The Haiku Festival is deeply grateful for the contributions from each of our donors, sponsors, and judges. Their generous efforts and donations make it possible for us to provide Chicago-area children an opportunity to experience the wonderful world of poetry.
Precious gifts our sponsors provide help us develop our workshops and create opportunities previously unavailable to local children and adult poets.
Continued support from individuals, businesses, foundations, and other organizations profoundly impacts Haiku Festival participants.
Thank you for helping us enrich and strengthen aspiring poets, families and the community-at-large.
–Regina Harris Baiocchi
Founder, Haiku Festival
Honor Roll of Judges
We gratefully acknowledge the following judges who gave their time, talent and treasures to support the Haiku Festival:
poet, author of Flirting with Rhyme
-2006 to 2008
writer, healthcare administrator
poet, retired CPS teacher
Dr. Wayne Allen Jones
poet, publisher, therapist
poet, Pres. Chicago Writers’ Collective
-2004 to 2006, 2011
author of Night Fall, VP
Chicago Writers’ Collective
Renée K. Moore
Cave Canem Alumna
Dr. Elma Photikarm
Poems of the World
Nichole L. Shields
poet, author, One Less Road to Travel
writer, photographer, master chef
-2007 to 2009
Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping
House of McQueen (2018) -2004 to 2014
Michael Covenant Watson
poet, host of Wordslingers WLUW, 88.7 FM
Dr. Stephen T. Ziliak
Prof. of Economics, author, poet