Meetings of the Haiku Society of America - 2010 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 2010
National Meetings


1st Quarterly Meeting:
February 19-21 - Pasadena, CA

Haiku Society of America Quarterly Meeting in Pasadena, California
Hosted by the Southern California Haiku Study Group


Deborah P. Kolodji – dkolodji (at) aol (dot) com
Naia – naia01 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Photos from the 1st Quarterly Meeting of the HSA (2010) are available at:

Friday, February 19, 2010

5:30 p.m. - No-host Dinner at Burger Continental, 535 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena

7:30 p.m. - Urban Haiku Reading, Spoken Word Artist Reading, followed by Open Mic at Ten Thousand Villages, 567 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena

7:30 p.m. - Reception
7:45 p.m. - Urban Haiku Multimedia Reading
     Readers:  Victor Ortiz, Michael Dylan Welch, Naia, Deborah P Kolodji
     Musicians: Chris Wesley (guitar), Kathabela Wilson (percussion)
     Photos: Photos by Deborah P Kolodji, Naia, Michael Dylan Welch,
     and Rebecca Lowry (who did the West Hollywood haiku sign installation)
8:15 p.m. - Basho Meets Spoken Word - Eric Morago.  Eric Morago, a spoken word artist, will
     incorporate the haiku of Basho into one of his spoken word narrative routines.
8:30 p.m. - Open Haiku Mic (Haiku or Haibun only, please)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

DAY EVENTS at the Pacific Asia Museum, 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – HSA Executive Meeting: Blue Room, Pacific Asia Museum - (HSA Officers only)

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Poets-on-Site-style reading - haiku/haibun written to artwork on display

11:30 a.m. – No-host Lunch at Sitar Indian Cuisine, 618 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Return to Pacific Asia Museum, Auditorium

1:00 p.m. – Welcome, Introductions, Haiku Read-around (everyone - 1 haiku per person)

1:30 p.m. – Haiku Society of America President’s Message – Ce Rosenow

2:00 p.m. – “Round Holes and Square Pegs: Translating Classical Japanese Haiku into English” by Dr. Thomas Rimer, followed by questions and answers

3:00 p.m. – break

3:15 p.m. – “Moving with Haiku” by Genie Nakano

4:00 p.m. – Susan Antolin reading from her book, “Artichoke Season”

4:15 p.m. – “Editing Haiku” – A Presentation by Michael Dylan Welch

5:00 p.m. – Haiku Read-around (everyone)

5:30 p.m. – Closing, Thank You’s, Book Sales, Browsing

6:30 p.m. – No-host Dinner at McCormick’s and Schmick’s, 111 North Los Robles, Pasadena

Saturday, February 20, 2010 – EVENING EVENTS in a Private Home

8:00 p.m. – Dessert and Haiku Salon at the home of Kathabela and Rick Wilson
Address will be given to those planning to attend.

8:15 p.m. – Musical Performance by Rick Wilson (flutes) and Kathabela Wilson (percussion)

8:30 p.m. – Ce Rosenow reading from her new book, “Pacific”

8:45 p.m. – Musical Performance by Rick Wilson (flutes) and Kathabela Wilson (percussion)

9:00 p.m. – Anonymous Haiku Workshop – facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch

Sunday, February 21, 2010 - GOLD LINE GINKO

9:30 a.m. - Meet at Del Mar Gold Line Station, 230 S. Raymond St, Pasadena.

Park in the parking structure on Raymond.  The rate is $2 a day for Gold Line Patrons (with proof of ridership).   Gold Line tickets are $1.25 per ride, or $5.00 for a day pass.  There is also a discounted rate for seniors.  There is a nice breakfast place at this location - La Grande Orange which starts serving breakfast at 7:00 am.  The latest train I'd like to catch is the 10:03 train, but hopefully we can all gather and get our tickets and be ready to board one of the earlier trains, so we can meet up with other SCHSG members at Union Station.

10:00 a.m. - Meeting time at Union Station for SCHSG members who want to meet us.

If the Pasadena Gold Line passengers catch the later train, we'll be there around 10:20, but please plan on us arriving earlier.   Plan on meeting in the main hall of Union Station.  Keep your eyes open for haiku opportunities.

10:30 a.m. - Walk to Olvera Street.  Pay attention to the sounds, the smells, in addition to what you see.

11:30 a.m. - Meet in Circular Plaza for Olvera Street Haiku sharing. Walk down Main Street, over the 101 freeway, past City Hall, then left on 1st Street to Little Tokyo.  

12:00 Noon- No-host Lunch in Little Tokyo. Walk around Little Tokyo, with more haiku sharing in the plaza by the JACC.

1:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m. - Catch Gold Line at Little Tokyo/Arts District to return.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Debbie Kolodji or Naia


2nd Quarterly Meeting:
June 25-27 - Seattle, WA

Haiku Society of America
National Quarterly Meeting, June 25-27, 2010,
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Hosted by Haiku Northwest

Download a PDF version of the program with photographs.

See photos from Michael Dylan Welch on the national HSA quarterly meeting in Seattle.

At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 and 23, Haiku Northwest members will be featured on KSER radio ( reading their haiku and senryu. Please tune in or listen live online.

At the Seattle Asian Art Museum, we’ll meet in the auditorium on Saturday and in the meeting hall on Sunday (downstairs in the museum). The meeting hall, on both days, will have table space for the display of books for sale, haiku sheets for trading, as well as haiga and other materials.

Friday, June 25:

3:00–5:00 p.m. Haiku Society of America board meeting (location and time to be determined)

6:00–10:00 p.m. Dinner (location to be determined; please contact Michael Dylan Welch at for details), socializing, and possible readings/performance

Saturday, June 26:

10:00 a.m. Meet at front steps of the Seattle Asian Art Museum (1400 East Prospect Street, in Seattle’s Volunteer Park) for haiku walk (parking is free, but come early to find parking)

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Haiku walk (rain or shine; visit Volunteer Park’s gardens, conservatory, water tower with city views and Olmstead exhibit, paddling pool area, and rose garden to write haiku, or pay $7 museum admission to see the “Fleeting Beauty” exhibit of Japanese woodblock prints)

12:30 p.m. Lunch; meet at museum steps to walk to Volunteer Park Café (1501 17th Avenue E, at E. Galer Street; about five to ten minutes’ walk)

2:00 p.m. Meet at Seattle Asian Art Museum auditorium (downstairs; free admission to HSA meeting) Welcome and introductions (share one haiku each)

2:30 p.m. “The American Haiku Archives” multimedia presentation by Michael Dylan Welch

3:00 p.m. Break - Visit meeting hall to see books and haiga on display

3:20 p.m. “Oyster Bay Japanese American Haiku” multimedia presentation by Llyn De Danaan

4:15 p.m. “Northwest Haiku” performance by Dejah Leger and Northwest haiku poets

4:45 p.m. Announcements

5:00 p.m. Conclusion

6:00–10:00 p.m. Dinner (location to be determined), socializing, and possible readings/performance

Sunday, June 27:

10:00 a.m. Meet at Seattle Asian Art Museum meeting hall (downstairs; free admission to HSA meeting) Welcome and sharing of haiku from Saturday’s haiku walk

10:30 a.m. Haiku Society of America announcements and business meeting (chaired by HSA President Ce Rosenow)

11:00 a.m. Reading by Jeb Barton (with an introduction to his zenga paintings, on display)

11:15 a.m. “Resisting the Status Quo: Notes Against a Definition for English-language Haiku” presentation by Ce Rosenow

11:45 a.m. Lunch at Volunteer Park Café

1:00 p.m. “What’s the Story Behind Your Haiku?” writing/sharing workshop by Margaret McGee

1:55 p.m. Break

2:00 p.m. Haiku reading in Japanese and English translation by members of Seattle’s Rainier Haiku Ginsha

2:15 p.m. “Subtexts in Japanese Haiku” presentation by Richard Tice

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. “Celebrating 100 Years” reading of haiku by Helen Russell (Ann Spiers and Connie Hutchison)

3:20 p.m. “World Economy in Word Economy” presentation by Ruth Yarrow

3:50 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Haiku reading by Susan Antolin, William Scott Galasso, Peggy Heinrich, and Ce Rosenow, introduced by Tanya McDonald

4:40 p.m. Round of open readings and announcements

5:00 p.m. Conclusion

6:00 p.m. Dinner (location to be determined)


3rd Quarterly Meeting:
September 10-12, 2010 - Mineral Point, WI

Details from organizers Gayle Bull and Francine Barnwarth:

The “CRADLE OF AMERICAN HAIKU” FESTIVAL 2 will be held in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, September 10–12 in conjunction with the quarterly meeting of the Haiku Society of America.

The theme of this year’s “CRADLE OF AMERICAN HAIKU” is “Remembering Bob Spiess—His Life and his Work.” There will be several talks and presentations on the topic and an audience-participation reading of Bob’s poems. Everyone who knew Bob will be invited to share his/her memories during the opening reception on Friday—see the attached festival program.

Registration, the opening reception hosted by Modern Haiku, the Midwest-style tailgate picnic, and two of the workshops will be held at The Foundry Books. Other activities will take place at the newly restored Mineral Point Opera House. The bookstore and the Opera House are within walking distance, but there are lots of hills in this town and shuttle vans will be provided. There are great restaurants within easy walking distance of both venues. This is a very informal event. We encourage you to leave the white shirts and ties, the uncomfortable dress shoes, etc. at home. Dress is “Midwest casual” (shorts, sandals, jeans). The weather in mid-September is usually comfortably warm, but come prepared for cool evenings.

The Festival also will feeture a kukai with the theme ‘Transitions’.  Everyone is encouraged to bring one original, unpublished haiku that pertains to this theme (two 3X5 card copies, one with your name/email and another without your name) and turn them in at registration. Deadline for entries will be 9:00 Saturday morning.  Entries will be posted so that everyone who enters the kukai can read and vote on them.  The voting system is the same as the online Shiki kukai. Each voter has 6 points to use as he/she wishes but may not assign more than 3 points to any one haiku. Written votes will be gathered at 7:00 PM Saturday night. The winners will be announced, read and discussed at 10:30 Sunday morning at The Foundry Books. If you can’t stay until Sunday, we will notify you by email of the results. 
We want as many as possible to attend the Festival, so we have kept the fees to a minimum—$30.00—to cover the opening reception, the workshops, a tai-chi session, a ginko walk, and the picnic.

While there is no pre-registration, we do need to know approximately how many will be attending in order to prepare enough food, wine, beer, etc. Please e-mail Gayle Bull at and let her know how many there will be in your party.

The Foundry Books will again sell books for both publishers and individual poets during the Festival. You set the price and we will keep $1.00 from the sale of each book to cover our costs. Please bring a list of the books you are selling, the number of copies available, and the cost of each book—or even better, e-mail Gayle Bull at the above address with the information so that we’ll plan enough space and a price list can be available to the person running the bookstore.

Coffee, tea, iced tea, bottled water, cookies and sweetbreads  will be available on the front porch at The Foundry Books throughout the Festival for those who want a place to sit, relax, study the kukai entries and talk with other haikuists.

Mineral Point is located in southwest Wisconsin halfway between Dubuque, Iowa and Madison, Wisconsin, and about 45 minutes from either. We will arrange a van pick-up and drop-off at the Madison airport for those who wish to fly into Madison.

Mineral Point has 17 B&B’s and 3 motels. Room rates range from $50.00–$120.00 a night. Blocks of rooms have been booked at all three motels and at the Mineral Point Hotel (which is really a B&B). None of these places have many handicapped-accessible rooms, so book early if you require this. Block reservations will be held only until August 9 as there is another event in town, a large rug-hooking workshop at Shake Rag Alley School for the Arts, that weekend. Check the Mineral Point Web site ( for lodging details and to make online reservations.

Mineral Point was included on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2007. The picturesque town is known for its art, architecture, and ambiance. People who come here never want to leave! We hope you become one of them. For more information about Mineral Point, contact the Chamber of Commerce <> or Gayle Bull <> for a brochure.



2:00-7:00 Registration at The Foundry Books: 105 Commerce Street/Mineral Point
5:00-7:00 Opening Reception Sponsored by Modern Haiku
7:00-8:30 MEMORIES OF BOB SPIESS – Speakers to include Bob’s friends and associates. MEMORIES will be followed by readings of Bob’s haiku and “Speculations.”
8:30-9:30 Open Haiku Reading


Breakfast on your own
7:30-8:00 Tai Chi led by Jayne Miller at The Foundry Books
9:00-9:55 "A Tumbly Life: Reading Robert Spiess" - by Randy Brooks
9:55-10:10 Break
10:10-11:05 "Robert Spiess's Muse" - Lee Gurga
11:05-11:20 Break
11:30-12:15 – "Verbs in Haiku" - Charles Trumbull

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15-2:45 "Hat Haiku: A Midwest Workshop" - Francine Banwarth & Dubuque Haiku
1:15-2:45 "Traditional Approach to Haiga" - Lidia Rozmus
1:15-2:45 "Experience Kodo (Japanese Incense): Enjoy the Subtleties and Nuances
of Incense from Japan" - Jerome Cushman
3:00-4:30 "A Journey to the Back of Beyond: Risk-taking in Haibun" - Roberta Beary
3:45-5:15 Repeat Lidia Rozmus
4:15-5:45 Repeat Jerome Cushman
4:45-5:45 Instant Feedback: One-on-one mini conference sessions with award-wining haiku, senryu, rengay, and haibun writers, editors, and publishers.

6:00-6:45 Cocktails and Social at The Foundry Books
6:45-7:45 Midwest Style Picnic/Tailgate at The Foundry Books
7:45-8:15 Announcements by HSA President Ce Rosenow and HSA Midwest Regional Coordinator, Charlotte Digregorio
8:15-9:15 Open Reading


Breakfast on your own
9:00-10:30 Kigo Walk and Haiku Writing at Shake Rag Alley
10:30-11:00 Announcement of Kukai Contest Winners at The Foundry Books
11:30 - Lunch and Haiku Reading - Location TBA