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:
See the 2012 Midwest Archive of Events.
See the 2011 Midwest Archive of Events.
See the 2010 Midwest Archive of Events.
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Regional Member News & Events 2016
Calling All Midwest Haiku Poets,
I want to let you know personally about a haiku study group that is set to begin Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at Michigan State University. Meetings are planned for the 3rd Saturday of every month—at least through April 16th—and beyond if there is interest. I sure hope so! This is a group meant for students and for community members, for novice poets and seasoned haijin alike. If you can come to one, some, or all meetings, please do! We need you!
There's a bit of information about me and the haiku study group format I envision:
In a nutshell~
Dates: February 20, March 19, April 16, 2016
I am looking forward to this opportunity to celebrate haiku in the Midwest. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you are ever in East Lansing and would like to join in the fun!
Dan Schwerin <firstname.lastname@example.org>• February 5, 2016
New Haiku Group in Waukesha, WI
Dan Scwerin writes that a new haiku group started last July and it's still going. "There are several publishing haiku now, several beginners, and those like me who are eternal novices. All are welcome." For now this haiku group meets 6:30 to 8:00 pm on the second or fourth Wednesday at First UMC Waukesha, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. We gather next on Feb. 24 from 630-8pm.
Questions? Contact Dan at <email@example.com>
Donna Bauerly <Donna.Bauerly@loras.edu> • February 5, 2016
Greetings Midwest members of HSA! We are lucky to have Julie as our guide these days. So far, I have given five readings of my recently published biography: Raymond Roseliep. Man of Art Who Loves the Rose, published by The Haiku Foundation. My last reading on January 10th was at Gayle Bull's famous bookstore, The Foundry. She is always a wonderful hostess, and the critique group who attended the reading were marvelous responders! I welcome your own purchase of this 13-year-in-the making biography, and if you go to <http://www.thehaikufoundation.org>, use Ctrl + F under the Gift area, you will find a photo and some fine information about this biography. (All proceeds from the sale of the book go to The Haiku Foundation.) Many thanks go to Charles Trumbull (no words can tell his excellence and depth of knowledge), my editor for more than a decade. I hope to see many of you at the summer Midwest Haiku Festival in Mineral Point. Special greetings to all I know from this group: some personally; many through their excellent haiku.
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See previous year event reports in our Midwest Web Archives:
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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).