2020 has been one strange year — perhaps the strangest we’ve ever lived through. This has been true for each of us individually, and it has been true for The Haiku Foundation as well.
And yet, THF has managed to do quite a lot this year. Our regular features have never been more popular, or attracted more or more varied participation (we added two new features in 2020 — Creative Blooms and the THF Kukai). Our reach, to people within the haiku community, as well as newcomers, sourced via social media, word of mouth and good old-fashioned research, is at an all-time high (our RSS feed now reaches a thousand addresses, and our Facebook and Twitter presence many times that). We created and launched Haikupedia, the most ambitious haikucentric reference source ever attempted (it now has scores of articles, definitions, biographies and more in place). And perhaps most importantly, we have embarked upon a complete redesign of the THF site, scheduled to be unveiled immediately following our Fundraising period (that is, early December). Quite a lot to show for such a trying year! And of course none of this would be possible without the talented and committed group of volunteers who give so generously of their time and expertise to the cause of haiku.
None of this happens for free, of course, and in fact 2020 has been the Foundation’s most financially challenging year, partly by choice (all these additions and the redesign), but partly through circumstance and bad luck (costs do keep going up, and we also suffered some unfortunate technical setbacks that were fixable, but expensive). All of which makes this the most important Fundraiser in our history. If we make a difference in your lives, we ask that you make a difference in ours — please contribute to the cause to whatever degree it is possible for you. As usual, the THF Fundraiser runs from Thanksgiving Day in the United States throught St. Nicholas’ Day (December 6).
To serve as enticement, we offer the following books, some THF Publications, others donations from generous patrons, as premiums for donations of $50 or more. You may also choose any 6 for $250. Please help keep The Haiku Foundation on a sound financial footing through the end of this strange year, and into a bright new 2021. Thank you!
JUXTASIX, The Haiku Foundation Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship
Donation level: $50
Media: 164 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Juxtapositions is the only peer-reviewed academic journal of Western haiku study. Highlights of volume six include the latest installment on our ongoing research into “Haiku and the Brain”, and studies of two African-American haiku poets — Richard Wright (by Toru Kiuchi) and Etheridge Knight (by Tom Morgan), plus a selection of haiga from the THF Galleries selected by Stephen Addiss.