Zeitoun Giveaway Haiku Winners

Bassam Tariq is a Boing Boing guestblogger who is the co-author of 30 Mosques. A blog that celebrated the NYC mosques during the Islamic month of Ramadan. He lives in Harlem, NY.

The McSweeney folks were going to give us five signed copies, but then Dave Eggers himself loved this Haiku idea so much he's giving us another five. So, we're giving out a total of ten signed copies of Zeitoun. How great is that?

We  had a blast reading all the entries. We went through them three times to make sure none of the 380 entries were missed. A big thank you to Lisa Katayama who also chimed in at the last minute and helped select some of the winning entries.

 It was really hard choosing ten, so in no particular order here are the winners!

Top Ten Haikus -

I need to read this
to know why Al Qaeda would
strike in a canoe
- Zagrobelny

I will not waffle:
Zeitoun defrosted my heart.
 Leggo My Eggers!
- gabius

Flooding and prison
Not as bad as office life
Try and prove me wrong
- 45Visigoth

The waters recede
Deeper problems are revealed
Please paddle faster
- jcartan

Raised in Bible Belt,
And just moved to New Orleans.
Want understanding.
- Maghrabi

They all felt the rain.
It rose back to the heavens.
Some folks swim there still.
- okalready

This was not the world
My fiction promised to me
Where are my jetpacks?
- JMike

Levees are broken
Foundations washed away
A book preserves
- inter_baltic

My grandpa just passed
He left me an old canoe
Teach me to paddle
- crankarms

Flooded New Orleans
I'd rather read about it
Than live it again
- improvgreg


Honorable Mentions

"An awesome writer,
Eggers is," says Yoda. "My
Children he can have."
- Kelly Coyle

Lolcat in your boat
Katrina took my capnip
Can I haz book now?
- simonbarsinister

I deserve the book.
I'm a Nigerian prince
living in London.
- Dasbub

I like Dave Eggers
Cute girls see this on my shelf
Everybody wins
- Subdrill

The man in the mosque.
The woman breaking her fast.
I am just like them.
- Marsha Keefer


Congratulations to all those who won a signed copy of Zeitoun. Dave Eggers is eager to read the winning haikus so I'll be sending it to his folks as soon as I get the chance.

Next steps? I'll be collecting addresses and will send the books as soon as I get them.


  1. Congratulations to all the winners!

    BTW, I was having problems with my account setup, and scoured Boing Boing for a way to contact somebody, but found nothing. Ended up sending an email on 9/30 to the only contact info I found which was joel@boingboing.net. Please post contact info so that I can clear up this issue with my account. I would like to post as something other than anonymous (and have my entry possibly count the next time you have a contest).

    A loyal reader

  2. me first haiku! wrote it while sitting on couch and chatting with my 8 year old daughter about katrina. IHEARTFREESTUFF but am mostly excited to see her face when she finds out we won. thankyouthankyouthankyou.

  3. This just breaks my heart – it is hard for me to even see the Zeitoun sign as anything but a regular advertisement on the sidewalk. I suppose nothing can make a New Orleanian expatriate gal living in Oslo miss home more than remembering all the horrific things that happened in that bosom of a homeland.

  4. Certainly not mine, and nothing to do with the competition but my favourite Haiku goes a little like this.

    Haikus are easy
    But sometimes they don’t make sense

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