Walking Away from the Sunset

by Julie Schwerin

High/Coo Chapbook Award 2023

ISBN 978-1-929820-27-6 • perfectbound
May 2023, 80 pages (4" X 6") • $15.00 US

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Julie Schwerin was born Julie Lynn Foltz on June 24, 1969 in Dover, Ohio. She previously published poetry under the name Julie Warther. She is an American editor, haiku poet and artist. Author of What Was Here (Folded Word Press), she was the founder/facilitator of the Ohaio-ku Study Group and the Ohio Haiku Facebook Group, served five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America and was a Poet in Residence at The Studios of Key West in Key West, Florida in May 2012.

Schwerin came to haiku while in the midst of cancer and grief journeys. Writing haiku allowed her to focus on the present moment with acceptance, wonder and appreciation.

She was one of seventeen poets featured in A New Resonance 9 (Red Moon Press) and has co-edited, along with Jim Kacian, Echoes 2, A New Resonance 11, A New Resonance 12 and A New Resonance 13.

Schwerin was instrumental in establishing several haiku installations in the Midwest including The Forest Haiku Walk at the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum in Millersburg, Ohio (2015-present), the Seasons of Haiku Trail at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio (2018-2019) and Words in Bloom: A Year of Haiku at the Chicago Botanic Garden (2020-2021) to feature the work of other poets and bring further awareness to haiku.

Schwerin is an associate editor at The Heron's Nest and member of the Red Moon Anthology Editorial team. She has resided in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin since 2021.

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winter hike . . .
catching up to the owner
of the tracks

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warm summer evening
enough swifts to swirl
a van Gogh sky

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   sunrise —
learning again to color
     outside the lines

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willow tips squiggle
the stream



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Literary Awards

“a hole” – Kaji Aso Haiku Contest, honorable mention, 2016

“barefoot/down” – Ito-en Haiku Grand-Prix, silver, 2020

“barefoot/willow” – Ito-en Haiku Grand-Prix, gold, 2022

“birding” – Haiku Society of America Henderson Award, honorable mention, 2014

“breaching whale” – Polish International Haiku Competition winner, 2013

“day moon” – Touchstone Award, The Haiku Foundation, 2019

“Holy Week” – Art of Haiku, semi-finalist, 2020

“pebbled beach” – Art of Haiku, semi-finalist, 2014

“Perseids” – The Haiku Calendar Competition, runner-up, 2017

“pine needle path” – HPNC International Haiku Competition, second, 2015

“rain-soaked earth” – Touchstone Award, The Haiku Foundation, 2020

“sumi-e” – Francine Porad Award, second, 2017

“sunrise” – best of Mayfly 58, 2015

“this side of the pane” – Robert Frost International Poetry Contest, first, 2012


Grateful acknowledgment is made to the editors of the following journals and publications in which some of these poems appeared:


A Hundred Gourds

Akitsu Quarterly

Art of Haiku

Autumn Moon


Bottle Rockets







Modern Haiku



Prune Juice

The Heron’s Nest


Wild Plum

Annual High/Coo Chapbooks Subscription

Brooks Books is pleased to announce the three winners of the 2023 High/Coo Chapbook Competition. We loved the range of topics and quality of the haiku evident in these collections.

The three collections and award-winning authors for 2023 (in no particular order) are:

One Note Moon
Ben Gaa

Walking Away from the Sunset
Julie Schwerin

Learning to See
Edward J. Rielly

Haiku lovers may purchase a subscription to the 2023 HIGH/COO Chapbooks at any time during 2023. A subscription is $30 per year which includes a copy of all three chapbooks.

See the 2023 CHAPBOOKS page to purchase all three winning chapbooks for discounted price of $30 plus $5 postage.