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Haiku Society of America Meetings

Haiku Society of America meetings are held quarterly at various locations throughout the U. S. One quarterly meeting is always held in New York City and the third meeting of the year is designated as the Annual Meeting. Some of the HSA Regions hold meetings as well. The HSA also supports other local, national and international haiku activities.

The locations, times, and programs for the Quarterly 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 quarterly meeting.

See the web archives of 2010 Meetings, 2009 Meetings, 2008 Meetings or 2007 Meetings or earlier HSA Meeting Archives.


2011 Haiku Society of America Meetings

4th Quarter | 3rd Quarter | 2nd Quarter | 1st Quarter

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.

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

Hosted by the Southern California Haiku Study Group
Co-chairs: Naia <naia01@yahoo.com> and Billie Dee <billiedee2000@gmail.com>

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. <http://www.bigkitchencafe.com/wp/location>

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. <http://www.niwa.org/location-directions>

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    <http://www.balboapark.org/in-the-park/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. Here is the link to a pdf printable map of Balboa Park: <http://www.balboapark.org/sites/default/files/maps/BalboaParkMap.pdf>


Co-chairs: Naia <naia01@yahoo.com> and Billie Dee <billiedee2000@gmail.com>


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 <http://sites.google.com/site/haikuoregon>. 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 <http://sites.google.com/site/haikuoregon/HSAMEETING> for full details of this expansive June event. Feel free to contact an’ya, Oregon’s HSA Regional Coordinator <haikubyanya@gmail.com> 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 <http://www.bendhappyhour.com/happyhour/downtown>.

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 <http://www.phoenixinn.com/bend> (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.) <http://www.mcmenamins.com/421-old-st-francis-school-home>

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.


Sponsor: Haiku Society of America, Inc. www.hsa-haiku.org

Hosted by Haiku Oregon http://sites.google.com/site/haikuoregon

Coordinators: an’ya & PeterB peterandanya@gmail.com

Exhibition Gallery: The historic Liberty Theatre http://www.ci.bend.or.us/depts/community_development/planning_division/docs/historic/Libery_Theater.pdf

Co-sponsor: City of Bend, Oregon www.ci.bend.or.us

Co-sponsor: Downtown Bend Business Association www.downtownbend.org

Co-sponsor: Visit Bend www.visitbend.com

Host Hotel: Phoenix Inn www.phoenixinn.com/bend

Host Restaurant: 5 Fusion www.5fusion.com

Host Restaurant: boken izakaya www.bokenbend.com

Host Cash Bar: tba Oregon One Sake Cocktails & Bend-brewed Beers

Furniture Donation: Bend Habitat for Humanity www.bendhabitat.org

Poster Graphics: http://alexiswest.blogspot.com

Prop Donations: Carol Jacobs the Bend Saturday Swap Meet, NW Second Street Bend, Oregon

Prop Donations: Eddie Swisher Iron Horse Second Hand Store, 210 Northwest Congress Bend, Oregon

Other Donations: Bend Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon www.ofco.org

Construction Donations: Ronald Micnhimer of Bend, Oregon


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 <http://www.hsa-haiku.org> plus more at the Haiku Oregon Website <http://sites.google.com/site/haikuoregon/hsa-meeting>.

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 <haikubyanya@gmail.com> 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

HSA Fourth Quarterly Meeting to Be Held in the Baltimore Metro Area

“A Haiku Retreat”

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

Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Haiku Poets of Central Maryland (HPCM) is planning and arranging the Haiku Society of America’s Fourth Quarterly Meeting over the weekend of Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4, 2011. The meeting will take the form of a “Haiku Retreat” held at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center: a spacious and scenic 300-acre retreat and conference center in the rolling hills of Howard County, MD. The Center provides overnight accommodations, if desired; with conference rooms and meeting areas of varying sizes for our use. Dining facilities are on the premises, and there are walking trails, a meditation labyrinth, and a Japanese Garden. The Center is conveniently located near Baltimore and Washington, off Interstate 70, exit 83. Shuttle service can be reserved for transportation to and from the nearby Baltimore and Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport. There are also area hotels available for attendees, including several in the BWI Airport and train station complex. The Spiritual Center provides ample onsite parking available to all guests.

Members planning to attend are encouraged to make their individual reservations early, as there are a limited number of rooms available at Bon Secours. All reservations and pre-paid deposits are required on or before July 1, 2011, including day guests. Payments can be made by check or credit card. To make reservations at the Bon Secours facility, contact Rainey Taylor at 410-442-3144. Remember to mention HSA when making your reservations.

Rates for the Bon Secours Center:

Overnight guests: $148.00 per person per night for single occupancy, including meals.

Double occupancy: $198.00 per room, with meals. Note: There is only one double bed per room.

Day-only guests: $45.95, which includes breakfast and lunch. Including dinner; $54.95/day. Note: Because the Center needs to know how many day-guests to plan for each day, day guests must also register and pay in advance.

Dietary note: Guests who have special dietary needs are asked to notify the Center at the time of reservation/registration.

Amenities at the Bon Secours Center include: Wi-Fi in each room; a computer in the lobby for guests’ use; a hospitality room with refreshments available all day, including coffee, teas, ice water, juices, etc.; a library; a small bookstore; beautiful outdoor grounds that include a lake, a Japanese garden, and a meditation labyrinth; and a chapel for those who care to make use of it.

Arrival date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Arrival time: 3:00 P.M.
Departure date: Sunday, December 4, 2011
Departure time: 2:00 P.M.
(Lodging-room checkout is at 11:00 A.M.; however, luggage storage is available.)

Additional notes: In consideration of other retreat or conference guests who may also be at the Center during our stay, children under 18 are not permitted and pets are prohibited except for service animals. Guests agree to maintain a quiet atmosphere in the Center by keeping the noise level low in meeting rooms and hallways. Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the building. Alcoholic beverages are not provided, but may be brought to the Center with written permission.

Bon Secours Web site: HSA members planning to attend the Fourth Quarterly Meeting are encouraged to visit the Bon Secours Spiritual Center Web site at <http://www.bonsecoursspiritualcenter.org> for general information about the venue, including directions and transportation options. Also for general questions about Bon Secours, call them at 410-442-1320 or e-mail <bssc@bshsi.org>.



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