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

Meet Our July 2018 Prompter, Roy Kindelberger

posted Jul 8, 2018, 8:49 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 8, 2018, 8:49 PM ]

NaHaiWriMo has another first-time prompter this month, for July 2018. Its Roy Kindelberger, who lives near Seattle in Washington State. Roy has been a kindergarten teacher for many years, and currently teaches grades four through six in an alternative school. Learn more about Roy Kindelberger, his middle-grade novel, and read three sample poems, all in his newly posted interview available through the “Meet the Prompters” page. Thank you, Roy!

Meet Our May 2018 Prompter, Deborah B. Shepherd

posted May 20, 2018, 5:57 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 20, 2018, 5:59 PM ]

Just added to the “Meet the Prompters” page is our interview with the NaHaiWriMo daily writing prompter for May 2018, Deborah B. Shepherd. This is Deborah’s first time as a prompter for us, and we’ve been grateful for her inspiring prompts. In her interview, learn about her stint in the army, her background as a newspaper columnist, and how she came back to haiku after a long absence. “I’m so glad to have found this group,” Deborah says, because “I need the discipline of writing every day.” Thank you, Deborah.

Meet Our April 2018 Prompter, Lynne Jambor

posted Apr 26, 2018, 12:41 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 12:45 AM ]

NaHaiWriMo is grateful to Lynne Jambor for serving as a first-time daily writing prompter on the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page for the month of April 2018, National Poetry Writing Month. You can now read about Lynne Jambor at her “Meet the Prompters” interview, including information about her extensive background in curling and sports management, and her advice not just to read haiku but to talk with other haiku poets as much as possible to help yourself learn the haiku art. Thank you, Lynne!

Liking the Likes

posted Feb 2, 2018, 3:29 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 10:55 PM ]

The number of likes for the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, at the end of 1 February 2018, stood at 2,791. This was an increase of 291, or 11.64 percent, from exactly 2,500 likes on 1 February 2017. Below is a rundown of previous statistics (I don’t have a record of milestones before the following). Of course, likes dont always translate into ongoing participation, but our participation seems to be growing steadily too, and surges every February. More importantly, regardless of growth, NaHaiWriMo is a supportive community for sharing and learning haiku. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see that our growth is slightly greater in the last year compared with the previous year, and definitely steady over the last few years. In case you need to know.

1 February 2018      2,791 likes     291 increase      11.64% increase over previous year
1 February 2017      2,500 likes     244 increase      10.82% increase over previous year
1 February 2016      2,256 likes     256 increase      12.8 % increase over previous year
2 February 2015      2,000 likes     340 increase       20.36% increase over previous year
1 February 2014      1,670 likes     170 increase       11.33% increase since previous date
6 November 2013    1,500 likes

NaHaiWriMo Kicks Off on February 1

posted Jan 30, 2018, 8:39 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 8:40 PM ]

For anyone new to NaHaiWriMo, perhaps checking it out for the first time, welcome. The idea is to write at least one haiku a day for the entire month of February—the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. Most of the action takes place on Facebook and on Twitter (#nahaiwrimo). The NaHaiWriMo Facebook page provides daily writing prompts (find them in the Notes tab), which you are free to follow or not. You are encouraged to post your haiku to the main NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook—and share them on your own timeline, on Twitter, and on your blog or website. And please feel free to encourage others to try National Haiku Writing Month too (hey, NaHaiWriMo is more fun with friends). And no, haiku don't have to be 5-7-5. Write on!

Meet Our October 2017 Prompter, Hazel Hall

posted Oct 8, 2017, 12:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 8, 2017, 12:06 PM ]

NaHaiWriMo wouldn’t have the dynamic and inviting Facebook page it has without its guest daily writing prompters. Thank you to Hazel Hall for serving as our prompter for October 2017. You can now learn more about Hazel at her “Meet the Prompter” interview, where you can also see a photo and read three sample haiku. She says “I don’t think I’d be a publishing haiku poet if it were not for NaHaiWriMo”—and I think the same is true for many others. Thank you, Hazel.

Meet Our September 2017 Prompter, Grace Galton

posted Sep 5, 2017, 2:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 2:06 PM ]

Time to meet our NaHaiWriMo daily writing prompter for September 2017. It’s Grace Galton, who is prompting for us for the first time. Check out her interview, available through the Meet the Prompters page, learn why she moved so often, and read three representative haiku. Thank you, Grace!

Jumble Box

posted Sep 1, 2017, 1:00 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 11:45 AM ]

It’s here! Press Here has just published Jumble Box: Haiku and Senryu from National Haiku Writing Month, edited by Michael Dylan Welch. This collection of 324 poems features 100 poets from around the world who participated in NaHaiWriMo in 2017, complete with beautiful haiga illustrations (and cover art) by Ron C. Moss. Contributors are entitled to a half-price discount—see the contributor list for more information. Thanks to every contributor for helping to make this book a success.

Meet Our August 2017 Prompter, Randall Herman

posted Aug 3, 2017, 1:40 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 1:40 PM ]

I’m pleased to introduce you to Randall Herman, our NaHaiWriMo daily writing prompter for August 2017. His interview is now live on the “Meet the Prompters” page. Randall says he writes haiku “to keep myself in touch with the tangible world and its wonders.” Read more, including three sample poems, in his succinct interview.

Meet Our June 2017 Prompter, Marietta McGregor

posted Jun 8, 2017, 11:09 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 11:09 AM ]

Time to meet our NaHaiWriMo daily writing prompter for June 2017. It’s Marietta McGregor, from Canberra, Australia. Read her informative interview, just posted to the “Meet the Prompters” page, replete with details on her journey to haiku, including many influences, her science writing background (do you know what palynology is?), and three exemplary poems. Thank you, Marietta.

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