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Haiku Winning Poems Announced!
Click here to enjoy 2019 winning selections and commentary & meet our winners!

The top poems in six main categories (Vancouver, BC, Canada, United States, International and Youth) will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2020 festival some which include: publication in The Bulletin magazine, Haiku Canada newsletter, an online publication in the newsletter of the Haiku Society of America, and publication on the VCBF website. Winning poems will be read by Christopher Gaze at the VSO’s Tea & Trumpets Concert, at our media-kickoff event, Cherry Jam Downtown concert by media celebrity emcee and celebrated at Sakura Days Japan Fair  Leith Wheeler Haiku House.

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2019 Haiku Invitational Judge Bios:

  Alan S. Bridges began writing haiku in 2008. In 2011, he was included in A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press). Alan won the Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition in 2013 and in 2014 he judged the Haiku Society of America Gerald Brady Senryu Contest and won an honorable mention for the 25th Ito En Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest—his haiku appeared on bottles of Ito En green tea in 2015. Also in 2015, he won first prize in the Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Contest and Haiku Northwest’s Porad Haiku Award. In 2017 he won the Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Competition, sponsored by Modern Haiku, and was voted Poet of the Year (for 2016) by the readers of The Heron’s Nest, and was a winner of the Snapshot Press eChapbook contest for In a Flash, a series of train-themed haiku. In 2018 he was again voted Poet of the Year (for 2017) by the readers of The Heron’s Nest and was awarded first place in the Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards. In his spare time Alan enjoys skiing, golf, fishing, peaceful walks and hikes, and hunting for wild mushrooms, fossils, and arrowheads with his copartners in crime.
Susan Constable’s haiku have appeared in A New Resonance 6 and several Red Moon anthologies, Montage: The Book (The Haiku Foundation), Haiku in English: The First 100 Years (W. W. Norton), andThe Wonder Code (Girasole Press). She coedited Rainsong (the 2014 Seabeck haiku anthology), as well as Ripples in the Sand (the 2016 Tanka Society of America anthology). Susan judged the 2011 Francine Porad Haiku Contest and cojudged the Gerald Brady Senryu Contest in 2012. She’s also won a few awards herself, including the eChapbook award from Snapshot press for her tanka sequence The Eternity of Waves. From 2012 to 2016 she was tanka editor for the international online journal, A Hundred Gourds. She lives on Vancouver Island, part of Canada’s beautiful west coast.
Julie Warther, author of What Was Here (Folded Word Press) lives in Dover, Ohio and serves as Midwest regional coordinator for the Haiku Society of America (www.hsa-haiku.org), as an associate editor atThe Heron’s Nest (www.theheronsnest.com) and on the Red Moon Anthology editorial team. She was one of seventeen poets featured in A New Resonance 9 (Red Moon Press) and coedited, with Jim Kacian, Echoes 2 and A New Resonance 11, both from Red Moon Press. In addition, Warther was instrumental in establishing the Forest Haiku Walk in Millersburg, Ohio (https://www.innathoneyrun.com/open-air-art-museum/haiku-walk/) and the Seasons of Haiku Trail at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio. (http://www.holdenarb.org/seasons-of-haiku-interpretive-trail/), featuring the work of numerous poets and bringing wider awareness to haiku.

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