cover photo of swirled light fixture by Debbie Strange
front cover

by Debbie Strange
featuring calligraphy by JS Graustein

  • ISBN 978-1-61019-234-7
  • $12.00 US paperback

A Year Unfolding is a haiku collection by Debbie Strange that celebrates the changing seasons in Canada, with each poem written in Carolingian hand by JS Graustein before digitizing. Strange sews together a rich tapestry of wildlife, landscape, and love. Her poems lead us through the Canadian seasons, sharing the natural flow of a land that is still wild and raw. “Duskfall / we trail our fingers / through stars” — Strange is one of those rare poets who can bring to life the seasons in an entrancing and refreshing way.

A few print copies are still available to order at a discount from our shop, hosted by Big Cartel. Also:

  • Print copies are available from most online booksellers.
  • Print copies may be special-ordered from brick-and-mortar bookshops (through the Ingram network).
  • To read excerpts and preview the calligraphy, please visit JS Graustein’s Flickr set.


back cover of the book that is black with yellow text
back cover

Debbie Strange is the author of Warp and Weft: Tanka Threads (Keibooks, 2015). She makes her home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after having lived in each of the four western Canadian provinces. Poetry of place plays an integral role in much of her writing. Her work has been translated, anthologized, and published internationally, as well as showcased by the Mann Library at Cornell University in 2016. Her haiku placed 1st in the 2015 Haiku Society of America Harold G. Henderson Contest, along with four 1st place awards in various competitions throughout 2016. Debbie is an avid photographer whose images have been exhibited and published. She is also passionate about creating haiga and tanka art, and exploring nature with her husband in their lime-green 1978 Volkswagen camper. Every poem brings Debbie closer to the world and to herself. To learn more, please visit her at:

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:


“Debbie Strange is a poet I’m always excited to publish. It’s refreshing to find this type of haiku insofar as both excellent content and correct rhythm, there’s no mistaking that her style qualifies as real ‘haiku.’ Debbie’s work reflects her natural personality and exuberance for nature. A Year Unfolding is a fine collection, two of my favorites being ‘on the tundra’ and ‘in the pond.’ I believe the world will be seeing much more of Debbie’s writing in numerous other publications, and as contest winners…how fortunate this is for readers and lovers of Japanese short forms!”

~an’ya, United Haiku and Tanka Society’s Principal Editor of cattails

“Debbie’s work has graced the pages of many a fine haiku journal, and her spirit infuses any discussion of modern haiku. Now she shares her work in this chapbook with all of us. Her delicate insights into every facet of life are wonderful examples of the form. You won’t find a better collection of haiku to hold in your hand, and you have the added but unseen benefit of reading the work of a wonderful person. If you are holding this book, then you have something worthwhile in your hands.”

~Mike Rehling, Past Officer of the United Haiku and Tanka Society

4 Comments on “Now Available: A YEAR UNFOLDING

  1. Congratulations Debbie and Folded Word! What a lovely work of art ! Putting it on my wish list! 🙂


  2. Your wish is granted! It’s a transitional title (2nd half of last year, 1st half of this year), so it’s part of your subscription. Just popped a copy in the mail for you this afternoon:-)

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