The Haiku Foundation Reveals “Touchstone Distinguished Books Awards” Shortlist


The Haiku Foundation recently announced its coveted Touchstone Awards  (, with Red Moon Press books winning one award and receiving an Honorable Mention for another. The Press placed five books on the shortlist:

Tokaido (, by Terry Ann Carter. Terry Ann’s recounting of the famous sojourn along the Tokaido, made famous by Hiroshige’s woodblock print series, marries the classical realm of the narrative with her own personal story. A Touchstone Distinguished Books Award Winner for 2017.

plum afternoon (, by Kristen Deming. This first full-length collection by a former President of the Haiku Society of America, and a poet who spent many years living in Japan, is a gleaning from 30 years of writing haiku, informed by the Japanese tradition, but American in practice and sensibility. A Touchstone Distinguished Books Award Honorable Mention for 2017.

cricket song: Haiku and Short Poems from a Mother’s Heart (, by Jessica Malone Latham. Also a first full-length collection, Jessica’s book of poems about the daily joys and travails of motherhood will strike a resonant note with anyone who has borne and raised children. Shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for 2017.

The New World (, by Keith Polette. This is Keith’s first collection of haiku, but you wouldn’t know it. His sharp eye and consistent voice suggest someone with a much longer history in the genre, and his unfailing naturalistic perspective is both comfortable and welcome in this time of turmoil. Shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for 2017.

Sanguinella (, by Helen Buckingham. The poet says it herself: “Fifty-eight years since the seed was planted, Sanguinella provides a scrump back through the often bloody orchard that constitutes my life until now, from the rural pickings gathered over recent years in the bonsai city of Wells, to the tangled branches of a childhood spent battling various forms of blight in a mulberry-stained corner of South London.” Shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for 2017.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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2 Responses to The Haiku Foundation Reveals “Touchstone Distinguished Books Awards” Shortlist

  1. haikutec says:

    More about Helen Buckingham’s shortlisted book Sanguinella:

    warm regards,

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