Today is our global day of celebration of all things haiku, International Haiku Poetry Day 2018. Here’s the schedule of events:
HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival 2018
HaikuLife 2018 features HaikuLife Format (17 segments of 17 seconds each: view our demo); Video Haiga (treatments of individual poems or short series of poems); Free Format (pretty much anything goes); and Feature Format (anything longer than 10 minutes).
EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration
Join poets from around the world by contributing to the world’s largest collaborative poem. This year’s theme, taking its cue from The Audubon Society’s Year of the Bird, features a poem by Ampū. We began at midnight at the International Dateline and will run until midnight here on the East Coast of the US.
Local Haiku Celebrations
The Touchstone Awards
The Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for books published in 2017
• John Brandi & Noriko Kawasaki Martinez. A House By Itself: Selected Haiku of Masaoka Shiki (Buffalo NY: White Pine Press). • Chuck Brickley. earthshine (Omskirk UK: Snapshot Press). • Terry Ann Carter. Tokaido (Winchester VA: Red Moon Press). • Scott Mason. The Wonder Code (Chappaqua NY: Girasole Press).
• Kristen Deming. plum afternoon (Winchester VA: Red Moon Press). • Paresh Tiwari. Raindrops Chasing Raindrops (Delhi India: Red River Imprint).
The Touchstone Award for Individual Poems for poems published in 2017
crematorium the sound of someone unwrapping flowers — frances angela (Acorn 38) nightfall — moths the color of the dying pine — Cherie Hunter Day (Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Contest 2017) prairie sky the depth of a sigh — Rajandeep Garg (Modern Haiku 48.3) their ancient hum to sunrise honeybees — Michele L. Harvey (The Heron’s Nest XX:3) poppies as if they know they won’t last — Sharon Pretti (Frogpond 40:2) its gentle push on the curtains . . . summer night — John Shiffer (Acorn 38)
We will honor each of the winners over the course of the next several days with their own posts, and commentaries on their winning work.
Be a part of it — celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day, April 17.