Read news items and milestones for NaHaiWriMo here. This is all the news you need, right? That and a good cup of mocha.

2,500 Facebook Likes

posted Feb 5, 2017, 1:38 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 1:38 PM ]

Sometime on 1 February 2017, the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page received its 2,500th like. Welcome to everyone trying NaHaiWriMo for the first time. Whether you participate on Facebook or not (you can find February daily writing prompts and share your poems there), it’s great that you’re writing haiku every day this month. And hopefully you’ll continue in the months beyond!

Are You Doing NaHaiWriMo?

posted Feb 1, 2017, 8:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 8:14 PM ]

National Haiku Writing Month is now underway for the seventh straight year. Write at least one haiku per day for the entire month of February—the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. Is that easy or hard? Give it a try and find out. Or do it again if youve done it before. You can post your poems to our Facebook page, and look for daily writing prompts on our February prompts page (the poems you write dont have to follow the prompts, though). Or tweet your haiku to #nahaiwrimo. Take the NaHaiWriMo challenge and start today (its okay to catch up if you start late). Write on!

Radio Interview with Michael Dylan Welch

posted Jan 20, 2017, 1:45 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 1:45 PM ]

A 30-minute radio interview with NaHaiWriMo founder Michael Dylan Welch was broadcast on 13 January 2017 on Tom Maxedon’s “Word” literary radio hour on NPR affiliate 89.3 KPRG-FM, Public Radio Guam. Have a listen on SoundCloud.

Meet Our November 2016 Prompter, Anne Burgevin

posted Nov 10, 2016, 2:49 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 2:50 PM ]

Our NaHaiWriMo daily writing prompter for November 2016 is Anne Burgevin. Just posted to the Meet the Prompters page is her interview, in which she talks about her surprise return to haiku, the handmade books she puts together for her NaHaiWriMo poems each year, and various commitments and interests such as homeschooling her children, gardening, sustainability, and etegami art. Three examples of her haiku included too!

Meet Our October 2016 Prompter, Judith Gorgone

posted Oct 7, 2016, 5:57 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 8, 2016, 12:16 AM ]

For the month of October 2016, our daily writing prompter is Judith Gorgone. Shes providing autumn prompts, and trusts that those in the southern hemisphere can still be inspired. I invite you to read Judith’s “Meet the Prompter” interview to learn about her discovery of haiku, her extensive graphic design experience (including haiku T-shirts), and how NaHaiWriMo is an online home for her. You can also see three sample haiku, one of which is also presented as a haiga. Gratitude to you, Judith!

Meet Our September 2016 Prompter, Helen McCarthy

posted Sep 5, 2016, 8:37 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 8:38 PM ]

Is it September already? Then it’s time to meet NaHaiWriMo’s September 2016 daily writing prompter, Helen McCarthy. She writes haiku every morning, as an extension of her interest in Japanese culture (especially manga and anime, of which she’s a worldwide authority—which she humbly doesn’t even mention in her interview responses, but check out her Wikipedia page to learn the details). Read more about Helen, including three sample poems, at her “Meet the Prompter” interview. Thank you, Helen!

Meet Our August 2016 Prompter, Gillena Cox

posted Aug 6, 2016, 10:44 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 7, 2016, 10:23 AM ]

Have you met Gillena Cox yet? She’s our August 2016 daily writing prompter here at NaHaiWriMo. Her “Meet the Prompter” interview has just been posted to the NaHaiWriMo website, where you can learn about her path to haiku and read three sample poems. Gillena has “come to realize that haiku has an attitude of ordinariness.” Find out why.

NaHaiWriMo in Conversation

posted Jul 27, 2016, 11:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 27, 2016, 11:54 PM ]

In March of 2012, shortly after that year’s NaHaiWriMo frenzy in February, Colin Stewart Jones conducted a sort of group interview with NaHaiWriMo participants, inviting answers to five discussion questions. He then published the resulting conversation in Notes from the Gean 3:4, March 2012. Colin is no longer publishing his journal, but his interview now appears here, serving as a wide-ranging historical record of National Haiku Writing Month in 2012. Please read “NaHaiWriMo in Conversation.”

Pass-the-Baton Writing Prompts for July 2016

posted Jun 28, 2016, 10:39 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 28, 2016, 10:39 PM ]

Instead of having one daily writing prompter for the entire month of July 2016, we’ll be having thirty-one different prompters on the Facebook page, one for each day of the month. Each prompter will post his or her prompt and also announce who the next prompter will be (which they will prearrange). So it will be fun to see not only the prompts but who all the prompters are. Join in!

Daily Prompts Updated

posted May 9, 2016, 9:42 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 9, 2016, 9:42 PM ]

This website has a page listing all the daily writing prompts by each prompter from the beginning of NaHaiWriMo in February of 2011. Take a look at Daily Prompts. This page has just been updated with prompts from many months that had been missing from March 2014 to April 2016—more than two years of inspiration. Thanks once again to all the prompters for providing their daily prodding for our haiku production.

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