“Woodnotes set a new standard for the quality of haiku—and related forms such as tanka, linked verse, and haibun—published in haiku journals. The articles were groundbreaking and the quality of the layouts and artwork were outstanding.” —Cor van den Heuvel, “American Haiku’s Future,” Modern Haiku 34:3, Autumn 2003
From 1989 to 1997, I edited the haiku journal Woodnotes, which became one of the most prominent and influential English-language haiku publications of the 1990s. This page celebrates Woodnotes and its many contributors and their contributions, complete with selected poems, essays, reviews, reports, artwork, and other content from each of the journal’s 31 issues. I offer this content as a historical record for the enjoyment of past and future readers. Please explore the following links to see poetry selections from all issues and other content, or click each cover image below to see summaries of each quarterly issue, including selected haiku and senryu, “Woodnotes Award” winners, scans of selected pages, and frequent links to essays, reviews, and other content.
Selected back issues of Woodnotes are still available. If you're interested in copies, please contact Michael Dylan Welch to inquire about availability. +