Friday, December 31, 2021

The Haiku Reader submission guidelines: How does it work?


The Haiku Reader anthology series:

The Haiku Reader (anthology) aims to include haiku that will grab readers around the world and showcase this intriguing poetry genre. We are now including nominations of senryu too!

The Haiku Reader now accepting nominations!

(January 1st 2022 to 31st December 2022)

The Haiku Reader nomination email:

You can nominate as many times as you like throughout 2022.

The anthology will feature haiku (and senryu) published, or posted on social media, or first appeared in any other way, or even unpublished, from January to the last day of December of 2022.

How does it work?

What do you need to do each time you nominate one of your own haiku or senryu?

Please also include six haiku and/or senryu by six other poets. See further below about print and online journal nominations etc...

At this stage, there is no need to contact other poets who you have nominated. Though if you so wish, you can always let the poets know! After all we are in this together, it's a wonderful feeling to discover we've been nominated by someone!

When a final shortlist is made of all the haiku (and senryu) then the anthology poets will be contacted for permissions.

You do not even need to be a haiku poet to nominate!

If you are a haiku poet:

Is it only published haiku that I can nominate?

You can nominate your own haiku (or senryu) that have either been published, or never even been published before, or been rejected many times. 

This is another opportunity to have the recognition that your haiku or senryu deserves!

The haiku/senryu from other poets have to be either published, or nominated with their knowledge and permission.

How does this happen?

(Both editors and individual poets can nominate)

For individual poets:

Well, each time you nominate one of your own published (or unpublished) haiku you nominate six published haiku (or unpublished haiku with permission given) by other poets: 

three from a print journal plus three from online journals.  

Sounds cool?

You can nominate as many of your own haiku as you like, as often as you like throughout 2022, while nominating six haiku by others each time that you nominate one of your own.

For journal editors:

We’d love to receive fifteen to twenty haiku per issue from your print or online quarterly  or  triannual journal.

For monthly published journals:

We’d love you to select up to fifteen haiku each monthly issue.

For rolling submission journals:

We’d love you to select up to ten to fifteen haiku per calendar month.

Editors, we’d love you to nominate a haiku of your own too!!! 

Include one of your's each time you nominate per issue or calendar month. 

And of course editors can nominate their own haiku separately as long as you choose six haiku or senryu from six other poets, from different journals.

Nominations from 

Competitions & Contests:


For successfully placed published haiku or senryu from January 2022 to the last day of December 2022.

Individual Poets:

Please do submit your own placed haiku from a contest, and then nominate at least six haiku from other poets from competitions. 

To all Organisations 

that run haiku (and senryu) competitions:


Feel free to submit all placed haiku per competition/contest result.

Haiku can be nominated from any variation of linked genres:

shahai; haiga; rengay; renku/renga; haibun etc…

If the haiku is from a haibun, or shahai [photo-haiga] both haiku and prose need to have been published for the first time in 2022.

Only the haiku can be nominated as this is purely a haiku (and senryu) anthology.

But please do add the haibun's title if you would like, alongside the rest of the publication details.


I’m sure there’ll be questions. 

The ‘frequently asked questions’ will be updated regularly on this page:

The Haiku Reader nomination email:

About the editor-in-chief:

Alan Summers
editor, The Haiku Reader

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Haiku Reader anthology 

for haiku during 2022

The Haiku Reader FAQ page for haiku published from: 


January 1st 2022 to December 2022

You can nominate as many haiku (and senryu) all through 2022 right up to the last day of December! 

What is the submission email address?

The Haiku Reader” <>

Can someone who doesn't write haiku nominate haiku poets?

I don't see why not! Simply send six published or contest placed haiku by six different poets!

What is the blog address?

The Haiku Reader blog:

How do I know my email and nominations have been received?

The auto response will be your receipt that your work has been received.

If you haven’t received an answer, check if the email address was put in correctly. 

Or did it go to Spam for some reason?

If you cannot find the auto response receipt email in Spam or Junk, resend, fingers crossed!


Questions will be answered indirectly by updating this FAQ section on a regular basis throughout the year.

The auto response reply with submissions will include the FAQ web link which will provide more information and answers for your questions.

Where required, the auto response message will also be updated.

How do I know about updates

The blog pages will be updated throughout the year, so it’s a good idea if you can keep checking at least occasionally.

Is it only published haiku that I can nominate?

You can nominate your own haiku that have never been published, even rejected many times. This is another opportunity to have the recognition your haiku or senryu deserves!

Those haiku from other poets have to be either published, or nominated with their knowledge and permission.

is it only haiku that I can nominate?

Happy to look at senryu too!

What kind of haiku?

haiku in plain text, one, two, three, or four lines.

experimental? If in plain text.

Do you accept senryu?

I’m willing to look at them too.

Editors can nominate senryu as well!

Do you accept haiku that come from a haibun?

Yes, if the haiku was written and first published in 2022

How do I know if I’m in the anthology?

An email will be sent next year, if your haiku (or senryu) is accepted, and it will ask you to check if THR has your haiku correct.

What is the Maximum accepted from any single author that could appear in the anthology? 

Up to 3 haiku from journals

up to 3 haiku from contests

A maximum of six per author in total per anthology

The Haiku Reader accepts both haiku and senryu nominations!

Do you accept tanka? 

Not for the foreseeable future.

Would you accept haiku (and senryu) from shahai [photo+haikai verse] or haiga (art+haikai verse)

As long as the haiku or senryu is first published in 2022

Do you accept hokku?

(standalone or part of a renga, renku)

Of course!

Haiku from rengay gladly accepted!

Individual haiku that came from a sequence?

Of course!

Do you take haiku from social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc...?
Of course, if it's haiku!

Questions and Answers will be updated/added throughout 2022.

Alan Summers
The Haiku Reader

About The Haiku Reader Editor-in-Chief: Alan Summers



Alan Summers

editor in chief, The Haiku Reader

Alan Summers has been involved in haikai literature (haiku; senryu; haibun; renku/renga; haiga and shahai), and tanka, since 1993. 

He is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet for both haiku and haibun, as well as Best Small Fictions nominated for haibun. He is also a multiple Touchstone Award nominated poet, and winner.

Alan is a former President of the United Haiku & Tanka Society (2017 to 2021), and previously General Secretary of the British Haiku Society (1998-2000). 

He's an Editor Emeritus for the multi-award-winning Red Moon Anthologies (Red Moon Press, USA) for best haikai literature (2000-2005). 

Alan has been a former roving Embassy of Japan ‘Japan-UK 150’ poet-in-residence, published/supported by the BBC Poetry Season website at that time celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and the United Kingdom  (2008-2009)

He is the winner of the first ever Modern Kigo Project Competition:


Alan, along with Karen Hoy, and two other British Haiku Society members (Stewart Wall, organiser, and Robert Herringshaw), are involved with the Royal Photographic Society for this free zoom event in March 2022:

Photography and Haiku Poetry with 

Alan Summers 

and Karen Hoy

I do love that photograph as Karen Hoy both takes me seriously and not so seriously! 

Alan is a double Japan Times award-winning writer, with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University (U.K. 2007-2008), plus a Diploma for Creative Writing from the University of Bristol (U.K. 2000-2001)

He has been an essayist, article writer, critic, book reviewer, international competition judge, co-founder and founder of various haikai journals, as well as co-editor of a number of haiku and short verse anthologies. 

Alan is the founder of Call of the Page ( that supports writers worldwide:

Filmed by NHK Television (Japan) for 

“Europe meets Japan - Alan's Haiku Journey”:

His time as a TEDx speaker for Amazement of the ordinary- life through a haiku lens can be watched here:


He is the founder of haikai journals:

Blo͞o Outlier haikai journal


MahMight  haiku journal


Babylon Sidedoor platform for haibun, Flash and CNF

Previously he has been a co-founder of ground-breaking journals such as

Haijinx - haiku with humor


Bones journal for contemporary haiku 

currently renamed as Bones - a journal for the short poem.

Alongside journals he’s founded or co-founded, he’s previously been the Linked Verses Editor (renku etc…) for Notes from the Gean; Special Feature Editor (haiku and tanka) of Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts (Runner up, Saboteur Awards 2013 for Best Magazine category including his essay on Gendai haiku); and haibun editor for the British Haiku Society’s Blithe Spirit journal.

He has been co-editor of a number of haiku-based anthologies, and art gallery catalogues including:

Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints 

ed. Paul Conneally & Alan Summers

(Poetry Can/Bristol Museum and Art Gallery/Japan21/Embassy of Japan 2002)

" 'Parade of Life' is very impressive." 

Hiroaki Sano,
Japanese Embassy (London)

The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography 

(Birmingham Words/National Academy of Writing Pamphlet 2006)

Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku (Press Here 2010 USA) 

with US poet Michael Dylan Welch

Four Virtual Haiku Poets (YTBN Press 2012) 

with Brendan Slater

Through a glass darkly (Quest Art Gallery 2012, UK)

c.2.2. an anthology of short-verse poetry and haiku 

with Brendan Slater (YTBN Press 2013) 

His collections include:

Sundog Haiku Journal: an Australian Year 

(Sunfast Press 1997 second print 1998)

Does Fish-God Know 

(YTBN Press 2012)


Moonlighting  (British Haiku Society Intimations Pamphlet Series,1996)

The In-Between Season  (With Words Pamphlet Series 2012)

The Comfort of Crows 

(Alan Summers & Hifsa Ashraf) 

Velvet Dusk Publishing (2019)

Forbidden Syllables 

(Bones Library 2020)


(Proletaria 2020)

Link for downloads:

He has two forthcoming collections in 2022.

Alan has been anthologised hundreds of times, too many to include all of them, but here are a few:


Alan has appeared in many milestone haiku anthologies. 

Here are a few from 1996 onwards...

Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac 

ed. William Higginson  (Kodansha International, Japan,1996)

Mainichi Shimbun 125th Anniversary Anthology (Japan 1997)

The Redmoon Anthology 

(Red Moon Press 1997)

International Kusamakura Haiku Anthology (Japan, 1998)

Iron Book of British Haiku 

ed. David Cobb and Martin Lucas (Iron Press 1998, Third print 2000)

snow on the water, The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 1998

First Australian Haiku Online Anthology (1999)

Azami Haiku in English Commemorative Issue  (ed. Ikkoku Santo, Osaka, Japan, 2000)

Haiga: Illustrated Haiku Poems (1st Edition) 

ed. Yukki Yaura (Suekichi Book, Japan 2000)

First Australian Anthology (Paper Wasp 2000)

The Basho Museum Memorial Anthology (Japan 2001)

The New Haiku 

ed. John Barlow & Martin Lucas (Snapshot Press, 2001)

Wild Flowers, New Leaves (Ami-Net International Press (World Haiku Club 2002)

Haiku Friends vol. 1 ed. Masaharu Hirata (Osaka, Japan, 2003)

Raku Teapot: Haiku  Book and CD 

pub. Raku Teapot Press/White Owl Publishing  (2003)

First Australian Haiku Anthology, Paper Wasp (2003)

Haiku Pathway Katikati anthology Katikati Open-Air Art Inc. (2003)

City: Bristol Today in Poems and Pictures

Paralaia (2004)

haiku dreaming australia 

Best haiku & senryu relevant in and to australia 

(John Bird, Australia 2006)

D'un ciel a l'autre Anthologie de haiku de l'Union Europeenne 

(Edition de l'Association francaise de haiku 2006)


Stepping Stones:  a way into haiku 

ed. Martin Lucas (British Haiku Society, 2007)

Haiku Friends Vol. 2 ed. Masaharu Hirata (Japan 2007)


Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku 

ed. John Barlow & Matthew Paul (Snapshot Press 2008) 

Spasms of Light (Wonder Haiku Worlds online anthology, 2008)

Haiku Friends Vol. 3 ed. Masaharu Hirata (Japan 2009)

Haiku Enlightenment 

ed. Gabriel Rosenstock 

(Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009)



haiga eBook series, ed. Kuniharu Shimizu (Tokyo, Japan, 2010)

Haiku Pathway Katikati

Katikati Open-Air Art Inc. 

(10th Anniversary Edition Anthology 2010)

The Strand Book Of International Poets 2010

ed. Imran Hanif and Jane Lee ISBN: 9781907340062

Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 3 (MET Press 2010)

Compiled by M. Kei and team

a little help from my friends (Red Dragonfly ePamphlet 2011) ed. Melissa Allen 

Spasms of Light (Wonder Haiku Worlds print anthology 2011)

A Blackbird Sings, a small stone anthology ISBN 978-0-9571584-2-9 

ed. Fiona Robyn & Kaspalita Thompson (Woodsmoke Press 2012)

fox dreams ed. Aubrie Cox (April 2012)

The Temple Bell Stops: 

Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change 

ed. Robert Epstein (Modern English Tanka Press 2012)

The Humours of Haiku 

ed. David Cobb (Iron Press 2012)

With Cherries on Top 

ed. Michael Dylan Welch (2012)


The Disjunctive Dragonfly 

a New Approach to English-Language Haiku

ed. Richard Gilbert 

(Red Moon Press 2012)

We Are All Japan 

ed. Robert D. Wilson & Sasa Vazic (Karakia Press  2012)

Evening Breeze 

The Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize 2012 Anthology

Haiku in English: 

The First Hundred Years 

ed. Jim Kacian, Allan Burns & Philip Rowland 

Introduction by Billy Collins (W. W. Norton 2013)

Inking Bitterns 

(Gert Macky Books December, 2013) 

edited/illustrated by Dru Marland

in fear of dancing: 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2013

Haiku 2014

ed. Scott Metz & Lee Gurga (Modern Haiku Press)

big data 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2014

The Sacred In Contemporary Haiku 

ed. Robert Epstein (December 2014)

a splash of water 

(Haiku Society of America Members Anthology 2015 ed. Catherine J. S. Lee)

Faces and Place 

ed. Don Baird (The Little Buddha Press 2015)

Spent Blossoms, 2015 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology 

ed. Claire Everett

Full of Moonlight 

Haiku Society of America Member Anthology 2016 

ed. David Grayson

Behind the Tree Line ed. Gabriel Sawicki (2015)

The Light Singing ed. Olimpia Iacob & Jim Kacian (2015)

Haiku 2015

ed. Scott Metz & Lee Gurga

 (Modern Haiku Press)

A Vast Sky

An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku 

ed. by Bruce Ross; Koko Kato; Dietmar Tauchner; 

and Patricia Prime (Tancho Press 2015)

Journeys 2015 - An Anthology of International Haibun 

ed. Dr Angelee Deodhar

Renku Reckoner

ed. John Carley (DarlingtonRichards 2015)

Haiku 2016

ed. Scott Metz & Lee Gurga (Modern Haiku Press)

Heart Breaths: Book of Contemporary Haiku ed. Jean LeBlanc (Cyberwit 2016)

dust devils: 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016 

ed. Jim Kacian & the Red Moon Editorial Staff

Yanty’s Butterfly Haiku Nook: An Anthology 

eds. Jacob Salzer & The Nook Editorial Staff (2016)

British Haiku Society 2016 Members’ Anthology Beginnings

Ripples in the Sand

2016 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology

ed. Susan Constable and Jenny Ward Angyal

Poetry & Place ed. Ashley Capes & Brooke Linford (Close-Up Books, 2016)

naad anunaad: 

an anthology of contemporary international haiku 

ed. Shloka Shankar, Sanjuktaa Asopa, Kala Ramesh (India, 2016)

Earth in Sunrise: 

A Course for English-Language Haiku Study 

(Kumamoto University, Japan, textbook for teaching university-level English-language education) ed. Professor Richard Gilbert and David Ostman 

(Red Moon Press 2017)

The Right Touch of Sun

2017 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology

ed. Margaret Dornaus and David Terelinck

old song: 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2017 

ed. Jim Kacian/Red Moon Press Editorial Staff

Dwarf Stars 2018 

The Best Very Short Speculative Poems in 2017

ed. Deborah P Kolodji

Samobor Haiku Meeting 25th anniversary anthology (2017)

is/let —2017—


The British Haiku Society Members' Anthology 2017 

ed. Iliyana Stoyanova

The Wonder Code 

ed. Scott Mason (2017)

Pegasus: The Haiku Anthology

ed. Santosh Kumar (2017)

The New English Verse: An International Anthology of Poetry 

ed. Suzie Palmer (Cyberwit 2017)

Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum Selected Haiku Collection (Japan 2017)

pins on a map: 3rd haiku anthology (Inhaiku Mumbai anthology) 

Inhaiku Mumbai ed. Rohini Gupta (November 2nd 2018)

2018 Haiku Canada Members' Anthology / L’anthologie 2018 des membres de Haïku Canada  ed. Marco Fraticelli and Philomene Kocher

Poetry as Consciousness 

Haiku Forests, Space of Mind, and an Ethics of Freedom

Author: Richard Gilbert  Illustrator: Sabine Miller 

pub. Keibunsha (2018, Japan)

a hole in the light: 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018

Four Hundred and Two Snails: 

The Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2018 

ed. Nicholas M. Sola.

Of Love and War and the Life in Between

2018 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology

ed. Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

Half A Rainbow 

Haiku Nook: An Anthology ed. Jacob Salzer & The Nook Editorial Staff (2020)

Dedicated to Rachel Sutcliffe (1977-2019) & Haiku Nook G+

Nick Virgilio Writers House Poetry: 

Volume 1: haiku, senryu, and tanka

ed. Henry Brann (upright remington press 2019)

Red River Book of Haibun 

ed. Paresh Tiwari and Steve Hodge (November 2019)

Amaravati Poetic Prism 2019 - International Multilingual Poetry Anthology

ed. Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy ISBN: 9789353917920

Publisher: Cultural Centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati (CCVA), Vijayawada

British Haiku Society Conference Anthology 

where silence becomes song 

ed. Iliyana Stoyanova & David Bingham (pub. British Haiku Society 2019)

All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku

ed. Robert Epstein

Middle Island Press (Oct. 2019)

Another Trip Around the Sun: 

365 Days of Haiku for Children Young and Old

ed. Jessica Latham (Brooks Books 2019)

Corona Social Distancing: Poets for Humanity 

ed. hülya n. yılmaz, Ph.D.

inner child press international 1st Edition: May 2020

behind the mask: haiku in the time of Covid-19

Singing Moon Press Pandemic Anthology ed. Margaret Dornaus (2020)

Poetry in the Plague Year

Poems written during the Coronavirus Outbreak 2020

(Poetry Kit publishing)

Last Train Home 

an anthology of haiku, tanka and rengay

ed. Jacquie Pearce (2020)

tanka 2020: poems from today’s world

Red Moon Press (2020)

ed. Alexis Rotella editor-in-chief

introduction by Michael McClintock

Nick Virgilio Writers House Poetry 

A Year in Poems Haiku in Action vol 2 2020

Grandmother’s Pearls: 

An Anthology of Dream Poems

ed. Alexis Rotella (Jade Mountain Press, 2021)

“Stories Under Every Rock” 

The British Haiku Society 30th Anniversary Members’ Haibun Anthology (2021) 

ed. David Bingham

Window Seats: 

A Contemporary Anthology of Cat Haiku & Senryu

ed. Stanford Forrester

 (Bottle Rockets Press 2021)

Haiku 2021 

ed. Lee Gurga & Scott Metz 

(Modern Haiku Press)

100 notable haiku selected by the editors of the award-winning Haiku 21

Introductory essay by Philip Rowland, editor of NOON: Journal of the Short Poem (Tokyo).

"Haiku 2021 unfolds as a series of flashes of insight and facets of language, a remarkable range of minimalist poetic possibilities."

                                       ~Philip Rowland, from the introduction 

Japanese newspapers that have printed his haiku include:

Yomiuri Shimbun; Mainichi Shimbun; Japan Times; and The Mie Times.

"astonishingly moving haiku"


"widely known haiku dry as vintage champagne"

YOMIURI SHIMBUN September 2002

(Japan's largest national newspaper with over 14 million readers.)

16th September 2002 (planned for publication on my birthday) 

"...humanises the city."

Takashi Nonin, MAINICHI DAILY NEWS, Japan

" are one of the poets I have been most interested in. When I began composing haiku, I studied about English language haiku through your descriptive literature in the website. I love your haiku style.” 

KEIKO IZAWA, musician & haiku poet, Yokohama, Japan

Various essays and articles include:

Haiku Society of America Newsletter Spotlight Feature 
(January 2022)
Forthcoming weblink

Schrödinger’s MA and the segue axis
Haiku North America 2021
Forthcoming Video release

The definite and indefinite article
how a house passes along the train of haiku

More than One Fold in the Paper: 
Kire, kigo and the meaning of vertical axis 

The Slip-Realism Perception Challenge  
(New Zealand Poetry Society, April 2016) accessible via:

Slip-Realism - haiku about lives and incidents on the 'peripheral' 

-Unearthing the anonymous - parallel narratives - 
new ways of perceiving the real 
(after Néoréalisme & Nouveau realisme)

575 haiku 
Traditional Haiku as three lines and in a 5-7-5 English language syllables pattern

The G-force of Blue | Touching Base with Gendai haiku

The Golden Carousel of Life:  Senryu, 
An Application to be a) human
Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryuū-An-Application-to-be-a-human-by-Alan-Summers.pdf

“Being Human - the ordinary intensity” 
A look at senryu, the sibling of haiku, senryu contest results and commentary, 
and a very funny checklist!
What is "senryu" again? 
Commentary and results of two senryu competitions - the sibling genre of haiku


Haiku North America Conference (October 2021)

Presentation: Schrödinger’s MA and the segue axis 

Video forthcoming

What Kind of 21st Century Does Everyone Want for Haiku? 

Panel Discussion led by Alan Summers

Video forthcoming

Japan Writers Conference 2021:

Presentation: The Pull of the Lonely Single Line of Haiku

Zoom Special Guest

Sunday 31 January 2021

an international journal to share the spirit of haiku

Alan led the very first zoom event for British Haiku Society members, with Karen Hoy (November 2020)

British Haiku Society

discussion with Kala Ramesh (August 2021)

Previous British Haiku Society conferences/residential weekend presentations included a film by Karen Hoy (with Alan Summers) of the official opening of the

Katikati Haiku Pathway when they were invited by the Mayor of the Bay of Plenty (New Zealand); and various other talks, ginko, presentations including one about Jack Kerouac over the years.

Southern California Haiku Study Group Travelling along the single line of haiku presentation/workshop & exercises by Alan Summers (May 2020).


In 2004 he was the first poet and Haiku Poet-in-Residence” for Bristol Festival of Nature 2004 which was the U.K.'s largest ever natural history festival. Alan was sponsored by BFN2004 & Norwich Union to undertake haiku workshops during October & November 2004 throughout Bristol and S.W. England schools). Poetry Can, the S.W. England poetry development agency, also sponsored Alan at BFN2004 to take adult and family workshops at Bristol Zoo, and a ginko (haiku writing walk) and workshop with The Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project.

As another Haiku Poet-in-Residence, Alan created Britain’s only haiku café, as mentioned in the Lonely Planet's Guide to Great Britain (Spring 2006 – Autumn 2006) which also involved a ginko for deaf poets, and haiku, tanka, and renga workshops and theatre performances with the Deaf Community. The photograph is in the Bristol city centre café, just by the Haiku Pillar, with Deafpoets waiting for their Bento Ginko lunches:

He ran mixed music, poetry, and haiku performances, and a haiku competition, as well as the Haiku Postbox feature. As well as interviewed by Seven magazine:

Other live events have included Antony Gormley’s One & Other, Fourth Plinth event in conjunction with SkyArts in Trafalgar Square, London, (July 2009):


He has often been involved in public art from hanging thousands of haiku on trees and bushes, and along streets, to having verses cut into linocuts:

Floating World Japanese Festival 

Joint exhibition with linocut artist Trevor Haddrell (Bristol Floating Harbour, September 2003)

East meets West 

The Art Gym - Hengrove Community Arts College 

linocuts with Trevor Haddrell (November 2003)

or laser cut onto DuPont™ Corian®

for The Haiku Experience  - Alan Summers & Karen Hoy

Totterdown Art Trail (Bristol, November 2003 also partly filmed by BBC TV of the U.K.) 

StudioManchester's Japan Art Auction

April 2011

Alan Summers was also renku poet-in-residence, and attraction host & organiser at the Royal Festival Hall, in London’s Southbank, with Japan-UK 150, in September 2008, as part of the Giant Japanese Jamboree at the Mayor’s Thames Festival - which attracts around half a million visitors - in September 2008, running multiple one-to-one workshops while launching the Haiku Journal notebooks.

As the Embassy of Japan’s roving Haiku & Renga poet-in-residence for Japan-UK 150 throughout 2009 he also ran various related activities from train stations to other public spaces.  This included improvisational renga for The Fragmented Orchestra at the Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, with the passing public outside on the street (February 2009) and running two senku (1000 verse renga events) in two different cities from the South to the North of England:


In partnership with Bath Libraries (South West England, U.K.) for The 1000 Verse Renga Project (September to November 2009) becoming part of the BBC Poetry Season; followed by a triple senku renga In partnership with Hull Libraries U.K. along with The James Reckitt Library Trust and Larkin25 Festival.

In other years he has been Poet-in-Residence in various places such as at Bath Spa University (Autumn 2006 – Summer 2007) where he was involved with a number of haiku & renga workshops hired by ambidextrous, a new organisation being developed as part of a BA program for freshers.   Other activities were The 24 hour haiku answerphone and The POW Festival with haiku walls, along with another student society called Play on Words Productions, with videos made by Ambidextrous and Soft C, to encourage current and future Bath Spa University students.

Bristol Ladyfest 2003

Alan was involved with the LadyfestBristol Spoken Word Committee with poetry plus musical acts from Canada, USA, as well as local musicians, and poets aboard a floating nightclub. He also personally performed in various fundraising LadyfestBristol benefit gigs, as well as running haiku workshops.

artwork/logo by Rory Walker:
Bath Japanese Festival 
Book Arts, Films, Haiku and Renga and a lot more!
The Three City Festival: Bristol and Bath (UK) 
& Akita (Japan)
May 12th - 23rd 2010
Alan Summers
Literature Director, Co-founder and co-organiser

Alan Summers, with Rachel Carvosso of Tokyo Art Beat & Japan Editor for Bristol's The Love of It  in Partnership with: 

Bath Libraries; Nikki Bennett & Uni-Verse; Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights; Writing Events Bath; Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (fondly known as BRLSI); 
Embassy of Japan in the UK; Akita International University (Japan)and International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 (Akita, Northern Honshu, Japan).

Courtesy of our sister festival International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 Akita, Japan) we had special guests Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳)a haiga painter, and her mother, Masuda Junko(桝田純子)a haiku poet, come over to give a taste of both haiku, and also haiga created on the spot with an ever growing queue of spellbound people.

More about haiga by Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳)

"With Words" now known as "Call of the Page" (and The 1000 Verse Renga Project) in partnership with the University of Bristol and BSL Poets, were involved in the Bristol Sign Poetry Festival, creating the world's first BSL renga.

Running parallel to the Saturday night performance, which included two performed renga, were two all day renga workshops with people from England including various London areas; Surrey (county); as well as Preston; Leeds; Bristol; Wales and Scotland; Belgium; Sweden; India; South Africa; Lithuania; and the Czech Republic.

Workshoppers then practicised composing renga, and then performing renga (on film) before leaping onto the theatre stage just a few hours after becoming renga poets. We created four BSL renga over the weekend.

The theatre performances were SOLD OUT! There was barely enough standing room left and the atmosphere was truly electric!

A 150 strong audience watched this world first, a British Sign Language Renga Performance, which made this the most memorable of Saturday nights!


BSL renga on youtube
Saturday night BSL renga performances:

BBC 1000 verse renga article:

Working with:

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, 

part of 

Bristol Museums

Workshops, woodblock and haiku:

And the global project  
Masters of Japanese Prints: Haiku

And Alan, as founder of Call of the Page 
(which continues to do many activities behind the scenes, as well as what you can see) is always passionate about bringing your haiku, from all around the world, to new and established audiences in yet more ways. 

Will you answer the "call of the page," 
with your own call to the page?

Alan Summers
Call of the Page

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