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 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! 

NaHaiWriMo Celebrates Its Tenth Year

posted Feb 1, 2020, 10:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 1, 2020, 11:37 PM ]

NaHaiWriMo began as an idea in 2010 and was first held in February of 2011, so 2020 marks the tenth year of this annual celebration of haiku. The goal is to write at least one haiku a day during the month of February—the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. NaHaiWriMo is most active on Facebook, with pages for English, French, Bulgarian, and Spanish. As of 1 February 2020, the English page on Facebook has 3,152 likes, with people participating around the world on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, on their personal blogs and websites, and elsewhere, often with the #nahaiwrimo hashtag. If this is your first time trying NaHaiWriMo, all you have to do is pledge to write at least one new haiku a day during the entire month. If you want to share your haiku on social media, such as on the Facebook pages, please do. We also provide daily writing prompts (on the English page, look for the Notes section, where you can find all the prompts, which continue year-round), but please note that you do not need to follow the prompts. Please join in however you wish!

Meet Our January 2020 Prompter, Kathabela Wilson

posted Jan 9, 2020, 11:30 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 9, 2020, 11:34 PM ]

It’s time for another Meet the Prompters interview! We’re pleased to present responses from our January 2020 NaHaiWriMo daily writing prompter, Kathabela Wilson. This is the third time she’s prompted for us (first time was in July of 2012). Read about her early poetic influences, a childhood poem about the moon and stars and sun, and her business of handmade jewelry. You can also enjoy three sample poems and learn how NaHaiWriMo, for Kathabela, is “a lifeline of creativity and community.” Thank you, Kathabela!

NaHaiWriMo on BookRiot

posted Nov 25, 2019, 5:39 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 25, 2019, 5:40 PM ]

Thanks to BookRiot contributor Anna Gooding-Call for mentioning NaHaiWriMo, in a piece about variations of National Novel Writing Month posted on 8 November 2019. Check it out!

Meet Our November 2019 Prompter, Sheila Windsor

posted Nov 7, 2019, 6:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 7, 2019, 6:53 PM ]

Our NaHaiWriMo daily writing prompter for the month of November 2019 is Sheila Windsor, who lives in Bexhill-on-Sea along the south coast of England. Check out her “Meet the Prompter” interview, newly posted. There you can read four of her favourite haiku, and learn how noticing one single poem more than twenty years ago got her started on the haiku path. Thank you, Sheila!

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