Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.
Evergreen Haiku Study Group
Facilitated by Michelle Root-Bernstein
Saturdays: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 14
1-3 pm, Snyder C301
Study group activities include read-arounds, aesthetic explorations, craft exercises, writing time, anonymous kukai, collaborative play, and other forms of shared appreciation for one of the smallest poetic forms on the planet. Over the course of the year we plan to bring in a haiku poet or two for readings and workshops and to explore related haiku arts such as haibun (prose/poem), haiga (picture/poem), and book-making. All are welcome regardless of experience level.
About Michele Root-Bernstein: Michele Root-Bernstein took her first stab at haiku in the late 1990s, but it was not until 2005, the year she joined the Haiku Society of America (HSA) that she began to study the form seriously and to publish in haiku journals and anthologies. A selection of her poetry appeared in A New Resonance 6 in 2009. In recent years she has placed in haiku and haibun contests, winning second prize in the HSA Haibun Awards competition in 2012, and first prize in the same HSA competition in 2015. She occasionally presents a haiku-dance workshop developed in association with the Kennedy Center partners in Education program. She served as associate editor of Frogpond, the journal of the HSA, from 2012 through 2015. In her other life, Michele is an independent scholar in creativity studies associated with Michigan State University, co-author of Sparks of Genius, The 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People, and author of Inventing Imaginary Worlds: From Childhood Play to Adult Creativity Across the Arts and Sciences.
Read A Poet / Write A Poem
Held annually early in the spring semester
This annual event takes place over two evenings, one week apart. At the first part, we study the work and life of the featured poet. One week later, we have a writing exercise based in that poet's work.
Past poets studied include Maxine Kumin, Muriel Rukeyser, Theodore Roethke, Lucille Clifton, William Stafford, and Lisel Mueller.