The Cradle of American Haiku Festival in Wisconsin Open to the Public

To my Blog Followers:

If you can make it, The Cradle of American Haiku Festival in Mineral Point, WI, Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 is a jam-packed weekend of learning and fun! This is the third time the Festival is being offered.

Please read the information below that was sent to me by its primary organizer, Gayle Bull, at The Foundry Books in Mineral Point.

Gayle Bull invites HSA members to The Cradle of American Haiku 3, a haiku festival in Mineral Point, WI, Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22. The Cradle Festivals celebrate the importance of the Midwest in the development of English language Haiku. The first Cradle Festival honored Raymond Roseliep of Dubuque, IA, one of the best early American haiku poets. The second Cradle honored Robert Spiess of Madison, WI, one of the best early poets and editors of English language haiku journals.

This Cradle Festival will honor the development of “American Haiku Journal,” the first publication devoted exclusively to English haiku. It was founded in Platteville, WI. Don Eulert, one of its founders, will be among honored guests and presenters.

The three days will feature readings, presentations, food and fun. Some of the presenters and panelists are Charles Trumbull, Jerome Cushman, Gayle Bull, Marjorie Buettner, Charlotte Digregorio, Francine Banwarth, Melissa Allen, Bill Pauly, Aubrie Cox, Mike Montreuil and Lidia Rozmus. The fee for the three-day festival is $45. This will include all presentations, workshops, readings and the reception and Saturday night picnic. We encourage pre-registration to make it easier to determine the amount of food and facilities needed.

Throughout the Festival, there will be coffee, tea, iced tea, water and goodies on the front porch of Foundry Books for those who just want to sit, relax, talk and write. We look forward to seeing you at the Festival. Check for accommodations. If you have any questions, please contact Gayle Bull at She will be happy to send you a registration form.

The Cradle Schedule

Friday, July 20

3 to 7 p.m.–Registration (Foundry Books)

7 – 8 p.m.– Opening Reception and Welcome

8 p.m. – until closing–Open Reading

Saturday, July 21

8 a.m.– Registration (Foundry Books) and Farmers Market at Water Tower Park. (A lot of good inspiration for haiku came from the latter last summer.)

9 a.m.– Welcome

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.– Charlie Trumbull: “Black Haiku: The Uses of Haiku by African-American Poets.”

From the earliest years that haiku has been written in the U.S., African-American poets have been among the foremost experimenters in the genre. The result has been, for the most part, a tradition of haiku writing that runs parallel to what we might call the haiku mainstream. This presentation will trace the history of “black haiku” in America, from the Harlem Renaissance movement of the 1920s and 30s, to the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and 70s, to today’s “blues haiku” of Sonia Sanchez and the jazz haiku of Kalamu ya Salaam.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.–America Haiku Panel – Don Eulert, who founded “American Haiku” with the late Jim Bull, Gayle Bull, and Charlie Trumbull. Jerome Cushman will moderate the panel.

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.– Lunch on your own

1- 2 p.m.– Marjorie Buettner – “There is a Season.” A Memorial Reading, 2011. (First presented at Haiku North America conference, Seattle).

“Whatever circles comes from the center. We circle what we love.” — Rumi.

The memorial reading will have a combination of power point presentation, music and a memorial flyer. It will be an hour-long presentation reviewing the lives and haiku of 22 poets who have died in the past couple of years.

2:30 – 5:30 p.m.– Breakout Sessions

2:30 – 4 p.m.– Charlotte Digregorio, “Polish Your Haiku for Publication.” This workshop will include lecture, analysis of great haiku, and critique of participants’ work. Participants will receive training on the finer points of writing haiku to ensure that their submissions are first-rate. Handouts will include samples of haiku, along with an extensive bibliography and list of resource tools for haikuists to take their writing to publication level. Highly recommended for beginning and intermediate haikuists.

2:30 – 4 p.m. Aubrie Cox — “Why Did My Teachers Lie to Me? Teaching Haiku in and out of the Classroom.” Teaching haiku can be both challenging and rewarding. We will discuss the fundamentals, benefits, and possibilities of teaching how to read and write contemporary English language haiku in classes, workshops, and on a one-on-one basis.

2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Lidia Rozmus — “One brush stroke: sumi-e and traditional haiga” workshop. There will be two back-to-back sessions with each session lasting 1.5 hours. (Limit 10 per session).

4 – 5:30 p.m.– Haiku Workshop. Francine Banwarth, Melissa Allen, Bill Pauly, Charlie Trumbull, and Jerome Cushman. This is a critique session. Bring your haiku or just come and listen to some top poets and editors talk about haiku.

4– 5:30 p.m. Mike Montreuil, Haibun Editor, “One Hundred Gourds – Tell Me a Story”: Writing Haibun. The first half of this 90-minute workshop will present two Japanese Masters of haibun, Basho, the originator of the form, and Issa. A short discussion will follow on why haibun lost its appeal until its resurgence in the late 20th century.

We will also look at a longer haibun from Robert Spiess, who was one of the first writers of English North-American haibun.

Next, modern and shorter haibun: work by Roberta Beary and Jeff Winke. Finally, very short haibun by Larry Kimmel.

The last half of the workshop will focus on writing haibun. Attendees will be asked to either complete a haibun from a partially completed text that Mike will supply or write a haibun using their own ideas. Mike will ask those attending the workshop to rework them and then email them to him, if they wish, so they may be considered for a future issue of “A Hundred Gourds.”

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.– Free time

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.– Midwest Picnic

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.– Open Reading

9- until closing– Public Reading at Wine Bar.

Sunday, July 22

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.– Ginko

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Melissa Allen – “Become A Motorcycle: Understanding and Writing Gendai Haiku.” In Japanese, gendai means modern. When applied to haiku, this word signifies that a poem has moved away from traditional haiku poetics, whether in subject matter, structure, or language use. Bring a gendai haiku you have written, if you have one. Please feel free to attend if you don’t, and attend even if you know little or nothing about gendai. We will briefly discuss the nature of gendai and read some well-known examples, such as the motorcycle haiku by Kaneko Tohta, quoted in the workshop’s title. Next, we will discuss our own haiku, and in the process, try to better understand what is meant by gendai.

Noon–until the end. Lunch, ginko readings, and closing remarks at the Gray Dog Deli.


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. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner 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 five non-fiction books: 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; and Your Original Personal Ad. 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." 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 a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve 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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3 Responses to The Cradle of American Haiku Festival in Wisconsin Open to the Public

  1. snowbirdpress says:

    Please give everyone my love… I wish I could be with you all…

  2. snowbirdpress says:

    If anyone knows where my fairy-god-mother is hiding, or where she keeps that team of mice and her pumpkin… Please let me know…

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