Evergreen Haiku Study Group November meeting

Sat, November 20, 2021 1:00 PM - Sat, November 20, 2021 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 Jay Friedenberg will be our guest poet. A professor of psychology at Manhattan College, Jay is also currently President of the Haiku Society of America (HSA). He served for two years as Associate Editor of the organization's journal Frogpond. In addition, Jay is a member of the Spring Street Haiku Group that meets monthly in New York City. He has had his poetry accepted in numerous U.S. and international journals and has published several book collections of his work. He has won multiple U.S. and International haiku contests.

Jay will bring us up to date on HSA; read a selection of his haiku; and talk to us about concepts in award-winning senryu/haiku. (For those of you new to haiku terms, senryu largely deal with human affairs and may or may not use images of nature.) Jay will take a quantitative look at the judge’s commentary for HSA’s annual Gerald Brady Senryu Contest, 1988—2021, to examine topics, emotion and meaning in winning senryu. And he’ll compare these results with what he found in a similar study of award-winning haiku.

We’ll round out our program with an Anonymous Critique. Those who would like to participate, please send one to three (1 to 3) unpublished haiku to evergreenhaiku@gmail.com by midnight or so, Wednesday November 17. We’ll discuss as many of these poems as we can without asking poets to reveal themselves. This is a great way to get some risk-free feedback on our work!

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.