The Haiku Foundation is pleased to announce The Touchstone Distinguished Books Award winners and honorable mentions for books of haiku and related forms published in 2022. The ninety-five books nominated for this year’s awards represent a rich variety of English-language books from many nations and haiku traditions. Panel members read every book and then each one nominated ten books for consideration. Through a series of votes and discussion, the panel members arrived at the Short List. Following another round of voting and discussion, the panel members selected two award winners and four honorable mentions.
The Touchstone Short List included outstanding volumes of haiku, haibun and haiga showcasing a wide range of subject matter and themes and spanning an equally broad spectrum of styles, from traditional and nature-based works to experimental and language-based treatments.
I speak for the entire panel when I say that everyone recognized that each book on the Short List was unique and had great merit. I can attest to the difficulty of distinguishing the ‘best’ among these books. I wish to thank the Distinguished Books Award Panelists — Susan Antolin, Kat Lehmann, Peter Newman, Victor Ortiz, and Tom Sacramona — for their diligence, expertise, and effort. The Awarded and Honored Books reflect the panel’s assessment of the most noteworthy offerings from this year’s highly distinguished field.
Touchstone Distinguished Books Award Winners for 2022
- Day, Cherie Hunter. Miles Deep in a Drum Solo (Durham, N.C: Backbone Press, 2022).
- Smith, Crystal Simone. Ebbing Shore (Durham, N.C: Horse & Buggy Press, 2022).
- Barlow, John & Ferris Gilli (editors). Where Rain Would Stay: The Haiku Poetry of Peggy Willis Lyles (Ormskirk, UK: Snapshot Press, 2022).
- Bennett, Brad. a box of feathers (Winchester VA: Red Moon Press, 2022).
- Metz, Scott. ea’s e (Winchester VA: Red Moon Press, 2022).
- O’Connor, Sean. The God of Bones (Uxbridge, UK: Alba Publishing, 2022).
Bruce H. Feingold
Touchstone Awards Chairperson and Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards Coordinator