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Haiku Society of America 2022
National Virtual Conference

the conference was Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5, 2022

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

HSA Virtual Conference 2022

Please see all of the Haiku Society of America videos on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoWrz8ICDzS30J335UHj1Fg

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Here are two sample video presentations:

David Lanoue

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpskEKkgXr0

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

Agnes Eva Savich

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21I2THRPczo

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.

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Haiku Society of America
Mentorship Program Anthology

The Haiku Society of America is pleased to announce the publication of The Unexpected Weight: The Haiku Society of America Mentorship Program Anthology 2021, edited by Jay Friedenberg. Design and layout by Ignatius Fay.

Each poem in this anthology was chosen by the instructors (mentors) of the groups based on a selection submitted to them from the individual students (mentees). Each participating student member has three poems published in this anthology. These poems may be either published or unpublished. If they are published, the reference information for the publication or contest is provided.

See a sample of haiku by writers from the Mentorship Program Anthology.

From the introduction:

It has been a pleasure to organize and see this vibrant community of haiku poets develop. My thanks go out to the mentors for your dedication to the craft and for expending the necessary time and energy. Congratulations to the mentees also for your interest and participation, and to the HSA Executive Committee for approving and providing financial support to this venture. The increase in talent over the last year and a half has been like watching a garden blossom and grow. May this garden thrive and bear fruit for many years to come!

Jay Friedenberg President, Haiku Society of America

Requests for information about the program or to join may be sent to: jay.friedenberg@gmail.com

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Support HSA with a Donation

The Haiku Society of America is a not-for-profit organization that is dependent on membership dues and much appreciated donations.

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The Haiku Society of America is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1968 to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku in English. The HSA has been meeting regularly since its inception and sponsors meetings, readings, publications and contests. The HSA has over 1000 members around the country and overseas. Membership is open to all readers, writers, and students of haiku. Join today.

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Haiku Society of America 2022
National ZOOM Conference

June 4 & 5, 2022

This marks the third year in a row we have had our conference online via Zoom. We had an exciting roster of world class speakers and events lined up.

See the full 2022 schedule and program.

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Haiku Society of America 2022
Merit Book Awards

The Haiku Society of America is pleased to announce the 2022 Merit Book Awards.

HAIKU BOOK AWARDS:

First Place: John Stevenson, My Red: Selected Haiku of John Stevenson, Brooks Books, 2021.

Second Place: Edward Cody Huddleston, Wildflowers in a Vase, Red Moon Press, 2021.

Third Place: Tia Haynes and Jonathan Roman, After Amen: A Memoir in Two Voices, Published by the authors, 2021.

Honorable Mentions:

Rebecca Lilly, Aporia, Red Moon Press, 2021.

John Martone, A Landscape in Pieces, Tufo, 2021.

Bill Pauly, Walking Uneven Ground: Selected Haiku of Bill Pauly, Brooks Books, 2021.

Michele Root-Bernstein, Wind Rose, Snapshot Press, 2021.

see the
Complete List of 2022 Merit Book Awards

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The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Student Haiku and Senryu Competition for Grades 7-12

See the Winning Haiku for 2022

See the 2022 awards:

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial
Student Haiku and Senryu Competition Collection

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Haiku Award

These awards were originally made possible by Mrs. Harold G. Henderson in memory of Harold G. Henderson, cofounder the Haiku Society of America.

Deadline:

HSA Haiku Award Contest:
Opens June 1, 2022 and closes July 31, 2022.

HSA Haiku Award contest is open for submissions!

Eligibility: The contest is open to the public. HSA officers who are members of the executive committee are not eligible, but regional coordinators may enter.

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Senryu Award

The Gerald Brady Memorial awards were first made possible with a donation by Virginia Brady Young in memory of her brother, Gerald Brady.

Deadline:

HSA Senryu Award Contest:
Opens June 1, 2022 and closes July 31, 2022.

HSA Senryu Award contest is open for submissions!

Eligibility: The contest is open to the public. HSA officers who are members of the executive committee are not eligible, but regional coordinators may enter.

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Haibun Award

Deadline:

HSA Haibun Award Contest:
Opens June 1, 2022 and closes July 31, 2022.

HSA Haibun Award contest is open for submissions!

Eligibility: The contest is open to the public. HSA officers who are members of the executive committee are not eligible, but regional coordinators may enter.

Regulations: Up to three unpublished haibun, of no more than 1,000 words, not submitted for publication or to any other contest.

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See the complete All HSA Contest Guidelines

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Haiku Books by Editors of Members Anthologies Published by the Haiku Society of America

Haiku Books by Editors of
Members Anthologies Published
by the Haiku Society of America

January 15, 2022

This HSA bibliography features haiku-related books by the editors of members anthologies published by the Haiku Society of America. From its inception in 1978 to the present, 39 haiku writers have served as the editors for annual membership anthologies and other special collections.

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