Haiku Society of America - Midwest Region

Haiku Society of America Region

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Midwest Region

This region includes Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, 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:

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HSA Regions

Regional Coordinator

Bryan Rickert
6 Dorchester Drive 
Belleville, IL 62223


Bryan lives with his wife and two daughters in Belleville, Illinois and currently works as an industrial coffee roaster in St. Louis, Missouri. A member of The Haiku Society of America since 2015, his work has appeared in many print and online journals. His first collection of haiku and senryu FISH KITE was published in 2018 by Cyberwit Publishing. 

talking religion
the slipperiness 
of mossy stones

       Frogpond 41.1

one steeple
at a time

       Modern Haiku 49.1

summer’s end
I unpack
the smell of the sea

       The Heron’s Nest 18.3

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See previous year event reports in our Midwest Region Web Archives:

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