The Haiku Foundation has accomplished a lot in a few years. The Haiku Registry, Troutswirl blog, Forums, HaikuNow! contests, Touchstone Awards, Digital Library, Montage, Per Diem, the Haiku App and more…not bad for a handful of people who volunteer their time. Thank you for being a part of it.
What next? The Haiku Foundation Video Archive, and for this we need your help.
Imagine if you could watch your favorite poets talk about their craft and lives and respond to questions you always wanted to ask them. While the technology wasn’t available during the lifetime of some of our favorite poets, today we have the opportunity to create a rich resource for our generation and those to come.
Our goal: to create the first collection of in-depth interviews documenting the development of 20th century haiku.
As we move forward into the 21st century, many haiku poets who led the way in the 20th have already passed away. We need to start working immediately to preserve the voices of those who are still with us. Their stories deserve to be heard.
Haiku poet Eve Luckring, an accomplished photographer and video artist, will collaborate with The Haiku Foundation’s founder and president, Jim Kacian, on a series of interviews. They will travel to record in-person interviews using professional audio and video equipment. Within one year, with your help, The Video Archive will launch its website at The Haiku Foundation. The Archive will be available free to everyone who wishes to use it.
In less than a month, on April 17, a series of readings across North America will celebrate National Haiku Poetry Day. On that day, with the help of the crowd funding platform IndieGoGo, we will launch a campaign to fund the Video Archive. We have high hopes!
The Video Archive is about honoring and recording some talented poets who for many years have quietly influenced the literary landscape. Also, it’s about us. Our history, presented in detail, and artfully. I’m excited to be involved. More detailed information will be made available on the blog, website and elsewhere as we get closer to the launch date. Please visit IndieGoGo to view the Video Archive campaign site when it goes live on April 17.