Meetings of the Haiku Society of America - 2018 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 2018
National Meetings


First Meeting: Northern Ohio - May 4-6, 2018

Holiday Inn Cleveland NE / Mentor 
Tyler Room
7701 Reynolds Road
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 4

6:00 pm  Dinner at Nickleby’s – 4051 Erie Street, Willoughby, Ohio 44094
A time to gather, eat and look forward to a fun and informative haiku weekend!

Saturday, May 5

8:30-9 am Registration  (Greeter: Tia Haynes)

9-9:15 am Welcome by Julie Warther, HSA Midwest Regional Coordinator

9:15-11:30 am Barry George  (Introduced by Barb Sabol)

 “The Originality of Issa”

Unlike the other great Japanese haiku masters, Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827) left no large cadre of disciples and founded no recognized movement. Indeed, what distinguishes Issa is his sheer originality, his very uniqueness as a man and poet. Schooled in the traditions of Basho (1644-1694) and Buson (1716-1783), Issa nevertheless learned to entrust his creativity to experience. Accepting himself and his often difficult life circumstances, he created an authentic persona, and from that vantage wrote haiku based on observing the world deeply, simply, and with wonder. This workshop will explore how Issa's example can challenge and inspire us to realize more fully our uniqueness as poets. We will look at some of his haiku and, guided by his practices, write some of our own.

11:30 am–1pm Lunch (on own)

1-2 pm Emily Viland 

Ikebana Demonstration

We will take a "look" at Ikebana. What it is.  When it started. Why. What it is now.  The presentation will conclude with a demonstration of an arrangement or two.

2-2:15 pm Break time / Book sale / Haiku Rocks! 

2:15-3:15 pm Michele Root-Bernstein 

“Searching for Synergies between Poem and Picture: A Haiga Workshop”

This workshop explores some of the basic principles of haiga and their resonant coupling of word to image. Examples will be drawn from Haiga: The Poetry of Images, an exhibit organized by Evergreen Haiku Group and held at Michigan State University in September 2017. We’ll consider some strategies for responding to visual imagery. We’ll try our hand at composing haiku for photographs, linocuts, and other pictures both realistic and abstract. Finally, we’ll share our results and discuss how haiga can expand our understanding of haiku.

3:15-3:30 pm Break time / Book sale / Haiku Rocks!

3:30-4:30 pm Editor Panel (Moderator: Joe McKeon)

Fay Aoyagi (The Heron’s Nest), Steven Hodge (Prune Juice Journal),
Michael Rehling (Failed Haiku), Michele Root-Bernstein (formerly of Frogpond)

4:30-5 pm Closing

Haiku Society of America Q&A (HSA President Fay Aoyagi)
Group Picture 
Door Prizes (Announced by Elliot Nicely) 

5-6 pm Haiku Open Mic (Emcee: Joshua Gage)

6:30 pm - ? Dinner at Smokey Bones - 7725 Reynolds Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060

9 pm - ? Renku with Joshua Gage

Participate in an interactive renku writing session. All are welcome. Meet in the lobby.
Holiday Inn Cleveland NE/Mentor – 7701 Reynolds Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060

Sunday, May 6

9:30 am–noon “Seasons of Haiku” path, Holden Arboretum <>
9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland, Ohio 44094

There is a $7.00 group admission fee for the Arboretum payable during registration Saturday morning if you plan to attend. For an additional $4.00 you can add the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower. We will be finished by noon on Sunday, but admission to the Arboretum is good for the whole day for anyone who wishes to stay and enjoy all the Arboretum has to offer. There are plenty of places to walk, stroll, hike or find a nice bench next to a pond and write.

[Tram tours are also available for those who do not wish to hike and cost $12.00.  These offer a tour of the greater Arboretum, but unfortunately not the haiku trail. The tram tours must be scheduled by April 14 as they fill up fast.  Please notify Julie Warther at if you are interested in the tram tour.]


Barry George is a regular contributor to leading international haiku and tanka journals. His poems have been published in twelve languages, including Japanese, French, Romanian, and Chinese, and have appeared in anthologies including A New Resonance 2: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, The New Haiku, Haiku 21, Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems, and Kamesan's Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation. A recipient of the 2009 AWP Intro Poets Awards and a Pushcart Prize nomination, he has won numerous Japanese short-form competitions, including the Gerald R. Brady Contest, First Prize, and The Mainichi Daily News Contest. He is the author of two chapbooks: Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku (Accents Publishing) and The One That Flies Back (Kattywompus Press). A graduate of Duke Law School and Spalding University's MFA in Writing program, he lives and teaches in Philadelphia.

Michele Root-Bernstein appears in A New Resonance 6; the 2016 chapbook, Scent of the Past…Imperfect; Haiku 2014; Haiku 2016; and on three rocks in Ohio. She is co-author with Francine Banwarth of The Haiku Life, What We Learned as Editors of Frogpond and facilitator of a Michigan haiku study group.  

Emily Viland has been studying Ikebana of Ohara School for 16 years and currently serves as President of Ikebana International Chapter 20 (Cleveland).
Books to sell: If you have a chapbook or other books your work is featured in, please bring copies to sell. Each person will be responsible for their own sales during the sales time, so please bring adequate change and a pen to sign copies!

Cash to spend: See above! There will be haiku books to buy! (Cash only sales.)

Haiku to read: We will conclude the workshop portion of the conference with an open mic Saturday evening. This is an opportunity to read your haiku, either published or new.

Walking shoes: We will be walking the Seasons of Haiku path Sunday morning. (This is a 1½ mile mulched path through the woods with twists, turns and some gentle hills.) May in Ohio is unpredictable and the path may be muddy. Following our time on the haiku path, the rest of the day is yours to explore the Arboretum.  

A Beginner’s Mind: Be prepared to learn, teach, share, discover and marvel!


Second Meeting: Denver, Colorado - August 18, 2018

Mountains Region is planning a meeting in Denver on August 18.

August 18, 2018
Time: 9:30 am
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn, 1400 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado

DRAFT Agenda:

Start at 9:30 am in the Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Denve

The Aha Moment – Steve Tabb
Self-Publishing Poetry – Art Elser and Gary Schroeder
Haibun Examples and Discussion – Group


Why Haiku? - Group
Haiku Exercises – Fay Aoyagi and Group
HSA Activities and Q&A – Fay Aoyagi
Mountain Region’s Future Opportunities - Group
Free Time

Japanese Dinner