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HAIKU NORTH AMERICA

Haiku North America is a series of conferences held every two years at venues around North America. Growing steadily since the first gathering in 1991, Haiku North America events have attracted more than 200 attendees in recent years, including poets and scholars from four countries in North America, Japan, Australia, and several European nations. HNA is believed to be the largest and most diverse conferences outside Japan devoted to haiku and related forms.


ORIGINS AND GOVERNANCE

Haiku North America is a biennual conference for haiku poets and scholars. Originally conceived by Garry Gay, Michael Dylan Welch, Jerry Ball, and David Wright in 1990, the conferences have been organized at various cities in the United States and Canada by local committees beginning in 1991. The conferences operate independent of any national or other formal haiku organization, and Haiku North America is registered in California as a not-for-profit corporation.

For the first 15 years, governance of the organization was informal, with decisions made by Gay and Welch assisted by an advisory board. In 2005, Haiku North America was registered in California as a 501(3)c not-for-profit corporation, and the informal advisory board was replaced with a three-person Board of Directors: Garry Gay and Michael Dylan Welch, who alternate as co-presidents, and Paul Miller, treasurer. Deborah P Kolodji joined the Board in 2016 with general responsibilities for communications and publicity.

VENUES, DATES, THEMES, AND DIRECTORS

Haiku North America 1991
August 23–25, 1991—Las Positas College, Livermore, California
Directors: Garry Gay, Michael Dylan WelchJerry BallDavid WrightChristopher Herold, and Paul O. Williams
Haiku North America 1993
July 15–18, 1993—Las Positas College, Livermore, California
Directors: Garry Gay, Michael Dylan Welch, Jerry Ball, David WrightEbba Story, and Marianne Monaco
Haiku North America 1995
July 13–15, 1995—Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Ontario
Directors: Keith SouthardMarshall Hryciuk, and George Swede
Anthology: Welch, Michael Dylan, ed. Northern Lights: 1995 Haiku North America Conference Anthology. Foster City, Calif.: Press Here, 1995.
Haiku North America 1997
July 24–27, 1997—Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Directors: Ce Rosenow, Margaret Chula, and Cherie Hunter Day
Theme: “Innovation”
Haiku North America 1999
July 8–11, 1999—Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Directors: Charles TrumbullSara Brant, Joseph Kirschner, and Lidia Rozmus
Theme: “Haiku: Looking East, Looking West”
Haiku North America 2001
June 28–July 1, 2001—Boston Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
Directors: Raffael de GruttolaJudson Evans, and Karen Klein
Theme: “Haiku and Beyond”
Haiku North America 2003
June 26–29, 2003—The Dalton School, New York, New York
Directors: Pamela Miller NessStanford M. ForresterBrenda GannamTom Painting, and John Stevenson
Haiku North America 2005
September 21–25, 2005—Fort Worden Conference Center, Port Townsend, Washington
Directors: Michael Dylan Welch, Christopher HeroldCarol O’Dell, and Doris Thurston
Haiku North America 2007
August 15–19, 2007—Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Directors: Dave Russo, Lenard D. Moore, and Bob Moyer
Theme: “100 Bridges”
Haiku North America 2009
August 5–9, 2009—National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Directors: Terry Ann Carter, Guy Simser, and Claudia Radmore
Theme: “Crosscurrents”
Haiku North America 2011
August 3–7, 2011—Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington
Directors: Michael Dylan WelchTanya McDonald, and Angela Terry
Theme: “Fifty Years of Haiku”
Haiku North America 2013
August 14–18, 2013—aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
Directors: Deborah P Kolodji and Naia
Theme: “IntervalsÆ
Haiku North America 2015
October 14–18, 2015—Union College, Schenectady, New York
Directors: Hilary Tann, John StevensonYu ChangTom Clausen, and David Giacalone
Theme: “Autumn Term”
Haiku North America 2017
October 14–18, 2017—Santa Fe Hotel & Suites, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Directors: Charles TrumbullSondra J. Byrnes, Cynthia HendersonScott Wiggerman, and Miriam Sagan
Theme: “Earthtones”
Haiku North America 2019
August 7–11, 2019—Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Directors: Bob Moyer, Dave Russo, Lenard D. Moore, and Crystal Simone Smith
Theme: “Haiku in the World: Dissolving Walls, Building Community”
UPCOMING !
Haiku North America 2021
October 13–17, 2021—Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, British Columbia
Directors: Terry Ann Carter, Lynne Jambor, et al.

HNA CONFERENCE ANTHOLOGIES

(in chronological order)

  • Welch, Michael Dylan, ed. Harvest: An Anthology of Haiku Commemorating Haiku North America. Foster City, Calif.: Press Here, 1991. One poem each by 52 poets.
  • Story, Ebba, and Michael Dylan Welch, eds. The Shortest Distance. Foster City, Calif.: Press Here, 1993. One poem each by 51 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, ed. Northern Lights: 1995 Haiku North America Conference Anthology. Foster City, Calif.: Press Here, 1995. 50 poems by 29 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, ed. Shades of Green: The 1997 Haiku North America Anthology. Foster City, Calif.: Press Here, 1997. One poem each by 63 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and Lee Gurga, eds. Too Busy For Spring: An Anthology of Poems Commemorating the 1999 Haiku North America Conference. Foster City, Calif.: Press Here, 1999. One poem each by 91 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, Carol Purington, and Larry Kimmel, eds. Paperclips: An Anthology of Poems Commemorating the 2001 Haiku North America Conference. Foster City, Calif.: Press Here, 2001. One poem each by 101 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and Yu Chang, eds. Brocade of Leaves. Foster City, Calif.: Press Here, 2003. One poem each by 85 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and Billie Wilson, eds. Tracing the Fern. Sammamish, Wash.: Press Here, 2005. Two poems each by 67 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and Lenard D. Moore, eds. Dandelion Wind: An Anthology of Poems Commemorating the 2007 Haiku North America Conference. Sammamish, Wash.: Press Here, 2008. One poem each by 71 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and Grant D. Savage, eds. Into Our Words: An Anthology of Poems Commemorating the 2009 Haiku North America Conference. Sammamish, Wash.: Press Here, 2009. One poem each by 90 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and Ruth Yarrow, eds.. Standing Still: An Anthology of Poems Commemorating the 2011 Haiku North America Conference. Sammamish, Wash.: Press Here, 2011. One poem each by 74 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and William Hart, eds. Close to the Wind: An Anthology of Poems Commemorating the 2013 Haiku North America Conference. Sammamish, Wash.: Press Here, 2013. One poem each by 97 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and Scott Mason, eds. Fire in the Treetops: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Haiku North America. Sammamish, Wash.: Press Here, 2015. Special anniversary edition; 1,053 poems by more than 500 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and Scott Wiggerman, eds. Earthsigns: An Anthology of Poems Commemorating the 2017 Haiku North America Conference. Lidia Rozmus, Illustrations. Sammamish, Wash.: Press Here, 2017. One poem each by 183 poets.
  • Welch, Michael Dylan, and Crystal Simone Smith, eds. Sitting in the Sun: An Anthology of Poems Commemorating the 2019 Haiku North America Conference. Sammamish, Wash.: Press Here, 2019. One poem each by 94 poets.

SOURCES / FURTHER READING

COMPILED BY: Michael Dylan Welch and the Haikupedia editors

ADAPTED FROM: Materials on the Haiku North America website

SEE ALSO: Haikupedia articles on each Haiku North America conference via links above.

Updated on October 25, 2020