International Haiku Poetry Day, The Haiku Foundation’s world-wide celebration of all things haiku, is only ten days away. We’d like to remind you to complete your projects, plan your meetings, and re-read your saijiki in preparation for our upcoming events:
HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival 2018
We look forward to sharing your HaikuLife, video haiga, or other haiku video production with the haiku community. We will screen offerings in 3 modes: HaikuLife Format (17 segments of 17 seconds each: view our demo); Free Format (pretty much anything goes, and including video haiga like this one); and Feature Format (we select one film to be the anchor of the festival). Deadline for films to be made available to us for presentation: 10 April. Screenings on April 17, 2018.
EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration.
The United Nations has not designated 2018 in any particular fashion, so we’ve chosen to go with The Audubon Society’s Year of the Bird. Plan to share one poem or many in the world’s largest collaborative poem — last year we had over 500 submissions! (Perhaps we ought to give The Guinness Book of World Records a call . . .) Beginning at 1 minute past midnight at the International Dateline, April 17, 2018.
Local Haiku Celebrations.
Planning a special meeting? A meeting of your local haiku society? Any other haiku-related event? Send us the details and we’ll list it as part of the IHPD2018 celebrations. Anything you’d like others to know about, and would wish to encourage their participation, is fodder for us. Please send your info by the deadline of 10 April and we’ll list your event.
And, as usual, we announce the winners of the Touchstone Awards: the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for books published in 2017; and the Touchstone Award for Individual Poems for haiku published in 2017.
Be a part of it — celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day, April 17.