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The Touchstone Distinguished Books Award Committee Announces Its Shortlist for 2015

The Haiku Foundation is pleased to announce The Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards Shortlist for books of haiku and related forms published in 2015. The seventy-five books nominated for this year’s award represent a rich variety of English-speaking books from many nations and haiku traditions. It was with great effort that the panelists narrowed their choices to the 13 books on the list. On April 17, the Foundation will post the final awards for 2015. We extend our congratulations to the following authors and publishers (books are arranged by alphabetical order by author):


Deflection, Roberta Beary (Accents Publishing)

American Gothic, Steven Carter (Alba Publishing)

This Single Thread, Paul Chambers (Alba Publishing)

Gathering Dusk, Ellen Compton (Snapshot Press)

Across the Silence, Haiku: Caroline Gourlay, Paintings: Sara Philpott (Haiduk Press in association with Five Seasons Press)

A New Resonance: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, edited by JIm Kacian and Dee Evetts (Red Moon Press)

big data: the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2014, edited by Jim Kacian & the Red Moon Editorial Staff (Red Moon Press)

so long, John Martone (Ornithopter Press)

The Lammas Lands, Matthew Paul (Snapshot Press)

A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, edited by Bruce Ross, Kōko Katō, Dietmar Tauchner and Patricia Prime (Tancho Press)

between waves, Alexis Rotella (Red Moon Press)

⊕RS, Dan Schwerin (Red Moon Press)

Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the first 15 years of The Heron’s Nest, edited by John Stevenson (The Heron’s Nest Press)

Fire in the Treetops: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Haiku North America, edited by Michael Dylan Welch (Press Here)


I wish to thank the entire Distinguished Books Award Committee: Cherie Hunter Day, Rebecca Lilly, Stuart Quine, Chad Lee Robinson and Peter Yovu, with a special thank you to Ian Storr.

Bruce Feingold
Chair, Touchstone Awards Committee
The Haiku Foundation

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