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, Facebook page, and Twitter account

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.


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!



One thought on “NaHaiWriMo

  1. Bryan J. Pitchford, MFA

    Several years ago you wrote a poem titled War Correspondent. I lost your E-address. Below is a poetry book a friend and I collaborated and published.

    James Pollock

    SKETCHBOOK 91.1.1. – Sioux Falls poet Steve Boint and I collaborated and published a book. The book features Steve Boint’s poems and my drawings. The drawings are from one of my sketchbooks (Sketchbook 91.1.1) which was created between January 1, 1991 and February 13, 1991. The drawings are intuitive rather than derived from looking directly at nature. A drawing faces each poem and it is up to the reader to make the connection as how the drawing and poem are related. It was a fun project, Steve Boint and I hope the reader has as much fun interpreting the poems and drawings as we did creating them.

    SKETCHBOOK 91.1.1 is available on Amazon.

    If you missed the 9 minute South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) “DAKOTA LIFE-Art of War” video it is available for public viewing on YOUTUBE: In the video SDPB Josh Kappler interviewed me and Steve Randall about our involvement with the U. S. Army Vietnam Combat Artist Program. Kappler and SDPB won an Emmy for this production.

    An Essay I wrote for War Literature and Arts (published by Department of English and Fine Arts, US Air Force Academy) about my experience on US Army Vietnam Combat Artist Team IV (CAT IV, 1967) is available to read or as a FREE PDF formatted download at South Dakota State University, Briggs Library Open PRAIRIE repository.

    In April of 2018 I was invited by the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to participate in a panel discussion about the Vietnam Combat Artist Programs and the preservation of war history through art. The panel included Charlie Grow, Deputy Director of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, James Pollock, Army Vietnam Combat Artist, Benjamin Long, Vietnam Marine Combat Artist, Jim Butcher, Vietnam Marine Combat Artist and Kristopher Battles a current Marine Combat Artist. The 90 minute panel discussion can be viewed by the public on YOUTUBE.

    National Archives Facebook Combat Art Panel

    National Archives YouTube Combat Art Panel

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