This region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and the United States Virgin Islands.
The Southeast region welcomes all poets as it seeks to build haiku-related activities throughout its territory. Past activities have included a haiku weekend in the late 1990s linking “Haiku and Music,” which invited poets (working with musicians) to put their own lines to music, and to hear their haiku sung. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the annual Sakura Festival has been promoting haiku through an annual contest since 1991. In Key West, Florida, the Robert Frost Poetry Festival has featured haiku poets for many years, and also has an annual haiku contest. The Pinecone haiku group has also engaged poets in the northern part of our region since 1999, and has an active Yahoo group (or contact Nora Wood for more information). More recently, the Alabama State Poetry Society has begun to include haiku in its yearly contests. HSA members in our region have only occasionally been able to get together, but we encourage interaction by e-mail. We hope you will want to contribute to our online regional anthology. For more information about haiku activity in the region, please contact the Southeast regional coordinator.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and all the best this holiday Season! If you’re like me things are a little crazy right now. Holiday baking, decorating, gift buying, parties, parties, parties, school and church activities—all of this festive fun can be stressful. We all know what stress does to creativity right? My muse is off on a tropical island somewhere sipping a pina colada. So, of course, my New Year’s resolution is to spend more time writing and reading my beloved haiku, senryu and haibun.
And big news—the HSA will hold a quarterly meeting in the southeast region! The conference, “All the Dharma,” will be in Winter Park, Florida, May 15 - 17. The Jack Kerouac Project will co-host this event. The Jack Kerouac House is located in nearby College Park, a cozy northwest Orlando neighborhood. Kerouac lived in the area for a short time in 1957–58 when his classic work On The Road was published to much acclaim. It was also the place he typed the original manuscript of his sequel, Dharma Bums. Stanford Forrester will be a guest speaker and discuss the haiku of The Beat generation. Other presenters and activities are in the works.
So, after all of this holiday hoopla is over, mark your calendars and make plans to attend Haiku Holiday (I guess the Holidays aren’t over!) and All the Dharma.
Happy New Year!
Terri L. French
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Former Regional Coordinators
Peter Meister, 2010-2011