the haiku year

This project was never intended to be a book. It started amidst an REM/Grant Lee Buffalo tour as a year-long creative practice between a group of friends. We all committed to snail-mailing each other one haiku a week for a year, no matter where we were. I took the poems and some of the mail to Soft Skull on a whim, and we made it into a book. It spawned dozens of similar projects around the world, won an American Library Association award, and went into a second printing with additional pages and a new introduction by Steve Earle. We even got fan mail!

Some 25 years later, it even spawned a mystery of sorts;