The Haiku Foundation welcomes you to Haikupedia! With Spring and renewal, Haikupedia staff have worked hard to bring you new material to whet your appetite so you might glean more about your favorite forms of poetry.
This month, a gazetteer article details Rakushisha, the “Hermitage of Fallen Persimmons” that Matsuo Bashō frequented, and is now a highlight of haiku tourists’ visits in Japan. Also featured is Lorraine Ellis Harr, an important trailblazer among mid-20th century haiku writers, and her Haiku Definitions. John Wills, another American haiku pioneer, is spotlighted. We take a look at the Betty Drevniok Award, Haiku Canada’s annual contest. Also of note is the updated European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors that includes the 2020 honorees. To round things out, we include new short biographies of Bulgarian haijin Todor Bikov, Tsvetanka Georgieva, Tzetzka Ilieva, and Svetla Pacheva-Karabova, as well as those of American haiku writers Connie Hutchison, Tanya McDonald, Margaret D. McGee, Ce Rosenow, and Carmen Sterba.
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