however, appearance in an edited online journal or a public forum, or posting on Twitter, Facebook or a personal blog, renders a poem ineligible for submission. All copyrights revert to the author upon publication.

Email submissions are encouraged. Type “Acorn” in the subject line, and include your complete address in the message. Please type your haiku in the body of the email, formatted as plain text. Attachments will not be opened. Send email submissions to

Material submitted to Modern Haiku is to be the author’s original work, previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication, including Web-based journals, personal Web sites, blogs, social networking sites, etc. Editorial cut-off dates for the reading and selection of submissions are March 15, July 15, and November 15 (postmark), but material may be sent at any time and upon acceptance will be published in the next available issue. Editors read submissions year-round—but not continuously. Please do not be alarmed if 6–8 weeks pass before an editor makes a decision on your work. Please send 5–15 haiku/senryu and/or up to 3 haibun per submission by e-mail or post. No more than two submissions per issue, please.

Submitting by e-mail.
Send e-mail submissions of haiku, senryu, and haibun to the Internet address

Work may either be pasted in the message text or included as an attachment in MS Word or PDF format. Your message must be identified as “MH SUBMISSION” (this text only) in the Subject line. Be sure to include your full postal address and indicate how you wish your materials to be signed. Our response will be by e-mail. No payment or free author’s copies are made for e-mail submissions of haiku, senryu, or haibun.

Submission E-mail:

1. Submissions from both members and non-members of HSA are welcome.
2. All submissions must be original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by a print or web-based journal. While posts on Internet sites such as Facebook or Twitter are eligible, posts on blogs are not.
3. Submission by e-mail is preferred:
(a) in the body of the e-mail (no attachments)
(b) with subject line: Frogpond Submission
(c) with place of residence noted in the body of the e-mail
4. A submission by post will receive a reply only if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient U.S. postage to reach your location.
5. Only one submission per issue will be considered.
6. The Submission May Include Any or All of the Following:
1. Up to ten (10) haiku 
2. Up to three (3) haibun
3. Up to three (3) rengay or other short sequences
4. One (1) renku or other long sequence
5. One (1) essay
6. One (1) book review
7. Submission Periods: 
1. February 15 to April 15 (Spring/Summer Issue)
 2. June 01 to August 01 (Fall Issue) 
3. September 15 to November 15 (Winter Issue)
 Acceptances will be sent shortly after the end of each period.


Please submit 5 – 15 poems at a time. SUBMISSION DEADLINES: March 15 (for the June issue) June 15 (for the September issue) September 15 (for the December issue) December 15 (for the March issue) Haiku may be sent at any time for consideration for the next available issue. Please include your city, state, and country for our author index.
Although we enjoy senryu immensely, we wish to focus on haiku.
Human presence is fine if presented as an archetypical, harmonious part of nature (human nature should blend in with the rest of nature rather than dominate the forefront)

Associate Editor: Fay Aoyagi

Associate Editor: Ferris Gilli

Associate Editor: Paul MacNeil

Associate Editor: Scott Mason

Associate Editor: Billie Wilson

Submission deadlines are April 15th, Sept. 15th, and Dec. 15th. We invite contributors to submit 1 to 2 pages of haiku, senryu, renga, haibun, or black-and-white haiga per issue.

Submissions can be sent by email to:

hockensm at gmail dot com

If you wish to submit haiku or other Japanese forms to paper wasp, they should be sent by email to:
Don’t forget to include your name and return address!
We cannot pay for contributions; however, the first time your work is published we will send you a free copy of the issue in which it appears.
For subsequent contributions, we will send you a pull-sheet of the page with your work.

Good Luck!

How do you choose which of your passions to follow when there are so many creative things that you like to do? How do you know at any given time, given the amount of ideas you are generating, what project to choose, what creative endeavor to concentrate on and move forward with? I have been at this crossroads of thought many times. I have thought through this problem from many different angles and ways, and I’ve come up with some helpful solutions.

First, I want to offer you this quote, from Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, Chapter 7, which is important to me, as a driving force to get your passions accomplished:

“…I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story.
From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out.
I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”

For each of those figs you can substitute your own creative dreams: writing, music, photography, acting, film script, memoir writing, organizing family memories into beautiful collections, inventing, leading a corporate team to millions in revenue, having a 3rd child, etc. Don’t let them wither and fall off the tree! This is the driving force: avoidance of that.

Now that inspiration to move forward is instilled from the above quote, here are a few things I’ve figured out:

-solitude breeds creativity. be alone with your thoughts, away from tv, phone, bills, and people. Your brain will naturally release into its thoughtful creative zone.

-Choosing one thing does not forsake the others. Once you choose one thing, the others will magically weave into it. For example, if you’re writing a memoir, your acting sensibilities will funnel into making your dialogue scenes dramatic and believable, your scene descriptions will be vivid and memorable because of your filmmaking aspirations, etc. Therefore, it’s important to realize that choosing one thing, does not mean that you are forever saying goodbye or even divorcing yourself from participation with your other interests. They sneak their way into your chosen path.

-Maybe your different interests are manifestations of creative qualities that attract you, not separate directions. Isolate the characteristics of each thing that you like, and maybe some are methods that you would enjoy applying to the One chosen path.

-Following through with one focused endeavor will create the necessity for regular breaks from it. It is in these breaks that the more mundane aspects of life will be enjoyable. It is also in these breaks that you can enjoy one of the interest paths not followed as a lighter hobby.

-It’s important to realize that there are distinct periods of creativity:
Absorption: this may be a calm quiet time where you are only absorbing your experiences and surroundings. You are not producing anything, but this is an important time to feed your subconscious with the experience you need to be able to Proactively produce later. It’s important to realize that you shouldn’t feel bad for the Absorption period, where it feels like you aren’t doing anything. As long as the passion to creative is strong in your heart, you are absorbing the elements needed to be able to create in the end.

Sowing seeds: you begin to make connections to how your experience relates in a specific way to your Ultimate Creative Endeavor

Immersion: you a have period of intense creativity, where you are writing/acting/performing/whatever a lot, a lot of the words are coming out perfectly, you get stuff done. It’s an island, a sort of vacation, where everything else rotates around it, and it is the focus of each day or free hour. Especially the free hours, because we hardly ever get a whole day truly to ourselves, you know? Especially as women! The men and children need to be fed, for one thing. Hahahahha. (Unless you manage to prearrange that with leftovers or takeout.)

Reaping benefits: you get some feedback, acclaim, or a relevant contract. Or the small rewards: you finish a chapter, get a role, record a song, etc.

These periods of creativity can last years or days, each is equally important. It’s important to honor and recognize each of these stages. When you are immersing yourself because your creative flow is there, you must let other things slide. Forget the housework, sleep, or errands. It’s important to be STILL and let these stages work themselves out, because they tend to be brief.

Good luck to all in accomplishing your dreams.

Here are a few suggestions from blogger mama extraordinaire, Kait De Luna Sea !
the art of Laurie McClave
The Art of Laurie McClave fine arts painter, digital painter, photomanipulations
Red Raven Gallery
We are open Daily on Water st in Historic Port Townsend. A Gallery cooperative
Rosarium Blends
Catamara Rosarium Purveyor of Alchemical Concoctions to Enliven the Senses~
Brew City Botanicals
Nothing artifical, nothing synthetic. All products are handmade with natural ingredients.
Howling Pig, Smelly Soap & Other Stuff
Howling Pig is the not-so-average soap company for not-so-average people.
Just Coffee Madison WI
Orca Books
Books are not life, but then what is?
Visual Alchemy
My Name is Bill Brouard. I was born in Mauritius where I lived till I was 17…
MiaKoda Design
I have been making beaded, wire wrapped, crocheted, hemp, and tatted jewelry…

All those I’ve posted above are able to ship in the USA (many worldwide) For those in the Milwaukee, WI Are also:
RRRAGs, Riverwest Random, Recycled, Art, and Gifts Fair 2012
Sunday, December 18 at 2:00pm at Polish Falcons Nest 725 Milw, WI.
RRRAGS – all proceeds go to buy art and school supplies for Riverwest School kids who cannot afford them. Last year we filled the principles office at Fratney Escuela w/ stuff. Check out the Riverwest Neighborhood Association photos.
Art vs. Craft
Saturday, November 26 at 10:00am

And then there is this:
OMFG I’M HAVING TWINS, Fundraiser Auctions
(which offers worldwide shipping) 😉


For my own crafty side, I’d like to recommend the nice Buy Book Here link for my poetry book on the right. Even though you can buy it from Amazon, it’s better to buy here because then it comes directly from me with lots of love!
The Watcher: Poems by Agnes Eva Savich
Rockosaurus Rex: Hard Rock & heavy metal versions of kids songs made by my husband, who used to be a guitarist in Bay Area band Horde of Torment, which in its heyday played with bands like Anthrax & Metallica.


The Godchild: a onesie you cannot refuse. I also own a small silk screening business, and right now we’re on hiatus with just this one design being sold online through a great family business; Cotton Baby Onesies.