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Celebration Fortnight — Day 12

organizationEach day during our celebration we will focus on a single aspect of the Foundation. Today THF president Jim Kacian talks about the Foundation’s publishing activities, including what it has produced to date, and what its plans are for the future.


The history of publication by The Haiku Foundation is a short one: we have produced two books and two issues of a journal to date.

In 2010 The Haiku Foundation asked Allan Burns to convert his popular blog feature Montage into book form. Allan complied by adding 10 new chapters to the 43 extant from the online series (one per week, plus New Year’s Day) to create Montage: The Book. It contains 1113 poems arranged in batches of seven poems by three poets for each of the 53 chapters, on themes dictated by season. Artwork was supplied by Ron C. Moss, a foreword by Peggy Willis Lyles, and Jim Kacian served as production editor. In 2012 a second edition was printed, and is still available for a donation to the Foundation from our Gift Shop (you’ll find it under $50 gifts).

In 2015 Donna Bauerly’s masterful biography of haiku icon Raymond Roseliep was brought to fruition after a decade’s work. Raymond Roseliep: Man of Art Who Loves the Rose is perhaps the finest biography ever written of an English-language haiku poet, and certainly the most complete. It, too, is available for a donation to the Foundation from our Gift Shop (also under $50 gifts).

The Haiku Foundation has also published two issues of Juxtapositions: The Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship. It appears both as an online journal and in print form. In 2014 THF published Juxtapositions 1.1, and in 2015 Juxtapositions 2.1. In addition, both are available in print editions as JuxtaOne and JuxtaTwo. The Juxta staff includes Peter McDonald (Senior Editor), Steven Addiss, Randy Brooks, Bill Cooper, Ce Rosenow (Editors), and Jim Kacian (Managing Editor).

Juxtapositions 3.1 is in preparation, with a tentative release date of April, 2017. We are also working on The Collected Haiku of Cor van den Heuvel, with an estimated time of appearance of early 2017.

Once a year we ask the haiku community to help us meet our financial challenges. We reserve the period from Thanksgiving through St. Nicholas Day, the time our culture has has set aside to note our many blessings and show our appreciation. Thank you to those of you who have already contributed. If you have not done so yet, please take this opportunity to help us continue our work — details on our donation page. Again this year we have the support of an anonymous angel who will double your donations — for every dollar you commit, the Foundation receives $2. Please help us make the most of this generous offer, and thanks in advance for your support of The Haiku Foundation, and of haiku itself. We wish you a most happy holiday season.

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  1. Both the online Montage galleries and the book were major sources for the haiku lessons I wrote, with Jim Kacian as editor (2012-2013). I wanted students to hear and read many poets and a wide variety of haiku, before being asked to write their own (unless they were ready to write). I liked that a busy teacher on break, or looking for new materials after grading papers in the evening, could find all they needed for a lesson, right here, apart from basic supplies. A large number of resources, by many teachers and scholars, inform the education work at THF, led so well by Brad Bennett and Jeannie Martin, the board and others here.

    I also found Donna Bauerly’s biography of Raymond Roseliep to be so carefully researched and written. This kind of literary work was a visit to my mother’s world, as she was a professor in the areas of composition and literature. So good to read and learn. A book to reread.

    I have not yet read JUXTATWO – the print book version is also very nice. A lot of content here as well. All the formats, both print and online, are produced well.

    Thank you – Ellen

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