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.
Now on display throughout the season until June 1.
3rd annual Haiku Hike 2022
1,056haiku were submitted
635submissions came from Tucson
29different states represented in the submissions
28different countries represented in the submissions
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.
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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
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.
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.
displayed throughout the Spring season
selected by poet laureate of Tucson, TC Tolbert
1,000approx. footsteps on the Haiku Hike
2nd annual Haiku Hike 2020 (postponed to 2021)
Theme: Living in the Present Moment
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
825submissions came from Tucson
12different states represented in the submissions
5different countries represented in the submissions
Winning Haiku 2019