Thanks to over 500 poets, parents and teachers for making Haiku Fest successful.

Please note that as soon as the Haiku Festival Awards Program can be rescheduled (due to COVID-19), cash prizes and certificates will be awarded.

We proudly announce the following commendations for participants in grades 3 and 4:

First Prize

beautiful dancers
flying angels in the night
watching over you

Margaret Mary Callaghan
Age 8, Grade 3
Ascension Catholic School, Oak Park, IL


Honorable Mention

rain comes down today
a bad wet gloomy feeling
that makes me real now

Rogelio Arroyo, Age 10, Grade 4
Josephine Locke Elementary, Chicago


Honorable Mention

cookies are good. Right?
especially with cold milk
milk and cookies rule

Adrian Sanchez, Age 9, Grade 3
St. Symphorosa Elementary, Chicago


Teacher of the Year:

Ms. Lauren McNeela
Norman Bridge Elementary, Chicago


Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention:

Ms. Mindy Gonzalez
Josephine Locke Elementary, Chicago


School of the Year:

Josephine Locke Elementary, Chicago

Ms. Mindy Gonzalez
Ms. Joanne Hernandez
Ms. Jennifer Salen
Ms. Jessika Maldonado
Mr. David Kissane
Ms. Kristina Jubera
Ms. Mary Selim


School of the Year Honorable Mention:

Norman Bridge Elementary, Chicago

Ms. Lauren McNeela