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Register for Worldwide NaHaiWriMo Zoom Readings

posted Feb 22, 2021, 11:22 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 25, 2021, 8:00 PM ]

It’s time for NaHaiWriMo participants to register for our 2021 Zoom readings! We’re pleased to have two worldwide readings so you can share selections of your NaHaiWriMo haiku and senryu this year. Please register for one or both readings. We’ll need your email address so we can send you the Zoom links!

We have TWO reading events, listed as follows for different local times, and you can register for one or both as you wish. We expect each reading to last for about two hours.

Reading 1
(local time listed)
Seattle — 6:00 pm February 27 (Saturday)
New York — 9:00 pm February 27 (Saturday)
Auckland — 3:00 pm February 28 (Sunday)
Perth — 10:00 am February 28 (Sunday)
Tokyo — 11:00 am February 28 (Sunday)
Melbourne — 1:00 pm February 28 (Sunday)
India — 7:30 am February 28 (Sunday)
London — 2:00 am February 28 (Sunday)

Reading 2 (local time listed)
Seattle — 9:00 am February 28 (Sunday)
New York — 12:00 noon February 28 (Sunday)
Auckland — 6:00 am Monday March 1 (Monday)
Perth — 1:00 am March 1 (Monday)
Tokyo — 2:00 am March 1 (Monday)
Melbourne — 4:00 am March 1 (Monday)
India — 10:30 pm March 1 (Monday)
London — 5:00 pm February 28 (Sunday)

If your time zone isn’t listed here, go to Time Zone Converter and add your time zone to figure out when you need to attend. If you have questions, please add them as responses to this message. See you at one or both of these readings. They’re going to be great!

Meet Our NaHaiWriMo in Spanish Prompter

posted Feb 19, 2021, 3:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 19, 2021, 3:19 PM ]

Just added to the Meet the Prompters page are Spanish and English interview responses from Clara Sierra Escritora, who has coordinated the NaHaiWriMo en español (NaHaiWriMo in Spanish) Facebook page since 2020. Thank you to Clara for running the page, posting prompts, and building haiku community.

NaHaiWriMo Zoom Readings

posted Feb 1, 2021, 9:11 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 1, 2021, 9:11 PM ]

National Haiku Writing Month is pleased to announce a special Zoom addition to its festivities for 2021: two global NaHaiWriMo poetry readings at the end of the month. They’ll be held on February 27, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Pacific Time and on February 28, 9:00–11:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Depending on participation, these events may be shorter or longer than two hours. These two time slots should allow for everyone in different time zones to participate in one reading or the other, or both. The following list shows the start time in selected time zones, so you can see which day works best for you (bold times are more feasible than those that are not bold). Add this to your calendar now! Zoom links and other details will be shared later. Save your NaHaiWriMo haiku and senryu from this month to share with everyone. Sound like fun?

Reading 1
Seattle — 6:00 pm February 27 (Saturday)

New York — 9:00 pm February 27 (Saturday)
Auckland — 3:00 pm February 28 (Sunday)
Perth — 10:00 am February 28 (Sunday)
Tokyo — 11:00 am February 28 (Sunday)
Melbourne — 1:00 pm February 28 (Sunday)
India — 7:30 am
February 28 (Sunday)
London — 2:00 am February 28 (Sunday)

Reading 2
Seattle — 9:00 am February 28 (Sunday)
New York — 12:00 noon February 28 (Sunday)
Auckland — 6:00 am Monday March 1 (Monday)
Perth — 1:00 am March 1 (Monday)
Tokyo — 2:00 am March 1 (Monday)
Melbourne — 4:00 am March 1 (Monday)
India — 10:30 pm March 1 (Monday)
London — 5:00 pm March 1 (Monday)

Time for NaHaiWriMo!

posted Jan 30, 2021, 6:37 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 30, 2021, 6:38 PM ]

National
Haiku Writing Month is just around the corner. This is our eleventh year for NaHaiWriMo! Please join us in pledging to write at least one new haiku for each day of February, our official month—the shortest month of the year for the shortest genre of poetry. Do this on your own or try challenging your friends. Post your daily haiku to your blog or website, or to social media (use the #nahaiwrimo hashtag). If you want inspiration, please consider joining the Facebook page, where you can find daily writing prompts (you can follow the prompts if you want to, but that's optional). See if you can write at least one haiku a day for the entire month of February. Happy haikuing, and thank you for participating!

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.

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