Naviarhaiku196 – the waves charge and crash

This is the first haiku we share which was written by a Native American writer. Of mixed Yuki and Filipino heritage, William Oandasan was a member of the Yuki tribe of Round Valley, California. An advocate for Native American writers, he founded A Press in 1976 and edited A: A Journal of Contemporary Literature. He is the author of the poetry collections Taking Off (1976); Sermon & Three Waves: A Journey Through Night (1978); Moving Inland, A Cycle of Lyrics (1983); Round Valley Songs (1984), winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; Round Valley Verses (1987); and Summer Night (1989). Oandasan died in 1992.

Seven days to make music inspired by Oandasan’s poem. More info at


Deadline:  11th October 2017

Haiku by William Oandasan

Picture by Ant Rozetsky