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What’s small, mysterious, and bursting with flavor? A truffle, perhaps. A perfectly ripe raspberry. Or a tiny poem about delicious local foods.

The State of Oregon’s official Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford, has signed on as the judge for the Food & Farm Haiku contest at Sisters Farmers Market’s special Tea & Poetry event on Sunday, September 22. Anyone can enter the contest, and need not be present to win.

Entrants may use the popular American style of writing haiku: a three-line poem featuring a 5-7-5 syllable structure. Alternately, they may choose to write in the Japanese tradition, focusing on how their words and imagery evoke the seasons rather than counting syllables.

Food & Farm Haiku contest entries may be dropped off in person at Paulina Springs Books or Sisters Farmers Market; entry is free. The deadline is September 18 at 2 p.m. Details can be found at

Online submissions are accepted via Submittable for a small fee; the submission link is . Alternate prizes will be available for non-local winners who are unable to use local gift certificates.

Sisters Farmers Market is open through the end of September, on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fir Street Park, one block north of Cascade Ave/Hwy 20. Co-presented by New Oregon Arts & Letters, the Tea & Poetry event is funded in part by grants from the Roundhouse Foundation and the City of Sisters. It will feature activities for adults and kids, with poetry playshop leader Krayna Castelbaum, a poetry booth from Deschutes County Library, and tea tastings.


September 22, 2019


11:00 AM - 02:00 PM


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