National Haiku Poetry Day 2016

There is a National Haiku Foundation, dedicated to the celebration, promotion and preservation of English Haiku. It officially began January 6, 2009 under the guidance and direction of Red Moon Press founder, Jim Kacian.

In August 2013, the comprehensive anthology, Haiku in English, The First Hundred Years was published, featuring over 200 poets.

NHPD Why bring this up? Other than the fact that I am a poet who writes English Haiku, Sunday. April 17th is National Haiku Poetry Day! Yes, it is AND it is being celebrated all over the world. Bulgaria, Sweden and the United Kingdom are hosting events to commemorate this occasion along with several communities throughout the United States.  Should you be lucky enough to live in California, New York, Louisiana, Vermont, Oregon or Washington State, you will find events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Shreveport, Mount Angel and Seattle, respectively.

Don’t happen to live anywhere near a haiku happening that’s been planned?  Start one of your own!  Write a haiku, read some haiku. Share haiku with the world by blogging your enthusiasm. And remember to hash tag your posts with #NationalHaikuPoetryDay

How I explain haiku to others is simple:

To tell a story

With seventeen syllables

We create haiku

©2015 Annette Rochelle Aben

  Of course I have fallen in love with the 5-7-5 syllable per corresponding line formulated poetry known as haiku and as a result have published three books of my haiku. A Haiku Perspective 2015, PhoKu, visual perspective haiku, and A Haiku Perspective 2016. Find them here:


 Perhaps you will try your hand at it and if so, be excited to share it with as many people as possible. Oh, and I may make the suggestion that you even share it with your pets and plants. Seriously, they LOVE to connect with our hearts!  Try it, read haiku to a tree one day and feel the love in reciprocation.


The world is a better place

When we share our joy

©2016 Annette Rochelle Aben

 Sharing my joy with you on this awesome, National Haiku Poetry Day, 2016!

 Learn more about the actual celebrations scheduled for this day

19 responses to “National Haiku Poetry Day 2016

  1. Definition of irony – this haiku obsessive taking a day off tomorrow! 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    In case you didn’t know…
    unless you’re in Australia/ New Zealand in which case

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  3. Well done Annette, I love your explanation of haiku, haiku! You really are the QUEEN of the haiku and I can’t wait to see what you have written tomorrow! 🙂

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    • Annette Rochelle Aben

      Thank you so much! I am honored and blushing at this moment. It’s so much fun for me to learn to express myself in 17 syllables, especially since I have a-l-w-a-y-s been know as the one who took way too long to get her point across. Know what I mean? There are those who can get it all taken care of neat and tidy and then there are those, like me, who seem to need the entire dictionary to put the right words together. Of course that could be from the concern that I may leave my listener/reader confused… oh, sorry, what were we talking about???

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      • Ha! I am a rambler too, and like to go around the houses before I finally get to the point!
        It is pretty tricky whittling something down to 17 syllables but you have got it down to a fine art! 🙂

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  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Can you tell a story in 17 syllables.. It is National Haiku day tomorrow.. visit Annette Rochelle Aben​ for all the details.

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  6. Love your haiku. I am so behind in blogging, reading blogs, reading email, but am pleased I stopped in to read your post. Enjoy what is left of the weekend. Hugs.

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    • Annette Rochelle Aben

      Thank you for stopping by, reading and sharing your kind words! May this be the best weekend of your life thus far! ❤


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  8. Excellent, Annette.
    I’ve no talent for any form of poetry, so I’m impressed. I never understood the technicalities of how it’s supposed to be (and naturally I “deleted” those files from my memory, so now I have even less idea). Every time I tried someone told me I was doing it wrong — particularly with haiku, which I especially like. I do know that I like this one. 😀 Mega hugs.

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    • Annette Rochelle Aben

      Miss, Teagan, I am so honored to have you here, checking this out and leaving your most thoughtful comments. Never, in MY wildest dreams, could I picture myself writing as you write. So I suppose this is the beauty of us having our brains wired differently! Let us continue to support each other and continue to produce the works that speak to our hearts! ❤

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  9. Hi Annette I loved to read your post thank you and I will keep in mind about your books! I love Haiku which I am attempting to write for awhile now! It is a lovely way of poetry! I am celebrating the National Haiku Poetry Day! Here I leave you my link to my Haiku. I would love to hear what you think your feedback means a lot to me! ❤

    Have a terrific week!


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