Tillamook Burn Haiku Contest

At the Kick Ass Oregon History happy hour haiku throwdown, six pro and semi-pro haiku artists stepped to the invitation’s challenge: Write a haiku about the Tillamook Burn, the devastating Oregon forest fire that scorched 311,000 acres of NW Oregon in 1933. (It wasn’t only in 1933, but I don’t want to get into the details. That’s Kick Ass Doug’s department.) As you might guess, any invitation that includes a request for a themed haiku will get my attention, so I wrote a few to throw into the ring. Despite creative and talented competition, I managed to leave with the fantastic Ralph Friedman book, Oregon for the Curious, as my prize. Kick Ass!


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