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Frogpond 39.2 • 2016

Museum of Haiku
Literature Award

Haiku & Senryu

Essay 1 - Teaching Haiku
in American Higher Education, Part 2

Essay 2 - Interview with
Donna Bauerly



Book Reviews

From the Editor


Teaching Haiku
in American Higher Education, Part 2

by Randy Brooks, PhD

Teaching Haiku in American Higher Education, Part 2
(complete PDF version)

The following is based upon the author’s keynote
at Haiku North America 2015 at Union College.

Here is a sample excerpt from the opening page of this essay:

Another area included in the bibliography is pedagogical research on teaching haiku. The big news here is that you have to go beyond the quick assignment, the instant experience, and into more long-term approaches for quality engagement with reading and writing haiku. As soon as teachers go beyond the one-hour or two-day assignment, the articles begin to discuss how writing haiku engages students in ongoing creativity, and how sharing haiku builds community. Often these newer pedagogical studies focus on how haiku helped students in community colleges, in English as second language programs, in schools with students who are disadvantaged, or with students who are basically failing school.

How are other academic areas using haiku as part of teaching? There are a lot of disciplines using haiku, and while some members of the haiku community might argue that these faculty are “abusing haiku,” I argue that faculty from these disciplines are using haiku because they value certain aspects of it as related to their own academic area. Faculty in the fine arts do a beautiful job of integrating the arts, including the integration of the visual and the verbal evident in their use of haiku. Sometimes these creative arts faculty are adapting the aesthetics of haiku, but more often they are genuinely interested in multiple arts and creatively bringing them together. There are wonderful dissertations and MFA projects and theses that are musical compositions, exhibitions of visual arts including haiku, and that employ haiku in aspects of theatre.

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Brooks, Randy. "Teaching Haiku in American Higher Education, Part 2." Frogpond 39.2, Summer, 2016, 58-64.

This excerpt inclues the first page of the essay: page 58. The complete essay includes pages 58-64. To read the complete essay, click on the link to the PDF version:

Teaching Haiku in American Higher Education, Part 2
(complete PDF version)


Dr. Randy Brooks is the Dean of Arts & Sciences at Millikin University. He teaches courses on book publishing and haikai poetry traditions. His students’ work is online at: <http://performance.millikin.edu/haiku>. He and his wife, Shirley Brooks, are publishers of Brooks Books and co-editors of Mayfly haiku magazine. Randy is on the Executive Committee of the HSA as the Electronic Media Officer. He also serves as the webmaster for Modern Haiku Press and as web editor of Modern Haiku magazine. He is on the board for the American Haiku Archives and the editorial board for the Red Moon Press Haiku Anthologies.