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Meet Our November 2020 Prompter, Lori A Minor

posted Nov 15, 2020, 11:47 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 15, 2020, 11:58 AM ]

Lori A Minor has been tossing haiku bombs for a few years now, and I’m pleased that she is serving as NaHaiWriMo’s daily writing prompter for the month of November 2020. On the “Meet the Prompters” page, you can now read my interview with Lori A Minor. She’s a Twilight Zone fan, and that’s just a tiny tease of what you can learn in her interview. She has a theatre background, recently moved to North Carolina, and also provides three of her haiku for you to enjoy.

Meet Our October 2020 Prompter, Joshua Gage

posted Oct 11, 2020, 11:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 11, 2020, 11:18 PM ]

You’ve seen his poetry all over various haiku journals in print and online. You’ve seen him leap tilted paving stones with a single bound. He’s Joshua Gage. And he’s our NaHaiWriMo daily writing prompter for October 2020. You can learn more about Joshua Gage at his interview now available through the “Meet the Prompters” page. Find out how he came to haiku, learn about his publications, and read three sample poems. Thank you, Joshua!

Gender, Age, and Location Statistics on Facebook

posted Sep 21, 2020, 10:14 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 11, 2020, 11:16 PM ]

Here’s a statistic that may be interesting to some, as of today, 21 September 2020. Since NaHaiWriMo began in February of 2010 (yes, we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary this year), we’ve had 113 months of individual prompters, and three months of having a different prompter for each day of the month (pass-the-baton months). Not counting the pass-the-baton months, of those 113 other months, just 39 of those months have been prompted by males, or 34.5 percent. Many prompters have done the task more than once, so if we take out those duplications, only 19 of the 69 different individual prompters we’ve had have been male, or 27.5 percent. These percentages fall a little below the demographic statistics I can see for the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page as its administrator, which identifies site visitors as 63 percent female and 35 percent male (the remaining 2 percent being unknown or unspecified). We might wonder why haiku, or NaHaiWriMo, or perhaps the social media technology in this case, attracts nearly twice as many females as males, but I have no explanation for this.

As of today, we have 3,227 likes and 3,195 followers, although of course most people are not active, or at most are active only during our “official” month of February each year. Other Facebook statistics show that the biggest percentages of users are older, with the following specific stats:

Ages 13–17:        0.3 percent
Ages 18–24         2 percent
Ages 25–34         6 percent
Ages 35–44         9 percent
Ages 45–54         15 percent
Ages 55–64         15 percent
Ages 65+            17 percent

The preceding percentages add up to only 64.3 percent, so the ages of the remaining 35.7 percent must be unknown or unspecified. The top countries, by number of fans on Facebook, are as follows:

United States of America          1,738 likes
Canada                                      221
United Kingdom                          197
India                                          188
France                                       109
Australia                                    106
Bulgaria                                      44
Philippines                                  33
Italy                                            27
Japan                                         27
Indonesia                                    21
Bangladesh                                 21
Romania                                     21
New Zealand                               21
Ireland                                        20
Malaysia                                    18
Sweden                                      17
Israel                                          16
Brazil                                         15
Germany                                    15
Netherlands                                14
Pakistan                                     14
United Arab Emirates                  14
Nigeria                                       14
Poland                                       13
Belgium                                     12
Trinidad and Tobago                    12
Russia                                      10
Serbia                                       10
Saudi Arabia                              10
Turkey                                        9
Argentina                                    9
Singapore                                   9
Mexico                                       8
Spain                                         8
South Africa                                8
Algeria                                       7
Myanmar                                    7
Kenya                                        6
Iran                                            6
Hungary                                     6
Croatia                                       6
Switzerland                                6
Iraq                                            6
Sri Lanka                                   6
(plus additional countries)

Some surprises for me are Bulgaria, Bangladesh, and the United Arab Emirates. The top ten cities, by number of fans on Facebook, are these:

New York, New York                  51 likes
Seattle, Washington                  47
Los Angeles, California              33
Toronto, Ontario                        30
Vancouver, British Columbia       30
London, United Kingdom            27
Melbourne, Australia                  24
Sofia, Bulgaria                           24
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India       23
Delhi, India                               23

For me, a surprise here is Sofia, Bulgaria. One other statistic is that NaHaiWriMo has grown every year since it began, more than ten years ago, but more important than statistics is the fact that the our purpose is to share, enjoy, and celebrate haiku.

Meet Our August 2020 Prompter, Carole MacRury

posted Aug 14, 2020, 6:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 14, 2020, 6:33 PM ]

Carole MacRury has provided daily writing prompts for NaHaiWriMo for the month of August 2020. This is the second time she’s prompted for us—the first time was in April of 2013. Read her interview on the “Meet the Prompters” page to learn about the unique place where she lives (an island that isn’t an island), and to read three sample haiku.

Meet Our June 2020 Prompter, Nicole Pottier

posted Jun 9, 2020, 10:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 10:11 PM ]

For June of 2020, NaHaiWriMo’s daily writing prompter is Nicole Pottier, who is prompting for us for the first time. She lives in Normandy, France and has been writing haiku since 2010, after connecting with Romanian haiku poets. Read more about Nicole at her “Meet the Prompter” interview, in both English and French (including three sample poems for each language).

Meet Our May 2020 Prompter, Patsy Turner

posted May 17, 2020, 7:22 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 17, 2020, 7:22 PM ]

It’s time again to meet our monthly prompter, this time Patsy Turnerfor May 2020, who is prompting for NaHaiWriMo for the first time. Patsy spent a year as an exchange student in Japan but hails from New Zealand, where she works at a museum. Check out her “Meet the Prompter” interview, read three of her haiku, and learn how NaHaiWriMo helped to provide her solace and community after the Christchurch-area earthquakes—and continues to provide community even during our worldwide virus lock-down.

Meet Our April 2020 Prompter, Terri L. French

posted Apr 12, 2020, 4:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 12, 2020, 5:05 PM ]

Despite the coronavirus that has temporarily shuttered much of the world, NaHaiWriMo has soldiered on. For the month of April 2020, and in celebration of National Poetry Month, our daily writing prompter has been Terri L. French, and now it’s time to get to know her a little better. You can read more about her new mobile adventures, and see three selected poems, in her interview on the “Meet the Prompters” page.

Meet Our March 2020 Prompter, Barbara Strang

posted Mar 8, 2020, 8:23 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 8, 2020, 8:23 PM ]

Time to “Meet the Prompter” for March 2020. Prompting for NaHaiWriMo for the first time is Barbara Strang. Read her interview to see a picture of Barbara with Bashō, learn about her New Zealand haiku influences (and the Christchurch earthquake), and read three of her poems. Thank you, Barbara!

NaHaiWriMo Takes a Village

posted Feb 14, 2020, 10:05 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 12, 2020, 5:00 PM ]

On this day of love, Valentine’s Day, I extend my gratitude and love to each of the following prompters for ten years of haiku inspiration. Over its ten-year history, NaHaiWriMo has had 103 different daily writing prompters. This includes people participating in three pass-the-baton months that had a different prompter every day. In addition, many of these volunteers have prompted for multiple months, such as Patty Hardin, who has provided prompts for NaHaiWriMo eight times. NaHaiWriMo would not be the thriving community it is were it not for these daily prompts that keep us inspired all year long—for ten years now.
        Some highlights of this time include our progression through the alphabet from January 2014 to February of 2016, where every prompt for each month started with a particular letter of the alphabet (some of those letters made it tough to come up with 28, 30, or 31 prompts!). And we all endured a sad time in January of 2014 when Kat Creighton died halfway through her month of prompting (her last prompt was “apartheid”), and Scott Abeles took over by sharing haiku, tanka, and photo-haiga by Kat to inspire us for the rest of that month. Kat was also the very first person to respond to the “Meet the Prompters” interview questions, posted just a few days before she died, a new feature on the website that started in 2014. Through all our ups and downs, a process that haiku is perfect to embrace, I’m grateful to the worldwide village of haiku poets who help to make NaHaiWriMo a welcoming home for haiku sharing. Please join me in thanking the following NaHaiWriMo daily writing prompters from its first ten years.
Scott Abeles
Tash Adams
Alee Imperial Albano
Melissa Allen
Dawn Apanius
Crooked Arrow
Sanjuktaa Asopa
Johnny Baranski
Marina Bellini
Freddy Ben-Arroyo
Alex Benedict
Peggy Hale Bilbro
Johannes S. H. Bjerg
Gary Blankenship
Katrina Lehmann Blount
Brendan Bonsack
Anne Burgevin
Pris Campbell
John Carley
Marion Clarke
Tamara Cobbiani
Carlos Colón
Pamela Cooper
Aubrie Cox
Gillena Cox
Kat Creighton
Karla Decker
Susan Delphine Delaney
Mike Duffy
Andrew O. Dugas
Andew O. Dugas (Haiku Andy)
Kirsten Cliff Elliot
Robert Franson
Terri L. French
Grace Galton
Pat Geyer
Judith Gorgone
Eider Green
Rachel Green
Hazel Hall
Patty Hardin
Devin Harrison
Michele L. Harvey
Tia Haynes
Randall Herman
Vincent Hoarau
Cara Holman
Lynne Jambor
Kim Jeffs
Reka Jellema
John Johnson
Annie Juhl
Arvinder Kaur
Roy Kindelberger
Nicholas Klacsanzky
Deborah P Kolodji
Kris Kondo
Jessica Malone Latham
Michael Henry Lee
Deborah Barbour Lundy
Cindy Lutz
Myron Lysenko
Carole MacRury
An Mayou
Helen McCarthy
Marietta McGregor
Paul David Mena
Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu
Michael A. Moore
Susan Murata
Shrikaanth K. Murthy
Andrea Piscitelli Narciso
Christina Nguyen
Michael Nickels-Wisdom
Linda Papanicoloau
Stella Pierides
Jade Pisani
Sandi Pray
Ruthanne Price
Vinay Ravindranath
Michael Rehling
Leslie A. Rose
Violette Rose-Jones
Jennifer Savage
Dave Serjeant
Maureen Sexton
Deborah B. Shepherd
Mary Stone
Alan Summers
Jennifer Thompson
Corine Timmer
Saf Toral
Jessica Tremblay
Anitha Varma
Christine L. Villa
Michael Dylan Welch
Angie Werren
Alison Williams
Laura Williams
Margo Williams
Kathabela Wilson
Sheila Windsor
Stuart Zobel

If It’s February, It Must Be Time for NaHaiWriMo

posted Feb 10, 2020, 10:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 10, 2020, 10:31 PM ]

Read Michael Dylan Welch’s guest blog posting in celebration of NaHaiWriMo’s tenth anniversary, posted on 1 February 2020 to J. I. Kleinberg’s “The Poetry Department” blog. Please have a look! 

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