In October of 2010 I created National Haiku Writing Month, or NaHaiWriMo, named after November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The idea is to write at least one haiku a day during the month of February. Why February? It’s the shortest month of the year for the shortest genre of poetry! I have a NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook and also a NaHaiWriMo website. The Facebook site has since become a thriving community of more than 3,500 enthusiastic haiku writers around the world, and it has continued unabated through every month of the year, led by a guest prompter who provides a daily writing prompt. So why not give NaHaiWriMo a try? And in case you’re wondering about the splendiferous “No-5-7-5” sign, check out the website to find why I have this as the symbol for NaHaiWriMo—look for the essay that explains the logo.

See also the free online PDF book collecting haiku and senryu from NaHaiWriMo, With Cherries on Top: 31 Flavors from NaHaiWriMo, and a brief review from Frogpond. Also read “Why You Should Try NaHaiWriMo” by Aubrie Cox.