Meetings of the Haiku Society of America - 2013 Meetings

Haiku Society of America Meetings

Haiku Society of America meetings are held at various locations throughout the U. S. The HSA also supports other local, national and international haiku activities.

The locations, times, and programs for the meetings appear in the HSA Newsletter and on this page of the HSA Web site. Announcements and details of HSA regional meetings appear in the HSA Newsletter. Inquiries regarding regional meetings can also be addressed to the appropriate Regional Coordinator. Dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please verify your travel plans with the coordinator for each meeting.

Haiku Society of America 2013
National Meeting


1st Quarterly Meeting:
March 30, 2013 @ New York, NY

On March 30, HSA Northeast Metro will be hosting a National Meeting with David G. Lanoue, our new HSA President.

He will present "Issa's Best: A Sharing of Haiku to Honor Issa's 250th Birth Anniversary," as well as "Your HSA: A Brainstorming Session." Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite Issa poems for sharing.

In addition, Stanford M. Forrester will be reading from his book "the toddler's chant: selected poems 1998-2008 & some new ones since," recently republished by Stark Mountain Press.

Paul D. Miller, HSA Treasurer, will also be present to talk about new directions for HSA.

For more information or contact Rita Gray at <>.


2nd Quarterly Meeting:
June 21-23, 2013 @ Seattle, WA

HSA Quarterly Meeting, June 21–23, 2013 in Seattle
The Haiku Society of America welcomes you to its second quarterly national meeting of 2013 at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle, on the weekend of June 21 to 23, 2013, hosted by Haiku Northwest.

HSA president David Lanoue will talk about the 250th anniversary of Issa and lead a “Write Like Issa” workshop.

Novelist David Patneaude will explore the role of haiku in his novel Thin Wood Walls.

Bashô researcher Jeff Robbins, visiting from Japan, will highlight the humanity of Bashô and also explore Bashô’s known vs. unknown work (did you know that he wrote tanka, or that most of his haibun and letters have not been translated into English?).

HSA vice president Michael Dylan Welch will celebrate the haiku of Seattle haiku pioneer Francine Porad.

In addition, Haiku Northwest will launch its 25th anniversary haiku anthology, No Longer Strangers, with a reading of haiku from the book.

The Puget Sound Sumi Artists will also display recent haiga.

Other events include meals at nearby restaurants, free admission to the museum, and an informal gathering on Sunday at the Seattle Japanese Garden ($6 admission).

For more information, including the complete schedule, directions, recommended accommodations, and more, please visit <> (your RSVP will help us with planning) or email Michael Dylan Welch at <>. Events are open to the public and all Saturday events are free.


3rd Quarterly Meeting:
September 27-29, 2013 @ Evanston, IL

The Midwest Region will host HSA's Annual National Meeting with an exciting symposium and cultural events, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29, at the Holiday Inn, Evanston IL, along Chicago's North Shore. The Symposium's theme will be:

Contemporary Haiku: Where Do We Go From Here?

The event is already drawing participants and speakers from 20 states, Japan, and Canada.

The Symposium will feature a keynote speech from Professor Toshio Kimura, Director of the Haiku International Association. He will speak on the new era of haiku.

There will also be a panel of editors addressing the future of American haiku. The panel will include: Stanford Forrester of bottle rockets, Francine Banwarth of Frogpond, George Swede, former Editor of Frogpond, Roberta Beary, Haibun Editor of Modern Haiku, and Dr. Randy Brooks, Editor of Mayfly. The panel will field questions on what editors seek in haiku submissions.

An abbreviated schedule is listed below. A full schedule, biography of speakers, registration form, and instructions for hotel reservations, may be requested by email from Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator, <>.

Friday, Sept. 27

6 p.m. - Dinner, Giordano's, 1527 Chicago Ave., Evanston. No Host.
Optional: After dinner, concert in the community.

Saturday, Sept. 28

8 to 9 a.m. - Annual National Board Meeting. Nomination of officers and other business.

9 to 9:30 a.m. - Check-in with registration materials given.

9:30 to 9:40 a.m. - Welcome by Charlotte Digregorio, HSA Midwest Regional Coordinator

9:40-10:30 a.m. - Keynote Speech "New Era/Epoch of Haiku" by Professor Toshio Kimura, (Tokyo, Japan), followed by questions. Prof. Kimura will discuss modern/non-traditional haiku and how we define the role of nature in it.

10:40 to 11 a.m. - Guided Meditation, by William Shehan, (Illinois).

11 a.m. to Noon - Editor's Panel: What Is The Future of American Haiku?

Panel Moderator: Marsh Muirhead, (Minnesota)
Panelists: Stanford Forrester, (Connecticut); George Swede, (Canada); Roberta Beary, (Maryland); Francine Banwarth, (Iowa); and Dr. Randy Brooks, (Illinois). Panel will share their perspectives on this theme, and also answer questions about what editors seek in haiku submissions.

Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:30--2:30 p.m. - Haibun-- Blood, Sweat and Tears
Subtitle: Anonymous Haibun Workshop, by Roberta Beary, (Maryland)

Do you have what it takes for your haibun to be accepted for publication? Haibun Editor Roberta  Beary, along with the audience, will edit your haibun according to Modern Haiku submission guidelines:

(1) Each verse should be able to stand on it own as a haiku, without reference to the prose; (2) The prose should be composed in haikai style—that is, with an eye to brevity, objectivity, and non-intellectualization; (3) The haiku and the prose should stand in the same relationship to one another as do the two parts of the haiku—that is, one part should not repeat, explain, or continue the other, rather the juxtaposition of the two should lead the reader to experience added insight or resonance. Haibun are generally, but not necessarily, titled.

Important: Participants who wish to submit haibun must email no more than one haibun (without name appearing anywhere on the work) to Roberta Beary  by Aug. 21: <>

2:45—3:15 p.m - Haiga: A few words, a few brush strokes, by Lidia Rozmus, (Illinois) The artist-poet will give an Introduction to haiga – tradition, aesthetics, and tools. It will be followed by questions and answers.

3:15-3:30 p.m. - Break: Viewing of Lidia Rozmus' Haiga
Haiku Book/Journal Display

3:30-4:30 p.m. - Workshop: Reading the New Haiku by Dr. David G. Lanoue, HSA President, (Louisiana)

(1) An exploration of postmodern haiku of the 21st century to arrive at "a" meaning as opposed to "the" meaning;

(2) To consider authorial intention versus readers' invention in haiku: Are there limits? Are there rules for poets and readers? Should there be?

4:30--5 p.m. - Raffle of Haiku Journals/Books
Networking with Panelists/Speakers
Book Signing/Sales

Optional: 5:30 p.m. -Dinner, Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St., Evanston. No Host.
Following dinner, haiku reading at the Restaurant.

Sunday, Sept. 29

9:30 a.m. - Architectural Tour of world-famous Baha'i House of Worship, Wilmette, IL.
(Free Guided Group Tour). Afterwards, Ginko walk through its beautiful gardens.

11:30 - Lunch at Whole Foods Deli, 1640 Chicago Ave., Evanston.


Free guided group tour of Northwestern University's Block Museum in Evanston.

Grosse Point Lighthouse in Evanston, walk on the beautiful beach of Lake Michigan, or trip to downtown Chicago.

Speakers’ Bios:

Francine Banwarth of Dubuque, IA, has been a longtime member of the Haiku Society of America. She served as second vice president from 2008 through 2010, and in 2012 was named editor of its journal, Frogpond. She served on the board of Modern Haiku from 2010-2012. She has helped organize meetings and workshops with Haiku Dubuque and the Mineral Point, WI Foundry Books haiku group, under the leadership of Gayle Bull. Banwarth has won awards for her haiku, including First Place in the Harold G. Henderson contest in 2005, First Place in the Betty Drevniok contest in 2009, the Shiki Kukai Poets' Choice award in 2009, and the Haiku Foundation's Touchstone award for haiku in 2011. She was a featured poet in New Resonance 5, published by Red Moon Press. Her haiku, senryu, rengay, and haibun have been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

Roberta Beary is the haibun editor of Modern Haiku. Her book of short poems, The Unworn Necklace, (Snapshot Press, 1st hardcover ed. 2011), was named a Poetry Society of America award finalist. It was also a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award prize winner. Beary's haiku and senryu have been honored throughout North America, Europe, and Asia for their innovative style. They have been featured at several readings, most recently by Haiku Ireland. Beary has been a three-time winner of the Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest, and she placed First in the HSA Brady Contest, Haiku International Association, Kusamakura, Penumbra, and Polish Haiku International Contests. She has judged haibun and senryu contests for HSA, and has co-edited two HSA anthologies. She lived in Japan for five years. <>

Dr. Randy M. Brooks is the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of English at Millikin University. He teaches courses on the global haiku traditions at Millikin with student work available on the MU Haiku web site: <>. He and his wife, Shirley Brooks, are co-editors and publishers of Brooks Books, and edit Mayfly haiku magazine. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Haiku Society of America as the Electronic Media Officer, editing the Frogpond web sampler and maintaining the society web site. He is also web editor for Modern Haiku magazine. In addition to his collection of haiku, School’s Out, published by Press Here, he is co-editor of the Global Haiku Anthology published by Iron Press (England) and Mosaic Press (Canada) in 2000 and co-editor of the Midwest Haiku Anthology published in 1992. Randy has served on the editorial board for the Red Moon Press annual haiku anthologies since 2005.

Stanford M. Forrester is a past president of the Haiku Society of America and editor of bottle rockets: a collection of short verse, which boasts its 14th year in print. He is also publisher of a small press of poetry, <>. Forrester has had poems published in many journals and anthologies worldwide. He perhaps is most proud of his poetry included in Haiku edited by Peter Washington in the Everyman’s Pocket Poetry Series, published by Knopf, and American Zen: A Gathering of Poets, published by Bottomdog Press. Some of his recently published books are: The Haiku Manual of Icarus and the toddler's chant republished by Stark Mountain Press. He took first seat in the 57th Annual Basho Anthology Contest in Ueno, Japan in 2004, and his haiku won second place in the International Robert Frost Poetry & Haiku contest in 2012. He has taught workshops in many venues including Zen Mountain Monastery, Kripalu, and The Japan Society in New York City. He has presented papers at Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University, among other academic institutions.

Prof. Toshio Kimura was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1956. He began composing haiku during college. He is Head of the International Affairs Section of Modern Haiku Association and is Director of Haiku International Association. He is a member of Japan PEN Club and was Chairman of the Haiku Symposium at the International PEN Conference in Tokyo in 2012. Prof. Kimura studied English literature at the postgraduate school of Meiji-Gakuin University in Tokyo in 1982, and was an Academic Fellow of English/Comparative Literature at the University of London (2001-02). Currently, he is Professor of English Studies at Nihon University in Japan. His haiku collections are: In the Distance; Little Brier Rose (both in Japanese); Phantasm of Flowers (English); and The Blue Planet (Multilingual anthology, for which he served as editorial supervisor.)

Dr. David G. Lanoue is a professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a translator of Japanese haiku, teacher of English and world literature, and writer of haiku and "haiku novels." He is co-founder of the New Orleans Haiku Society, an associate member of the Haiku Foundation, and president of the Haiku Society of America. His books include a translation Cup-of-Tea Poems: Selected Haiku of Kobayashi Issa, criticism Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa, and a series of haiku novels: Haiku Guy (2000), Laughing Buddha (2004), Haiku Wars (2009) and Frog Poet (2012). Some of these books have appeared in French, German, Spanish, Bulgarian, Serbian and Japanese editions. In addition, he has published The Distant Mountain: The Life and Haiku of Kobayashi Issa in English with Hindi translations by Angelee Deodhar. He maintains The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa website, for which he has translated 10,000 of Issa’s haiku.

Marsh Muirhead is a writer, dentist, and flight instructor living on the banks of the Mississippi (not far from the headwaters) in Bemidji, Minnesota. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, The Southeast Review, New Mexico Poetry Review, Rattle, North Dakota Quarterly, Minnetonka Review and elsewhere. His poem, “Releasing the Animals (the anti-haiku),” won the Poetry Prize at the Robert Frost Festival in Key West in 2009. Since writing his first haiku in 2007 (after attending Charlie Trumbull’s workshop in Key West), he has published more than 100 haiku in major U.S. haiku journals and in several anthologies--several editions of The Red Moon Anthology, Haiku 21, and others. Muirhead judged the 2010 Gerald Brady Senryu Contest, and has conducted numerous haiku workshops and readings. He organized “A Weekend with Billy Collins” in Bemidji in the fall of 2010. He won The Great American Think-Off, a national essay and debate event in 2011, in answer to the question, “Does Poetry Matter.” He said it did. He is the author of Key West Explained -- a guide for the traveler (a guide to the most literary of small towns) and has written numerous magazine articles on aviation, travel, auto racing, bodybuilding, and other concerns. He was the “Spotlight poet” in the 41.1 issue of Modern Haiku and also won the Museum of Haiku Literature Award from issue 34.3 of Frogpond (reprinted in 35.1).

Lidia Rozmus was born in Poland and studied at Jagiellonian University in Krakow where she received her Master’s Degree in Art History. Since 1980, Lidia has lived in the U.S., and has worked as a graphic designer. She paints sumi-e and oils. She has written and designed several books of haiku, haibun, and haiga, including A Dandelion’s Flight—Haiku and Sumi-e which received the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award for design; Twenty Views from Mole Hill: My Journey which also received the Haiku Society Merit Book Award for haibun in 2004; and Hailstones: Haiku by Taneda Santoka. Her paintings have been exhibited in the U.S., Japan, and Poland, and her haiku has been published internationally. She is Art Editor of Modern Haiku and Art Director of Deep North Press. She was Co-Editor and Art Director of the Haiku Society’s 2009 Anthology, A Travel-Worn Satchel.

William Shehan, a Chicago haikuist, is a Lay Buddhist Minister and Chaplain in StarFleet. He also serves in Temple Relations for the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, and is webmaster for the Buddhist Council of the Midwest. He has been interested in the arts of the Orient since a young age. His first exposure to the culture was through Miyamoto Musashi's book Go Rin No Sho. Since then, he has frequented the library to read every book he can find on martial arts, haiku, and Buddhism. He has had the opportunity to study in Japan and Korea. Shehan is a retired combat veteran, and enjoys spending time with his family and homeschooling his daughters. <>
George Swede began publishing poetry in 1968, and in 1975 was inspired by the haiku form after doing a review of Makoto Ueda’s Modern Japanese Haiku (University of Toronto Press). In 1977, he helped found Haiku Canada with Eric Amann and Betty Drevniok. In 2008-2009, he was Honorary Curator for the American Haiku Archives, and from 2008-2012, edited Frogpond: Journal of the Haiku Society of America. In 2007, Haiku Canada awarded him an Honorary Life Membership. He has published 35 collections of poetry, 17 with haiku only. His last two collections were by Edmonton’s Inkling Press in 2010: Joy In Me Still (haiku) and White Thoughts, Blue Mind (tanka). Websites: <>, <>, and <>.


4th Quarterly Meeting:
December 13-15, 2013 @ New Orleans, LA

Our plans for the fourth national meeting of 2013 are rapidly falling into place. Expect pleasant weather (not a guarantee but a probability), good company, stimulating presentations, fruitful activities, jazzy music, spicy food, dashes of history and culture, and, of course, haiku!

Highlights will include...

Friday, Dec. 13

• A jazz history walking tour of the Storyville neighborhood
• Dinner at Tivoli and Lee, an up-and-coming Southern-styled restaurant

Saturday, Dec. 14 @ the Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

• A hands-on "How-to-Haiku" workshop led by Tom Painting
• A reading and book-signing by "Haiku Elvis" (Carlos Colon)
• A presentation on "Haiku and Video Games" by Nicholas Sola
• A musical haiku duet performed by Johnette Downing and Juliet Seer Pazera
• Closing out Issa's 250th birthday year with a sharing of favorite haiku
• And more!

Sunday, Dec. 15

• Haiku walk and Kukai in Audubon Park
• "Haiku Elvis and Friends": a public reading by conference participants
   at the famous Maple Leaf Bar

Recommended bed-and-breakfast: Park View Guest House, conveniently located next to Audubon Park and near a stop on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

We also have a list of less pricy hotels, including an inexpensive hostel. I hope you'll consider joining us, and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you in December?

David Lanoue, HSA President