For those living in the Midwest or those who are planning a trip there in April, June, or July, you may want to attend some haiku events that I will be speaking at.
First, on Saturday, April 28, there is Haikufest at the Skokie Public Library in Skokie, IL, a suburb of Chicago. It is from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
In June, I will be doing a workshop sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council, Saturday, the 9th, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Palatine Public Library, in Palatine, IL (suburban Chicago).
And, from Friday through Sunday, July 20-22, there will be The Cradle Festival in Mineral Point, WI, a small town about 45 minutes west of Madison.
Below, is the press release I have written about Haikufest on April 28:
Haikufest, a celebration of this short, poetic form, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. Co-sponsored by the Haiku Society of America and the library, it is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
The program will include a presentation about haiku by Charlotte Digregorio, HSA Midwest Regional Coordinator, haiku readings by members, a question and answer period, and an audience haiku contest.
Haiku is meditative poetry that originated in Japan in the 1600s. It is gaining popularity worldwide in dozens of languages. Often three lines, it has 17 syllables or less, and it captures the moment with a reference to nature, the seasons, or human nature.
During the haiku presentation, handouts with sample poems will be distributed for commentary. Next, the readers will share how they discovered the form, why they like to write it, and what inspires them to write, before reading their work.
The question and answer session may be about haiku in general, or be directed to readers.
For the contest, attendees may bring a haiku to the program, or they may write one during it. First, second and third place contest winners will each receive a copy of “Frogpond,” HSA’s journal of poetry and essays.
HSA is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku in English. Its website is www.hsa-haiku.org.
HSA’s Midwest Region holds five meetings a year in Chicago’s north suburbs that also include critiques and retreats.
To pre-register for Haikufest, contact the library, 847-673-3733.
Next, you can learn all about the fun art of haiku by attending a workshop I am giving, sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council. It will be held Saturday, June 9, in Palatine, IL, a northwest Chicago suburb, at Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. It is open to the public, and for a nominal fee of $15, you will receive three hours of instruction, beginning at 9 a.m. You may contact the NWCC to find out about registering at 847-991-7966.
Below is a description of the NWCC workshop that I have written:
Learn the art of writing haiku in English. This short poetic form originated in Japan in the 1600s, and it often deals with nature. In this fun workshop, you will learn about:
• The history of haiku in Japan and the U.S.
• Basic stylistic and thematic elements of the form
• Practical ideas on how to become inspired to write it
• How to analyze and create insightful haiku/senryu (humorous
haiku that deals with human nature.)
Individuals may bring their haiku to be critiqued by the group. Further, participants will do a writing exercise on a broad topic, after which they may share more of their work for commentary, if desired.
Handouts will be provided with samples of good haiku, a summary of haiku’s style and content, and an extensive bibliography for further study.
Lastly, there will be The Cradle Festival, Friday, through Sunday, July 20-22 to be held at The Foundry Books in Mineral Point, WI. The schedule of events will shortly be posted on this blog, along with registration details.
In general, the event will feature three days of workshops, presentations and fellowship with haikuists in southwestern Wisconsin, where American Haiku originated–“The Cradle” of American Haiku.
I will be giving a workshop on what makes a good haiku, among the many workshops and presentations for beginning and experienced haikuists.
The cost for the entire weekend of events will be nominal, but if you don’t live in the area, you must, of course, pay for motel and meals not offered directly at the event.
Hope to see you at some of the events!
Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.