The February writing month for one a day haiku was a real challenge for me, but a great one. It got me out of a rut where I just wasn't writing enough haiku that I was satisfied with, and it stretched me, taking me out of my comfort zone, away from simply doing shasei haiku.

I found the atmosphere on Facebook very engaging; people of every writing strength could mix together and swap ideas about haiku, as well as have a go at composing haiku to a theme.

Would I participate in NaHaiWriMo again? My answer? In a heartbeat because I now see it as an essential part of my haiku calendar.

When Michael Dylan Welch asked if I would be up for creating prompts during March I was genuinely thrilled because I was already such a fan of his project. The March Writing Prompts are a sort of companion event to NaHaiWriMo, and great for those who just couldn't bear not having at least another month's challenge of writing each day.

I've seen people grow in their haiku writing skills if they were beginners, and I've seen seasoned writers get equally stretched, albeit in different ways to the beginners.

I've since had quite a number of my own NaHaiWriMo already published, both in haijinx and other magazines, and hope to step up to the challenge of writing more haiku during March now!

Kuniharu Shimizu, our first artist-in-residence a decade ago, graciously allowed haijinx to reprint these haiga from see haiku here.

volume IV, issue 1
March 2011




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