Ferries’ haiku contest inspires young poets

By Justin Fujioka

We didn’t anticipate a Twitter contest to grow to be an academic tool. But on San Juan Island, our haiku contest did simply that. And it’s getting excessive college scholars excited about poetry.

In early 2018, our ferries communications staff was in search of sensible methods to broaden awareness in their Twitter account. The decision? A fun, unfastened and attractive haiku contest to interact and hopefully growth followers. None folks imagined the concept could make its method into the classroom.

How it worked

We solicited haiku entries at the ferries’ Twitter account the primary week of March. We have been comfortable to get hold of 176 submissions, which have been narrowed to 35 semifinalists with the aid of way of a panel of employees. As we did in 2018, we despatched these to Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, who narrowed it to a few finalists. Followers of our ferries’ Twitter account then voted at the finalists to choose the winner.
Siri Lindstrum (right) won this year’s ferries’ haiku contest, a year after her school’s librarian,
Lisa Salisbury (left) won the same contest.

The successful submission could be featured on the hide of our Summer 2019 ferries crusing schedule.

Keeping it within the Friday Harbor family

As quickly as this year’s winner, Siri Lindstrom, advised me she’s a pupil at Friday Harbor High School, it placed a large smile on my face. I knew final year’s winner, Lisa Salisbury – a workforce librarian on the faculty – had a hand in it. I needed to discover out more.

“Ms. Salisbury advertised it to our school, and our English lecturers promoted it as well,” Siri said. “So I concept ‘why not?’ I actually love poetry.”
After winning our 2018 ferries’ haiku contest, Friday Harbor High School librarian Lisa Salisbury (right) encouraged her students to enter in 2019. One who did, Siri Lindstrum (left) ended up winning the contest.

Salisbury mentioned faculty members gave scholars a temporary haiku intro the week previous to the contest alongside with fundamentals on correctly and responsibly navigating Twitter. Students on the faculty were operating away on poetry for a few time now.

It’s now not a huge marvel that Lindstrom won. Not merely is she a library assist this semester, she created a poetry web page in January.

“It is a fun tale the way it has all unfolded, and the assist from her fellow scholars has been wonderful,” Salisbury said. “Teenagers getting excited about poetry… it really is awesome!!”


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