Friends and Followers:
We will be holding Haikufest on Sunday, April 7 in Winnetka, IL along Chicago’s North Shore.
Please read the press release below from the Winnetka Public Library where the event will be held:
Erin Maassen, Head of Marketing; 847.446.7220 or email@example.com
Haikufest To Inspire Poets to Publish
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.
Haikufest, a celebration of this short, poetic form, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at Winnetka Library (768 Oak Street, Winnetka).
The program will include a brief presentation about haiku by Charlotte Digregorio, Haiku Society of America (HSA) Midwest Regional Coordinator, haiku readings by members, a question and answer period, and a raffle of the HSA journal, Frogpond, which contains haiku and essays about it.
During the haiku presentation, handouts with sample poems will be distributed for commentary. Next, 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.
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 the north suburbs that also include critiques and retreats. HSA’s national meeting and symposium will be held, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29 in Evanston.
To register for Haikufest, visit www.winnetkalibrary.org or call the Winnetka Library at (847) 446-7220. Haikufest is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District and the HSA.