What Is International Haiku Poetry Day?
International Haiku Poetry Day is a gathering of poets from around the world at an electronic meeting space hosted by The Haiku Foundation on April 17 each year. It’s an enlargement of the Foundation’s successful National Haiku Poetry Day. But rather than create dozens of small gatherings, as we have done in the past, we will host a single event that all haiku poets can attend on line. We hope you and your organization will want to create a HaikuLife presentation to share with haiku lovers around the world.
What is HaikuLife?
HaikuLife is both a program of haiku videos offered on International Haiku Poetry Day, and The Haiku Foundation’s video presentation format. Our inaugural HaikuLife program will include videos in the HaikuLife format as well as other formats. Watch this introductory video for an overview.
What should my video be about?
Your video can be about anything related to haiku. The most common content for haiku videos will be readings of chapbooks, or else readings of anthologies by groups, or else videos that introduce a group and its activities to the haiku world, or else videos that outline an upcoming project or program. However, we hope you will not be limited to these content areas. Surprise us!
What is the HaikuLife presentation format?
The HaikuLife video format consists of 17 segments, each 17 seconds long. A segment can be a single slide, a set of slides, even a video clip. Seventeen seconds is long enough to read two haiku—or one haiku twice—with proper space for natural breathing.
Does my video have to be in HaikuLife format?
No, we will present many other formats as well—simpler slide shows, readings, interviews, short films. But we encourage you to try the HaikuLife format. An award will be presented to the best video in HaikuLife format each year.
What are your deadlines?
Click this link to see the latest posts in our blog about HaikuLife.
What other details do I need to know?
All presentations need to be made available in a standard video resolution, but if you are using any of the existing video software, we shouldn’t have any problems screening your offering.
Be creative and have fun!