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The Touchstone Distinguished Books Award Committee Announces Its Shortlist for 2014

The Haiku Foundation is pleased to announce The Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards Shortlist for books of haiku and related forms published in 2014. The sixty-five books nominated for this year’s award represent a rich variety of English-speaking haiku cultures and nations. It was with great effort that the panelists narrowed their choices to the 15 books on the list. On April 17, the Foundation will announce its final awards for 2014. We extend our congratulations to the following authors and publishers (books are arranged in alphabetical order by author):


Bill Cooper. overtones (Red Moon Press)

Elizabeth Crocket. Not like Fred and Ginger (Red Moon Press)

Robert Epstein. What My Niece Said in My Head (Middle Island Press)

Gary Gay (Editor). One Song (Two Autumns Press)

David Grayson (Editor). The Half-finished Bridge (Two Autumn Press)

Lee Gurga & Scott Metz (Editors). Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press)

Gary Hotham (Editor). Take-out Window: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology (Haiku Society of America)

Rebecca Lilly. Elements of a Life (Red Moon Press)

Bob Lucky. Ethiopian Time (Red Bird Chap Books)

John Martone. bagworm (samuddo/ocean)

Ron C. Moss. The Bone Carver (Snapshot Press)

Renée Owen. Alone on a Wild Coast (Snapshot Press)

Martin Shea. Until We Were Night: Selected Poems IV (Lembeth Hall)

John Stevenson. d(ark) (Red Moon Press)

George Swede. micro haiku three to nine syllables (Inspress)


I wish to thank the entire Distinguished Books Award Committee: Cherie Hunter Day, Stuart Quine, Chad Lee Robinson, Alexis Rotella, and Peter Yovu.

Bruce Feingold
Chair, Touchstone Awards Committee
The Haiku Foundation

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