The news you’ve been waiting for is here!
Gayle Bull, Francine Banwarth, and Jerry Cushman have planned a wonderful haiku retreat in Mineral Point, WI, Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24. A great time to get away to the hills of Mineral Point!
You will receive a lot of inspiration to write haiku in the natural beauty of the town, ample time to meet, socialize, network, and learn from other friendly haikuists.
Among the highlights are a Kukai contest, much as we had at Haikufest in Evanston, Illinois, a barbeque, social hours, time for informal workshops and help in writing haiku, and even a pub crawl through this quaint historic town.
At the end of the weekend, plans will be made to submit any haiku you’ve written for a group chapbook!
Anyone who attended the festival in Mineral Point last September remembers how rewarding the weekend was, and how hospitable Gayle, her family, Francine, and Jerry were. There were many friendships made among haikuists who’d never met.
Haikuists are the friendliest writers I’ve ever met, and I’ve belonged to a lot of writing groups!
Please read the important information below from Gayle and Francine. And, as for lodging, there are some affordable motel rooms in Mineral Point, such as Quality Inn and Comfort Inn. There are also some other more expensive options within a couple blocks of Gayle’s centrally located bookstore, including The Mineral Point Hotel.
Or, if a few of you want to rent a house, those are also listed online. Check out the Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce site, too!
Let’s have a great turnout like before!
Midwest Regional Coordinator
Haiku Society of America
We hope you’ve saved the weekend of July 22-24 for a Haiku Retreat in
Mineral Point. We think we have a great weekend planned – a weekend
for reflecting, writing and sharing haiku.
Registration for the Retreat will begin at 2 p.m., Friday July 22 at The Foundry Books. There is no fee, but we would like you to register. We would like you to let us know if you are coming by Monday, July 18, just to give us an idea about the number of chairs needed, the amount of food, etc. Please either email Gayle at firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail us at 105 Commerce
St. Mineral Point, WI 53565.
Of course, walk-ins will always be
If you have books you would like to us to sell, bring them on Friday. We will sell the book at your price and keep $1 to cover our expenses. If you have broadsides or other materials you would like to give away, bring them and we will set up a table for display. It will help us get organized if you will let us know this information by Monday, July 18.
5 p.m.– We will get together for hors d’oeuvres and socializing. As
there is no cost, we ask you to bring your own beverages and to
contribute an hors d’oeuvre. If you wish to eat dinner, there is the Brew Pub next door and Café 4 across the street, along with other good restaurants. Check out the Mineral Point website at
http://www.mineralpoint.com for details about restaurants, rooms, etc.
7:30 p.m.– We will get together, introduce ourselves and have an open reading. We’ll probably go until 10 p.m.
Jerome Cushman will lead a pub crawl for those interested following the reading.
Breakfast on your own.
8 a.m.–We’ll start the day with a Farmer’s Market ginko.
9:45 a.m.– We will meet at The Foundry Books to talk about the various nooks and crannies where you can go for inspiration or reflection and to talk about any questions you may have. There will be coffee, tea, iced
tea, cookies and nut breads available for munching. These will be available the entire weekend.
10-11 a.m.– We will have an hour of silence for independent
reflection and writing at The Foundry Books (in the living room, dining
room, workroom or porch). You can use any of the books we have in the
shop for reading. I’ll put out a few of my treasures for you to look at, too.
11 a.m.– The group may disperse to wander Mineral Point, to continue in silence to write and reflect, or to sit and talk about haiku.
Inside, The Foundry Books will be silent (except the shop itself). Outside, will be for discussion and informal workshops that may develop.
We will have a message board on the porch where you may offer informal
workshops or where you may request help with a writing problem or
answers to questions.
Lunch will be on your own.
5 p.m.– We will meet to talk about our day. We will not be
reading our haiku, but talk about our experiences/inspirations of the
6 p.m.– We will gather for our potluck dinner. Gayle is cooking a barbeque, Jerome is making black bean burgers, and Francine is bringing the burger buns and condiments.
Please also bring the beverage of your choice. There are a couple of groceries, a deli, a liquor store and even the Farmer’s Market to inspire you. I also have a wonderful, albeit small
kitchen if you need space to prepare or cook.
7:30 p.m.– We will have our kukai contest. You must submit your kukai by Monday, July 18. You may submit up to two haiku on any subject. You may either mail them or email them to Gayle. Please put kukai on the subject line. We will be following a format Randy Brooks used at the Evanston Haikufest. Everyone will be given typed copies of all submissions and time to read them. Then, each haiku will be read aloud and discussed. No editing! Everyone present can vote yes or no on the haiku.
At the end, the top three vote-getters will be awarded prizes (a copy of MARSH GRASSES by OMB Southard, a copy of American Haiku, or a copy of Modern Haiku</em.
You do not have to be present to win, however, we sure would like to have you here.
At the end of the kukai, Jerome will again guide a tour of local pubs.
Breakfast on your own.
10 a.m.– We will reconvene at The Foundry Books to read the haiku
written during the ginko and the rest of the weekend. The goal is to
publish a small chapbook of haiku written during this weekend.
We hope you will all join us for this weekend of reflecting, writing, and reading haiku. We have all wanted a weekend where we just relax and think haiku. That is what we want this weekend to be for you.
Thanks! See you there.
Gayle Bull and Francine Banwarth.