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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 and on the HSA Web site (see HSA Regional Announcements). 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.

See the web archives of 2015 Meetings, 2014 Meetings, 2013 Meetings, 2012 Meetings, 2011 Meetings, 2010 Meetings, 2009 Meetings, 2008 Meetings or 2007 Meetings or earlier HSA Meeting Archives.


2016 Haiku Society of America Meetings

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Details of locations, times, and programs will appear in the HSA Newsletter and Web site, as will announcements and details of HSA regional meetings. Reminders of national meetings, HSA contest deadlines, and occasional other news or announcements will also be sent by e-mail. Inquiries regarding regional meetings can also be addressed to the appropriate regional coordinator.

First Meeting: Pasadena, CA - March 19, 2016

March 19, 2016. The Southern California Haiku Study Group hosted the first HSA Regional Meeting of 2016 at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. A group of attendees met at the California Pizza Kitchen near the museum for lunch beforehand.

The meeting was attended by 35 people, including HSA President Fay Aoyagi and Susan Antolin, visiting from Northern California, as well as Genie Nakano, Naia, Hideki, Sharon Yee, Patricia Wakimoto, Eve Luckring, Jonathan Yougans, Deborah P Kolodji, Kimberly Esser, Toni, D’Ellen, Scott Galasso, Joyce Futa, Liz Goetz, Kanan Patel-Coleman, Beki Reese, Janet, Pauli Dutton, Richard Dutton, Bill Hart, James Won, Yvette Nicole Kolodji, Greg Longenecker, Kathabela Wilson, Rick Wilson, Don Baird, Lynn Allgood, Marcia Behar and a couple of museum visitors.

After introductory remarks by SCHSG moderator, Deborah P Kolodji, and a short HSA meeting conducted by Fay Aoyagi, Genie Nakano led things off with an evocative reading of her haibun and tanka, accompanied by movement and scarf dancing.

Susan Antolin presented “Haiku Aesthetics,” her wonderful presentation from the 2015 HNA conference in Schenectady, New York, where she focused on how understatement can make a haiku resonate, providing sample haiku for discussion. Fay conducted a workshop entitled, “Writing from “You-ness” where she discussed how to include YOU in haiku, whether in a leading role by using “I” and focusing on who, what and where you are, or by a supporting role with a focus on what causes you to write a particular haiku.

Workshop attendees were encouraged to write their own poems using the kigo “hazy moon,” “lilac,” and “asparagus.” A discussion followed regarding Fay’s writing process of using unusual Japanese kigo such as “father-child grass,” “a field mouse becomes a quail,” and “a dragon climbs to the sky.” Workshop participants were then encouraged to write haiku with these kigo or with local plants with strange names (Chinese House, Dutchman’s Pipe Vine, Monkeyflower, etc), or a haiku inspired by a folk tale or fairy tale.

Naia followed Fay with a breathtaking reading of her haiga, which were projected on a screen and accompanied by soft classical music. This was a comprehensive showing of her haiga paintings as well as haiga from her photography. It was one of the most amazing poetry readings I’ve experienced.

Finally, there was an open mic accompanied by Rick Wilson on shakuhachi.


Second Meeting: Portland, Oregon - August 12-14

The Oregon HSA members has planned the Summer HSA regional conference to be held in Portland, Oregon on Friday evening Aug. 12, all day Saturday Aug. 13, and Sunday morning Aug. 14. We will be featuring anthology readings, workshops by Michael Dylan Welch and Margaret Chula, a special performance by Jim Rodriguez and Michele Schafer, a haibun reading by Johnny Baranski, and  a tour of the newly expanded Japanese Garden (also an optional Friday morning Bike tour). In Addition we will have lots of fun!

View and download the PDF of the 2016 Oregon HSA Meeting Schedule.


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