Haiku warrior-poets wanted for Haiku Death Match 2015

If you’ve written the right 17 syllables, glory, fame, and a not-so-cheesy trophy could be yours. Heights Arts is bringing back the Haiku Death Match, a live haiku poetry competition where audience votes determine the Haiku Master, on Oct. 10, 7 p.m., at Dobama Theatre. The registration deadline for competitors is Sept. 15.

Here’s how it works: Poets compete in pairs for a given number of rounds. The audience judges the poems by raising paddles. Volunteer counters count the votes. The emcee announces the score and keeps the crowds calm. The last poet standing is the 2015 Haiku Death Match Master.

Tickets for audience members—to both enjoy the poetic carnage and participate as the voting horde—are available from Heights Arts, at www.heightsarts.org, beginning Sept. 1.

Heights Arts invite all writers, even if they have never before participated in a Haiku Death Match, to try their hand at creating haiku and joining the live competition on Oct. 10.

Registration is open to all haiku competitors through Tuesday, Sept. 15, via Heights Arts's online entry form. Competitors should come prepared with at least 100 haiku poems; 200 if they plan to survive to the finals.

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan is on staff at Heights Arts, a nonprofit community arts organization.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:18 AM, 09.03.2015