2015 Member News & Announcements
Deborah P Kolodji <email@example.com> • January 23, 2015
Haiku Workshop at Joshua Tree National Park, March 7, 2015
The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
presents "Desert Haiku Writing in Joshua Tree National Park"
March 7, 2015 at the Black Rock Visitor's Center
9 am to 4 pm.
Joshua Tree, CA – Spring is coming soon, and March is an ideal month to visit the Mojave Desert as wildflowers begin to bloom! Be inspired by the power and beauty of the desert setting to learn how to write haiku as well as other nature-based forms of poetry in this writing-intensive field seminar. Participants will take brief walks and be introduced to the ecologic and cultural/historical richness of the desert at Joshua-Tree-studded Black Rock Campground. In addition to writing haiku that stems from the direct experience of this natural desert wonderland, participants will also be led in writing other short forms of poetry and some short prose stemming from creative writing prompts. This workshop is open to writers of all levels, from beginning to advanced, and is suitable for ages 14+. The workshop is led by desert poet/writer Ruth Nolan, MFA, Professor of English and Creative Writing at College of the Desert, and poet Deborah P. Kolodji, moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group, and California Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.
To receive more information contact Kevin Wong, program director via email at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or by phone (760) 367-5583. You can also register online on The Desert Institute website: <http://www.joshuatree.org/desert-institute/field-classes/desert-haiku-writing-in-joshua-tree-national-park/>
Lee Gurga <email@example.com> • January 23, 2015
Chicago Haiku Study Group Meeting
The next meeting of the Chicago Haiku Study Group will take place on Saturday, January 24th from 2-4pm at
5507 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
We will have a short review of haiku aesthetics and then apply them to some interesting contemporary haiku. Following this the group will critique individual haiku. If you would like your haiku critiqued, please bring 10 copies of up to 6 unpublished haiku. We will also discuss possible future programs.
Student Haiku Contest
The United Nations International School, the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese, and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations are proud to host the 2015 Student Haiku Contest.
Now in its tenth year, the contest is open to students in grades 1 through 12 and, once again, their teachers. As in the past, poems written in English or in Japanese are eligible, and experienced judges will decide the winners in each of these two language categories. Teachers who wish to enter their students' work in these languages should follow contest regulations. Notable poems in these demonstration categories will be published on the school's website in celebration of the expanded scope of this year's contest. Entries should reflect as much as possible a deeper understanding of the aesthetic principles of haiku instead of focusing only on the syllable count.
Deadline: All entries must be received by March 17, 2015.
For more information see the web page: <http://www.unis.org/page.cfm?p=2389>
Charlotte Digregorio <firstname.lastname@example.org> • January 13, 2015
The Fun Art of Haiku and Senryu
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:30 p.m.
Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL
Be creative and capture the moments of your life! Write and publish very short, insightful poems about nature, the seasons, and human nature. There will be an informative presentation by Charlotte Digregorio, author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, Second Vice President of the Haiku Society of America, and poet of 32 awards. Each participant will write a poem and read it to the audience, if desired. Four winning poems will be announced. Each winner will receive an issue of Frogpond, journal of the Haiku Society of America.
Julie Warther <email@example.com> • January 10, 2015
HAIKU WORKSHOP TO MEET January 17th in Wisconsin
THE FOUNDRY BOOKS will sponsor a haiku workshop on Saturday, January 17 at 2:00 PM at THE WALKER HOUSE in Mineral Point. This workshop features Lee Gurga. His topic is "Japanese Aesthetics and Junk Haiku".
We welcome new as well as established haiku poets, and those who just want to learn about haiku and Japanese culture. Please feel free to come, learn, listen and join the discussion. We learn by reading and talking about haiku. Our discussions are designed for both novice and accomplished haiku poets. We will also discuss any questions you may have about haiku. Everyone interested in haiku is encouraged to attend. Phone 608-987-4363 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
Julie Warther <email@example.com> • January 7, 2015
The Chicago Haiku Study Group meets Saturday, January 24th from 2-4pm at
5507 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
We will continue our exploration of haiku aesthetics. Following this, the group will critique individual haiku. If you would like your haiku critiqued, please bring 10 copies of up to 6 unpublished haiku. We will also discuss possible future programs. For further information, contact Lee Gurga at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
There is free parking available about a block from the D&Z Bookstore. The address of the garage is at 3140 N Central Ave.—right around the corner.
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