In 2009, hosts Donna Beaver and Alan Pizzarelli produced the first Haiku Chronicles podcast. Today,   more than 30 episodes later,  what started off as a grass-roots effort with just a few hundred listeners has now grown to over two million plays of our episodes around the globe.  


Our Mission

Haiku Chronicles is a free non-profit educational podcast devoted to the art of haiku and its related poetic forms. 

In the study of haiku, one prerequisite is an understanding and appreciation of its related forms including: senryu, tanka, renga, haibun, haiga, and other genres.  

Haiku Chronicles produces episodes that :

  • Revisit the poetic histories in Japan and in the West, featuring the most prominent poets and scholars who share their knowledge, insights and back stories of the haiku movement;
  • Inspire and encourage both seasoned and novice poets by sharing the classic and new works of poets from around the world; 
  • Enlighten listeners and viewers with a touch of lightness and humor.

From Our Listeners

I’ve been writing haiku and senryu for years and I have learned so much from this podcast. Very informative and compelling and devoted to getting down to the nitty-gritty of this ancient and beautiful poetic form.
— iTunes Listener
A High Culture Goldmine! Beautifully done. Thank you.
— iTunes Listener
“a giant leap for haiku and related poetry”
— Liam Wilkinson, United Kingdom
“I’ve been enjoying your podcasts — they’re important new contributions to the haiku scene!”

— Michael Dylan Welch, USA

Special thanks to all our fans. 
Your support and encouragement is our greatest reward.

Long Live Haiku & Senryu!