Meet our Haiku Invitational 2019 Winners!

The following interviews were conducted by Michael Dylan Welch in the fall of 2019 with the winners in each of the six categories in VCBF’s 2018 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.

To read their interviews please click on the poet’s name or picture

Aaron Barry
Port Moody, British Columbia

spring morning—
a cherry blossom
breaks the silence

British Columbia
Beth Skala
Nanaimo, British Columbia

family reunion
cherry blossoms open
each conversation

Harvey Jenkins
Winnipeg, Manitoba

cherry blossoms
a new bay window
for the homeless shelter

United States
Neal Whitman
Pacific Grove, California

sakura blossoms
loose in an envelope
priority mail

Henryk Czempiel
Strzelce Opolskie, Poland

cherry blossoms
opening a rusty wicket
to the neighbor

Mia Lin, age 12
Vancouver, British Columbia

Full moon hanging
in the silence of the night
cherry blossoms