The Touchstone Individual Poems Award recognize excellence and innovation in English-language haiku and senryu published in juried public venues during each calendar year. The committee received overwhelming response to its call for submission for poems published in 2016, with 660 nominations. To those many editors and individual haiku poets who answered the call this year, a sincere thank you.
After much deliberation, the panel has selected a shortlist of poems that will move on to the final round. Many thanks to the distinguished panelists, Gary Hotham, Ron Moss, Renee Owen, Michele Root-Bernstein, Dietmar Tauchner and Diane Wakoski, who have been so generous with their time and effort over the past few months.
Award-recipients will be selected from the following list. Final results are scheduled to be announced in mid April. Author names are in alphabetical order:
new home we unpack our old habits — Debbi Antebi, Failed Haiku 1.6 off to on I disappear into the visible — Francine Banwarth, Frogpond 39:3 winter sun a crow gives in to the wind — Brad Bennett, Presence 55 silence where the river ran this bed of stones — Susan Constable, Acorn 36 heartland the world winnowed down to wheat — Alan S. Bridges, The Heron’s Nest 18:2 midnight call his car a pumpkin — Helen Buckingham, Mayfly 60 night sky I release the minnows all at once — Glenn Coats, Acorn 36 late winter I hit the bottom of my fantasy world — Robert Epstein, Mariposa 34 slip one knit one the pattern of winter bones — Lorin Ford, Living Haiku Anthology contest the length of the night when it matters why — Samar Ghose, Sonic Boom 5 galaxy — LeRoy Gorman, is/let 1 drunk on snow melt from your clavicles wolf moon — Anita Guenin, Living Haiku Anthology contest death what kind of plan is that — Carolyn Hall, Mariposa 34 the squeak of tulips into a vase . . . hospice reception — Michele L. Harvey, Frameless Sky 4 campfire light the color returns to dead leaves — Alexander B. Joy, The Heron’s Nest 18:1 whale vertebrae drifting from one god to another — Nicholas Klacsanzky, A Hundred Gourds 5:3 all day rain the weight of trees in my bones — Ben Moeller-Gaa, Modern Haiku 47.3 the groundhog’s shadow white where there shouldn’t be on her mammogram — Elliot Nicely, Modern Haiku 47.2 November wind the hollow places that form a song — Peter Newton, The Heron’s Nest 18:1 slow thunder a lizard’s ribs pressed against concrete — Polona Oblak, The Heron’s Nest 18:2 death anniversary . . . his fading odor in treasured shirt — Aparna Pathak, Wild Plum 2:2 wheeling her chair through leaf fall . . . we sure knew how to dance — Bill Pauly, The Heron’s Nest 18:4 darkness . . . her name slips into it — Dave Read, Acorn 37 restringing fence wire — meadowlark’s song one post ahead of the wind — Chad Lee Robinson, Mariposa 35 thin harvest — I salt the bitterness out of the gourd — Carl Seguiban, The Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award contest last day of summer the taste of the wooden stick inside the ice cream — Katrina Shepherd, The Heron’s Nest 18:4 house clearance room by room by room my mother disappears — Alan Summers, Blithe Spirit 26.1 winter night — the last tram carrying only the light — Eduard Tara, 2016 Concorso Internazionale Haiku in Lingua Italiana insomnia length of the night on her knitting needles — Maria Tomczak, The Heron’s Nest 18:3
Chair, Touchstone Awards