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New to Haiku: How to Connect With Other Poets on The Haiku Foundation Website

Want to talk about haiku with other poets? The Haiku Foundation can help!

  • Sign up for our newsletter. We’ll let you know about updates to our blog, Troutswirl. You can find the signup link at the bottom of our main page. The comment threads on our blog posts are open for two weeks after the posting date, so please share your insights and ask questions.
  • THF Monthly Kukai is a haiku writing contest held here every month. You can submit your poem on a given theme and vote for your favorites. You don’t have to submit haiku to vote, but we would love to read your work. The schedule for 2021 can be found here.
  • Our Forums include a New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area where you can ask questions. If you want to workshop your poems, you will need to set up a free account to access additional threads.
  • Haiku Dialogue is an interactive feature on our website where poets are invited to submit haiku on a weekly topic.
  • Our Haiku Registry is a place to read about published haiku poets and enjoy their work. Most poets have included some contact information. Once you have published haiku, you can join the registry. [This feature is still offline since our website redesign. Hopefully, it will be up and running again soon.]
  • You can also connect with THF on social media through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

What are your favorite places on The Haiku Foundation website to interact with other haiku poets? Which features would you recommend to newcomers? Share your favorite haunts with us in the comments!

The Haiku Foundation wouldn’t be what it is today without the generous, thoughtful contributions from our many readers and volunteers. Thank you for choosing to spend your time with us.

Julie Bloss Kelsey is the current Secretary of The Haiku Foundation. She started writing haiku in 2009, after discovering science fiction haiku (scifaiku). She lives in Maryland with her husband and kids. Julie's first print poetry collection, Grasping the Fading Light: A Journey Through PTSD, won the 2021 Women’s International Haiku Contest from Sable Books. Her ebook of poetry, The Call of Wildflowers, is available for free online through Moth Orchid Press (formerly Title IX Press). Her most recent collection, After Curfew, is available from Cuttlefish Books. Connect with her on Instagram @julieblosskelsey.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I joined thehaikufoundation couple of months back… love this place. I have been extensively using the beginners mentoring section – its awesome. The guidance you get mentors is so good.. very encouraging and inspiring.

    I am so glad I found this place.

  2. Discovering the Haiku Foundation has been a true lifesaver during this pandemic. What had been an occasional dabble in the writing and reading of haiku has become a passion. I am still learning to navigate your website, but then I am an inexperienced sailor on the digital seas. I do wonder how you choose your haiku of the day poems, which I always enjoy. Thank you.

    1. Hi Helen: We’re so glad you’re finding our site useful. To answer your question: the Per Diem Haiku of the Day is selected by guest editors who submit a theme to us. If we like the theme, we encourage them to select poems that support that theme, which are then gathered and put into place by our Per Diem administrator, Rob Scott. We think it’s one of the most important features we offer, and we’re glad you’re enjoying it.

  3. Dear Julie, An excellent idea for a post. The website redesign is so nice. Here and there I am looking at the Education Resources to see how everything works together – and so much thought with the beautiful design. When I helped write some lessons several years ago – mostly for the elementary grades – the Haiku Registry, edited by Billie Wilson at that time, and Montage: The Book, edited by Allan Burns, were significant resources, and are featured in the lessons, along with THF Library. We can all learn together. As you know, Jim Kacian is the editor for the education page, and Dave Russo helped as well. Thank you.

    1. Hi Ellen, I agree – the Education Resources section of this site is quite comprehensive and a good resource, especially for teachers. Thank you for all of your hard work in helping set it up. For those of you new here, Education Resources can be found by clicking on the first listing underneath the “Learn” tab.

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