Woodnotes reached new heights with issue #23, at least in terms of page count (56 pages), haiku and senryu (132), and tanka (16), all record highs. Due to a printer error that accidentally gave us double the print run, we also had more copies of this issue printed than any other, and still have a boxful left. Once again, Cherie Hunter Day provided seasonal artwork for the cover. In answer to the question, why goldfish for a winter issue, Cherie said (quoted in the note from the editors), “In winter our focus goes inside to our homes and families, and there is time for contemplation. For me, watching fish swimming in a pond or bowl is the essence of calm.” She explained that the cover featured a Moor and a Veintail goldfish, while interior images featured a twin-tail, a single-tail comet, a pair of koi, and an angelfish. Another visual treat in this issue was calligraphy and illustrations by Carolyn Fitz for “Christmas in the City,” a rengay by Jim Force (Nika), Michael Dylan Welch, and vincent tripi. Christopher Herold provided an essay, “The Inside of a Haiku,” and we also enjoyed the results from the 1994 San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Contest, with tanka making a return inclusion. This was also the last of eight issues for Ebba Story as associate editor of Woodnotes.
Editor: Michael Dylan Welch
Associate Editor: Ebba Story
Typesetting and layout: Michael Dylan Welch
Cover art: Cherie Hunter Day
Interior art: Cherie Hunter Day and Carolyn Fitz