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Criteria for Appointing Honorary Curator

The American Haiku Archives advisory board bases its selection of honorary curators on the following criteria:


That the American Haiku Archives advisory board choose a curator annually to serve in an honorary capacity without any obligations to the archives except to promote it in spirit, serving for one year starting from the date of July 12 (to honor the day on which the American Haiku Archives was founded in 1996).

Selection criteria:

(1) That the nominee be living and also be a North American, living in North America, or have had an active haiku career in North America.

(2) That the nominee be primarily a haiku poet, or haiku scholar and/or translator, of significant to remarkable stature.

(3) That, in addition to his or her work as a poet, scholar, and/or translator, the nominee should also have made significant national or international contributions to haiku poetry, scholarship, or leadership in English over a significant number of years or with sufficiently dramatic impact.

(4) That the nominee agree to the appointment after the board makes its nomination.

Additional factors:

Other factors that may affect the choice of an honorary curator may include the nominee’s age and/or health, and his or her attitude toward the archives. If a nominee has made significant contributions to the archives, or might potentially do so, this should not affect the choice of nominee, because the honorary curatorship should not be seen as a reward for making large contributions or as an enticement to make such a contribution. Instead, the honorary curatorship should be seen as recognition of outstanding national or international contributions to haiku poetry in North America.

Criteria for selection of honorary curators was adopted by the American Haiku Archives advisory board in 2002, although appointments of previous honorary curators also generally met with these criteria.


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