Haiku Society of America - Young Members

Haiku Society of America

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HSA Young Members

We are so pleased to announce that our 40 Under 40 program is a wonderful success. This program, financed through a generous donation by Jamie Wimberly, provides free one-year membership to young (18–40) people who are interested in haiku and who are recommended by an HSA member.

In the inagural year we invited and welcomed many new young members. We have expanded the opporuntity to more young members for 2021 and 2022!

Do you know someone who fits the criteria and whom you would recommend for membership? Someone who might benefit greatly by one year of free membership and access to our successful and growing Mentorship Program?

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Haiku Society of America
Mentorship Program Anthology

The Haiku Society of America is pleased to announce the publication of The Unexpected Weight: The Haiku Society of America Mentorship Program Anthology 2021, edited by Jay Friedenberg. Design and layout by Ignatius Fay.

Each poem in this anthology was chosen by the instructors (mentors) of the groups based on a selection submitted to them from the individual students (mentees). Each participating student member has three poems published in this anthology. These poems may be either published or unpublished. If they are published, the reference information for the publication or contest is provided.

From the introduction:

It has been a pleasure to organize and see this vibrant community of haiku poets develop. My thanks go out to the mentors for your dedication to the craft and for expending the necessary time and energy. Congratulations to the mentees also for your interest and participation, and to the HSA Executive Committee for approving and providing financial support to this venture. The increase in talent over the last year and a half has been like watching a garden blossom and grow. May this garden thrive and bear fruit for many years to come!

Jay Friedenberg President, Haiku Society of America

Requests for information about the program or to join may be sent to: jay.friedenberg@gmail.com



HSA Social Club Program

Are you new to haiku and under 40 years of age? Would you like to meet people who share your passion for poetry? Are you interested in expanding your haiku family and socializing in an informal setting? Then this program could be just the thing to dispel those isolation and winter blues!

The Haiku Society of America is happy to announce the Haiku Social Club designed to bring younger members of our community together by videoconference.

If you are already a member of the annual Under 40 program you will receive an email invitation to participate. If you are not but want to join, please send an email to the organizer, Antoinette Cheung, at acheung42@gmail.com. She will then send you an invitation.

The Haiku Social Club meets the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

We typically start out by introducing ourselves to one another. We then participate in a variety of activities including presentations by renowned guest speakers, poem workshops, and socializing break out sessions. It is your chance to meet friends with shared interests, improve your haiku writing skills and be part of a larger community.

All new members qualify for one free year of HSA membership including a subscription to our journal frogpond, a copy of the membership and Virgilio anthologies, and the monthly email newsletter. Join today!

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