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Haiku Society of America Meetings

Haiku Society of America meetings are held quarterly at various locations throughout the U. S. The HSA also supports other local, national and international haiku activities.

The locations, times, and programs for the Quarterly Meetings appear in the HSA Newsletter and on this page of the HSA Web site. Announcements and details of HSA regional meetings appear in the HSA Newsletter and on the HSA Web site (see HSA Regional Announcements). Inquiries regarding regional meetings can also be addressed to the appropriate Regional Coordinator. Dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please verify your travel plans with the coordinator for each quarterly meeting.

See the web archives of 2013 Meetings, 2012 Meetings, 2011 Meetings, 2010 Meetings, 2009 Meetings, 2008 Meetings or 2007 Meetings or earlier HSA Meeting Archives.


2014 Haiku Society of America Meetings

4th Quarter | 3rd Quarter | 2nd Quarter | 1st Quarter

Details of locations, times, and programs will appear in the HSA Newsletter and Web site, as will announcements and details of HSA regional meetings. Reminders of national meetings, HSA contest deadlines, and occasional other news or announcements will also be sent by e-mail. Inquiries regarding regional meetings can also be addressed to the appropriate regional coordinator.

1st Quarterly Meeting: March 21-23, 2014 @ Atlanta

The conference will be held at the Artmore Hotel, 1302 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. 404-876-6100. <http://www.artmorehotel.com/> HSA conference rate: $135 a night; add $15 for parking a vehicle.

Featured presenters will include: Jim Kacian, “Haiku in English: The First 100 Years”; Lee Gurga, a workshop; Stanford M. Forrester & Ben Moeller-Gaa, “Make Books, Not War: an exploration of the haiku chapbook, its many incarnations and possibilities”; Teresa Church, “Culture and Collage: An African American Approach to Haiku and Other Poetry”; Laurence Stacy, topic TBA; Lenard Moore, jazz haiku; Terri French, “Ku and Yoga”; and Tom Painting’s students from Paideia School. There will also be an open mike haiku reading for all participants and an HSA business meeting.

For more information, contact the Planning Committee of David Lanoue, Terri French, and Tom Painting: <david1gerard@hotmail.com>, <terri.l.french@gmail.com>, <tpainting51@gmail.com>.


2nd Quarterly Meeting: July 25 - 27 @ Mineral Point, Wisconsin

This will be a special joint meeting of Haiku Society of America and the Cradle of American Haiku Festival 4. The Cradle Festival was originated to honor those in the Midwest who have contributed to the development of English Language haiku. Much of the early work in English Language haiku was done in the Midwest. The first Cradle featured Raymond Roseleip, one of the early English Language poets, from Dubuque, Iowa. The second featured Robert Spiess, early haiku poet and editor of Modern Haiku for many years who was from Madison, Wisconsin. The third featured Don Eulert and James Bull, who started the first journal devoted exclusively to English Language haiku at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The Cradle of American Haiku Festival 4 will honor and feature Randy Brooks, Lee Gurga and Charlie Trumbull, none of whom needs an introduction.

Open to the public, you may attend the Cradle of American Haiku Festival and the national meeting of the Haiku Society of America, Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, at The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., Mineral Point.

There will be workshops on haiku and related poetic forms of Japanese-style, panel discussions, poetry readings, critiques of participants’ work, and exhibits of Japanese art.

These are some of the workshops and presentations to be featured at the festival that is scheduled in conjunction with the national meeting of the Haiku Society of America:

• A panel discussion on the past, present, and future of haiku, by Lee Gurga, Randy Brooks, and Charles Trumbull, followed by a short critique session.

• Haiga, art combined with haiku, by Aubrie Cox and Lidia Rozmus.

• Teaching Haiku, geared for workshop leaders, by Aubrie Cox and Randy Brooks.

• Brooks Books: Celebrating Four Decades, by Randy and Shirley Brooks, haiku publishers.

• Oral Interpretation of Haiku, by Jerome Cushman.

• Kukai, a haiku forum that includes judging of participants’ poems, by Randy Brooks.

• Polishing Your Haiku and Senryu To Be The Best For Publication, by Charlotte Digregorio.

• “Between Basho and Ban’ya: Bypassing Barthes: A New Brand of Haiku,” by Charles Trumbull.

• The “new” haiku, by Lee Gurga.

• Jun Fujita, The First Tanka Poet Published in the U.S., and his lyrical poetry, by Marjorie Buettner.

• Haibun, short prose that contains haiku, by Melissa Allen.

• A Ginko walk to appreciate nature and inspire the writing of haiku.

There will be an opening evening reception with music and a Saturday dinner to encourage networking among participants.

For more information or to have your name added to the mailing list, please contact Gayle Bull at 608-987-4363 or <info@foundrybooks.com>. For information on lodging, please check <http://mineralpoint.com/>.


3rd Quarterly Meeting: September 26-27, 2014 @ New York City

New York City, Westbeth Community Center for the Arts
For details contact Rita Gray <ritagray58@gmail.com>

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Westbeth Center for the Arts, Community Room, 155 Bank Street
(Community Room is directly to the left when you enter at 155 Bank Street)

Program: Nominations and Issa
Led by David G. Lanoue

David G. Lanoue is president of the Haiku Society of America, professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana, and a prolific writer of haiku criticism and translation. His presentation will begin with a business meeting at which, in accordance with HSA by-laws, he will ask for nominations of candidates for this year's election of officers. He will then read from and discuss his most recently published work, Issa and the Meaning of Animals, which uses Issa's haiku to examine the poet's Pure Land Buddhist approach to treating animals ethically—with the care and compassion deserved by fellow travelers in a world shared with humans.


Program: Traditional Spanish Dances
Led by Miriam Borne

Miriam Borne has extensive dance training in ballet, flamenco, and modern forms, experience as a high school English teacher, and was the HSA Northeast Metro coordinator from 2007 to 2008. Her presentation will showcase a performance of Fandangos de Huelva, Sevillanas, and Alegrias, as well as a reading of her poetry. We will then write haiku in response to the dances, with judging and prizes to follow.

As usual, bring in a favorite haiku for our read-aloud.

For all who are interested, after the meeting we will go to dinner at around 6:15 p.m. at Dublin 6, an Irish bar/restaurant located at 575 Hudson Street between West 11th Street & Bank Street.


Upcoming HSA Northeast Metro Meeting Dates (to take place from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Westbeth Community Room):

Winter 2014: December 20, 2014
Spring 2015: March 21, 2015
Summer 2015: June 13, 2015
Autumn 2015: September 26, 2015

Rita Gray


4th Quarterly Meeting: December 5-6, 2014 @ Washington DC

The Fourth Quarterly meeting will be Washington D.C., Dec. 5-6.
For details contact Robert Ertman: <robertertman@msn.com>



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