“This issue of Woodnotes marks HPNC’s fifth year of existence.” So begins the editors’ note from issue #20. It continues by saying, “Since 1989 our membership has grown to nearly 200 members. In addition to sharing twenty issues of Woodnotes, HPNC has published eight books, sponsored numerous readings, awarded thousands of dollars in our haiku and senryu contests, and held many energetic and supportive meetings. But above all we have provided a means of interaction between enthusiastic haiku poets.” Indeed, this was so. After a memorial page for charter member Davina Kosh, a key highlight of this issue was a short essay by Michael Dylan Welch, “Rengay: An Introduction,” followed by two example rengay. This new poetic form, invented by Garry Gay, was first explained to the world with this essay, and this collaborative thematic writing became increasingly popular in the decades since this unveiling. The tanka section of this issue was also the longest ever, with 11 poems. Christopher Herold wrote an appreciation for his selection of HPNC’s Gavel Award, which went to Ebba Story. Another significant change in this issue was that we would no longer use clipart for our covers or interior images. Starting with issue #20, Cherie Hunter Day provided all our artwork through issue #23, and then again from issue #28 through #31, giving each publication a more personal and often thematic touch.
Editor: Michael Dylan Welch
Associate Editor: Ebba Story
Typesetting and layout: Michael Dylan Welch
Cover and interior art: Cherie Hunter Day