Congratulations to all the winners of the 2014 Haiku Contest! In December, the JICC hosted a haiku contest in conjuction with the Golden Triangle BID. 400 haiku were submitted and reviewed by an expert panel of judges from the JICC, including Abigail Friedman, author of I Wait for the Moon and The Haiku Apprentice, and Roberta Beary, author of The Unworn Necklace and Deflection. Winning poems are now displayed under trees along the sidewalks of the Golden Triangle neighborhood. The grand prize winner received tea and a guided tour of Ippakutei, the Embassy of Japan's traditional Japanese Tea House. Show us your favorites on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #GoldenHaiku!

A map and PDF of where to view the haiku on display in tree boxes around Golden Triangle is available on the Golden Triangle BID's website.

Contest Winners


Susan Burch

Simon Hanson

Saša Važić

snow storm—
my garden Buddha
becomes Santa

midnight snow
whispers of light
in the darkness

Christmas morning...
following my breath
into the woods

Honorable Mentions


Meik Blöttenberger
Patricia Bright (3)
Brinda Buljore
Sandip Chauhan
Steven Clarkson
Mel Goldberg (2)
Engin Gülez
David Hale
Simon Hanson
Devin Harrison
Bridget Magee
David Rodrigues

Runners Up


Ramesh Anand
Alexey Andreev
Sheila K. Barksdale
Goda V. Bendoraitiene
Jan Benson
Ernest J. Berry (2)
Mike Blottenberger
Patricia Bright (2)
Amada Burgard
Candi Byrne
Shenandoah Carrington
Anna Eklund-Cheong (2)
Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă
Zachary Clark
Suzanne C. Cole
Michael Dauro
Ana Drobot
Marilyn Fleming
Ana Garza G'z
Asok Ghorai
Mel Goldberg
Katy Hamlin
Simon Hanson (3)
Judit Katalin Hollos
Gregory Longenecker
Ann Magyar
Ajaya Mahala
Tomislav Maretić
Jacek Margolak
Chris Parel
Lori Porter
Olivier Schopfer
William Seltzer
Keith Simmonds
David Sullivan
Maria Tomczak
Julie Warther