Selected Essays and Interviews from Woodnotes

Perhaps the most influential essay that appeared in Woodnotes was “Forms in English Haiku” by Keiko Imaoka, in 1996. But it was not alone. The following is a summary of most essays and interviews that appeared in the journal, with links to all 34 pieces listed. Not every issue included essays, and this list omits “Haiku Stops” and “Favorite Haiku” commentaries, and “Beginner’s Mind” reminiscences, which were all usually brief. The distinction between reports and essays was also sometimes ambiguous, and nearly all event reports, especially short ones, are omitted here. In presenting this content, I have occasionally corrected a typo or grammar problem. Among other contributors in this list, Paul O. Williams had four essays, Michael Dylan Welch had three essays and four reports, Patricia Neubauer had three “Go to the Pine” essays, Lequita Vance had three contributions (one essay and two interviews), and both Christopher Herold and vincent tripi had two pieces each. In hindsight, I wish we had been able to commission essays from Patricia Donegan, Ebba Story, and others, as well as more interviews. Even so, the content we were able to publish was central to the growing significance and influence of Woodnotes on English-language haiku appreciation and understanding in the 1990s.

#2, Summer 1989

#3, Autumn 1989

#4, Winter 1990

#6, Summer 1990

#7, Autumn 1990

#8, Winter 1991

#9, Spring/Summer 1991

#10, Autumn 1991

#12, Spring 1992

#13, Summer 1992

#14, Autumn 1992

#15, Winter 1992

#16, Spring 1993

#17, Summer 1993

#18, Autumn 1993

#19, Winter 1993

#20, Spring 1994

#22, Autumn 1994

#23, Winter 1994

#24, Spring 1995

#25, Summer 1995

#28, Spring 1996

#29, Summer 1996

#30, Autumn 1996