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
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.
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