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Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards (2010– )

The Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards were established by The Haiku Foundation in 2010 to recognize published collections of poems or works of scholarship that represent noteworthy contributions to English-language haikai. Books and book-length productions, either in print or electronic, about haiku and related forms published in the current year are eligible for the award. Nominations are made by authors and publishers, and winners are determined by a five-member Selection Panel that includes poets, editors, and scholars.


General Information

Note: The following general information is adapted from The Haiku Foundation website.

Since 2010 the Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone awards for excellence in haiku in the previous year have been given out in two categories, Individual Poems and Distinguished Books. Selections in each category are made by a separate panel of prominent haiku poets, editors, and scholars who typically serve a three-year term. The process is overseen by an Awards Committee chair: Jim Kacian was the first to perform this task, replaced by Mark Harris, then, since 2015, by Bruce H. Feingold. In 2022 THF added a third award, theTouchstone Award for Individual Haibun, to the roster.

Any English-language book or other book-length production that is of or about haiku (and related forms) is eligible for an award. The Distinguished Book Awards are open to both print and electronic books published during the current calendar year. Works by awards panelists and Awards Committee members are not eligible.

Selections are made by a panel of five poets, editors, and scholars. To qualify for a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award, authors or publishers are invited to submit six copies of the book. The postmark deadline is December 31 of the current calendar year. One copy is sent to each member the panel, the other becomes a permanent inclusion in The Haiku Foundation’s library. There is no reading fee.

The Selection Panel chooses and posts a slate of shortlisted books, then publishes the winners and honorable mentions on The Haiku Foundation’s website on International Haiku Poetry Day, April 17.

Below are listed, most recent first, the results of the Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards from 2010 to the present. All results are archived on the THF website.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2022

Selection PanelSusan Antolin, Kat Lehmann, Peter Newton, Victor Ortiz, and
Tom Sacramona
Award CoordinatorBruce H. Feingold
Number of nominations95 books
Winners (2)Day, Cherie Hunter. Miles Deep in a Drum Solo. Durham, N.C.: Backbone Press, 2022.
Smith, Crystal Simone. Ebbing Shore: Haiku and Photographs. Durham, N.C.: Horse & Buggy Press, 2022.
Honorable Mentions (4)Lyles, Peggy WillisWhere Rain Would Stay: The Haiku Poetry of Peggy Willis Lyles. Edited by John Barlow & Ferris Gilli. Ormskirk, U.K.: Snapshot Press, 2023.
Bennett, Brad. A Box of Feathers: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2022.
Metz, Scott. ea’s e: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2022.
O’Connor, Sean. The God of Bones. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2022.
Other shortlisted titles (12)Clausen, Tom, and Michael Dudley. Interchange: Haiku, Prose & Photos. Edited by Michael Dudley. No place: Self-published, 2022.
Coates, Glenn G. Another Lost Boat (Carolina Shores, NC: Pineola Publishing, 2022).
Cotter, Amelia. Apparitions. Highland Park, Ill.: Highland Park Poetry Press, 2022.
Grant, Benedict. Spirit Level: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2022.
Hawkhead, John. Bone Moon. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2022.
Mahoney, Hannah. Shifting Light. Durham, N.C.: Backbone Press, 2022.
Tripi, Vincent. Chrysalis. Edited by Jeannie Martin and John Martone. Illustration by Hyde Meissner. Northfield, Mass.: Swamp Press, 2022.
Morrissey, Laurie D. All the Stars I Can Swallow: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2022.
Padden, Lorraine A. Upwelling: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka and Haibun (Winchester VA: Red Moon Press, 2022).
Rosenow, Ce, ed. JuxtaEight: Research and Scholarship in Haiku 2022. Winchester, Va.: The Haiku Foundation, 2022.
Riutta, Andrew. Blessed: Modern Haibun on Almost Every Despair. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2022.
Shankar, Shloka. The Field of Why. Bangalore, India: Yavanika Press, 2022.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2021

Selection PanelKat Lehmann, Beverly Acuff MomoiScott Mason, Victor Ortiz, and Michael Rehling
Award CoordinatorBruce H. Feingold
Number of nominations81 books
Winners (4)Chambers, Paul. The Dry Bones. New Mills, Derbyshire, U.K.: Red Ceilings Press, 2021.
Kenney, Bill. Keep Walking: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2021.
Stevenson, John. My Red: The Selected Haiku of John Stevenson. Edited by Randy and Shirley Brooks. Taylorville, Ill.: Brooks Books, 2021.
Hisajo, Sugita. Lips Licked Clean. Translated by Alice Wanderer. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2021.
Honorable Mentions (4)Haynes, Tia, and Jonathan Roman. After Amen: A Memoir in Two Voices. Published privately, 2021.
Kumar, Shobhana. A Sky Full of Bucket Lists. New Delhi, India: Red River Press, 2021.
Pauly, Bill. Walking on Uneven Ground: Selected Haiku of Bill Pauly. Edited by Randy & Shirley Brooks. Taylorville, Ind.: Brooks Books, 2021.
Shankar, Shloka. Where the Roots Are: Best of Paper Lanterns, Volume 2. Bangalore, India: Yavanika Press, 2021.
Other shortlisted titles (8)Beary, Roberta, Maitiu Quinn, and Willie Walsh. One Breath. Galway, Ireland: Doire Press, 2021.
Chhoki, Sonam, and Geethanjali Rajan. Unexpected Gift. Ottawa: Éditions des petits nuages, 2021.
Chula, Margaret. Firefly Lanterns: Twelve Years in Kyōto. Brunswick, Maine: Shanti Arts Publishing, 2021.
Hambrick, Jennifer. Joyride: Haibun. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2021.
Kacian, Jim, Terry Ann Carter, and Claudia Brefeld. The Endangered C: Playing with Language, Typography, Space. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2021.
Kacian, Jim, and Julie Schwerin, eds. A New Resonance 12: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2021. 
Read, Dave. Fifty at Fifty: My Haiku. No place: Published privately, ©2020.
Rotella, Alexis. Grandmother’s Pearls: Dream Anthology. Greensboro, N.C.: Jade Mountain Press, 2021.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2020

Selection PanelBeverly Acuff Momoi, Patricia Machmiller, Scott Mason, Victor Ortiz, and Michael Rehling
Award CoordinatorBruce H. Feingold
Number of nominations72 books
Winners (3)Antolin, Susan. The Years That Went Missing. Durham, N.C.: Backbone Press, 2020.
paul m. Witness Tree. Edited by John Barlow. Ormskirk, U.K.: Snapshot Press, 2020.
Nyitrai, Réka. While Dreaming Your Dreams. Valencia, Spain: Mono Ya Mono Books, 2020.
Honorable Mentions (4)Ashraf, Hifsa. Her Fading Henna Tattoo. Wilmington, Del.: Human/Kind Press, 2020.
Gurga, Lee. Without Syntax. White Heath, Ill.: Modern Haiku Press, 2020.
Kadric, Elmedin. Light Packing: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2020.
Kelly, David J. Small Hadron Divider: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2020.
Other shortlisted titles (8)Bridges, Alan S. In the Curves: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2020.
Codrescu, Ion. The Wanderer Brush: Haiga. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2020.
Fabre, Gilles. Along the Way: A Search for the Spirit of the World. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2020.
French, Terri L. Fully Human: Haibun and Senryu. Published privately (Kindle Direct Publishing), 2020.
Gurga, Lee, and Scott Metz, eds. Haiku 2020: 100 Notable Ku from 2019. White Heath, Ill.: Modern Haiku Press, 2020.
Hall, Carolyn. Cricket Dusk: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2020.
Owen, Renée. This One Life: Haiku. Durham, N.C.: Backbone Press, 2020.
Polette, Keith. Pilgrimage: Haibun. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2020.
Purington, Carol. Farm Song. Colrain, Mass.: Winfred Press, 2020.
Strange, Debbie. Prairie Interlude. Ormskirk, U.K.: Snapshot Press, 2020.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2019

Selection PanelPatricia J. Machmiller, Scott Mason, Beverly Acuff Momoi, Michael Rehling, and Don Wentworth
Award CoordinatorBruce H. Feingold
Number of nominations62 books
Winners (5)Balabanova, Ludmila. Слънчогледова нива. Хайбун / Sunflower Field: Haibun (Slanchogledova niva: haybun). Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Zhanet 45, 2019.
Chula, Margaret. One Leaf Detaches: Haiku. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2019.
Kon Nichi Translation Group. Haiku as Life: A Kaneko Tohta Omnibus: Essays, an Interview, Commentary, and Selected Haiku in Translation. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2019. (The Kon Nichi Translation Group is Richard Gilbert, Itō Yuki, David Ostman, Masahiro Hori, Koun Franz, Tracy Franz, and Kanemitsu Takeyoshi.)
Rotella, Alexis, curator/editor. Scratches on the Moon: A Haibun Collection. Arnold, Md.: Jade Mountain Press, 2019.
Trumbull, Charles. A History of Modern Haiku. Lincoln, Ill.: Modern Haiku Press, 2019.
Honorable Mentions (2)Hotham, Gary. Rightsizing the Universe: Haiku Theory. Scaggsville, Md.: Yiqralo Press, 2019.
Moss, Ron C. Broken Starfish: Haiku and Ink Paintings. Leslie Vale, Australia: Walleah Press, 2019.
Other shortlisted titles (12)Bartow, Stuart. One Branch: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2019.
Bennett, Brad. A Turn in the River. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2019.
Cooper, Bill. Moon Music: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2019.
Crocket, Elizabeth. Happy Haiku. Pilot Knob, Mo.: Crimson Cloak Publishing, 2019.
Elliot, Kirsten Cliff. Patient Property: A Journey through Leukaemia: Haiku and Tanka. North Highlands, Calif.: Velvet Dusk Publishing, 2019.
Fontana, Lucia. Luna di un Girasole / Sunflower Moon: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2019.
Frampton, Alice. From Here. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2019.
Haynes, Tia. Leftover Ribbon. Purple Cotton Candy Arts/Velvet Dusk Publishing, 2019.
Machmiller, Patricia J., ed. Ferry Crossing. San Francisco: Two Autumns Press, 2019.
Martin, Jeannie. Touch of Light. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2019. Includes 31 haiku by vincent tripi.
McKeon, Joe. Oars Up: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2019.
Wilkinson, Geoffrey. Going to the Pine: Four Essays on Basho. Powys, Wales: self-published, 2018, 2019.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2018

Selection PanelRandy M. Brooks, Patricia J. Machmiller, Michael McClintock, Julie Warther, and Don Wentworth
Award CoordinatorBruce H. Feingold
Number of nominationsMore than 80 books
Winners (3)Moeller-Gaa, Ben. Wishbones: Haiku & Senryu. Calligraphy by JS Graustein. Meredith, N.H.: Folded Word Press, 2018.
Rotella, Alexis, curator/editor. Unsealing Our Secrets: A Short Poem Anthology About Sexual Abuse. Arnold, Md.: Jade Mountain Press, 2018.
West, Harriot. Shades of Absence: Haibun. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2018.
Honorable Mentions (3)Fraticelli, Marco. A Thousand Years: The Haiku and Love Letters of Chiyo-ni. Carleton Place, Ont.: Catkin Press, 2018.
Kai, Hasegawa. Okinawa: Haiku. Translations by David Burleigh and Tanaka Kimiyo. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2018.
Luckring, Eve. The Tender Between. Princeton, N.J.: Ornithopter Press, 2018.
Other shortlisted titles (9)Carter, Steven. Broken: A Meditation. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2018.
Kacian, Jim, and the Red Moon editorial staff, eds. Old Song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2017. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2018.
Kenney, Bill. Senior Admission: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2018.
Larsson, Marcus. A Piece of the Berlin Wall. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2018.
Martone, John. My Afterlife. Charleston, Ill.: Tufo, 2018.
Rudychev, Natalia. Simple Gifts: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2018.
Richardson, Kim. Night Ferry: Haiku, Senryu, Haibun. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2018.
Rožić, Đurđa Vukelić, ed. and trans. Nepokošeno nebo 2: Antologija hrvatskoga haiku-pjesništva 2008–2018 / An Unmown Sky 2: An Anthology of Croatian Haiku Poetry 2008–2018. Ivanić Grad, Croatia: Udruga “Tri rijeke”, 2018.
Woerdehoff, Valorie Broadhurst, and Connie R. Meester. Tsugigami: Gathering the Pieces. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2018.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2017

Selection PanelRandy M. Brooks, Tom Clausen, Rebecca Lilly, Michael McClintock, Julie Warther, andDon Wentworth
Award CoordinatorBruce H. Feingold
Number of nominationsMore than 80 books
Winners (4)Brickley, Chuck. Earthshine. Ormskirk, U.K.,: Snapshot Press, 2017.
Carter, Terry Ann. Tokaido: Haibun. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2017.
Masaoka Shiki. A House by Itself: Selected Haiku. Translated by John Brandi and Noriko Kawasaki Martinez. Buffalo, N.Y.: White Pine Press, 2017.
Mason, Scott. The Wonder Code: Discover the Way of Haiku and See the World with New Eyes. Chappaqua, N.Y.: Girasole Press, 2017.
Honorable Mentions (3)Deming, Kristen. Plum Afternoon: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2017.
Buckingham, Helen. Sanguinella. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2017.
Tiwari, Paresh. Raindrops Chasing Raindrops: Haibun and Hybrid Poems. Delhi, India: Red River Press, 2017.
Other shortlisted titles (8)Busch, Simone K. Von Schatten trinken / Sipping from Shadows. Norderstedt, Germany: Books on Demand, 2017.
Coman, Sonia. Passages: Haiku Through the Seasons. Tokyo: Hoshin Media Group, 2017. 
Day, Cherie Hunter. For Want. Princeton, N.J.: Ornithopter Press, 2017. 
Epstein, Robert, ed. They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku. West Union, W.Va.: Middle Island Press, 2017.
Latham, Jessica Malone. Cricket Song: Haiku and Short Poems from a Mother’s Heart. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2017.
McCullough, Vicki, ed. Sisyphus: Haiku Work of Anna Vakar. Carleton Place, Ont.: Catkin Press, 2017.
Montreuil, Michel, selector. At the Edge: Raw NerVZ Haibun. Ottawa: Éditions des petits nuages, 2017.
Polette, Keith. The New World: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2017.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2016

Selection PanelRandy M. Brooks, Tom Clausen, Rebecca Lilly, Michael McClintock, andJulie Warther
Award CoordinatorBruce H. Feingold
Number of nominationsSome 83 books
Winners (4)Bennett, Brad. A Drop of Pond. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2016.
Kolodji, Deborah P. Highway of Sleeping Towns: Haiku and Senryu. Pasadena, Calif.: Shabda Press, 2016.
Swist, Wally. The Windbreak Pine: New and Uncollected Haiku, 1985–2015. Edited by John Barlow. Ormskirk, U.K.: Snapshot Press, 2016.
Yarrow, Ruth. Lit from Within: Haiku and Paintings. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2016.
Honorable Mentions (3)Balabanova, Ludmila. Роса върху бурените / Dewdrops on the Weeds. Sofia, Bulgaria: Small Stations Press, 2016.
Forges-Ryan, Sylvia. What Light There Is: Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka. Haiga by Ion Codrescu. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2016.
Kenney, Bill. The Earth Pushes Back: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2016.
Other shortlisted titles (8)Bell, Amanda. Undercurrents: A Psychogeography of Irish Rivers in Haibun and Haiku. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2016.
Berry, Ernest. Haiku Green Tea & Sushi. Blenheim, N.Z.: Prisma Print, 2016.
Epstein, Robert, and Miriam Wald, eds. Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog: Animal Rights Haiku. West Union, W.Va.: Middle Island Press, 2016.
Friedenberg, Jay. Elemental. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2016.
Martin, Jeannie, and Peter Newton, eds. Evening Stillness: Haiku Circle 10th Year Anthology. Amherst, Mass.: Swamp Press for Haiku Circle Press, 2016.
Martone, John. Retreat. Samuddo/Ocean, 2016.
O’Connor, Sean. Let Silence Speak: A Haiku and Haibun Collection. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2016.
Windsor, Sheila. Totem. Yet To be Named Free Press, 2016.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2015

Selection PanelCherie Hunter Day, Rebecca Lilly, Stuart Quine, Chad Lee Robinson, and Peter Yovu
Award CoordinatorBruce H. Feingold
Number of nominationsSome 65 books
Winners (2)Schwerin, Dan. ⊕rs. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2015.
Stevenson, John, ed. Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the First 15 Years of The Heron’s Nest. No place [Nassau, N.Y.]: The Heron’s Nest Press, First edition, 2015.
Honorable Mentions (4)Beary, Roberta. Deflection: Poems. Lexington, Ky.: Accents Publishing, 2015.
Chambers, Paul. This Single Thread: Haiku. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2015.
Martone, John. So Long. Princeton, N.J.: Ortnithopter Press, 2015.
Paul, Matthew. The Lammas Lands. Ormskirk, U.K.: Snapshot Press, 2015.
Other shortlisted titles (8)Carter, Steven. American Gothic. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2015.
Compton, Ellen. Gathering Dusk. Ormskirk, U.K.: Snapshot Press, 2015.
Gourlay, Caroline. Across the Silence. Hereford, U.K.: Five Seasons Press with Haiduk Press, 2015.
Kacian, Jim, and Dee Evetts, eds. A New Resonance 9: Emerging Voices in English-language Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2015.
Kacian, Jim, and the Red Moon editorial staff, eds. Big Data: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2014. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2015.
Ross, Bruce, Kōko Katō, Dietmar Tauchner, and Patricia Prime, eds. A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku. Bangor, Maine: Tancho Press, 2015.
Rotella, Alexis. Between Waves: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2015.
Welch, Michael Dylan, and Scott Mason, eds. Fire in the Treetops: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Haiku North America. Sammamish, Wash.: Press Here, 2015.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2014

Selection PanelCherie Hunter Day, Stuart Quine, Chad Lee Robinson, Alexis Rotella, and Peter Yovu
Award CoordinatorMark Harris
Number of nominationsSome 65 books
Winners (3)Gurga, Lee, and Scott Metz, eds. Haiku 2014: 100 notable ku from 2013. Lincoln, Ill.: Modern Haiku Press, 2014.
Moss, Ron C. The Bone Carver. Ormskirk, U.K.: Snapshot Press, 2014. The Snapshot Press Book Awards 2012.
Stevenson, John. D(ark): Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2014.
Honorable Mentions (3)Lucky, Bob. Ethiopian Time. Saint Paul, Minn.: Red Bird Chap Books, 2014.
Owen, Renée. Alone on a Wild Coast. Ormskirk, U.K.: Snapshot Press, 2014.
Swede, George. Micro Haiku: Three to Nine Syllables. Toronto: Iņšpress, 2014.
Other shortlisted titles (9)Cooper, Bill. Overtones. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 1st printing, 2014.
Crocket, Elizabeth. Not Like Fred and Ginger: Recovery Haibun. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2014.
Epstein, Robert. What My Niece Said in My Head: Haiku & Senryu. West Union, W.Va.: Middle Island Press, 2014.
Gay, Garry, ed. One Song. Santa Rosa, Calif.: Two Autumns Press, 2014. 
Grayson, David, ed. The Half-Finished Bridge. Alameda, Calif.: Two Autumns Press, 2014.
Hotham, Gary, ed. Take-out Window. New York: Haiku Society of America, 2014.
Lilly, Rebecca. Elements of a Life. Red Moon Press, 2014.
Martone, John. Bagworm. No place [Charleston, Ill.]: Samuddo/Ocean, 2014.
Shea, Martin. Until We Were Night: Selected Poems IV. Los Angeles: Lambeth Hall, 2014.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2013

Selection PanelFrancine Banwarth, Stuart Quine, Chad Lee Robinson, Alexis Rotella, and Peter Yovu
Award CoordinatorMark Harris
Number of nominations83 books
Winners (5)Burns, Allan, ed. Where the River Goes: The Nature Tradition in English-Language Haiku. Ormskirk, U.K.: Snapshot Press, 2013.
Day, Cherie Hunter. Apology Moon: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2013.
Gilbert, Richard. The Disjunctive Dragonfly: A New Approach to English-Language Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2013.
Kacian, Jim, Philip Rowland, and Allan Burns, eds. Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013.
Trumbull, Charles. A Five-Balloon Morning. Santa Fe, N.M: Red Mountain Press, 2013.
Honorable Mentions (2)Patchel, Christopher. Turn Turn. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2013.
Pfleuger, Paul, Jr. A Zodiac. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2013.
Other shortlisted titles (7)Carter, Steven. The Distances of Sleep: Haiku and Tanka. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2013.
Colón, Carlos. Haiku Elvis: A Life in 17 Syllables (or Less). Abilene, Texas: Laughing Cactus Press, 2013.
Harter, Penny. The Resonance Around Us. Eugene, Ore.: Mountains & Rivers Press, 2013.
Martone, John. Bheid. No place [Charleston, Ill.]: Samuddo/Ocean, 2013.
Martone, John. Perleromeq. No place [Charleston, Ill.]: Samuddo/Ocean, 2013.
Muirhead, Marsh. Her Cold Martini: Haiku. Bemidji, Minn.: The Island Journal Press, 2013.
Stensland, Lucas. Fun Again. England: Yet to be Named Free Press, 2013.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2012

Selection PanelCherie Hunter Day, Lorin Ford, Philip Rowland, Charles Trumbull, and
Barbara Louise Ungar
Award CoordinatorMark Harris
Number of nominations92 books
Winners (4)Addiss, Stephen. The Art of Haiku: Its History through Poems and Painting by Japanese Masters. Boston & London: Shambhala, 2012.
Boldman, Robert. Everything I Touch. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2011.
Gurga, Lee, and Scott Metz, eds. Haiku 21: An Anthology of Contemporary English-language Haiku. Lincoln, Ill.: Modern Haiku Press, 2011.
Kaneko Tohta. Selected Haiku, with Essays and Commentary. Part I: 1937–1960; Part 2: 1961–2012. Translated by the Kon Nichi Translation Group. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2012. 2 volumes.
Honorable Mentions (4)Hall, Carolyn. The Doors All Unlocked: Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2012.
Martone, John. Skeleton Key (Odocoileus virginianus). No place [Charleston, Ill.]: Samuddo/Ocean, 2012.
Metz, Scott. Lakes & Now Wolves. Lincoln, Ill.: Modern Haiku Press, 2012.
de Gruttola, Raffael, ed. Nick Virgilio: A Life in Haiku. Arlington, Va.: Turtle Light Press, 2012.
Other shortlisted titles (7)Hotham, Gary. Nothing More Happens in the 20th Century: Haiku Dangers. San Antonio, Texas: Pecan Grove Press, 2011.
Jones, Ken. Bog Cotton: Haiku Stories & Haiku. Uxbridge, U.K.: Alba Publishing, 2012.
Kudryavitsky, Anatoly. Bamboo Dreams: An Anthology of Haiku Poetry from Ireland. Tralee, Ireland: Doghouse Books, 2012.
Lanoue, David G. Frog Poet: A Novel. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2012.
Machmiller, Patricia J., ed. Bending Reeds (Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Members’ Anthology 2012). Sunnyvale, Calif.: Patsons Press for the Society, 2012.
Martone, John. A Life in Fall. No place [Charleston, Ill.]: Samuddo/Ocean, 2011.
Martone, John. Microscope Field. No place [Charleston, Ill.]: Samuddo/Ocean, 2011.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2011

Selection PanelLorin Ford, David G. Lanoue, Philip Rowland, Charles Trumbull, and Barbara Louise Ungar
Award CoordinatorMark Harris
Number of nominations79 books
Winners (4)Aoyagi, Fay. Beyond the Reach of My Chopsticks: New and Selected Haiku. San Francisco: Blue Willow Press, 2011.
Epstein, Robert, ed. Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness. Baltimore: Modern English Tanka Press, 2011.
paul m. Few Days North Days Few. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2011.
Rožić, Đurđa Vukelić, ed. and trans. Nepokošeno nebo: Antologija hrvatskoga haiku-pjesništva 1996–2007 / An Unmown Sky: An Anthology of Croatian Haiku Poetry 1996–2007. Ivanić Grad, Croatia: Udruga “Tri rijeke”, 2011.
Honorable Mentions (3)Burns, Allan. Distant Virga. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2011.
Dragović, Ljubomir. Ustka staza / A Narrow Road. English translations by Saša Važić. Belgrade: Liber, 2011.
O’Connor, John S. Things Being What They Are. Santa Fe, N.M.: Deep North Press, 2011.
Other shortlisted titles (11)Bjerg, Johannes S. H. Penguins / Pingviner. Allahabad, India: Cyberwit.net, 2011. In English and Danish.
Cechota, Cynthia, Francine Banwarth, Jayne Miller, David McKee, and Bill Pauly. The River Knows the Way: Haiku and Senryu. Dubuque, Iowa: Haiku Dubuque, 2010.
Axle Contemporary. Haiku Roadsign. Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman, editors and designers. Santa Fe, N.M.: Axle Contemporary, 2011. 
Kacian, Jim, and Dee Evetts, eds. A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-language Haiku. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2011.
Ketchek, Michael, Bob Lucky, and Lucas Stensland. My Favorite Thing. Edited by Stanford M. Forrester. Windsor, Conn.: Bottle Rockets Press, 2011.
Kaneko Tohta. The Future of Haiku: An Interview with Kaneko Tohta. Translated by the Kon Nichi Translation Group. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2011.
Kudryavitsky, Anatoly. Capering Moons: Haiku and Senryu Poetry. Tralee, Ireland: Doghouse, 2011.
Martone, John. St. John’s Wort. No place [Charleston, Ill.]: Samuddo/Ocean, 2011. 
Montreuil, Mike. The Neighbours Are Talking: Haibun. Carleton Place, Ont.: Bondi Studios/Baby Buddha Press, 2011.
Wentworth, Don. Past All Traps. Pittsburgh: Six Gallery Press, 2011.
Wirth, Klaus-Dieter. Zugvögel—Migratory Birds—Oiseaux migrateurs—Aves mi­gratorias—150 Haiku. Hamburg: Hamburger Haiku Verlag, 2010.

Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, 2010

Selection PanelLorin Ford, Philip Rowland, Charles Trumbull, Barbara Louise Ungar, and Ruth Yarrow
Award CoordinatorJim Kacian
Number of nominations83 books
Winners (4)Hall, Carolyn. How to Paint the Finch’s Song. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2010.
Stevenson, John. Live Again. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2009.
Burns, Allan, ed. Montage: The Book. Winchester, Va.: The Haiku Foundation, 2010.
Martone, John. Scrittura Povera. No place [Charleston, Ill.]: published privately, 2010.
Honorable Mentions (3)Herold, Christopher. Inside Out. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2010.
Swede, George. Joy in Me Still: Haiku. Edmonton, Alta.: Inkling Press, 2010.
Martone, John. Kṣaṇa: Collected Poems 2005–2009. Winchester, Va.: Red Moon Press, 2009. 
Other shortlisted titles The 2010 shortlist is lost.

Compiled by the Award Coordinators and Haikupedia Editors

Adapted from The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Awards

Sources / Further Reading

Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems

Touchstone Award for Individual Haibun

Updated on December 31, 2023