We had a terrific response to our call for submissions for the Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards in 2013. Over 70 works were submitted. To all who participated, thank you. And to the authors and publishers of the nominated books, your efforts reveal a haiku publishing scene that is thriving and diverse. You have our admiration.
After much deliberation, the panelists are agreed on a shortlist of contenders that will move on to the final round. Results will be announced at the end of April. Many thanks to this year’s book panel—Francine Banwarth, Stuart Quine, Chad Lee Robinson, Alexis Rotella, and Peter Yovu.
Award Recipients will be selected from the following list (with author names in alphabetical order):Burns, Allan, ed., Where the River Goes, (Snapshot Press)
Carter, Steven, The Distances of Sleep, (Alba Publishing)
Colón, Carlos, Haiku Elvis: A Life in 17 Syllables (or Less), (Laughing Cactus Press)
Day, Cherie Hunter, Apology Moon, (Red Moon Press)
Harter, Penny, The Resonance Around Us, (Mountains & Rivers Press)
Gilbert, Richard, The Disjunctive Dragonfly, (Red Moon Press)
Kacian, Rowland, Burns, Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, (W.W. Norton)
Martone, John, Bheid, (sammudo/ocean)
Martone, John, Perlerorneq, (sammudo/ocean)
Muirhead, Marsh, Her Cold Martini, (The Island Journal Press)
Patchel, Christopher, Turn Turn, (Red Moon Press)
Pfleuger, Jr., Paul, A Zodiac, (Red Moon Press)
Stensland, Lucas, Fun Again, (Yet to be Named Free Press)
Trumbull, Charles, A Five-Balloon Morning, (Red Mountain Press)
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Pretty much anything with John Martone’s name on it [or with his name not on it, as is often the case] should probably be on short lists like this. Congratulations to all.
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