It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started presenting weekly New to Haiku blog posts. My thanks to everyone who has helped me with this column — from brainstorming ideas, to helping me create content and editing, to reading and commenting. I appreciate your help in making our haiku community a more welcoming place.
The goal of New to Haiku is to welcome newcomers into the fold by presenting basic haiku concepts and sharing haiku advice. If you look at the tags for these posts, which usually appear at the bottom of the page, most are tagged as either Haiku Basics or Advice for Beginners.
These are our Haiku Basics posts for 2021. What topics would you like to see explored in 2022?
- What is Haiku?
- How to write haiku with Sarah Welch’s For Beginners
- How to Edit Your Haiku
- Some Thoughts on Line and Syllable Count
- Preparing Your First Submission
- Joshua Gage’s lovely talk on Imagery in Haiku, with written transcription
- Jessica Tremblay’s Haiku: A Short Introduction, featuring her Old Pond comics
- Adventures in Editing
- Terri L. French’s summary of The Elements and Craft of Haiku
- How is Writing Haiku Different From Writing Prose Poetry?
- Déjà-ku and You
More than 25 poets generously shared their Advice for Beginners with New to Haiku this year (thank you!). These are definitely worth a second read!
- Kala Ramesh (part 1, part 2, part 3)
- Crystal Simone Smith (part 1, part 2)
- Ben Gaa (part 1, part 2)
- Julie Warther Schwerin
- Mike Rehling (part 1, part 2)
- Ellen Compton (This was her last interview – oh, my heart!)
- Chuck Brickley
- Debbie Strange
- Alan Summers
- Djurdja (Đurđa) Vukelić Rožić
- Joshua Gage
- Robin Smith
- Robert Epstein
- Jay Friedenberg
- Réka Nyitrai
- Hifsa Ashraf
- John Hawkhead
- Nicky Gutierrez
- Chad Lee Robinson
- John Stevenson
- Susan Burch
- Brad Bennett
- Bryan Rickert
- Ferris Gilli
- Scott Mason
- Christina Sng
- Bona M. Santos
And then, there are those posts that don’t fit neatly into a category yet. In 2022, I’d love to see more book reviews, articles aimed at teens, interviews with haiga artists, editors, and leaders in the field, along with other fun ways to experience haiku.
- A book review of Patricia Donegan’s Haiku: Asian Arts and Crafts for Creative Kids
- How to Connect With Other Poets on The Haiku Foundation website
- A Talk With Tia Haynes, editor of Prune Juice Journal
- Haiku Contests for Teens (March – June 2021)
- The Haiga Artist’s Process: Dian Duchin Reed
- Interview with HSA President Jay Friedenberg
- Fun Ways to Experience Haiku: Scrapbooking
- The Gift of Haiku and Senryu (a few of my favorites)
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this year of New to Haiku as much as I have. Thank you for reading!
Unfortunately, I’m going to be cutting back to two posts monthly from now on, in order to get back to writing my own poetry. But that still leaves every other week open for new content! What would you like to see here? Do you want to contribute content? Do you have some great advice for beginners? Do you know of a fun way to share haiku with newbies? Let me know in the comments!
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