Watch this video of the first ever Haiku Duel in Los Angeles. 

Thanks to our hosts The York Manor, and No Idea Films for this beautiful capture.

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

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.

Can you please produce more haiku duels, or bring the duel to my event or city?

Absolutely. We'll update our website with future public duel dates, and we also produce the duel for private events and clients nationwide. Get in touch with our CEO Lisa Ann Markuson if you'd like to learn more about bringing the duel to your city or event. or 916.798.9578.

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