The following interviews were conducted by Michael Dylan Welch in the fall of 2017 with the winners in each of the six categories in VCBF’s 2017 Haiku Invitational contest presented by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd.: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, United States, International, and Youth. We invite you to get to know each winner a little better through his or her responses, and to learn their influences and recommendations regarding haiku poetry.

Ann Harreby
Coquitlam, British Columbia

the names
of children being called home
cherry blossoms

British Columbia
Beth Skala
Nanaimo, British Columbia

cherry blossoms
a winter jacket
hangs from a branch

Debbie Strange
Winnipeg, Manitoba

transience . . .
petal by petal
we let go

United States
Terri L. French
Huntsville, Alabama

the gasp
before the sigh . . .
cherry blossoms

Sanjuktaa Asopa
Belgaum, India

Falling cherry petals
how gently the world lets go
of light

Amy Wells, age 16
Christchurch, New Zealand

blossoms float down
graduation hats fly up
a new beginning