This region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and the United States Virgin Islands.
The Southeast region welcomes all poets as we build haiku-related activities throughout our territory. Several fine haiku poets can be found in our sunny locales.
Regional activities in recent years have included meetings in Atlanta and Orlando, as well as events at several venues in Alabama. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the annual Sakura Festival has been promoting haiku through an annual contest since 1991.
Jump in and get involved! For more information, please visit our Haiku Society of America SE Region page on Facebook, or contact the Southeast regional coordinator.
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Honoring the Earth Meeting and Workshop
Fall may FINALLY be in the air, but tilt your hat toward Spring, just for a haiku moment.
HSA SE will host a meeting and workshop, "Honoring the Earth" on Earth Day weekend, April 21-23, 2017, on beautiful St. Simon's Island, Georgia.
We will stay at Epworth by the Sea, a Methodist Conference Center/Camp. Meals are included from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. (No pets or alcohol on the premises, but we can socialize in the evenings at a local watering hole if desired.)
FRIDAY - Check in late afternoon; dinner; gathering and short session Friday evening.
SATURDAY AM - "Bird is the Word" with Tom Painting. Says Tom, "We will explore the magic of birds in memory, imagination and the here-and now. Workshop participants will call upon some the many fine haiku written in English about birds to act as models and inspiration. A discussion of how birds are linked to seasonal awareness will further enhance our understanding.
With spring migration at its peak, participants will be invited to go on a bird-walk. We will identify birds in a wide range of breeding plumages and especially through their vocalizations, which make every species that much more unique.
Those interested in the walk should bring binoculars. I will have a number of pair to lend out for those not owning them."
SATURDAY AFTERNOON - Fay Aoyagi,
HSA Past-President David G. Lanoue will lead us in a "Write like Issa" workshop. He'll offer another session later drawing upon his recent book, Issa and the Meaning of Animals, and his current work-in-progress exploring Issa's human relationships.
Here's a question from David to ponder: "What does it mean to be alive, and how can haiku help answer this question?"
SUNDAY MORNING - Laurence Stacey will lead us in exploring "new concepts regarding the place of poetry in both ecological and peace studies discourse" - title TBA.
We'll also do some workshopping, try a kukai (haiku contest voted on by attendees), and explore some other new haiku collections compatible with our Earth Day theme, as well as simply enjoy the inspiring natural surroundings and ocean breezes.
The scoop on cost: Our generous speakers are funding most or part of their own expenses, but attendees will need to plan on contributing an estimated $50 toward the weekend. Lodging and meals (2 nights + 6 meals) will cost $322 total per person for a single occupancy room or $272 total per person for double occupancy, if you are traveling with a spouse, partner, or friend/fellow member.
So, total for the conference including program, lodging and meals will be:
$322/single occupancy per person
$222/double occupancy per person
(Contact me if you will be coming during the day only; I'll need to collect money in advance for meals and our workshop fee.)
TO RESERVE A SPOT: Please send me a $40 non-refundable per-person deposit, made out to me, as soon as possible:
Robyn Hood Black
Balance will be due (to me) in early March.
Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis as long as the conference center can accommodate our numbers.
Epworth's cancellation policies:
Birds of a haiku feather flock together!
Submitted by Robyn Hood Black
Robyn Hood Black