Thursday, April 12, 2018


Back in 2003 when we inaugurated the hay(na)ku, I didn't think about whether this invention (which was another experiment on my part) would last. Well, here's the 15th Year Anniversary Anthology cover designed by Aileen Ibardaloza-Cassinetto and featuring the art of Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza. With 128 poets and translators, 13 countries and 8 languages. You all surprised me (and some of the core original practitioners). But thank you -- you're always invited to the hay(na)ku. And because you took my hand, I cover you.

HAY(NA)KU 15 will be released in Summer/Fall 2018 from Meritage Press and Paloma Press.

ABOUT COVER ARTIST: Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza is a multimedia artist who replicates and reinterprets everyday objects and materials to explore cultural perception. Mendoza immigrated to the U.S. at age 3 ½, where she has since lived, worked and studied in Los Angeles, California. Mendoza studied at Otis College of Art and Design, California State University, Los Angeles, and Claremont Graduate University. She is currently Associate Professor and Drawing Coordinator at Pasadena City College. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including Commonwealth & Council, Forum Gallery, Solway Jones, the Pacific Asia Museum, and Canada’s PlugIn Gallery. Mendoza is a recipient of an L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs COLA fellowship and the New York Art Matters fellowship. She has served as artist-in- residence at Yaddo artist residency, Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, and will soon visit Kyoto, Japan for a residency at Art Space YOSUGA.

This post replicates a post on Facebook, where I'd also commented: Thank you Vince GoteraJanna Añonuevo Langholz (for your  Filipino American Artist Directory that introduced me to cover artist Maryrose); Abraham Ignacio (this wouldn't have happened without your support, and librarians are never "simple"  ); Jean VenguaIvy Alvarez, Ernesto Priego, Mark Young and John Bloomberg-Rissman for coediting prior anthologies; Nick Carbó (for confounding Flips Listserve with Vince, where I'd introduced the form); Rebeka Lembo (for helping organize the Spanish section); Edwin Lozada (for PAWA's sponsorship with the 15th anniversary events at SFPL); and all the poets -- especially the innovative poetry communities.
     And of course and always Aileen Ibardaloza-Cassinettofor bringing Paloma Press on board as co-publisher 😍

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