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American Haiku Archives Honorary Curator

Every year on July 12, the anniversary of the founding of the American Haiku Archives in 1996, the AHA advisory board appoints an honorary curator to serve a one-year term. This curatorship carries no responsibilities and offers no financial compensation, but seeks to honor prominent poets, scholars, and translators who have had a significant impact on haiku in North America. The following links provide short biographies, photos, bibliographies, and sample poems of honorary curators for the American Haiku Archives. See the Criteria for Appointing Honorary Curators.

Current Honorary Curator

Gary Hotham, 2022-2023

Former Honorary Curators

Gerald Vizenor, 2021-2022

Lenard D. Moore, 2020-2021

Alexis Rotella, 2019-2020

John Stevenson, 2018-2019

Patricia Donegan, 2017-2018 (deceased)

Haruo Shirane, 2016-2017

Ruth Yarrow, 2015-2016

Marlene Mountain, 2014-2015 (deceased)

Charles Trumbull, 2013-2014

LeRoy Gorman, 2012-2013

Jerry Ball, 2011-2012 (deceased)

Gary Snyder, 2010-2011

Stephen Addiss, 2009-2010 (deceased)

George Swede, 2008–2009

H. F. Noyes, 2007–2008 (deceased)

Hiroaki Sato, 2006–2007

Francine Porad, 2005–2006 (deceased)

Makoto Ueda, 2004–2005 (deceased)

William J. Higginson, 2003–2004 (deceased)

Leroy Kanterman, 2002–2003 (deceased)

Lorraine Ellis Harr, 2001–2002 (deceased)

Robert Spiess, 2000–2001 (deceased)

Cor van den Heuvel, 1999–2000

Jerry Kilbride, 1998–1999 (deceased)

Elizabeth Searle Lamb, 1996–1998 (deceased)


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