Meetings of the Haiku Society of America - 2011 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 2011
National Meetings


1st Quarterly Meeting:
March 25-27 @ San Diego, CA

Hosted by the Southern California Haiku Study Group
Co-chairs: Naia <> and Billie Dee <>

Friday March 25, 2011

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 Informal Meet & Greet at Billie Dee's house, hors d'oeuvres provided.
If you plan to attend, please email Naia or Billie for directions.

Saturday March 26, 2011

8:45 – 10:45 Haiku Society of America Board Meeting (Board members only)

11:00 Meet at San Diego Writers, Ink (The Ink Spot), 710 13th Street, Studio 210, San Diego, CA 92101.

Note: Bring Sack Lunch or walk to Albertson's Deli during lunch break. Pay-for parking lot located diagonally across from building (at building entrance follow directions to ring the studio; we'll buzz you in).

11:15 Ce Rosenow - President, Haiku Society of America
Introduction of HSA Officers, HSA Board Meeting Report-out, HSA Organization/Information

11:50 Attendee Self-introductions and Read-around

One haiku or very short haibun limited to several sentences only - if time permits we'll
read around twice.

12:30-1:30 No-host Brown-bag Lunch onsite. Bring your own Brown-bag lunch or walk one block to Albertson's Deli.

1:45-2:30 "Haiku and Presence " by Dan Spurgeon, M.D., palliative care physician and poet.

The practice of mindful poetry; how mindfulness, presence, transience, and wabi-sabi in haiku inform the practice of palliative medicine; and how practice as a palliative care physician integrates with my own practice as a haijin.

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:30 "A Haiku Walk in an Imagined Landscape: Writing Scifaiku" by Deborah P. Kolodji.

Why write scifaiku? Can authentic moments become even more real in an imagined place? The president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association will explore the universe of speculative haiku and techniques of writing it.

3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-4:45 "Spanish Language Haiku from Both Sides of the Border" by Haiku San Diego members Olga Gutierrez, Megan Webster, & Billie Dee.

A reading of Spanish-language haiku w/English translations - we hope it will be possible for some of our Mexican haiku poet neighbors from Tijuana to join us.

4:45-5:00 Clean-up and vacate meeting room.

5:00 Travel to The Big Kitchen, 3003 Grape Street, San Diego, CA 92102. <>

This is a No-host Catered Banquet (cash or check only).

Evening Gathering & Dessert at Billie Dee's home. Driving directions to Billie's home will be distributed during the day's activities.

"Scent and Emotional Memory" by Billie Dee.

The "nose-brain" hard wiring and how scents can trigger strong emotions & memory, followed by a writing exercise (time permitting). Billie will have various scents in jars available onsite.

Anonymous Haiku Workshop (bring haiku to workshop).

Sunday March 27, 2011

10:45 Meet at Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, 2215 Pan American Road. E.,
San Diego, CA 92101. <>

Opens Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Admission $4.00/adult; $3.00/senior 65+,students, and military with ID; children <6 free.

11:00-Noon Docent Tour of the Japanese Friendship Garden, highlighting Japanese aesthetic principles and how they apply to maintaining a Japanese garden. The garden will be filled with cherry blossoms!

12:30 No-host lunch at "The Prado" - a fine nouveau-cuisine restaurant.

2:00-3:00 Free Open-air Pipe Organ Concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion    <>

3:00-5:00 For those wishing to stay, a Ginko Walk throughout Balboa Park & Haiku Sharing.
Balboa Park is a large, historic botanical wonderland, with an artists' village, street performers, museums galore, and more. It was the site of the First World's Fair: The 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition.


Co-chairs: Naia and Billie Dee


2nd Quarterly Meeting:
June 3-5, 2011 @ Bend, Oregon


The quarterly National Haiku Meeting sponsored by the HSA, will be held at the historic Liberty Theatre located at 849 NW Wall Street in Bend, Oregon USA from June 3-5, 2011. In the interest of promoting the ancient form of haiku, the meeting has been scheduled as part of June’s First Friday Art Walk in downtown Bend.

We have concentrated on making this a Bend Community effort, and hosting this event is Haiku Oregon <>. The organizers are haiku poet an’ya and her husband PeterB. Co-Sponsors are the City of Bend, the Downtown Bend Business Association, and Visit Bend. Our host hotel including breakfast buffets is the Phoenix Inn. The host dinner restaurant is 5 Fusion restaurant, and the host luncheon restaurant is boken izakawa. A host cash bar for Oregon sake and locally brewed micro-beer is tba. Furniture has been donated by Bend Habitat for Humanity, and we have received miscellaneous donations from the Bend Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon.

For this National HSA Meeting, Haiku Oregon has secured a very special energy-filled building that will be our home base of operations for all three days—the old Liberty Theatre (on the National Registry of Historic Buildings), which was built back in 1917 as a music and Vaudeville concert hall. The Liberty will serve as the gallery for our Haiku Art Exhibition and meeting.

In conjunction with the Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk, we have planned the largest display of haiku ever assembled at any Haiku Society of America meeting! Please come visit the “HSA Haiku Wall” display which will emulate the true spirit of the HSA international movement. In addition to the Haiku Wall, there will be exhibits of haiga (haiku painting), sumi-e (ink paintings), photo-haiku, haiga scrolls, haiku books for sale, haiku with oshibana (Japanese art of pressed flowers), zenga (zen inspired painting), haiku with suiseki (Japanese stone appreciation), woodblocks, haiku etchings, etc. There will be ongoing open-mic haiku readings on Friday evening all during the Art Walk and a no host “Happy Hour Dinner Tour in downtown Bend.”

At the Saturday meeting (also open to the public) there will be haiku readings by Christopher Herold, founder of the Heron’s Nest Haiku Journal. Johnny Baranski, a member of Haiku Oregon will be reading his haibun. Ernesto Santiago arriving from Greece (visa-pending) and others tba will also read their haiku. HSA President Ce Rosenow and Laura Winter will be reading haiku by the famous poet, the late Cid Corman, and Margaret Chula will be giving a special workshop entitled “Haiku Inspired by Ikebana.” After the conclusion, an inspirational haiku walk along Mirror Pond in Drake Park is planned.

Sunday morning, there will be a haiku workshop (free and open to the public) by Michael Dylan Welch, First Vice President of the HSA.

Visit <> for full details of this expansive June event. Feel free to contact an’ya, Oregon’s HSA Regional Coordinator <> with questions, or to become a part of “Bend Haiku Weekend!”


Friday, 3 June, 2011 Schedule

12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Arrival, Hotel Check-in, Event Registration and Reception, Art Displays and Book Tables set up, and the HSA Executive Committee Board Meeting in the historic Liberty Theatre, located at 849 NW Wall Street, Bend, Oregon.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

A no-host Downtown Bend Happy Hour Dinner Tour at establishments of your choice <>.

6:00 p.m. – ?

HSA Haiku Wall and Art on Display at the Liberty Theatre Gallery for the First Friday Downtown Bend June Art Walk. Live music and ongoing open-mic haiku readings by HSA and Haiku Oregon Participants.

Hotel Rooms are available within walking distance of the Liberty and all activities. We have a block of special-rate rooms set aside at the Phoenix Inn which is our Host Hotel. Please be sure to RESERVE NOW <> (the promo code is “haiku”), as they are already booking for June.

Also located within walking distance of the Liberty and all activities is McMenamins old St. Francis School at 700 NW Bond Street; be sure to reserve your Room or Group Cottage NOW (under your own name.)

Schedule for Saturday, 4 June, 2011

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Meet for a no-host breakfast buffet at our host hotel, the Phoenix Inn located at 300 NW Franklin Avenue.

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Meeting called to order at the Liberty Theatre, by HSA President Ce Rosenow with her Report to the Membership.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Introductions and Round-Robin Haiku

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Special Presentation: “The Haiku Poetics of Cid Corman” (A Presentation by Laura Winter and Ce Rosenow.)
Special Presentation: “Haiku Inspired by Ikebana” workshop by Margaret Chula.

12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
No-host group lunch at the boken izakawa restaurant, located at 852 NW Brooks Street.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meeting resumes at the Liberty Theatre with haiku readings by special guests Christopher Herold, haibun by Johnny Baranski, haiku by Ernesto Santiago (pending visa), and other poets tba.

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
General announcements and meeting conclusion

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Haiku Walk through Bend’s Drake Park and Mirror Pond/Deschutes River area which will be inspiration for Sunday’s Haiku Workshop.

6:30 p.m. – ?
No-host dinner and cash bar in 5 Fusion Restaurant located two doors down from the Theatre at 821 NW Wall Street. Menu options and pricing to tba and posted at the HSA and Haiku Oregon Websites.

Schedule for Sunday, 5 June, 2011

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
No-host breakfast buffet at our host hotel, the Phoenix Inn located at 300 NW Franklin Avenue.

9:30 a.m. – Noon
Free and open to the public haiku workshop at the Liberty Theatre by Michael Dylan Welch, First Vice President of the HSA.


Haiku Oregon CALLS FOR YOUR HAIKU to be displayed at the HSA Quarterly National Meeting & Haiku Art Walk Wall at the historic Liberty Theatre in downtown Bend, Oregon on June 3, 4, and 5, hosted by Haiku Oregon, co-sponsored by the City of Bend, and proclaimed “Bend Haiku Weekend” by the Mayor. Please see full details in Ripples, and at the HSA Website <> plus more at the Haiku Oregon Website <>.

Our goal is to exhibit 500 haiku and we have almost that many already, but please take a moment to email your own favorite haiku that you have written to date, (published with credits or unpublished), under the subject heading "HSA haiku Wall" to an'ya at <> and just be sure to include your name, city, state and country. We would like to have everyone present one way or the other. We are also displaying haiga and other forms of artwork that include haiku, so please feel free to contact an'ya if you are interested or want to exhibit or know more about this part of the project as well.


3rd Quarterly Meeting:
New York

The society's third quarterly meeting will be held on September 17, 2011 in New York City, at Tenri Cultural Center on West 13th St. between 5th and 6th Ave., from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Northeast Metro Chapter is pleased to host the Third Quarterly HSA National Meeting on Sept. 17 at the Tenri Cultural Institute.

This meeting will be divided into two parts. The first part featured a film on Nick Virgilio (1928-1989) a poet from Camden, NJ, whose legacy is still an inspiration. This will be followed by a panel discussion of Nick’s poems led by Kathleen O’Toole, a member of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association, Cor van den Heuvel, a friend and mentor to Nick, and Marilyn Hazelton. Kathleen will engage members in a wonderful writing exercise based on Nick’s work.

John Stevenson will follow the exercise by reading from Live Again, his 2010 first-place Kanterman Award-winning book of haiku and related forms. John also will represent HSA President Ce Rosenow, informing us concerning national news and programs within the HSA, including announcing the 2012 slate of candidates for HSA office.


4th Quarterly Meeting:
December 4, 2011 @ Marriottsville, MD

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“A Haiku Retreat”

The Bon Secours Spiritual Center
1525 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4, 2011

In place of HPCM’s regular December meeting, the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland were pleased and honored to host the Haiku Society of America’s fourth quarterly meeting for 2011.

Nearly a year in the planning, “A Haiku Retreat” took place Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4, at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center (BSSC) in Marriottsville, MD. We welcomed a total of 21 participants who came from near and far for three days of tranquility, nature, and contemplative and creative pursuits. The weather cooperated by giving us three days of clear sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-fifties during the day.

Attending part or all of the meeting were: James Aaron; Susan Antolin; Roberta Beary; Elizabeth Black; Mark Brager; Anne Burgevin; Ellen Compton; Robert Ertman; Elizabeth Fanto; Robert Fanto; Dianne Garcia; Ginny Leidig; Barry Mohr; Brenda Mohr; Michael Morrell; Tony Nasuta; Tim Singleton; Hazel Witherspoon; Susan Wyman; Thomas Wyman; and Cathy Drinkwater Better (Walker).

The meeting drew participants from as far away as California; Seattle, WA; and Indianapolis, IN; and as nearby as the state capital, Annapolis, MD; as well as Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the Washington, DC area. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone or any place!

The Haiku Retreat was planned and executed by a core group of local HPCM members (and one HPCM’er recently relocated to Piscataway, NJ—we miss her a lot!): Elizabeth Fanto (Timonium, MD); Tony Nasuta (Timonium, MD); Tim Singleton (Columbia, MD); Mark Brager (Columbia, MD); Ginny Leidig (Joppa, MD); Hazel Witherspoon (Piscataway, NJ); and Cathy (Drinkwater Better) Walker (Eldersburg, MD).

On Friday evening, after a delicious dinner in the BSSC dining room, we came together in our designated meeting area: the extremely comfortable and spacious Sr. Angelique Gaey Room, which boasts a view of—and direct access to—BSSC’s Japanese garden. Cathy and other HPCM members informally greeted participants who had been arriving throughout the afternoon and evening and went over the features and options available at BSSC, including: the Labyrinth, the Peace Garden, and 300-plus acres of rolling hills and woodlands. We also caught up with distant friends, met new ones, and had a delightful time settling in and getting acquainted.

Between dinner and the welcome get-together, some attendees took advantage of the opportunity to attend a delightful musical concert in progress in BSSC’s beautiful chapel. “That music feeds me!” exclaimed one HSA member, who was probably expressing a bit of what all those listening felt.

A book table set up to one side of the meeting area and maintained throughout the three-day event, displaying and selling books and other materials by HSA and HPCM members.

We were honored to have Susan Antolin, editor of HSA’s newsletter Ripples, in the house representing the HSA executive committee. After breakfast on Saturday morning Susan updated us on HSA goings-on by sharing a letter from the executive committee, after which discussed briefly a few of topics that may be coming up for consideration before HSA in 2012.

For those who wanted to participate, Ginny Leidig led a Saturday ginko walk at BSSC. It began with the Japanese garden and moved on to the Peace Garden, where visitors over the years have created small stone cairns; and then to the Labyrinth, which was swept clean of autumn leaves; some meeting-goers chose to walk the Labyrinth, a favorite pursuit among those who visit BSSC.

Plenty of “quiet time” was built into the schedule each day, during which attendees could enjoy creative endeavors, meander the surrounding hills and woodlands, gather in small groups, or simply recharge their batteries in the peaceful, tranquil atmosphere for which BSSC is so well known.

After Ginny’s on-site ginko, members of HPCM presented a brief poetry reading in honor of our guests. This was followed by a presentation and workshop by Roberta Beary entitled, “Haibun: The Good, the Bad, and the Boring.” After sharing solid advice for creating effective haibun, Roberta used a couple of sample haibun from an HPCM member for a “workshop” in which she detailed ways to improve the works and provided an enlightening before-and-after comparison.

After a lunch buffet in the BSSC dining room—where all meals were held during the HSA meeting—Tim Singleton gave a talk: “becoming beautiful—a responsibility of haiku in bio-regionalism and environmental literacy.” This eye-opening presentation, which incorporated a PowerPoint slide show throughout, explained Maryland’s new “No Child Left Inside” initiative—other states are now beginning to follow suit—that reintroduces children to the natural resources in and around their home locales. The program encourages students to discover, enjoy, respect, and protect these resources. Tim explained how haiku poets, working directly with students through the schools and other programs, can help tencourage and deepen in children a love of and involvement with nature that is often lacking today due to our more sedentary lifestyles and numerous indoor pursuits (e.g., video games, online social networks, and TV). Major food for thought.

Shortly after his talk, Tim then led interested attendees on a ginko hike at nearby McKeldin Falls in Patapsco Valley State Park. At McKeldin Falls, the Patapsco Rivers plunges 12 feet within 60 feet, creating a small falls and white water rushing and tumbling over rocks that eventually resolves into a pond in the one-time quarry below; and then a gentler watercourse through the park as the Patapsco continues its journey toward the Chesapeake Bay. With the sun low in the mid-afternoon sky, we first viewed the falls from above, then clambered down the steep, rocky hill to get nearer the white water, walked beside the lake, and hiked a short way down the tributary, over rocky terrain, where we saw rock formations, cliff walls, woodlands, and an accommodating blue heron, who kindly agreed to pose for a long while so we could snap photos.










After dinner that evening Ellen Compton opened and moderated a discussion on “Memory, Imagination and the Authentic Haiku Moment,” wherein we enjoyed an animated discourse on the legitimacy of memory and other cognitive processes—such as combining memories out of time for effect—in the creation of an “authentic” haiku.

Sunday morning, after breakfast, HPCM hosts Elizabeth and Cathy led a well-attended and dynamic haiku workshop; followed by an “open mike” poetry reading. Many of those presenting work for either the workshop or the reading had written their haiku during their time at BSSC.

Finally, after lunch, where one-time strangers who had become friends over the previous few days dined together one last time, guests said their goodbyes and began departing for points north, south, east and west as they headed home (except one couple, who liked BSSC so much, they decided to stay another night!). Cathy, the last one out the door, turned off the lights on her way out.

Finally, we’d like to say that HPCM has never had so much fun—or worked so hard!—in all our time together. We want to thank everyone who attended the HSA’s fourth quarterly meeting for 2011, and everyone from HPCM and BSSC who made our Haiku Retreat possible, from the bottom of our collective heart; and also to thank the Haiku Society of America for giving us this incredible opportunity to be of service, and to meet and commune with HSA members from across the country.