Dear Haiku Lovers:
Thank you all for your continuing support. The Haiku Foundation has grown incredibly fast, and has far outpaced our expectations. What began as a few ideas for projects that we felt would help people find their way into and through haiku—libraries, resources, archives and the like—has quickly morphed into a host of fun projects to the delight of anyone who loves the genre. Daily haiku, books of the week, National Haiku Poetry Day (and more on that later)—none of these programs was even the remotest thought to us when we began.
Once a year we ask that you help us meet our financial challenges to continue this work. We reserve the period from Thanksgiving through St. Nicholas Day, the time our culture has set aside to note our many blessings and give thanks. We are grateful for the opportunity to do this work, and look forward to continuing it. But it really does depend on you—as audience, as participants, as underwriters. As an additional incentive, the Foundation is once again fortunate enough to have an angel who will match funds—every dollar you contribute means two for us.
And, during this period we try to let you know some of what we’ve been up to by releasing samples of our work over the previous 12 months. You’ll find a list of our planned releases below.
A final note: it is a wonderful thing to support haiku with a financial contribution, but it is even greater to give back with your time and energy. The Haiku Foundation would be very glad of your help in a number of projects that we have in the works. If you have the time and the inclination to do more for haiku, please contact us. We’ll be happy to have you join us.
Once again, thanks for all, and we wish you a most happy holiday season.
President, The Haiku Foundation
- November 27: The Haiku Foundation gives a final reckoning of Pilgrims’ Stride, the first installment of The Renku Sessions. Renku leader John Stevenson takes stock of what we’ve accomplished, and announces our next participatory sessions.
- November 28: The Haiku Foundation announces a new feature: Bookstories.
- November 29: A Haiku Foundation announces HaikuLife, our new video presentation format for use during our expanded haiku holiday, International Haiku Poetry Day.
- November 30: The release of a new Haiku Foundation Digital Library collection, The Haiku Foundation Online Digital Essay Collection, from Digital Librarian Garry Eaton. Easily find and link to all the best essays on haiku available on the web from one place.
- December 1: New installments of our ever-popular Book of the Week and Per Diem features.
- December 2: The release of previously unpublished The Ticket-Taker’s Shadow, a manuscript by Cor van den Heuvel, from the van den Heuvel Archives.
- December 3: A Haiku Foundation Interview with beloved poet Tom Clausen, originator of the concept for our Book of the Week feature.
- December 4: The Haiku Foundation, after more than a year of consultation and refinement, introduces an important new document and feature for haiku poets: the Assignment of Copyright script, which we hope will be an important tool to aid poets in maintaining rights to their work and preserving their legacies in the years to come.
- December 5: A second installment of our new feature, Bookstories, and a gallery of Haiku Videos from Around the World.
- December 6: A Haiku Foundation Reading by the Paideia School of Atlanta, Georgia, under the direction of Tom Painting.
We hope you enjoy our presentations, and look forward both to your comments and your contributions.