Skip to Main Content
Alert
6th St. between Stone and Church + Stone Avenue underpass is closed. Use the 6th Avenue underpass. Read More

Haiku Hike | Metamorphosis

Presented by The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the 3rd annual Haiku Hike literary competition showcases 20 winning haiku poems printed on acrylic signage in planters located along Congress Street and Stone Avenue. Haiku submissions were judged and selected by Tucson's poet Laureate, TC Tolbert. This year's theme is Metamorphosis.

On display until June 1, 2022.

3rd annual Haiku Hike 2022

Theme: Metamorphosis

1,056haiku were submitted

635submissions came from Tucson

29different states represented in the submissions

28different countries represented in the submissions

Winning Haiku 2022

Locations of the Winning Haiku 2022

Click on the numbered points in the map below to read each Poet's haiku, where they're from in the world, and where their haiku is displayed in Downtown Tucson.

Download a Printable Map

Press Release


Guidelines

A participant may enter the competition once, submitting a maximum of three original haiku. Submissions will only be accepted through the official online submission form until March 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Poets are encouraged to submit haiku reflecting this year's theme: Metamorphosis

Judging

Haiku entries are judged by Tucson's poet Laureate, TC Tolbert. Click here to learn more about how to write a haiku. Poetic merit will be prioritized over strict adherence to the modern haiku form (5/7/5 syllable count).

Twenty winning poems will be selected from hundreds of haiku submissions. Only one winning entry per person. All 20 winners will receive public recognition and have their work featured on public signage downtown, online and in the media. Winners will be notified by email in mid-March, and announced publicly starting March 21.

Haiku submission form now closed.


About

Presented by The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the annual Haiku Hike literary competition showcases twenty winning haiku poems printed on acrylic signage in planters located along Congress Street and Stone Avenue. These signs provide visual and cultural interest throughout the Spring season, beginning in late March and ending June 1. An urban poetry hike through downtown following the Haiku trail is the perfect opportunity for the public to get reacquainted with all that Tucson’s urban center has to offer.

20winning haiku poems

displayed throughout the Spring season

selected by poet laureate of Tucson, TC Tolbert

1,000approx. footsteps on the Haiku Hike

 

 

Previous Competitions:

 

2nd annual Haiku Hike 2020 (postponed to 2021)

Theme: Living in the Present Moment

712haiku were submitted

572submissions came from Tucson

14different states represented in the submissions

8different countries represented in the submissions

Winning Haiku 2020/2021

 

1st annual Haiku Hike 2019

Theme: Life In the City

977haiku were submitted

825submissions came from Tucson

12different states represented in the submissions

5different countries represented in the submissions

Winning Haiku 2019