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Special Announcement

Dr. Kevin Starr
Former California State Librarian

Kevin Starr

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Kevin Starr, former California State Librarian, who facilitated the formation of the American Haiku Archives.

He also proposed our annual tradition of having an honorary curator, and hosted us for the AHA inauguration event on July 12, 1996. He inspired us all by saying "If in doubt, donate your haiku materials to the archives. Let history decide their value."

Dr. Starr was born in San Francisco on September 3, 1940, and died of a heart attack in the same city on January 14, 2017. He is best known for writing the definitive books of California history (see his books on Amazon), amounting to more than 10,000 carefully researched and engaging pages.

With the formation of the American Haiku Archives, he also contributed immeasurably to the history of North American haiku and its long-term preservation. Dr. Starr cared deeply about the poetics of English-language haiku, and we are grateful for his contribution to the legacy of haiku literature. Read more about Dr. Starr and his passing at the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostSFGate, and KQED.

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American Haiku Archives inauguration:

Books by Starr available at

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