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Book-of-the-Week

Book-of-the-Week

Delve into the history of English-language haiku in the most direct way possible: by reading its poets. Each week a new digitized version of a book of haiku, recent or classic, is offered for your perusal, drawn from The Haiku Foundation Digital Library and other holdings. Host: our digital librarian, Dan Campbell.
EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration

EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration

The EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration is the world’s largest annual collaborative poem. It's part of International Haiku Poetry Day (April 17), and plays out like an extended renku — the literary drinking game of feudal Japan. We look forward to your participation! HostJim Kacian. View the EarthRise Archive.
Education Resources

Education Resources

There’s so much to learn about haiku — and not just for students. Visit The Haiku Foundation’s Education Wall, where you’ll find lesson plans and educational tools for teachers and students alike. All age groups and experience levels will find something of interest to sharpen their approach to this surprisingly complex genre.
Haiga Galleries

Haiga Galleries

Each month The Haiku Foundation will add a new gallery of work devoted to haiga and related visual arts, and feature it on the THF site. You will find traditional approaches to haiga alongside more current trends like photo haiku. Host: Jim Kacian.
Haiku Bridges

Haiku Bridges

Haiku Bridges is a periodic feature designed to encourage and communicate significant haiku outreach initiatives to new audiences. Host: Scott Mason.
Haiku Comics of Hamilton Bay

Haiku Comics of Hamilton Bay

Every couple weeks we will share Haiku Comics of Hamilton Bay, created by Monica Plant, inspired by her favored Canadian landscape and terrain. Monica is a Hamilton (Ontario, Canada)-based artist, writer, and naturalist, a self-described contemplative who “moves at a slow enough pace to see and hear things.” Host: Monica Plant
Haiku Dialogue

Haiku Dialogue

Haiku Dialogue offers a weekly prompt for practicing your haiku. Posts appear each Wednesday with the new theme, along with a selection of poems from the previous week. Comments are encouraged — join in the discussion! Host: kjmunro.
Haiku Music Challenge

Haiku Music Challenge

Haiku Music Challenge allows present-day composers from around the world to interpret haiku — from classical Japanese masters to contemporary poets of all levels — in their own idiosyncratic styles, often with surprising and beguiling results. Host: Naviar Records.
Haiku of the Day

Haiku of the Day

Haiku of the Day (formerly Per Diem) is one of our most popular offerings. Guest editors are invited to create thematic galleries of poems which are then prominently featured on the site and are gathered into the Haiku of the Day ArchiveHost: Lynne Jambor.
Haiku Registry

Haiku Registry

The Haiku Registry offers brief curriculum vitae for haiku poets from around the world.  Host: Marta Chocilowska.

HaikuLife

HaikuLife

HaikuLife is The Haiku Foundation’s haiku film festival, the only event like it in the world — the Sundance of Haiku. Each year auteurs from around the world submit films, from brief video haiga to feature length treatments, all based on and around haiku. Host: Jim Kacian.
Juxtapositions

Juxtapositions

Juxtapositions, The Haiku Foundation’s journal of haiku research and scholarship, is the only vehicle of its kind dedicated to academic, peer-reviewed haiku research and criticism. MLA Standard. Indexed. Senior Editor: Ce Rosenow.
Librarian’s Cache

Librarian’s Cache

Librarian's Cache is an occasional series that features journals, videos, and other assets from The Haiku Foundation Digital Library and other holdings. Host: our digital librarian, Dan Campbell.
New to Haiku

New to Haiku

A space specially designed for those of you just starting out on the journey of haiku. First things to read, study, look at and try yourselves, without judgment. We remember — we all start somewhere. Host: Julie Bloss Kelsey.

re:Virals

re:Virals

re:Virals is an interactive feature which offers commentary on selected haiku each week. The supplier of the “best commentary” each week gets to choose the next week’s poem. An updated version of Virals, an early interactive feature of THF. Host: Keith Evetts.
Renku Sessions

Renku Sessions

The Renku Sessions was created to offer a participatory activity that honors historical traditions while actively engaging contemporary practice. Poets participate in 12, 20 and 36-link renku, moderated by the leading Western sabaki of our day. Host: John Stevenson. See our Archive of Completed Renku

Season by Season

Season by Season

Season by Season is an ambitious project intended to offer the 24 “mini-seasons” into which the Japanese calendar is broken. It features poems that celebrate subtle moments within the overall structure of the four seasons, often with touching commentary on the lives of people who would be affected by these small distinctions. Hosts: Alex and Kit. Guest commentary by Hiroaki Sato.
Second Life

Second Life

Second Life: Japanese Haiku in Translation presents, every couple weeks, an original Japanese poem in English translation, with literal and literary versions, along with field notes, for a complete immersion into the poem. Host: Dan Bornstein
THF Monthly Kukai

THF Monthly Kukai

The THF Monthly Kukai invites poets from around the world to craft a poem to the month’s theme, and then to assess the roster of poems by others on that theme. Winners receive books of their choice from the THF Hard Copy Library extra copies catalog. Host: Tom Borkowski.
Touchstone Awards

Touchstone Awards

In 2012 The Haiku Foundation created the Touchstone Awards  — the highest awards in the field — to reward excellence and innovation in the genre. Award categories are best individual haiku/senryu, best individual haibun, and best haiku publications. Overview: THF Touchstone AwardsHost: Bruce Feingold.
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