Friday, June 11, 2010


Three years in the making! But it shall soon arrive! I am talking about THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU PROJECT anthology that will be released by Meritage Press and its trusted Finnish co-publisher, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen's xPress(ed)! Here is the gorgeous front cover designed by award-winning artist Mimi Nolledo:

A Book Description:
The hay(na)ku's swift popularity would not have been possible without internet-based communication. With the internet's capacity for engendering collaborations, it was inevitable that a collaborative hay(na)ku project such as THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU would arise. It, of course, was fitting that THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU anthology began with an invitation from a blog. On June 24, 2007, an invitation was posted on for poets to participate in hay(na)ku collaborations. Nearly a hundred poets and artists from around the world responded, and this anthology is one result, along with friendships and much fun! Forthcoming in Summer 2010 from Meritage Press and xPressed and available soon from Amazon,, direct from Meritage Press, among other outlets.

Curated by Ivy Alvarez, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Ernesto Priego and Eileen R. Tabios. Participants besides the curators: Ira Franco, Denise Duhamel, Ariana Mason, Maya Mason, Thomas Fink, Burt Kimmelman, Molly Diablo Mason, Sandy McIntosh, Joseph D. Haske, La Erika Garza-Johnson, Sam Arizpe, Rodney Gomez, Emmy PĂ©rez, Airlie Rose, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, John M. Bennett, Jim Leftwich, Horacio Castillo, Holly Anderson, Caroline Beasley-Baker, Lisa B. Burns, Amy Bernier, Majena Mafe, Natasha Narain, Mela Fitzgibbon, Jeff Harrison, Allen Bramhall, Anny Ballardini, Sam Bloomberg-Rissman, May Garsson, Adele Mendelson, Edna Cabcabin Moran, Hannah Newman, Ellie Haworth, Kate Studd, Lucy Morris, Holly Anderson, Caroline Beasley-Baker, Lisa B. Burns, Peg Duthie, Donna Carter, Neal Jettpace, Jean Vengua, Michael Fink, Margo Ponce, Lola Bola, Kristi Castro, Anne Froyen Mowery, Kaja Mowery, Jean Gier, Tom Novack, Candida Kutz, Jeff Hansman, Joselyn Ignacio, Kate Coulter, Liza Li, Mary Vezilich, Mike McGuire, Mardi May, Sally Clarke, Amanda Jackson, Paula Jones, Janet Jackson, Ginger Stickney, Liz Breslin, Kunal Dutta, Tom Lewis, mIEKAL aND, Audacia Dangereyes, Sheila Murphy, Maria Damon, Dirk Vekemans, Jim Piat, Halvard Johnson, William Bain, steve d dalachinsky, Gregory Severance, MD, Larissa Shmailo, Bob Marcacci, John M. Bennett, Patricia Carragon, Om Mani Padme Hum, hands proje, and Thomas Savage.

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