Evergreen Haiku Study Group April Meeting

Sat, April 30, 2022 1:00 PM - Sat, April 30, 2022 3:00 PM at Online

The 2021-22 edition of the Evergreen Haiku Study Group, led by Michele Root-Bernstein, is taking place virtually. No matter your experience, you're invited to attend any or all of these monthly gatherings to explore and expand your knowledge of haiku in all its forms.

To request the Zoom information and to learn more, e-mail evergreenhaiku@gmail.com

The April 2022 meeting includes an appearance by John Stevenson.

John Stevenson is a former president of the Haiku Society of America, former editor of Frogpond, and, since 2008 has served as managing editor of The Heron's Nest. He is a founding member of the Route 9 Haiku Group, who have published the biannual anthology of haiku and senryu Upstate Dim Sum since 2001. Since 2007 he has been the English-language judge for annual student haiku contests sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.

John’s most recent book, My Red, features a selection of his work over the last thirty-five years and is published by Brooks Books as part of their series presenting American exemplars of haiku.According to Jim Kacian, in a foreword to the book, Stevenson is one of those “poets who are recognized as speaking so perfectly to their time that their work seems an embodiment of it.”  Indeed, he is “. . . one of the most gifted and successful haiku poets the English language has ever known.”

John will read from My Red and present some thoughts about making a set of haiku into a book. “I'll discuss the various considerations behind my seven haiku collections of haiku and then facilitate a discussion to develop other thoughts about how one might go about this process."

John will also participate in our Anonymous Critique, by choosing poems for consideration and jumpstarting discussion. Evergreen poets who wish to throw their work into the hat may send one to three (1 to 3) unpublished haiku to evergreenhaiku@gmail.com by midnight, Wednesday April 27.




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.