Mid Atlantic Region
This region includes Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia.
The HSA’s Mid-Atlantic region has three active groups offering regular gatherings for haiku study. Each group features something unique as well, as follows:
The Haiku Poets of Central Maryland sponsors the Anita Sadler Weiss Haiku Competition and publishes annual poem-sheet collections of haiku, senryu, and tanka. HPCM is also the home of Black Cat Press.
The Towpath haiku group works through organizations in and around Washington, DC, to deepen the understanding and enjoyment of the haiku arts. Towpath has partnered with the Women’s National Book Association and the Japan-America Society of Washington to present programs in haiku education, and has designed and staffed the “Haiku Table” at JASW’s annual Japan Bowl competition for high school students.
The North Carolina Haiku Society hosts Haiku Holiday, an annual festival drawing poets from around the state for a full day of presentations, workshops, and haiku walks. The event takes place in late April in a beautiful rural setting in the Raleigh–Chapel Hill area.
Virginia, too, has riches to offer. It is home to the journal South by Southeast: Haiku & Haiku Arts, to Red Moon Press, and to The Haiku Foundation, a national and international organization devoted to preserving and promoting the art of haiku.
To learn more about haiku events in this region, please get in touch with the Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator. Wherever you may be in the area, you will find a group of haiku poets waiting to welcome you.
Haiku Poets of Central Maryland
North Carolina Haiku Society
Black Cat Press
Blogging Along Tobacco Road
Red Moon Press
The Haiku Foundation
South by Southeast: Haiku & Haiku Arts
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Ellen Compton lives in Washington, DC, where she studied painting, theatre, and poetry before discovering a passion for haiku. She has taught painting and still returns occasionally to theatre work. Haiku, however, now comes first. Ellen is a freelance writer-editor working from her home office—an arrangement that gives her time for the city’s wooded parks and the nearby Chesapeake Bay. She is one of the founding members of the Towpath haiku group, coedited two Haiku Society of America anthologies (Fish in Love and Dandelion Clocks), and served on the editorial staff of the Red Moon Anthology during its early years.
a white-throated sparrow
opens with song
missing the turn sign
missing the turn
wind from the sea—
on a ferry pier alone
in the milky way