1) Poetry off the Shelf: The Voice of Women in American Poetry
Poetry Foundation Events
Thursday, June 19, 7 p.m.
61 West Superior Street
This edition of the Poetry Society of America’s national series, featuring poets Stuart Dybek, Calvin Forbes, Susan Hahn, Joy Harjo, Parneshia Jones, David Trinidad and more, celebrates the great tradition of American women poets responding to their country’s landscape, cities, history, and people.
Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America
2) Cradle of American Haiku Festival, Friday though Sunday, July 25-27, at The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI. This is being held in conjunction with the Annual National Meeting of the Haiku Society of America.
Capture Your Life’s Moments with Haiku
You can “haiku,” that is, capture moments of your life with short, insightful poems about nature, the seasons, and human nature. Free and open to the public, you may attend the Cradle of American Haiku Festival, Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, at The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., Mineral Point, Wisconsin.
There will be workshops on haiku and related poetic forms of Japanese-style, panel discussions, poetry readings, critiques of participants’ work, and exhibits of Japanese art.
Haiku originated in the 1600s in Japan, is written in about 56 languages worldwide, and is usually one to four lines long with about 17 or 18 syllables.
These are some of the workshops and presentations to be featured at the Festival:
• Polishing Your Haiku To Be The Best For Publication, by HSA Midwest Regional Coordinator Charlotte Digregorio, author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All .
• Haiga, art combined with haiku, by Aubrie Cox and Lidia Rozmus.
• Teaching Haiku, geared for workshop leaders, by Aubrie Cox and Randy Brooks.
• Brooks Books: Celebrating Four Decades, by Randy and Shirley Brooks, haiku publishers.
• Oral Interpretation of Haiku, by Jerome Cushman.
• Kukai, a haiku forum that includes judging of participants’ poems, by Randy Brooks.
• Between Basho and Ban’ya: Bypassing Barthes: A New Brand of Haiku, about haiku masters, by Charles Trumbull.
• The Experimental and the Traditional in Haiku, by Lee Gurga.
• Jun Fujita, The First Tanka Poet Published in the U.S.,” and his lyrical poetry of five lines and less than 31 syllables, by Marjorie Buettner.
• Haibun, short prose that contains haiku, by Melissa Allen.
• A panel discussion on the past, present, and future of haiku, by Lee Gurga, Randy Brooks, and Charles Trumbull, followed by a short critique session.
* A Ginko walk to appreciate nature and inspire the writing of haiku.
At the Cradle Festival, there will be an opening evening reception with music and a Saturday dinner to encourage networking among participants.
For more information, contact Charlotte Digregorio.
Finally, in the Chicago area, please do not forget that the Haiku Society of America holds regular meetings each month. The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 18, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka, 60093. Please bring poems to share if you have them. If you have no poems to share, please come to listen and learn. The public is invited.