2015 Tokutomi Memorial Contest Results

The 2015 Tokutomi Contest Results Announced by the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society

by G. Longenecker, 2015 and 2016 Contest Chair

The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society announces the winners of the 2015 Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi Haiku Contest. The judge for the 2015 contest was Marie Mariya, a haiku poet, literary critic, a member of the Assoc. of Haiku Poets and the Haiku International Association. She graduated from the San Domenico School , San Anselmo, CA, and majored in French Literature at Keio University, Tokyo. Marie explores haiku from an international standpoint. Her writing includes a book of criticism on haiku, One Grain of Cosmos. Her collection of haiku was shortlisted for the Haidan Award in 2014. She is currently working on a series of essays on haiku and Western Art for a major haiku periodical.

1st Place:

on the bay waters
summer fog hides a question
one yellow kayak

– Elaine Whitman

2nd Place:

along the river
students set up their easels
the scent of wild grape

– Priscilla Lignori

3rd Place:

eyeglasses folded
beside a worn-picture book…
quail calls fade away

– Ferris Gilli

An Honorable Mention was awarded to each of the following:

Brett Brady, Marietta McGregor, Joan Zimmerman, Meik Blöttenberger, Phillip Kennedy, David D. Sherertz, Joseph Robello, Desiree McMurry, Toni Homan.

Congratulations to all these poets and great gratitude to the judge.

The illustrated brochure of all the haiku and the judges’ comments on the winners may be viewed and/or downloaded here.