VWCC Haiku Contest

Virginia Western Community College Haiku Contest

Haiku can be …

An old silent pond...

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

by Basho (1644-1694)

Haiku can be …

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.

“In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound (1919)

Haiku can be …

Get used to your body, forget you were born, suddenly you got to get out!

“Approaching Seoul by Bus in Heavy Rain” by Allen Ginsberg (1990)

Haiku is a brief poetic form, traditionally using the 5-7-5 syllable structure of its Japanese origins, that captures a brief, illuminating moment in time.

  • Haiku often incorporates vivid nature images, humor, and should be read in one breath.
  • In its most traditional form, “Haiku was … written in the present tense and focused on associations between images. There was a pause at the end of the first or second line, and a ‘season word,’ or kigo, specified the time of year” (Academy of American Poets).

So, do you haiku?

  1. Visit the Japanese Print exhibit in the art gallery (H212) for inspiration after it opens this Wednesday, November 5th.
  2. Submit to the Virginia Western Haiku contest by emailing your submissions to awoodford@virginiawestern.edu.   There will be separate categories for students and faculty/staff of VWCC.  There will also be an impromptu Haiku board in the art gallery with its own contest.  See the board and its guidelines to enter for another prize.
  3. Deadline November 16, 2014.


First prize is a $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

Second prize is a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

(One each for student submissions and faculty/staff submissions.)

Winners will be announced at the International Students Club Festival on November, 21, 2014

Posted on November 3, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Art Gallery Exhibit

"A Sense of Place" (an art exhibit running from November 5 until December 15) features 27 rural and urban scenes by Japanese artists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Pieces range from woodblock prints and sumi ink paintings to video clips from classic anime and video game backdrops. From the traditional to the contemporary, the exhibit explores the centrality and importance of the landscape and cityscape in the development of Japanese aesthetic and national identity.  Visit the VWCC art gallery in the Humanities building to experience this fascinating exhibit.  The opening reception (complete with Japanese snack foods) will be Wednesday, November 5th, from 5-7 pm.


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Rapids men fall in NJCAA debut

Potomac State (1-0) defeated Virginia Western (0-1) 99-65 in men's basketball on Saturday afternoon in Roanoke. The Catamounts were led by Quincy Miller with 30 points and Zachery White added 12.

The Rapids hung tough with the No. 1 team in Region 20 for the first 15 minutes. The Catamounts closed the half on a 15-3 run to take a 47-34 lead into the locker room and never trailed in the second half.

The Rapids were led by Chris Jones and Damien Harris who both had 16 points in their NJCAA debut.The Rapids return to action on Tuesday when they travel to take on Guilford Tech in Greensboro.

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Advising Center Closure

The Advising Center will be closed on November 6th until 3 p.m. for staff training. The office will reopen for regular business hours on Friday, November 7th, 2014.

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

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