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International Haiku Poetry Day 2015 — Wow!

Our inaugural International Haiku Poetry Day was a huge success, exceeding by a wide margin our wildest expectations. We are excited by the activity in each of our venues. The first HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival established a standard by which future such events will be measured, and the films will continue to be available for screening in the HaikuLife Archive. Dozens of people attended haiku celebrations across the country and around the world, and we will offer stories and images from these as they are made available to us over the following days and weeks. And our inaugural EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration was a surprise hit, garnering more than 400 responses and thousands of views. It too will remain permanently available as part of our EarthRise Archive.

We want to thank everyone who has made International Haiku Poetry Day 2015 a success. This would include filmmakers

  • Ed Bremson
  • Marion Clarke
  • Sean Dougherty
  • The Haiku North American 2015 Executive Committee
  • Jim Kacian
  • Michael Henry Lee
  • Ron C. Moss and Ferris Gilli
  • Genie Nagano
  • Victor Ortiz
  • Stella Pierides
  • Gabriel Rosenstock
  • Melissa Starr
  • The Towpath Haiku Society
  • Jessica Tremblay
  • The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society

local organizers

  • Fay Aoyagi
  • Gayle Bull
  • Terry Ann Carter
  • Carlos Colón
  • Terri Hale French
  • Jeff Hoagland
  • Debbie Kolodji
  • Patricia Machmiller
  • Naia
  • Kathabela Wilson

the hundreds of poets who read and contributed to EarthRise, and the officers and board of The Haiku Foundation

  • Thomas R. Borkowski
  • Stella Pierides
  • Dave Russo
  • Billie Wilson

You have all helped make our day a truly special one. Thanks!

Jim Kacian
The Haiku Foundation

This Post Has 8 Comments

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  2. Thank you to all. There is much here to reread and view. I am enjoying the beautiful and interesting films. I also noticed that many bloggers wrote posts about International Haiku Poetry Day, and referred readers to THF. It’s interesting to discover new (for me) sites from here, as well, from the comments on various posts. I’ve also seen new journals begin and grow rapidly, as bloggers link back with gratitude for being published.


    All works together, and thanks again to all the people listed in this post who worked to make this day a great success.

  3. A joy to behold, what a wonderful community of poets we were
    privileged to enjoy and participate with!

    Thanks Jim and THF

  4. I just concluded a three-week (once a week) Intro to haiku course through the Huntsville Public Library and Learning Quest Lifelong Learning. The class was a great success and several of the students want to meet monthly. We hung haiku weathergrams in the trees at Lowe Mil Center for the Arts here in Huntsville, AL. This is the third year the art center has helped us to celebrate National Haiku Day. The weathergrams will hang for the next three weeks.

  5. Towpath’s film maker was Nathan Brager, the son of poet Mark Brager. You have omitted his name from the list above.

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