Monday, March 27, 2017

6th Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest

    What a huge surprise! My haiku received an honorable mention in the 6th Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest! There was a total of 1,063 entries from 32 countries.
persimmon sky
I taste the sweetness
of answered prayers

     I wrote this haiku for this photo which was one of the photos for the Haiku in English on a set theme category

     If you want to read the full details of the contest results, head over here.

     This is my second time to receive a recognition from the Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest. The first was in 2012 and that time they sent me a congratulations letter, souvenir booklet of all the winners and honorable mentions, and two cute daruma dolls. I wonder if I will be receiving a surprise package from them soon.

Stardust Haiku Issue 3

     I had another puppy haiku published. This one was published in Stardust Haiku Issue 3. Congratulations to everyone!

Monday, March 6, 2017

25 Cherita

     I am very grateful that ai li invited me to submit for a special feature on cherita (pronounced ‘CHAIR-ee-tah) in Atlas Poetica. Cherita is a narrative and lyrical six-line poem invented by ai li in 1997. Though it was challenging for me to write a cherita since it was the first time I heard about it, I ended up being one of the 25 poets who were featured. That was a big surprise to me! To be honest, I wasn't sure of what I was doing. I just read the guidelines, several examples, and gave it a shot. Instinctively, I wrote like I was writing a tanka with one extra line.

death anniversary
sprouting weeds
on mother’s burial lot

maybe today
I’ll find a memory
to miss her

     To read more about "25 Cherita," edited and introduced by ai li, visit the following: to read ’25

     Since cherita's inception, it has grown tremendously. Poets such as ai li, Larry Kimmel, Sheila Windsor, and other cherita poets on Atlas Poetica have experimented on this form. You can read their written work on their respective websites and on Twitter. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Butterfly Dream: Death Anniversary Haiku

     Another post in NeverEnding Story. This time Chen-ou Liu selected one of my haiku from The Bluebird's Cry. His translation in Chinese may be read here.

tracing the cracks
on his leather chair . . .

death anniversary

Chen-ou's comment:

The unexpected yet emotionally power closing line lifts the poem out of the ordinary, and on a second reading, the opening image of "cracks on his leather chair" successfully carries emotional weight and symbolic significance.

Cool Announcement: The Bluebird’s Cry by Christine L. Villa

So grateful because of Chen-ou Liu's "Cool Announcement" helped boost my sales in January.

If you want to read more poems from my book, The Bluebird's Cry, here is the link.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Wild Voices: an anthology of short poetry & art

     Perfect timing! I received my copy of "Wild Voices: an anthology of short poetry & art by woman" a week before International Woman's Day. I am taking my time savoring each page and celebrating all these female experiences expressed in poetry and art. Kudos to all the contributors and most especially, editor Caroline Skanne!

Here are three of my poems included in this anthology.

cajun moon . . .
when all it takes
is just one look

where petals unfurl
into subtle shades
like clouds in the sky
I am a birdsong waiting
to be heard

roaring waterfall—
within me the will
to carry on

Friday, March 3, 2017

Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (March Issue)

     Want to start your month right? Check out the beautiful March issue of brass bell: a haiku journal by Zee Zahava. It is dedicated to poetry, written by and about women from 16 different countries. So honored to be among friends and other amazing poets. View all the poems on Zee's blog here.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Golden Haiku Contest 2017

     Exciting news! My one and only poem submitted to the Golden Haiku 2017 in Washington D.C. is one of the runners up! There were more than 1,200 entries to the contest. My poem will be among the almost 100 haiku that will grace the sidewalks of the Golden Triangle neighborhood near the White House. To be exact, according to Ted Jutras (Director of Placemaking and Activation), the sign with my poem is on the north side of L St, between Connecticut Ave and 18th Street.
     I wish I live close by so I could take a photo. A poet friend has promised to try to take a picture of it while he is in search of his poem. Fingers crossed!
     I encourage you to 
visit the website,, to see the various winners.
     Here's my poem, inspired by my puppy named Haiku :-)