Chad Lee Robinson

ARLINGTON, VA—Turtle Light Press is proud to announce that Chad Lee Robinson’s The Deep End of the Sky has won a 2016 Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award.

Robinson’s book, which won the Turtle Light Press 2014 Haiku Chapbook Contest, took second place among all haiku books published in 2015.

“I am more than pleased,” said Robinson, who lives in Pierre, South Dakota. “This is quite an honor, easily one of the biggest and most important awards my work has received in my nearly 15 years in haiku.”

Wrote Joe McKeon and Naia, Haiku Society of America judges:

“Rich in stunning imagery, Chad Lee Robinson’s evocative haiku take the reader on an intimate journey through life in the heartland of South Dakota: life as he observed it, life as he lived it, and life as it continues to unfold. With his haiku letting go/of the oars…/spring breeze Robinson invites the reader to slow down and experience this sensory journey. In winter stars…/the name of my father/of my father’s father he shares one of many intimate moments of deep connection to the land, to the life.”

A 20% discount is being offered on the book for a limited time only in honor of the award. Instead of $12.50, the book will retail for $10 with free shipping in the U.S. when purchased through our website: The book is also available on

“Chad Lee Robinson uses words the way Frederic Remington used brush and bronze,” said Billie Wilson, associate editor of The Heron’s Nest. “He beckons the reader not only to the vast landscapes of North America’s prairies, but also to the intimate center of human experience.”

“Robinson has adapted the haiku form to an American Heartland and often rural setting,” said David Allan Evans, poet laureate of South Dakota.

“The poems are uniquely American in their embrace of the vast landscape they inhabit,” said Penny Harter, the judge of the TLP haiku chapbook contest who picked the manuscript. “This chapbook collection has a wonderful continuity throughout, moving through sections and seasons in a seamless flow.”

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