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HSA Regions

South Region

This region includes Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
The South region welcomes anyone living in or passing through the area to join local groups for regular meetings and special events for sharing the haiku experience and camaraderie. Three groups currently meet monthly in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana, and annually in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

The Arkansas Haiku Society (AHS) hosted the South Region Conference in Hot Springs from its inception in 1997 through 2010. Over the weekend of November 4–6, 2011, the AHS celebrated its 15th annual meeting at the National Park Community College Library in Hot Springs. For details about future meetings, contact Howard Kilby.

The New Orleans Haiku Society (NOHS) was founded in 2002 by Johnette Downing and David Lanoue. It meets on the third Monday of each month at the Milton Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue, near the Tulane University campus. NOHS hosted the 15th annual South Region Conference at the library May 20–22, 2011. NOHS is noteworthy for providing haiku-related activities for poets of all ages as well as varying skill levels. You can find details about meetings, past and future, on their website.

The Northwest Louisiana Haiku Society, a subgroup of the Red River Rewriters, held its first meeting on July 2, 2006, at the Broadmoor Library in Shreveport. Founding members included HSA members Theresa Mormino, Nan Dozier, Carlos Colón, and Marian Poe, as well as Pamela Raintree, Marie Brass, and Melissa J. Fowle. For information about meetings, please contact Carlos Colon.

The flora and fauna in the South are notable for inspiring haiku moments. Thus the future of haiku and related genres (tanka, haibun, haiga, and senryu, as well as renku) in the region is promising. We hope additional groups will spring up wherever there are a few dedicated poets. Anyone interested in forming a haiku group is encouraged to contact the regional coordinator for information and assistance.

—Johnye Strickland

Regional Links

New Orleans Haiku Society

Haiku of Kobayashi Issa

Regional Contact Information

New Orleans, Louisiana: Johnette Downing or David Lanoue

Shreveport, Louisiana: Carlos W. Colón

Hot Springs, Arkansas: Howard Lee Kilby

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Regional Coordinator

Carlos Colon
185 Lynn Ave
Shreveport, LA 71105-3523


Carlos Colón, of Shreveport, Louisiana, has published more than 1000 poems and is the author of Haiku Elvis: A Life in 17 Syllables (or Less) as well as 12 poetry chapbooks. His work has appeared in Modern Haiku, Writer's Digest, Louisiana Literature, and in two recent anthologies: The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2011) and Haiku in English (W.W. Norton, 2013). Colón is also included in Tazuo Yamaguchi's Haiku: Art of the Short Poem, a DVD documentary.

He has been a member of the Haiku Society of America since 1993 and served as a Gerald Brady Award co-juror in 1998 and 2005. He also hosted quarterly HSA meetings in Shreveport in 2007 and 2012. Colón hopes to continue and expand the progress made by former South Region Coordinators Howard Lee Kilby and Johnye Strickland.

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