The Quarterly Meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington and feature an afternoon of speakers as well as two optional events.
10:30 a.m. (optional event, no cost): Meet at Carkeek Park for a ginko walk. "Here, 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time." There are over six miles of trails! We will pass by Old Piper's Orchard, through woods, see Piper's Creek and eventually get to Carkeek Beach, with views (of mountains or fog?) Cross your fingers for great weather, from the beach you can see the southern tip of Whidbey Island, the Kitsap Peninsula, and the Olympic Mountains. Click Here for a link to a wonderful blog I found online with pictures of the park by Robert Dinse.
Bring a sack lunch if you think you might get hungry.
We will meet at the Education Center. Click Here for a map of the facilities and trails.
From Carkeek Park to the Greenwood Library, it is about a 5 minute drive. For those riding the bus, we encourage you to arrange a carpool with someone who drove, so you can get to the library in time. For assistance with this, please contact the host.
(You are more than welcome to simply join us for the ginko)
Broadview Branch, Seattle Public Library
1:15 p.m. Meeting Starts, Opening Remarks
1:30 p.m. Ce Rosenow, HSA President- HSA update
2:00 p.m. Richard Tice, Haiku Northwest Member, Speaker- Is English-language Haiku Really Haiku?
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Michael Dylan Welch, HSA 1st Vice President, Founder of NaHaiWriMo, Speaker- National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)
3:45 p.m. Teruko Kumei, Keynote Speaker- Evolution of American Senryu
Teruko Kumei is a Professor at Shirayuri College: English Department (American History and Culture). She is also an Academic Advisory Committee member of Japanese Overseas Migration Museum, Yokohama International Center, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Her field of research includes the History of Japanese Emigration to the United States, and Japanese Immigrant Literature. She started to study Japanese immigrant literature in the US, especially senryu, haiku, and tanka in 1997 when she moved to Shirayuri College.
"In Japanese, I have published many articles on history of Japanese immigrants in the US, including US-Japan relations over Japanese immigration problems, Japanese language school education, Japanese American incarcelation, and Japanese immigrant literature. I am collecting Japanese immigrant senryu, haiku, and tanka poems by reading through various Japanese language papers, and digging up “buried” literary documents. I feel lucky as I met some Issei poets but, at the same time, I regret why I should have studied the topic earlier, because I knew those immigrant poems are very important historical materials immedeately after I started my research in the 1980s.
Right now I am interested in Isso Shimoyama, a free verse haiku poet in San Francisco, and am reading through his personal letters to his younger brother in Morioka, Iwate in Japan. His poems are overwhelming.
But this time I will talk about senryu poems and the interaction of senryu clubs in Japan and the west coast."
4:15 p.m. Share Haiku/Haiku Readings/Haiku News... the format for this is yet to be decided. Please have some of your original haiku to share with the group. Alternatively, if you have Haiku News to share, this would also be a good time.
4:45 p.m. Meeting Ends
5:00 p.m. (optional event, pay your own way):
Depending on the number of interested attendees, we may have a couple groups go different places. One suggestion from locals was Thaiku, in Ballard, but unfortunately it has closed.
Here are some other suggestions, and we can maybe talk about it more at the meeting:
- Saffron Grill, an Indian Fusion place, located near Northgate Mall, and probably able to handle our group size(s)
- The Hi-Life, located in Ballard, and favored by locals, it is a true Northwest place to eat.
- Blue Fin Sushi, located near Northgate, will be a little more pricey but gives the Japanese flair we haiku poets need. I've never been there though.
This event is not sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. The Seattle Public Library prohibits accepting donations, selling memberships or making sales at meetings. If you have books you would like to sell, feel free to place them on a table, but respect the library, and accept payment outside our meeting times, such as at our optional events. More information can be found by clicking this link.
When & Where
Haiku Socitey of America
The Haiku Society of America is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1968 by Harold G. Henderson and Leroy Kanterman to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku poetry in English. Membership is open to all readers, writers, translators, and students of haiku. The HSA has been meeting regularly since its inception and sponsors open lectures, workshops, readings, and contests.
Haiku Society of America meetings are held quarterly at various locations throughout the United States. The third meeting of the year is designated as the Annual Meeting. Some of the HSA Regions hold meetings as well- Seattle is hosting this meeting.
February 12 - Seattle, Washington
May 24-27 - San Francisco, California
September 15-16 - Fort Worth, Texas
December 15-16 - Raleigh, North Carolina
We are allowed to have snacks at the library (light snacks such as crackers, cookies, etc.). If you would be able to bring along a snack, please message me and let me know, so I can plan accordingly! It would make our meeting very nice to have this type of snack available at the break times.
Thank you, Katharine Hawkinson
Remember to bring haiku to share!
You are also welcome to bring along "Freebies" of haiku you would like to put on a table for people to take home with them.