One goal of these poetry spotlights, for me, is to share different things happening in the poetry world. After all, one of the great strengths of poetry is its diversity. After a few weeks of spotlighting performance poetry, let’s get a little more traditional with the Haiku Society of America.
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Haiku Society of America: Poetry Spotlight
Haiku is no secret, but it’s possible some poets are unaware of the Haiku Society of America. HSA was founded in 1968 by Harold G. Henderson and Leroy Kanterman with the goal of promoting haiku, both as a poetic form to read and write. Today, this not-for-profit organization has around 800 worldwide members.
The HSA website says that it’s goals include: “Promoting the creation and appreciation of haiku and related forms (haibun, haiga, renku, senryu, sequences, and tanka) among its members and the public. Fostering association, friendship, communication, and mutual support among haiku poets in the United States and around the world.”
The HSA meets quarterly in various locations around the country, but they also have regional coordinators who may have information on events closer to home. Plus, the society offers a journal titled Frogpond that is published three times a year and contains haiku and other related forms, articles, and more.
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- Bryan Borland: Poet Interview.
- Collecting Poems Into a Book: 5 Poets Share Their Method.
- Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 400.