What Was Here

Click to view front & back covers + sample page at Big Cartel

by Julie Warther
featuring calligraphy by JS Graustein

  • ISBN 978-1-61019-222-4
  • $8.00 US paperback
  • $0.99 US ebook coming spring 2016

In this collection of 20 haiku, Julie Warther crystallizes time as it runs through fields, woodlands, and water; a world frozen / in an icicle / a sky full of stars. She celebrates these fleeting moments — and how, folding time over time, they contain landmarks / that used to be.

Print copies are available to order from our shop, hosted by Big Cartel. If you live in the USA and don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a check for $8 made out to “Folded Word” with “What Was Here” in the comment line to: Folded Word, 79 Tracy Way, Meredith NH 03253.


JULIE WARTHER is an internationally recognized haiku and senryu poet currently serving as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. Her poems have won numerous awards including the Robert Frost International Haiku Award (2012), The Polish International Haiku Competition (2013), and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational (2014). Her work is featured in many respected journals and anthologies including A New Resonance 9: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press 2015), Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press) and The Red Moon Anthologies (2013-2015). She lives a small-town life in Dover, Ohio where she fondly remembers what was here, enjoys what is, and hopes for what could be. To learn more, please visit her at: twitter.com/juliewarther

JS GRAUSTEIN is the Editor in Chief of Folded Word, co-editor of the Twitter Lit anthology On a Narrow Windowsill (Folded Word 2010), and the author of How to Write an Exceptional Thesis or Dissertation (Atlantic Publishing Group 2012). She holds a Master of Science in Biology (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb), a Literary Publishing Certificate (Emerson College, Boston), and has studied translation under William O’Daly, noted translator of Pablo Neruda’s late and posthumous work (Copper Canyon Press). Her calligraphy and photography have appeared on the covers of numerous hand-bound Signature Series chapbooks (Folded Word 2009-2013). This is her second chapbook rendered in the Carolingian hand. She lives amongst the trees in the picturesque highlands of Meredith, New Hampshire. To learn more, please visit her at: grayestone.wordpress.com


“What I love most about this chapbook is how the poems in it are so keenly tied to the title, What Was Here. In it we step into moments where a firefly’s light goes out, a branch whisks back into place after the departure of some unseen animal, or the remnants of a scarecrow’s stake remain in the fields after the crops have been harvested. These moments, ensconced in Julie Warther’s finely crafted contemporary haiku, remind us that life is happening all around us, and that we not only should, but need to stop and take notice before we, too, become something that once was here.”
Ben Moeller-Gaa, author of WASP SHADOWS (Folded Word) and BLOWING ON A HOT SOUP SPOON (poor metaphor design)

“The twenty haiku in What Was Here are a celebration of autumn and winter, and Julie Warther’s voice is present in
all its power and richness. Lyrical and elegiac, Warther writes about the ordinary things of her native Ohio small-town, and
the wilderness that survives both within her surroundings and within the reader.”
Meik Blöttenberger

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