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Plains and Mountains Region

This region includes Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

The Plains and Mountains Region of the HSA consists of nine states, so its members are scattered—the largest concentration tending to be in Colorado. The size of the region and its small membership numbers have made it difficult for haiku poets to sustain groups that can meet on a regular basis. While forming groups has been and will continue to be a challenge, a number of Plains and Mountains members have distinguished themselves as individuals within the HSA and the greater haiku community as editors as well as poets, with haiku published in the leading haiku journals. Through the Internet, Plains and Mountains members stay up to date with the HSA and the haiku community, and have made meaningful contacts with other haiku poets inside and outside the Plains and Mountains region. If you would like to know more about us, or learn about the opportunities available to you in the region, please contact the Plains and Mountains regional coordinator.

Regional Links

Haiku Times by Jonathan Machen

Montage Archives, The Haiku Foundation, edited by Allan Burns http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/publications/montage/

Ann K. Schwader (Colorado)

Gary Schroeder Profile at Poets & Writers Directory

Donna Pohlmann Blog

Chad Lee Robinson Profile at Poets & Writers Directory

Allan Burns interview on Blogging Along Tobacco Road

Ann K. Schwader interview on Blogging Along Tobacco Road

Chad Lee Robinson interview on Blogging Along Tobacco Road

Regional Member News & Events 2012

The 30 poets in the Plains & Mountain Region are exploring ways of sharing our haiku with each other via email. Hopefully this will help to connect those living in far flung areas of our large geogaphical region.

About half of our members live in Colorado so it is easier to get together in person for various events.

This April, National Poetry Month we have collaborated wtih Poetry West, the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD), and Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) on activities in and around Colorado Springs.

1. Local members contributed haiku which are exhibited in a haiku display at Colorado Springs libraries during April. Viewers are encouraged to try their hand writing haiku on small cards provided in baskets at each display.

2. Michael Doherty invited Patricia Kennelly and Patricia Nolan to lead a workshop for a poetry class at PPCC. They spoke about the history of classical haiku, modern approaches to haiku in the west, creating renga online, and especially the essence of haiku.

3. The Rocky Mountain Haiku group (about half of these folks are HSA members), based in the Colorado Springs/Denver areas and Poetry West will co-sponsor an afternoon (western) tea, 'CELEBRATE HAIKU' at Bear Creek Nature Center Visitor Center on Saturday 21 April 3 - 4 pm. Haiku poets will read their own work as well as some from the masters; Basho, Issa, Buson, Chiyo-ni, etc. Michael Komatsu Doherty will play the Shakuhachi flute. This event is free and open to the public. Guests, including members of the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado (JASSC), will be asked to share their haiku if they wish. Haiku, haibun, tanka, and all forms of Japanese poetry are welcome.

4. Poets are randomly hanging haiku on tree branches all around town throughout April.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Even though I lived in Japan for several years and have been writing haiku and painting sumi-e for a quarter of a century, I am new to this RC position. With a lot of help from everyone else, we are feeling our way along this journey with a goal to increase awareness and appreciation of haiku in our communities and to promote modern western haiku as a legitimate poetry genre.

Respectfully submitted,

Patricia Nolan, P&M RC

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Regional Coordinator

Chad Robinson

Patricia Nolan
3355 Apogee View
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Patricia Nolan is a cofounder of the Colorado Springs haiku group. Her poems have appeared in Frogpond, the HSA anthology In Pine Shade, in When the Temple Bell Stops, and many other publications. Her sumi-e, oils, and watercolors live in private homes and businesses around the world. After a long career in education, then a second career in outdoor adventure, Pat now finds inspiration for words and paintings while playing on rivers, trails, meadows, and snowfields. Living in Japan for a number of years taught her to blend Eastern sensitivities with the Western landscape in her writing and art.

sun mists
the wet trail
     hear the unsaid
silver water
gray feathers    red crowns
cranes need no jewels
bald eagle feather
falls on snow
    white symphony

Former Plains & Mountains Coordinators

Chad Robinson, 2011

Plains & Mountain Region Archive

2011 Archive

2012 Archive

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