This National Poetry Month, we're bringing back our sell-out signature event: Haiku Duel.

Grab tickets for our first ever Los Angeles Haiku Duel on April 26th, at the beautiful York Manor in Highland Park.

Inspired by Bill Raden's profile of Social Justice Humanitas and the teachers' strikes around the country, we're setting aside 25 free tickets to the Haiku Duel for Los Angeles public school teachers! Reserve your ticket with code LAPUBLICTEACHERLOVE. We'll even buy you a drink too. (Note: Please bring proof of employment to the party of Thursday!)

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Have a scroll through a few photos of our last duel, at Arlo SoHo in NYC.

Shot by Karen Obrist.


What is The Haiku Duel?

The Haiku Duel is an NCAA-style haiku tournament that turns into a dance party between rounds.  Sixteen performers battle each other in 17 syllables until a winner emerges for a $500 cash prize. Anyone can compete.  Conceptualized and produced by The Haiku Guys + Gals, the event has been a sell-out hit six times in a row in NYC.

Is it gonna be interesting? I went to a poetry reading before and it was hella boring.


1 part poetry slam

1 part improv comedy show

1 part DJ dance party

1 part Miami art scene after hours hangout

100% creative energy + instant inspiration

It is unlike any other poetry reading (or any other event ever for that matter) that you've ever heard of. 


Who can compete? I don't really consider myself to be a "poet"

Anyone can duel! We've had poets, comedians, actors, scholars, teachers, software developers, improv aficionados, singer-songwriters... even mathematicians.

What can I WIN?

The winner of the Haiku Duel walks away with $500 cold hard cash. Yes. You read that right. $500.

You've done it before? What was it like?


Where can I buy tickets?

Grab Your Tickets at our Splashthat Page Here

Wait, who even are The Haiku Guys + Gals? You seem alright. We could be friends.

The Haiku Guys + Gals are a 5-year-young company of international performance poets. They have performed worldwide, bringing poetry into unexpected places everywhere they go, garnering attention from the NYT, Cosmopolitan, Fast Company, Business Insider, BUST, Bustle, and more.

Learn more about them on all the other pages of this very website.

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