Haiku Hike

Annual Literary Competition

 

On display starting the first day of Spring until June 1

 

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 provided 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

712haiku were submitted in the 2020 competition

572submissions came from Tucson

14different states represented in the submissions

8different countries represented in the submissions

Locations of the Winning 2020/2021 Haiku

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

 

How the competition works

Haiku entries are judged by Tucson's poet Laureate, TC Tolbert. Twenty winning poems are selected from hundreds of haiku submissions. All winners receive public recognition and their work is featured on public signage downtown, online and in the media. Poets are encouraged to submit haiku reflecting the theme.

Learn more about how to write a haiku.

 

 

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