Evergreen Haiku Study Group May Meeting wsg Jennifer Burd and Laszlo Slomovits

Sat, May 28, 2022 1:00 PM - Sat, May 28, 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.

This month's session features special guests Jennifer Burd and Laszlo Slomovits for a collaborative rengay-writing workshop! This form, which typically involves 2 or 3 writers per piece is a contemporary take on renga, the extended collaborative haiku sequence originating in the 17th century. After an introduction to the rengay structure, we will form duos in break-out rooms to work on a sequence, which consists of six stanzas of alternating 3- and 2-line verses. Each duo will get to work on two rengay simultaneously, using starter haikus brought by each to the workshop. Then we will rejoin as the full group to share our new rengay and discuss our experiences.

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


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.