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Entries due 4/15 – Spring Gorge Haiku Challenge
April 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am - April 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
In celebration of National Poetry Month and International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17, Friends of the Columbia Gorge is launching a Spring Gorge Haiku Challenge. While we all refrain from connecting to the Gorge physically, for the greater good, we can still stay connected virtually and celebrate the Gorge’s wonders from home by writing three simple but meaningful lines of verse.
Friends invites Gorge and poetry lovers far and wide to write and share their passion for the Columbia Gorge with a haiku. To help you get started, Oregon’s poet laureate, Kim Stafford, created a short video about what the Gorge and haikus have in common, as well as the process of writing a haiku. (At the end of the video, he delivers his own Gorge haiku.)
Please follow the traditional haiku format which is three lines with 17 syllables (5-7-5 syllable structure). To submit your haiku in the challenge, you can post it on Facebook (please tag @gorgefriends), Instagram (tag @gorgefriends with the hashtag #HaikuPoetryDay), or Twitter (tag @gorgefriends with the hashtag #HaikuPoetryDay); or email it to email@example.com by 5 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, April 15. Friends will share several of our favorite submissions on our website and social media on April 16-17.