Schedule Released for The Cradle of American Haiku Festival

Here it is! The schedule/description of events for The Cradle of American Haiku Festival to be held Friday through Sunday, July 25-27 at The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI.

It is being combined with the National Meeting of the Haiku Society of America and the public is invited. The events are free, but there is a nominal fee for the reception on Friday night and dinner on Saturday night. Sunday’s events will be informal with a gingko walk (nature walk) to inspire the writing of haiku, along with haiku readings at Sunday lunch.

The main events are on Saturday. Please read below and be in touch with Gayle Bull at The Foundry Books, to register.

Incidentally, I will be giving a workshop on writing haiku and senryu, the latter humorous haiku. I will also be selling my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.


2 pm– Registration at THE FOUNDRY BOOKS
Set up and begin selling poets’ books.
Coffee, tea or iced tea on the porch

5:30 pm–Opening reception at THE FOUNDRY BOOKS

(Lee Gurga, Randy Brooks and Charlie Trumbull)
Copies of their haiku will be distributed and we will take turns reading them.



Breakfast on your own.

Farmer’s Market, Water Tower Park

Presented by Aubrie Cox
While photographic haiga follows many of the same principles as traditional haiga, today’s technology often makes it easier for poets to attempt haiga through contemporary mediums. This presentation will explore not only the fundamentals of haiga, but also address key principles poets and artists should keep in mind when composing and creating photographic and digital haiga, such as typefaces, color, negative space, arrangement, and image editing programs. Attendees will have the chance to apply what they learn in the presentation with a hands-on activity.

9 pm “Polishing Your Haiku to be The Best for Publication
Presented by Charlotte Digregorio
This workshop for beginning and intermediate haikuists will give you everything you need to write your poems with a critical eye and publish them successfully. There will be a general presentation on the content and style of haiku/senryu, analysis and discussion of excellent examples of it, followed by the nuts and bolts of submitting poems that will catch the editor’s eye. Handouts provided.

Presented by Randy and Shirley Brooks
Randy & Shirley Brooks, co-editors and publishers of Brooks Books (formerly High/Coo Press) will be sharing their experience of publishing haiku over the last four decades. In this presentation, they will share the experiments, shifts, and long-lasting traditions established through their publishing efforts and how that history corresponds with broader trends in the English-language haiku community.

Presented by Melissa Allen
In this workshop, we’ll spend some time talking about the relationship between prose and haiku in haibun, and then try a couple of exercises to build, or begin to build, a haibun from an already existing haiku. You can bring a haiku or two of your own, or I’ll provide some of mine for your linking pleasure.

Noon to 1pm– LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1 pm– Between Bashô and Ban’ya (Bypassing Barthes): A New Brand of Haiku
Presented by Charlie Trumbull
In recent years a new style of haiku is being used by some of the leading English-language haikuists, They are clearly grounded in the Japanese- and
English-language traditions, yet bear resemblances to the “gendai” style of haiku that is much in fashion these days. We will examine the evolution of this innovative style of haiku and present a number of examples for critique and discussion.

Presented by Marjorie Buettner
Ten words of prose, once set down, do the duty of only ten words. They are frozen to the piece of paper. But two words of poetry, with their suggestive power, can create a mood or paint a picture that in prose would require perhaps five hundred words to effect. –Jun Fujita

This presentation will try to glimpse into Fujita’s world beyond the surface revealing a true renaissance man. This Power Point presentation will show photographs of Fujita’s cabin which I visited in 2007 and some of his art which was donated to the Chicago Institute of Art in 1963.

2:30 pm– Newku for Old?
Presented by Lee Gurga
Haiku 21 and Haiku 2014 as Guides to the Experimental and the Traditional in Haiku (with an extended digression into Disjunctive Dragonfly).

2:30 KUKAI
Presented by Randy Brooks and Aubrie Cox
Kukai is a playful competition in which anonymous haiku are read and appreciated, with favorites being selected by participants. In this session we will experience two approaches: (1) a “seashell” matching contest tournaments starting with 8 pairs of haiku and ending with a grand champion, and (2) traditional kukai with anonymous haiku being discussed and voted on as favorites in the competition. Participants will receive haiku book prizes from the competition coordinators.
Note: to participate as haiku writers in these kukai, please send your haiku to Randy < or Aubrie < by July 18. The traditional kukai is open topic and open style of haiku. The matching contest will pair haiku related to summer in the Midwest—the heat, summer foods or drinks, etc. Please don’t submit haiku that will not be anonymous through workshops, blogs, readings or previous publication. Part of the fun of kukai is hearing how participants love a haiku even though they have no idea who wrote it. Only after an anonymous haiku has been loved by readers do we ask who wrote it.

Presented by Jerome Cushman

Presented by Randy Brooks and Aubrie Cox
This presentation is designed for those who may not have experience teaching, but would be interested in non-academic based instruction. With education outreach being a recent push within the haiku community, we will be discussing how poets can create and conduct quality workshops on haiku and related forms for various age groups.

5:30 pm– HSA Board Meeting

6:30 pm– Dinner at Historic Walker House
7:30 pm– Panel Discussion
Presented by our honored guests: Randy Brooks, Lee Gurga and Charlie Trumbull

8:30 pm– Critique Session with Panel.

Attendees may submit haiku on Friday during registration on 3 X 5 cards.

9:30 pm– Open Reading

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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2 Responses to Schedule Released for The Cradle of American Haiku Festival

  1. Hi, man I am really interested on the stuff on ” polishing haiku for publication”. Actually, I am not specifically into writing haiku, but I really love to get a hold on something about publising. Because it would be my first time to write & publish my poetry. And I would really need some advice from there.
    Please, if it wouldn’t be a problem; you can sent me some some “hand outs”. I really need that.
    I know that the festival ends last month, but hope that there are some piece left.
    I would greatly treasure your help!
    Thank you very much.

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