Chuck Brickley

Chuck Brickley’s collection of haiku, Earthshine (now in its fourth printing), won a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award (2017), and honorable mentions in the inaugural Marianne Bluger Book Award (2020) and the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards (2017). One of his haibun was nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2018), another for a Sonders Best Small Fiction Award (2019). Chuck is currently the second vice president of the Haiku Society of America, and a judge for both the Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Award for Individual Poems and, for 2021, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational. He served as associate editor of Modern Haiku under the editorship of Robert Spiess from 1980 to 1985. A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Chuck has lived half his life in California, the other half in British Columbia. He currently resides near his birth city, San Francisco. Visit Chuck’s website.

distant sail

a breeze lifts

the hairs on my neck

sheet lightning

a face near the top

of the Ferris wheel


the widow’s blinds

part slightly

manhole steam

two men with briefcases

from the other world

age spots

a fistful of sand

sifting back to sand