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Midwest Region
2016 Archive


HSA Regions

Midwest Region

This region includes Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

The Midwest region has traditionally been a focal point of American haiku activity with publications such as American Haiku, the world’s first English-language haiku journal (started in 1963), and Modern Haiku, which has been published here for most of its existence, among others. In addition, we are also home to Brooks Books, the country’s oldest publisher devoted to books of haiku, and its journal Mayfly. The region hosted the landmark Haiku Chicago event in 1995 (the first-ever joint conference of the Haiku Society of America and Japan’s Haiku International Association), the 1999 Haiku North America conference, the 2000 Global Haiku Festival, and, more recently, the “Cradle of American Haiku” festivals. In addition, Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, hosts the country’s only university haiku studies program.

The Midwest region has a wealth of talent, with HSA members in eight states, and strives to grow in its knowledge of haiku by holding informative readings and critiques, with presentations by excellent poets and speakers, to which the public is always invited. Additional activities include outdoor walks, such as visiting the Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Members often meet for dinner after events to socialize.

If you’re not already an HSA member, please come to one of our gatherings or free programs, and give us a try. We encourage haiku poets throughout the Midwest to start a new group (the Midwest regional coordinator is always happy to help), or to join an existing group:

See the 2013 & 2014 Midwest Archive of Events.

See the 2012 Midwest Archive of Events.

See the 2011 Midwest Archive of Events.

See the 2010 Midwest Archive of Events.

—Charlotte Digregorio

Regional Links

Brooks Books

Cradle of American Haiku

Haiku Habit

Haiku Michigan

Millikin University Haiku

Reeds: Contemporary Haiga

Raymond Roseliep

Virtual Haiku

White Lotus

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Regional Member News & Events 2016

Winter News:

A free online Christmas chapbook from HSA Midwest member Ellen Grace Olinger:


And a new post about the Midwest, written for a WordPress challenge, on Ellen's primary blog.


The Forest Haiku Walk included in Teaching Stories at The Haiku Foundation:


Ohaio-ku Study Group

The Ohaio-ku study group met Saturday, December 10 at the Cuyahoga Falls Library. The following members were in attendance: Phyllis Lee, Joe McKeon, Larry Cliff, Sharon Ohnmeiss, Valentina Rinaldi-Adams, Joshua Gage and Julie Warther. We shared and discussed favorIte winter haiku, workshopped some of our own haiku and held a kukai with the theme "winter". (Phyllis Lee placed first. Joshua Gage placed second). Winners received book awards. We ended with a reading of original three-haiku sequences.

The next meeting will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 10am-noon at the Cuyahoga Falls Library. The kukai theme is "New Year". That specific word need not be in your haiku, but your haiku should convey the "New Year" theme. At this meeting we will explore ways to revise our haiku.

Autumn News:

Lee Gurga to lead a workshop at Haiku Waukesha

Lee Gurga, author of Haiku: A Poet’s Guide, and editor of Modern Haiku Press, will be lead a workshop on how to write fine haiku November 19th, 1-4pm at First United Methodist Church in Waukesha, WI.  The address is 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI, 53186.  We are excited to host such a fine poet, editor, and teacher. Direct your questions to dan.schwerin@fumcwaukesha.org or call Dan Schwerin at 262.542.4256.  All are welcome.

New Project by Lidia Rozmus - A request for your support

What is the best, most precious gift we can give to one another? One of the answers is, silence—the peace that silence brings. We live in challenging times, and personal moments of quiet and solitude are essential to our well-being and existential struggles.
Since the Fall of 2015, Lidia Rozmus has been working on a new multimedia and multilingual art project, entitled “In Silence.” The project entails a haiga portfolio book and a haiku film. The book’s composition includes eighteen folders with three versions of haiga, (haiku combined with image), in the middle folders.
Specifically, Lidia will use eighteen of her haiku (very short poetry of Japanese origin), and each will have three versions. The English version will include photography with haiku, mostly provided by Iwona Biedermann. The Japanese version will include  “classic” sumi-e (ink and brush painting on rice paper) that Lidia created, with calligraphy by Masanobu Hoshikawa. And, the Polish version will be done with color pencil on black cardboard with Lidia’s haiku. The eighteen folders will be placed in a handmade box, and the edition will be limited.
The film, produced by Jan M. Zamorski, will present the four seasons with haiga selected from the book. The art from this project will be exhibited in various international locations with the film, some of which are listed on the website. Because the cost of this project is substantial, Lidia has decided to use the services of the portal Indiegogo in order to finance it. Her goal is to raise $5,000 to cover some of her and her colleagues’ production costs.

All information related to the project can be found on the Indiegogo website, <https://igg.me/at/in-silence>. Those who would prefer to send a check, are welcome do so by writing to Lidia at the following address:

Lidia Rozmus
I Echo Court
Unit 11
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Lidia would greatly appreciate your sharing this message with friends, acquaintances, or with anyone who would like to contribute to this worthy project. If you have any questions, Lidia can be reached by email at: <rozmuslidia@gmail.com>.

Haiku Waukesha group

The Haiku Waukesha group plans to meet the second Wednesdays of the months, Oct.12th and Nov. 9th, from 6:30-8:30pm. We will be at First UMC Waukesha, 121 Wisconsin Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186, room 216. Questions can be directed to Dan Schwerin at


Kyle Craig: Featured Poet

Indiana member, Kyle Craig is the featured poet for September on Indiana
Poet Laureate, Shari Wagner's website. Learn more about Kyle, read an
interview and enjoy some of his poems by clicking the link below.

Evergreen Haiku Study Group, East Lansing, Michigan

The Evergreen Haiku Study Group at the Center for Poetry, Michigan State
University, has resumed monthly, Saturday meetings:

October 1, 2016: The group meets from 1 to 3pm, Room 301, Snyder Hall at 3652 Bogue Street in East Lansing. All haiku poets community-wide are welcome. This study group is for everyone, whether you’ve written one haiku or one hundred!

November 5, 2016, same time same place, the haiku study group welcomes haiku poet Francine Banwarth to give a reading of her poetry and to discuss her distinctive style with participants. Along with Michele Root-Bernstein, Francine will also participate in a Center for Poetry event with playwright
Katherine Snodgrass. After a video viewing of Katherine’s one-act play, "Haiku", Michele and Francine will offer a “haiku poet response,” engaging in conversation with the playwright and the audience. The date for this event is tentatively set for November 3, 2016.

Ohaio-ku Study Group

The next meeting of the Ohaio-ku Study Group will be held Saturday, October 8, from 10am - noon at the Cuyahoga Falls Public
Library in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. <http://cuyahogafallslibrary.org>

We will be reading and discussing the haiku of Raymond Roseliep.  The kukai theme this month is "Back to School". Please bring haiku of your own to workshop and read. For more information, contact Julie Warther <wartherjulie@gmail.com>.

Gallery of Cover Art

Have you taken a virtual stroll through the Gallery of Cover Art at The
Haiku Foundation?  It features work by Midwest members Randy & Shirley
Brooks, Lidia Rozmus, and Christopher Patchel as well as artists from other


Evergreen Haiku Study Group, East Lansing, Michigan

The Evergreen Haiku Study Group at the Center for Poetry, Michigan State University, will resume monthly, Saturday meetings this September 10th, 2016 from 1 to 3pm, Room 301, Snyder Hall at 3652 Bogue Street in East Lansing. Haiku poets of all persuasions are welcome, whether novice or seasoned, student or community member. This study group is for everyone!

Ohaio-ku Study Group

The next meeting of the Ohaio-ku Study Group will be held Saturday, September 10 from 10am - noon at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. http://cuyahogafallslibrary.org The kukai theme this month is "Harvest".  Please bring haiku to workshop and read.  For more information, contact Julie Warther wartherjulie@gmail.com.

Summer News:

(Serving as the HSA Midwest Regional Meeting)

Dates: August 5-7, Friday thru Sunday

Registration will begin at 12:30 pm on Friday, August 5. Please let us know you are coming, to facilitate planning. Please email Gayle Bull at info@foundrybooks.com.

The honored guests this year will be:  Ed Rielly, originally of Darlington, Wisconsin and now from Maine; Bill Pauly of Dubuque, Iowa (is there anyone who doesn't know Bill and his wonderful haiku?); Phyllis Walsh, the founder of HUMMINGBIRD MAGAZINE OF THE SHORT POEM who will be represented by CX Dillhunt, Editor who assisted Phyllis in her last few issues and who has taken over editorship.



Noon – 6:30 PM: Registration at THE FOUNDRY BOOKS (TFB)
Critique sessions throughout the afternoon

Opening Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 PM at TFB

HAIGA-ON-STAGE 7:30 Mineral Point Opera House

Introduction of and readings by Featured Poets immediately following HAIGA- ON-STAGE

Bill Pauly, Dubuque, Iowa
Ed Rielly, originally of Darlington, Wisconsin
Phyllis Walsh, represented by CX Dillhunt
open reading


8:30 & Throughout the day: coffee, tea, water and cookies on the porch TFB
8:30 – 9:30 Registration at TFB
9:30 – Noon Typesetting & Printing at Mayday Press
9:30 – 10:30 Julie Warther Forest Haiku Walk – Walker House (WH)
9:30 – 10:00 CX Dillhunt introduces us to Phyllis Walsh TFB
10:00 – 10:30 Ed Rielly reads and talks about his books  TFB
10:30 – 11:00 Bill Pauly reads and talks about his haiku  TFB
10:30 – 11:30 Francine & Michele Searching for Life in Haiku WH
11:00 – 12:30 Donna Bauerly, reading from her new biography, Raymond Roseliep; Man of Art Who Loves the Rose."

Noon—Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:00 Richard Gilbert  WH
1:30 – 4:00 Typesetting & Printing  Mayday Press
3:15 – 5:00 Discussion of Richard Gilbert’s  WH
5:00 – 6:00 Booksignings TFB
6:00 – 6:30 Social Hour WH
6:30 – 8:00 Dinner  WH
8:00 - ??  Open Reading WH


9:00 and throughout the day  coffee, etc on porch TFB
9:30 – 1130 Bookbinding Karma’s Studio
9:30 -11:30  Gingko Walk
Noon  Lunch and farewell at THE GREY DOG DELI

Ohaio-ku Study Group

We had another successful gathering of the Ohaio-ku Study group on Saturday, June 11. Nine people were in attendance, including Don Fulmer, Joe McKeon and his wife Donna, Valentina Rinaldi-Adams, Susan Mallernee, Phyllis Lee, Julie Warther, and two new faces (Kristie and Vince) who heard about our group through the library newsletter.

Don Fulmer presented a program about Native American Flutes and provided a flute response to haiku we read. We held a kukai with the theme: Wind. Joe McKeon and Susan Mallernee tied for first place. And there was just enough time to do a little workshopping of our haiku.

The next gathering will be held Saturday, July 9 from 10am-noon at The Cuyahoga Falls Library. The kukai theme will be "the Fourth of July". Those words need not appear in the haiku, just the general spirit of the day and holiday. Also bring two haiku for workshopping and several of your favorite haiku for a reading.

Spring News:

Kyle Craig <kcra4ig@gmail.com> • March 9, 2016

The Indianapolis Haiku Group (IHG) meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month to read, write and share haiku, senryu, tanka and haibun. For details about time and location contact Kyle Craig at kcra4ig@gmail.com, or 317-416-1984. 

Dan Schwerin <dan.schwerin@fumcwaukesha.org> • March 6, 2016

Haiku Group in Waukesha, WI

Our next gatherings are Wednesday March 9th 630-8pm as well as Wednesday, April 13, from 630 to 8pm. We meet at First UMC Waukesha, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.

Calling All Midwest Haiku Poets,

I want to let you know personally about a haiku study group that is set to begin Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at Michigan State University. Meetings are planned for the 3rd Saturday of every month—at least through April 16th—and beyond if there is interest. I sure hope so! This is a group meant for students and for community members, for novice poets and seasoned haijin alike. If you can come to one, some, or all meetings, please do! We need you!

There's a bit of information about me and the haiku study group format I envision:


In a nutshell~

Dates: February 20, March 19, April 16, 2016
Time: Saturdays, 1 – 3 pm
Where: On campus in Snyder Hall, C302. Snyder Hall is a Residence Hall at 362 Bogue Street, off of Grand River Avenue. You can look it up on this map: http://maps.msu.edu/interactive/

I am looking forward to this opportunity to celebrate haiku in the Midwest. Feel free to contact me at cuttlefishmuse@gmail.com if you are ever in East Lansing and would like to join in the fun!

Michele Root-Bernstein

Dan Schwerin <dan.schwerin@fumcwaukesha.org>• February 5, 2016

New Haiku Group in Waukesha, WI

Dan Scwerin writes that a new haiku group started last July and it's still going. "There are several publishing haiku now, several beginners, and those like me who are eternal novices. All are welcome." For now this haiku group meets 6:30 to 8:00 pm on the second or fourth Wednesday at First UMC Waukesha, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. We gather next on Feb. 24 from 630-8pm.

Questions? Contact Dan at <dan.schwerin@fumcwaukesha.org>

Donna Bauerly <Donna.Bauerly@loras.edu> • February 5, 2016

Greetings Midwest members of HSA! We are lucky to have Julie as our guide these days. So far, I have given five readings of my recently published biography: Raymond Roseliep. Man of Art Who Loves the Rose, published by The Haiku Foundation. My last reading on January 10th was at Gayle Bull's famous bookstore, The Foundry. She is always a wonderful hostess, and the critique group who attended the reading were marvelous responders!  I welcome your own purchase of this 13-year-in-the making biography, and if you go to <http://www.thehaikufoundation.org>, use Ctrl + F under the Gift area, you will find a photo and some fine information about this biography. (All proceeds from the sale of the book go to The Haiku Foundation.) Many thanks go to Charles Trumbull (no words can tell his excellence and depth of knowledge), my editor for more than a decade. I hope to see many of you at the summer Midwest Haiku Festival in Mineral Point. Special greetings to all I know from this group: some personally; many through their excellent haiku. 

Donna Bauerly

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See previous year event reports in our Midwest Web Archives:

2016 Midwest Archive of Events

2015 Midwest Archive of Events

2013 & 2014 Midwest Archive of Events

2012 Midwest Archive of Events

2011 Midwest Archive of Events

2010 Midwest Archive of Events

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Regional Coordinator

Julie Warther

Julie Warther
1028 Winkler Dr
Dover, OH 44622


Julie Warther lives with her husband and three teenaged children in Dover, Ohio where she works for the local school system as a home instruction tutor and serves on the board of trustees for The Dover Public Library.  A member of HSA since 2009, her haiku have appeared in many print and online journals and won a number of awards including the Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu (2012), the Robert Frost International Haiku Award (2012), the Polish International Haiku Competition (2013) and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational (2014).  Julie's haiku have been included in the Red Moon Anthology (Red Moon Press 2012-2015), Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press, 2014), and A New Resonance 9 (Red Moon Press, 2015).

family dinner
siblings feed the elephant
in the room

Frogpond 35:1

molting season—
so many lives
in this one

Modern Haiku 45:3


Prune Juice, Issue 14

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