Meetings of the Haiku Society of America

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 2022
National Virtual Conference

Haiku Society of America 2022
National Zoom Conference Program

The conference was on ZOOM
Saturday, June 4 — Sunday, June 5

Most of the presentations made at the 2022 HSA Virtual National Conference are now available on YouTube. Here are the links to each:

Please see the Haiku Society of America videos on YouTube:

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Saturday, June 4, 2022.

Alan Summers

Alan Summers - The Haiku Reader

This 10 minute presentation is followed by an opportunity for 30 minutes of Q&A. The Haiku Reader is both anthology and campaign aimed to grab readers around the world, and showcase haiku (and senryu) as an intriguing poetic and inclusive genre. The anthology process is designed to be immersive and this Q&A experience is so that you can ask why this is different, what’s meant by “immersive”, and other questions.

Al Pizzarelli & Donna Beaver

Alan Pizzarelli and Donna Beaver - Haiku Chronicles 13th Anniversary

The hosts discuss the pioneering of the first haiku podcast and its global impact. This presentation includes excerpts from its most popular audio and video episodes, along with backstories of their creation and new episodes to come. This will be a formal 40 min. presentation with 10 min. Q&A.

David Lanoue

David G. Lanoue - Poetry in English: How Renku Changed Everything

Early in the twentieth century Ezra Pound discovered hokku: the specially constructed starting verse of renga that was already in Japan (thanks to Shiki) morphing into the one-verse art of haiku. Pound’s encounter with hokku revolutionized English-language poetry. Before he met hokku, verse in England and in English-speaking countries was more linear, more chronological, more discursive, more abstract, more verbose, and more locked inside prison of strict meter. After Pound’s encounter with Japanese hokku, English-language poetry became (on the whole) less linear, less time-bound, more evocative, more imagistic, more concise, and much freer in its meter. This presentation will show how the aesthetic assumptions and Buddhist philosophy embodied in renga made modern Anglo-American poetry possible

Garry Gay

Garry Gay - Rengay: A Modern Linking Form

This workshop introduces participants to the collaborative linking form called “rengay.” It was taught by its creator Garry Gay. This one hour worshop gives you a brief introduction to its history and how to write a two or three person rengay. This is a very fun and enjoyable form to work in and we will be writing some together. If you can write haiku, you can write rengay.

Michael Henry Lee

Open Mike Poetry Readings

HSA conference attendees share a few of thier own haiku.

Jacob Salzer

Jacob Salzer - Dreams in Haiku

A short 20-minute presentation on dreams in haiku will be provided. This presentation highlights 3 key reasons why dreams in haiku are meaningful: 1) dreams can encourage us to have empathy and compassion for the subject(s) in the haiku, 2) dreams can signify hopes and visions for the future and 3) dreams can inspire our imagination. 7 haiku examples will be provided by Bash?, Buson, and a few haiku by poets living today. 25 minutes will be dedicated to break-out rooms for everyone to talk about dreams and write haiku including the word dream or dreams. For the last 5 minutes, I will plan on briefly mentioning my new haiku & tanka book and my haiku poet interviews blog.

Joshua Gage

Joshua Gage - A Speculative Haiku Presentation and Exercise

We will start with a presentation on scifaiku and it's various iterations across speculative genres. We'll explore the differences between scifaiku and traditional English Language Haiku as well as how the craft tools of ELH work to create a strong speculative haiku. We'll then walk through a few exercises to practice writing speculative haiku.


Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Crystal Simone Smith

Crystal Simone Smith - Achieving Ekphrastic Haiku

The traditional haiku structure of sensory elements and imagery offers an ideal way to respond to visual art forms like paintings and photographs, also known as ekphrastic poetry form. Intrinsically, the “haiku moment” is not evoked by nature, but by the work encountered. To create successful ekphrastic haiku, we will look at various, common approaches to the practice. Many ekphrastic poems are meditations on time or subject matter, close interpretations of the work, or a homage to the work, with the goal forming a verse interpretation of the art that resonates.

Caroline Skanne

Caroline Skanne - How to Evaluate Our Own Haiku?

This presentation will explore approaches to evaluating your own haiku. A few key concepts underpinning English-language haiku, such as the images, the use of space, different techniques, subject matter & aesthetic principles; will be explored in relation to reading, writing & thinking about haiku. Emphasis will be placed on the personal journey, voice & authenticity. It will finish with a Q&A session.

Terri French

Terri French - Poetry in Motion

For the last two and a half years my husband and I have been traveling the US in our RV dubbed Poetry in Motion/ We called these travels Arr Arr V Adventures. I took many photos documenting our journey and wrote many poems inspired by the beautiful sights and tremendous experiences we had. This keynote presentation consists of twenty-five slides with haiku and haibun. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

lunchbreak talk

Lunch Break Conversation

Agnes Eva Savich

Agnes Eva Savich - Mining Your Past: Haiku from Childhood, Homeland, and Previous Writings

Childhood, cultural roots, early writings can all feed our modern haiku practice, when we delve into our own archives: old photographs, family history, and journals. Through the lens of my own childhood in Poland, cultural family traditions, and some early writings, I will show how one's own history and unique cultural memories act as source material for your current writing. Examples from other writers will support these concepts, as well as writing exercises in which you consider your own archives in these three areas for inspiration.

Jay Friedenberg

Jay Friedenberg and Colleen Farrelly - A Computational Linguistics Approach to Understanding Haiku

Haiku have been studied qualitatively for decades but there are few statistical approaches to understanding its properties. In this presentation we have analyzed the winning poems from all of the HSA contests since inception and compared them to a representative and random sample of haiku and senryu from every published issue of Frogpond, the society's journal. We note the similarities and differences between exceptional and "average" haiku in terms of word type and syntactical usage.

Chuck Brickley

Chuck Brickley and Christopher Herold - RINGS: A Reverberation of Haibun

Chris and Chuck have been bouncing haiku, stories, and revelations off each other for years. Out of their kinship grew the idea of a tag-team haibun reading, which they first performed at the Haiku Canada Weekend conference in Vancouver, 2019. Chris read the prose of his haibun, Chuck, the haiku; then, vice versa, Chuck read the prose of his haibun, Chris, the haiku. They will reprise this collaboration with a (mostly) new set of haibun, and with a few added elements inspired by the video platform.


Technical Moderator: Ignatius Fay will be participating the entire day and available as a backup host throughout the conference. Email at if you need to be admitted from the waiting room or are having technical difficulties.