Read news items and milestones for NaHaiWriMo here. This is all the news you need, right? That and a good cup of mocha.
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!
’ve 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 don’t have to follow the prompts, though). Or tweet your haiku to #nahaiwrimo. Take the NaHaiWriMo challenge and start today (it’s okay to catch up if you start late). Write on!
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!
’s 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!
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!
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.
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.”
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!
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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