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HSA Regions

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.

2015 News

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.

I know winter has just started, but I’m already thinking spring. April and May are going to be busy months for me. Beginning on April 3 and concluding on National Haiku Day, April 17, I will be teaching an three-session Intro to Haiku course for Learning Quest, a volunteer-led organization, dedicated to building a learning community for adults of all ages.

The 36th annual Haiku Holiday Conference will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Bolin Brook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I’ll be presenting a workshop on “The Dark side of Senryu.” Charlotte Digregorio will also be a presenter. I hope some or all of you will attend. Go to http://nc-haiku.org/haiku-holiday/ for more information.

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

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

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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

2012-2014 Southeast Region Archive

2010-2011 Southeast Region Archive


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