This region includes Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The Midwest region has traditionally been a focal point of American haiku activity with publications such as American Haiku, the world’s first English-language haiku journal (started in 1963), and Modern Haiku, which has been published here for most of its existence, among others. In addition, we are also home to Brooks Books, the country’s oldest publisher devoted to books of haiku, and its journal Mayfly. The region hosted the landmark Haiku Chicago event in 1995 (the first-ever joint conference of the Haiku Society of America and Japan’s Haiku International Association), the 1999 Haiku North America conference, the 2000 Global Haiku Festival, and, more recently, the “Cradle of American Haiku” festivals. In addition, Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, hosts the country’s only university haiku studies program.
The Midwest region has a wealth of talent, with HSA members in eight states, and strives to grow in its knowledge of haiku by holding informative readings and critiques, with presentations by excellent poets and speakers, to which the public is always invited. Additional activities include outdoor walks, such as visiting the Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Members often meet for dinner after events to socialize.
If you’re not already an HSA member, please come to one of our gatherings or free programs, and give us a try. We encourage haiku poets throughout the Midwest to start a new group (the Midwest regional coordinator is always happy to help), or to join an existing group:
- In Iowa, contact Bill Pauly (Haiku Dubuque).
- In Mineral Point, Wisconsin, contact Gayle Bull.
- In Waukesha, Wisconsin contact Dan Schwerin.
- In South Bend, Indiana, contact Elinor Huggett.
- In Indianapolis, contact Kyle Craig.
- In Chicago area, contact Charlotte Digregorio (Chicago Metro Haiku).
- In Champaign/Urbana, Illinois, contact <email@example.com>
- In Ohio, (Dover area), contact Julie Warther.
- In Ohio, (Findlay area), contact Sharon Hammer Baker.
- In East Lansing, Michigan, contact Michele Root-Bertstein.
- In Michigan, contact Mike Rehling.
- In southern Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri, contact John Dunphy (Mississippi Mud Daubers).
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Regional Member News & Events 2017
Evergreen Haiku Study Group
Evergreen Haiku meets again Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm in Room C301, Snyder Hall, 362 Bogue Street, East Lansing, Michigan.
Lee Gurga has had to cancel his lecture and reading at our next haiku study group meeting. It’s a disappointment, but we’ll investigate innovative haiku on our own. I’ve prepared a selection of poems from his co-edited book, Haiku 21, an anthology of contemporary English-language haiku (2011) for us to consider and a summary of pertinent ideas from Richard Gilbert’s The Disjunctive Dragonfly (2008). Come see what all the fuss is about!
We’ll spend the second half of our time together in anonymous critique of some of the haiku you’ve already been sending me. If you haven’t yet sent me 1-3 haiku, you can still do so through thiscoming Thursday. Whoever's poems get pulled for group delection, we’ll all have a chance to put in our 2 cents.
So come join us if you can! The Evergreen Haiku Study Group welcomes everyone, of any age, and at any stage of haiku love. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
“In Silence”-–A Multimedia Trilingual Exhibition
at the Polish Museum of America by Lidia Rozmus
What is the best and most precious gift we can give to one another and to ourselves? One of the answers is silence—and the peace that silence brings with it. We live in challenging times, and personal moments of quiet and solitude are essential to our well-being and existential struggles.
The opening of a multimedia exhibition entitled “In Silence” will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.
The exhibition of paintings and photographs includes fifty-four haiga –haiku poems accompanied by images. These are also are part of a book portfolio by artist Lidia Rozmus entitled “In Silence.” The premiere of a film with the same title by Jan M. Zamorski will also be featured at the opening. All are cordially invited to this contemplative evening of poetry, painting, photography, and reflection on the natural world. Donation is $10. (Free parking is available on site.)
The concept behind the exhibition is Rozmus’ book portfolio, accompanied by the film by Zamorski. The haiga book portfolio consists of eighteen folders, each containing three language-versions of haiku by Rozmus. Those in English are accompanied by photographs by Iwona Biedermann and Rozmus; those in Japanese are presented by Rozmus with her sumi-e (ink drawings on rice paper), along with calligraphy by Masanobu Koshikawa; and those in Polish are accompanied by Rozmus’ colored pencil drawings on black cardboard.
The book’s folders are elegantly placed in a handmade cloth-covered box. This unique artist’s book is available in a limited edition only and will be offered for sale at the opening. The film explores the four seasons in all of their beauty and peace, and connects them to some of Rozmus’ haiku. This exhibition will run until April 18, and it will be followed by others in the U.S., Poland, and Japan.
Submitted by Lidia Rozmus
Illinois State Poetry Society Haiku Chapter
The Haiku Chapter of the Illinois State Poetry Society is meeting on February 19, 2017 from 1-4 pm at the Northbrook Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, Illinois. We meet every other month throughout the year for critique and study. Contact Susan Auld for more information: email@example.com
Haiku Waukesha meets the second Wednesday of the month, March 8th, 5-7pm at First UMC, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The public is welcome. Each session features study of haiku and time to workshop poems. Direct questions to: Dan Schwerin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohaio-ku Study Group
The Ohaio-ku study group met Saturday, February 12 at the Cuyahoga Falls Library. The following members were in attendance: Phyllis Lee, Joe McKeon, Larry Cliff, Sharon Ohnmeiss, Valentina Rinaldi-Adams and Julie Warther. We discussed Valentina's new online journal, Stardust Haiku, workshopped some of our own haiku and held a kukai with the theme "February holidays". (Joe McKeon and Julie Warther tied for first. Phyllis Lee and Valentina Rinaldi-Adams tied for second).
The next meeting will be held Saturday, March 11 from 10am-noon at the Cuyahoga Falls Library. The kukai theme is "vernal equinox". Bring along haiku to workshop and some of your favorites from recent journals to share in a reading. Contact Julie Warther with questions: email@example.com
Haiku Waukesha meets the second Wednesday of the month, Feb. 8th, 5-7pm at First UMC, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The public is welcome. Each session features study of haiku and time to workshop poems. Direct questions to: Dan Schwerin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohaio-ku Study Group
The Ohaio-ku study group met Saturday, January 14 at the Cuyahoga Falls Library. The following members were in attendance: Phyllis Lee, Joe McKeon, Larry Cliff, Sharon Ohnmeiss, Valentina Rinaldi-Adams and Julie Warther and well as two first-time guests. We shared and discussed some revision checklists and techniques, workshopped some of our own haiku and held a kukai with the theme "new year". (Phyllis Lee placed first. Joe McKeon and Julie Warther tied for second). The winner received a book award.
The next meeting will be held Saturday, February 11 from 10am-noon at the Cuyahoga Falls Library. The kukai theme is "February holidays". For example Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Leap Day, etc.) Bring along haiku to workshop and some of your favorites from recent journals to share in a reading.
All the best,
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See previous year event reports in our Midwest Web Archives:
2016 Midwest Archive of Events
2015 Midwest Archive of Events
2013 & 2014 Midwest Archive of Events
2012 Midwest Archive of Events
2011 Midwest Archive of Events
2010 Midwest Archive of Events
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Julie Warther lives with her husband and three teenaged children in Dover, Ohio where she works for the local school system as a home instruction tutor and serves on the board of trustees for The Dover Public Library. A member of HSA since 2009, her haiku have appeared in many print and online journals and won a number of awards including the Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu (2012), the Robert Frost International Haiku Award (2012), the Polish International Haiku Competition (2013) and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational (2014). Julie's haiku have been included in the Red Moon Anthology (Red Moon Press 2012-2015), Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press, 2014), and A New Resonance 9 (Red Moon Press, 2015).
siblings feed the elephant
in the room
so many lives
in this one
Modern Haiku 45:3
Prune Juice, Issue 14