Loyal Readers and Followers:
In case you haven’t been aware of Red Moon Press, it is a valuable resource that I highly recommend. Please read below. You will find all the haiku books that you will need on its website in order to increase your knowledge about the genre, along with related genres, too.
Red Moon Press is an American publishing house located in Winchester, Virginia, specializing in haiku and related genres. It was founded by Jim Kacian in 1993 as a means of bringing English-language haiku to a broader readership.
The press’s first book was published in 1996: endgrain is an individual collection of haiku by the expatriate UK poet Dee Evetts. It also received the first of RMP’s 35-plus major awards in the haiku field to date. In January 1997, RMP produced The Red Moon Anthology 1996, the first volume of what became an annual compendium of the best haiku and related work each calendar year.
Each Red Moon Anthology utilizes a staff of 11 editors around the world to cull, nominate and vote for inclusion. It has become the most decorated serial book in the history of English-language haiku, winning major awards on six different occasions.
In 1999, RMP created two additional series. American Haibun & Haiga, which, after three years became contemporary haibun– to reflect the growing contribution to the genres from poets and artists outside the United States– was the only serial volume which features these two genres. Haibun is prose interspersed with and/or capped by haiku. Haiga is haiku painting. The series was edited by Jim Kacian and Bruce Ross, both of whom served as editors from its inception, and Ken Jones, who joined in 2001. In 2005, RMP added contemporary haibun online to its offerings, edited by these same three, which continues to date under a new editorial team. https://contemporaryhaibunonline.com/. The print version of the series ended in 2013 after a successful 15-year run.
A New Resonance: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku appeared the same year and biennially since. It features the work of poets who have yet to produce a full-length volume of their own. The series has been edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts since its inception, and has received major awards for four of its first seven volumes. In addition, two “yearbooks” of “New Resonance” poets have been published: Echoes 1 (2008) and Echoes 2 (2018). These volumes offer updated information and new poems from poets who have participated in the New Resonance series over the years.
A collection of hand-made chapbooks was added in 2008: the ”postscript” project honors deceased poets with brief overviews of their work, often in a bilingual format. Twenty-four poets from nine countries have been feted to this point.
Additionally, RMP produces six to eight individual collections per year, and 18 of these volumes have received major awards. Virtually every top-rank poet of the genre has appeared in a Red Moon Press publication at some point in the past 20 years,
*Red Moon Anthology of English-language Haiku (series), 1996–present
*Contemporary Haibun (series), 1999–present
*A New Resonance: Emerging Voices in English-language Haiku (series), 1999–present
*the tanka anthology (edited by Michael McClintock, Pamela Miller Ness & Jim Kacian, 2003)
Selected Individual Collections
*endgrain (Dee Evetts, 1996)
*Some of the Silence (John Stevenson, 1998)
*A Week in the Lake District (John Elsberg, 1998)
*A Future Waterfall (Ban’ya Natsuishi, 1999)
*Haiku Guy (David G. Lanoue, 2000)
*gathering as the crossroads (Lenard D. Moore, 2001)
*tree & grass cairn (Santoka, translations by Hiroaki Sato, 2002)
*at the tombstone (Dimitar Anakiev, 2002)
*late geese up a dry fork (Burnell Lippy, 2003)
*A String Untouched: Haiku of Dag Hammarskjöld (translations by Kaj Falkman, 2006)
*Presents of Mind (Jim Kacian, translations into Japanese by Kon Nichi Translation Group, 2006)
*New Rising Haiku (Ito Yuki, 2007)
*waking on the bridge (Martin Shea, 2008)
*Poems of Consciousness: Contemporary Japanese and English-language Haiku in Cross-cultural Perspective (Richard Gilbert, 2008)
*the nether world (D. Claire Gallagher, 2009)
*Ksana (John Martone, 2008)
*a gate left open (Alice Frampton, 2008)
*seeds (Yu Chang, 2008)
*more wine (William Ramsey, 2009)
*as far as i can (Dietmar Tauchner, 2010)
*How to Paint the Finch’s Song (Carolyn Hall, 2010)
*everything i touch (Robert Boldman, 2010)
•inside out (Christopher Herold, 2010)
*sunrise (Peter Yovu, 2010)
*burl (Mark Harris, 2012)
*distant virga (Allan Burns, 2012)
*Book of Dreams (Steven Carter, 2012)
*A Zodiac (Paul Pfleuger, Jr., 2013)
*before music (Philip Rowland, 2013)
• Selected Haiku 1961-2012 (Tohta Kaneko, translated by the Kon Nichi Translation Group, 2013)
*Anchorage (David Cobb, 2014)
* d(ark) (John Stevenson, 2014)
*overtones (Bill Cooper, 2014)
*Songs and Stories of The Kojiki (Yoko Danno, 2014)
*contingencies (Mike Dillon, 2014)
*Elements of a Life (Rebecca Lilly, 2014)