NaHaiWriMo

Yes, there is a National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo). There is already a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November and a National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in April. Since haiku is one of the shortest poetic forms, naturally, Michael Dylan Welch chose February for NaHaiWriMo. Welch is a prominent figure in the modern haiku world and the creator of the haiku-focused website graceguts. Additionally, he runs the website http://www.nahaiwrimo.com/, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NaHaiWriMo/, and Twitter account https://twitter.com/NaHaiWriMo.

Here are ten simple ways you can celebrate NaHaiWriMo:

1. Write one haiku per day, whether you use prompts or not.

2. Memorize your favorite haiku.

3. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.

4. Read a haiku at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community.

5. Create an anthology of your favorite haiku on the Academy of American Poets website.

6. Buy a book of haiku from your local bookstore.

7. Chalk a haiku on the sidewalk.

8. Research the haiku of Matsuo Bashō, Kobayashi Issa, Masaoka Shiki, Yosa Buson, and R.H. Blyth.

9. Go beyond haiku and research haibun, hokku, renga, senryu, and tanka forms.

10. Finally, pop on over to Tweetspeak and check out their “Boost Your Haiku High-Q” infographic.

Haiku

Writing one haiku per day during NaHaiWriMo is good practice to get in the habit for National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in April!

Keep writing!

Cheers,

Bryan

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