Haiku Hike

2nd Annual Literary Competition


On display starting the first day of Spring 2021 until June 1


Presented by The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the 2nd annual Haiku Hike literary competition showcased 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 2021 Spring season, beginning Saturday, March 20 through June 1. A 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.


2021 Theme: Living in the Present Moment

Winning Haiku 2021

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 competition

572submissions came from Tucson

14different states represented in the submissions

8different countries represented in the submissions

Locations of the Winning 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

This year's haiku entries were judged by Tucson's poet Laureate, TC Tolbert. Twenty winning poems were selected from over 700 submissions. All winners received public recognition and had their work featured on public signage downtown, online and in the media. Poets were encouraged to submit haiku reflecting the theme.

Learn more about how to write a haiku.



Previous Competitions:

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