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LAST DAY! — THF Fundraiser 2020

organization2020 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!


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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.


Gratitude in the Year of Covid-19, edited by Scott Mason

Donation level: $50
Media: 240 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Gratitude in the Year of Covid-19 is an anthology along the lines of previous historical literary responses to pandemic wherein poets gather among friends and loved ones to tell tales and offer support. Scott Mason has gathered haibun from far and wide with the theme of gratitude in trying times.


at the top of the ferris wheel: Selected Haiku of Cor van den Heuvel

Donation level: $50
Media: 304 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
at the top of the ferris wheel gathers all of haiku pioneer Cor van den Heuvel’s Chant Press books, along with his own poems from Baseball Haiku and A Boy’s Seasons, and much previously uncollected work as well.


Montage: The Book, edited by Alan Burns

Donation level: $50
Media: 120 pages featuring more than 1100 haiku
Dimensions: 7″ x 10″
Montage began life as a weekly feature on The Haiku Foundation website in 2009, a series of comparative haiku galleries, thematically arranged, and featuring three poets per weekly topic. Still the largest and most beautiful anthology of English-language haiku ever assembled.


Raymond Roseliep: Man of Art Who Loved the Rose, by Donna Bauerly

Donation level: $50
Media: 304 pages
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Ten years in the making, Bauerly’s volume is the definitive biography of Father Raymond Roseliep: priest, educator, poet, private man, a painstaking study of the many elements that combined to form Roseliep’s complicated life and art.


Schwerelos Gleiten / Slipping through Water, haibun and haiku of Ruth Franke

Donation level: $50
Media: 120 pages
Dimensions: 7.75″ x 9.25″
Typical of Franke’s work, this volume involves the work of several artists for its effect. Celia Brown and David Cobb have translated the texts; Reinhard Stangl has provided a series of evocative paintings; Jim Kacian offers a suggestive introduction; and the publisher Wiesenberg Verlag has crafted an exquisite product.


JUXTAONE, The Haiku Foundation Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship

Donation level: $50
Media: 272 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Juxtapositions is the only peer-reviewed academic journal of Western haiku study. Highlights of volume one include Ian Marshall’s “Jouissance among the Kire: A Lacanian Appproach to Haiku”, and Charles Trumbull’s “Shangri-La: James W. Hackett’s Life in Haiku”.


JUXTATWO, The Haiku Foundation Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship

Donation level: $50
Media: 296 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Juxtapositions is the only peer-reviewed academic journal of Western haiku study. Highlights of volume two include Sandra Simpson’s “Snapshot: Haiku in the Great War”, and Judy Kendall’s “Jo Ha Kyu and Fu Bi Xing: Reading|Viewing Haiku”.


JUXTATHREE, The Haiku Foundation Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship

Donation level: $50
Media: 194 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Juxtapositions is the only peer-reviewed academic journal of Western haiku study. Highlights of volume three include Stella Pierides’s et al. “Haiku and the Brain”, and Ce Rosenow & Maurice Hamington’s “A Careful Poetics”.


JUXTAFOUR, The Haiku Foundation Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship

Donation level: $50
Media: 180 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Juxtapositions is the only peer-reviewed academic journal of Western haiku study. Highlights of volume four include Clayton Beach’s “The Pig and the Boar”, and Meta L. Schettler’s “Sonia Sanchez’s ‘magic/now’”.


JUXTAFIVE, The Haiku Foundation Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship

Donation level: $50
Media: 246 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Juxtapositions is the only peer-reviewed academic journal of Western haiku study. Highlights of volume one include Aubrie Cox Warner’s “Reparative Leanings of Haiku Aesthetics: Ways of Knowing and Reading in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love”, and Michael Dylan Welch’s “Poems Sbout Nothing: Learning Haiku from Antonio Porchia”.

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  1. Thank you for all that you do. THF is a valuable resource to the haiku community. I appreciate it and will send a check off today through the good ol’ US Mail.

    –Peter

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