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Southeast Region

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.

Upcoming Event:

The Southeast Chapter of The Haiku Society of America presents its
2nd Annual Ginko Haikufest: “gazing at flowers” in celebration of Koboyashi Issa’s 250th birthday.

Friday, October 25 - Sunday, October 27, 2013
Artmore Hotel - Atlanta, Georgia

Download a copy of the event flyer & registration form (PDF).

2012 Event:

Some photos from the December 2012 HSA Quarterly Meeting,
Winter Light: A Carolina Haiku Gathering:


Salem-Winston, NC

Dr. Theresa Church

Professor Lenard D. Moore interviews Dr. Teresa Church

Curtis Dunlap and Ce Rosenow

Curtis Dunlap and Ce Rosenow

Bob Moore

Bob Moyer performing "I want you back"

Lenard D. Moore

Lenard D. Moore reading a jazz poem

Ismael Khatibu

Ismael Khatibu performs "war poem"

Terri French

Terri French reads "Ku Contemplator"

Regional Links

Southeast Region Facebook Page

Alabama State Poetry Society

Alabama Writers' Conclave

Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival

Lingering Sunlight: Southeast Regional Anthology

Paraverse (Robin D. Gill's haiku translation site)
Pinecone Haiku Group

River Song Haiku Society

Sakura Festival Haiku Contest

Regional News

Peggy Willis Lyles (1939-2010)

time out
the setting sun
takes center field

     Modern Haiku 38:1

The author of this baseball haiku died in Tucker, Georgia on September 3, 2010. A former English professor, she was a founding member of Pinecone, the North Georgia Haiku Society, and a leading voice in American haiku for the past three decades. She was born in Summerville, South Carolina on September 17, 1939. Here’s a review of her To Hear the Rain:


including a generous selection of poems from that volume.

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Regional Coordinator

Peter Meister

Terri L. French
1901 W. Tupelo Dr. SE
Huntsville, AL 35803
Terri L. French was born and raised in Michigan. She and her husband make their home in Huntsville, Alabama. They have four children and three cats. She has a degree in journalism and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Terri began writing poetry as a child and took a serious interest in haiku about five years ago. Her book of haiku, A Ladybug on my Words, illustrated by her son Logan, was self-published in 2011. Terri, her husband Ray, Curtis Dunlap, and Susan Nelson Myers penned the first “renray” (a linked collaborative poem), which appeared in the September 2011 edition of Notes from the Gean. Her haiku, senryu, haibun, haiga, and tanka have appeared in various journals, including Frogpond, Daily Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, Prune Juice, Paper Wasp, Moonbathing, South by Southeast, and Modern Haiku.

he brings flowers
the same shade—
harvest moon
butter puddling
in the acorn squash 
reflecting pool
trying to see past
what she’s not


Former Regional Coordinators

Peter Meister, 2010-2011

Regional Archives

2010-2011 Southeast Region Archive


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