Each day during our celebration we will focus on a single aspect of the Foundation. Today erstwhile THF secretary and board member Billie Wilson discusses the Haiku Registry, which she has managed from its inception.
The Haiku Registry continues to be one of The Haiku Foundation’s most popular destination features — a meeting place for haiku poets from around the world. With about 600 poets so far, the Registry contains brief biographical data, a photograph, information regarding awards or other honors, a list of books published, and a selection of poems from each poet. Our readers tell us how much they enjoy learning more about poets whose work they’ve enjoyed for many years or have recently discovered. For those who cannot attend haiku conferences and other gatherings around the world, it provides an especially rewarding connection.
In addition to enjoying the simple pleasure of random browsing, many readers report that the Registry serves as an excellent resource for haiku research. Besides creating that sense of haiku community, the Registry also aims to give newcomers to haiku an idea of the types of haiku that have been and are being published in print and online journals.
Every month, new members join, and many current members regularly update their pages with new information or new poems. All poets whose English-language haiku have been published in an edited journal are cordially invited to join in. Apply to be Listed.
Once a year we ask the haiku community to help us meet our financial challenges. We reserve the period from Thanksgiving through St. Nicholas Day, the time our culture has has set aside to note our many blessings and show our appreciation. Thank you to those of you who have already contributed. If you have not done so yet, please take this opportunity to help us continue our work — details on our donation page. Again this year we have the support of an anonymous angel who will double your donations — for every dollar you commit, the Foundation receives $2. Please help us make the most of this generous offer, and thanks in advance for your support of The Haiku Foundation, and of haiku itself. We wish you a most happy holiday season.