Haiku Retreat Planned In Wisconsin

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!

Charlotte Digregorio
Midwest Regional Coordinator
Haiku Society of America

Hi Haikuists,
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 info@foundrybooks.com 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.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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