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