Meetings of the Haiku Society of America - 2015 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 2015
National Meetings


First Quarterly Meeting:
March 14-15, 2015 @ Tokyo

A joint meeting of HSA with the Meguro International Haiku Circle
Saturday, March 14

9:00 – 9:10: reception
9:10-9:30: David Lanoue, "The Haiku Society of America: Our Mission"
9:30 - 9:50: Juichi Masuda
9:50 - 10:10: Philip Rowland
10:10 - 10:50: Simone K. Busch
10:50 - 11:10: Shokan Tadashi Kondo
11:10 - 11: 30: Masaaki Oka
11:30 - 13:30: lunch (including business meeting for HSA members)
13:30 - 17:00: MIHC Kukai (English Haiku Workshop)
Moderator: Brunelli Crystal
Place: Meguro Citizens Center - Community Education Center, Room 3, 7th Floor

17:30 - 20:00: pary at Izakaya (Shoya)

Sunday, March 15
Kamakura Haiku Walk

11:00: gather at Kitakamakura station (outside of No. 1 station exit)
11:15 -12:30 walk to Tokeiji temple to visit the graves of Daisetsu Suzuki and R. H. Blyth, returning to Kitakamakura station to take a train to Kamakura station
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
15:00 -16:00 Jufukuji temple visit

Second Quarterly Meeting:
May 16 @ Orlando, Florida

be bop
Saturday, May 16, 2015

8:00-9:00 am: Registration, Rollins College (room at Bush 201)

9:30-10:30 am: “The Haiku Be-Bop of Jack Kerouac & the Beats,” special guest speaker, Stanford M.Forresterbeat poet

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Tour of the Jack Kerouac House with lunch on the grounds and short business meeting ($10 donation for Kerouac House and cash for lunch)

1:30-2:30 pm: ginko walk at park near Kerouac house

3:00-3:30 pm: Back to Rollins, time to peruse book table

3:45-4:30 pm: “Howling Hipsters reading Haiku,” audio presentation, with Q & A

Dinner on your own

8:00-until: Open mic haiku reading at Stardust Video & Coffee (they have light fare and bar)

Sunday, May 17

ginko boat cruise for those interested (please let me know if you are interested as I’ll have to reserve for group of 10 or more. $12 pp)


Third Quarterly Meeting:
July 19, 2015 @ Santa Rosa, California
(near San Francisco)

The meeting will be hosted by Carolyn Hall, 1:00 - 5:00 pm. For directions to her house in Santa Rosa, about one hour north of San Francisco, please contact Fay Aoyagi.
1:00 meet at Paradise Ridge Winery (please finish lunch before coming to the winery)

1:30 – 2:30 ginko/guided tour  (sculpture garden and Nagasawa family exhibit)

Guided tour including wine tasting $25 per person
Guided tour only $15 per person
Note: A guided tour will be about 1 hour.
The winery was owned by a Japanese immigrant family before WWII.

3:30 HSA/HPNC meeting at the residence of Carolyn Hall, Santa Rosa

3:30-4:30 business meeting

4:30-4:40 featured reading by Susan Antolin

4:40-5:40 "Write like Issa” workshop by David Lanoue

5:40-6:00 sharing winery ginko and Issa-style haiku

6:00-8:00? Dinner and PARTY!

RSVP to the winery visit and meeting by May 15 to Fay Aoyagi <fayaoyagi[at]>

If you'll be arriving by plane in San Francisco, let Fay know so that ground transportation can be arranged.


Fourth Quarterly Meeting:
September 18-20 @ Walnut Creek, Ohio

Hotel: Dutchman Hospitality
Carlisle Inn, Walnut Creek. Ohio

We’d like to invite you to the Haiku Society of America’s Fall Quarterly Meeting Friday through Sunday, September 18-20, 2015 in Walnut Creek, Ohio, right in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country. The event will include presentations by Mike Montreuil (HSA 1st Vice President and haibun editor for A Hundred Gourds), and Ohio’s own Joshua Gage. We’ll also receive a hands-on calligraphy lesson with Phyllis Lee.
With many haiku events scattered throughout the country in 2015, we are giving everyone advance notice so they can mark their calendars and plan their schedules. Both HSA members and non-members are invited. Haikuists at every skill level will benefit, and are strongly encouraged to attend. We are hoping our members in neighboring states will carpool and share hotel accommodations to keep costs low. Attached is a list of websites for other attractions in the area.
We will begin with dinner at an Amish restaurant Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. And hold a full day of presentations and workshops on Saturday beginning at 9:00am. While the workshops and presentations are free and open to the public, we have also included some optional meals and activities for our weekend. A cost of $35, will cover a catered lunch and our Saturday evening “Night at the Museum” (an after-hours tour and catered dinner at the Warther Carvings Museum with an open mic to follow) A ginko walk and kayaking trip are planned for Sunday, wrapping up at 4 p.m.
Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 18

4:00 pm  Early Dinner, Der Dutchman Amish Restaurant - adjacent to hotel (Optional)
5:30 pm  Leave for The Inn at Honey Run
6:00 pm  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Midwest Haiku Path at The Inn at Honey Run (Wear comfortable shoes as we will be leading the inaugural walk of the path.)

Saturday, September 19

8-9:00 am HSA National Board Meeting. Open to the public.
9-9:30 am Check-in with registration materials given
9:30-11:30 am Bill Pauly - “Haiku?  Sez Who?”
11:30 am–1 pm Catered lunch / Time to browse book tables
1-2:30 pm Mike Montreuil – “Tell Me a Story – Writing Haibun”
2:30-3 pm Break time / Book sale
3-4:00 pm Calligraphy Workshop with Phyllis Lee
4-5:00 pm Viewing the documentary, “remembering Nick Virgilio”
5:30-9:00 pm Warther Carvings Museum- Tour, Dinner and Haiku Open Microphone

Sunday, September 20

9–10:00 am (Early Bird Option)
New Pointe Community Church, Non-denominational contemporary service

10:15 am-12:00 pm
Ginko walk – Norma Johnson Conservation Center
300 acres of reclaimed land with walking paths, ponds, woods and meadows

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Gentle kayaking trip on the Tuscarawas River – (no experience necessary and equipment provided)

While the workshops and presentations are free and open to the public, we have also included some optional meals and activities for our weekend. A cost of $35, will cover a catered lunch and our Saturday evening “Night at the Museum” (an after-hours tour and catered dinner at the Warther Carvings Museum with an open mic to follow)  
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Julie Warther at <>.