National Haiku Writing Month

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Did you know that February is National Haiku Writing Month? Join our Poet Laureate Vera Constantineau all month long as we celebrate and participate in NaHaiWriMo 2021!

Find out more about NaHaiWriMo by visiting www.nahaiwrimo.com.

How to participate?

Participate with the Daily Prompts:
Visit and follow the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook and click the monthly post pinned to the top of the page to read current prompts there. Share your work with us by tagging Vera (@vera.constantineau) our Poet Laureate on Facebook. We will gather all the submissions to have displayed in a gallery at the end of the month.

Benefits

Will you join us? The biggest benefit from participation is that you may just get into the haiku habit, and continue writing haiku on a daily basis throughout the year. Haiku can help you improve your awareness of the world around you as you capture moments of personal experience in your haiku--poems worth sharing with others. As William J. Higginson wrote in The Haiku Handbook, "The primary purpose of reading and writing haiku is sharing moments of our lives that have moved us, pieces of experience and perception that we offer or receive as gifts." The haiku community is a colourful and supportive one, too, so if you're new to haiku, becoming part of the community is a wonderful benefit too.

Resources

Please visit the Occasionally Asked Questions page. To gain some inspiration for different ways to write haiku, please read "How Do You Write Haiku?" and "Becoming a Haiku Poet." For more in-depth exploration, I also recommend reading William J. Higginson's Haiku Handbook (25th anniversary edition, from Kodansha International, 2010), Cor van den Heuvel's The Haiku Anthology (third edition, from Norton, 1999), and Jim Kacian's Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. Now grab your haiku notebook and start writing!