The Kaji Aso Studio and Institute for the Arts in Boston was founded in 1973 and serves as a center for the study of Japanese graphic and plastic arts as well as literature and poetry. The Boston Haiku Society first met at the studio in 1987, and the Kaji Aso Studio’s International Haiku Contest has been based there annually since 1988.


    Bad Nauheim is a small town, less than half an hour north of Frankfurt by slow train; the village of Steinfurth is situated about one kilometer north of the town center. Here on Pentecost weekend, May 14–15, 2005, in the Rose Room (Rosensaal), the 1st European Haiku Congress took place. The gathering was organized by the German Haiku Society. Around 60 poets from more than a dozen European countries and Japan were in attendance. The main portion of the congress consisted of lectures from the various haiku societies; summaries are presented here. After the congress a number of the participating poets composed a renku by email; that text is also reproduced here.


    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.


    The inaugural Haiku North America conference, a biennial series of meetings of haiku poets and scholars, convened August 23–25, 1991, at Las Positas College in Livermore, California. The conference was organized by Garry Gay, Michael Dylan Welch, Jerry Ball, David Wright, Christopher Herold, and Paul O. Williams. The keynote address was given by prominent American haiku specialist William J. Higginson.


    Two years after the 1st European Haiku Congress in Bad Neuheim, Germany, in May 2005, successfully completed its work, a second gathering of haiku poets from Europe, Japan, and North America was convened in the historic town of Vadstena, Sweden. Participants included 54 haikuists from 15 countries. The conference was convened under the auspices of the Swedish Haiku Society with economic assistance from the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation. Organizers were Kai Falkman, Florence Vilén, and Helga Härle.

  • Vladimir Šuk

    Vladimir Šuk (born March 5, 1956, Zagreb, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian haiku poet, holds a degree from the Faculty for Foreign Trade in Zagreb; now retired as director of the Open University Oroslavje. Among founders of the annual Haiku at Mogila (Haiku kraj Mogile) meetings and judges the contests. He won the 16th Dubravko Ivančan Haiku Day contest (Krapina, 2014) and was awarded Tokusen (2nd Prize) in the 23rd International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2018). In 2016, jointly with Franjo Ordanić, he published the haiku collection Kliktaj bradatih orlova / The Scream of the Bearded Eagles. Šuk composes haiku in standard Croatian and Kajkavian dialect; he is also an amateur painter, sculptor, cartoonist, and photographer. He lives in Oroslavje, Croatia.

  • Silva Trstenjak

    Silva Trstenjak (born December 31, 1967, Ptuj, Slovenia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian haiku poet. Has a degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, Slovenia; disabled. She publishes haiku in standard Croatian, Kajkavian dialect, Slovene, and English. She has won contests held by the Slovenian journal Apokalipsa in 2003 and 2010, and later joined its panel of judges. She takes part in Croatian haiku meetings as well, and has won contests in Gorski Kotar and Ivanić-Grad (2015 and 2016). She has seen her haiku and haiga published in Chrysanthemum, Cattails, Cold Moon, Iris, DailyHaiga, and Black and White Haiga/Haisha. She lives in the village of Banfi, Croatia, on the Slovenian border.

  • Geoffrey Sill

    Geoffrey Sill (born October 5, 1944, in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.) is an emeritus professor and past chair of the Department of English at Rutgers University–Camden, where he taught for 40 years. He was president of the Walt Whitman Association in Camden (1980–1985) and is a board member of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association. He has written extensively on Daniel Defoe, Frances Burney, and the English novel. Sill assisted in the digitization of the typescripts of Nick Virgilio’s unpublished poems on Rutgers University Library’s website and is the author of the Haikupedia article “Nick Virgilio.” He resides in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

  • Tomislav Marijan Bilosnić

    Tomislav Marijan Bilosnić (born January 18, 1947, Zemunik Donji, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian writer, painter, journalist, and haiku poet. He has published 130 books of prose, poetry for adults and children, criticism, feuilleton, travelogues, historical essays, fiction, and art monographs; his work has been translated worldwide. Bilosnić has compiled nine collections of his own haiku and was one of the first editors of haiku chapbooks in Yugoslavia. In 1986 he was among the haiku poets included in the first public haiku reading in Zagreb in connection with the “Kyōto—the Flower of Japanese Culture” exhibit. He founded the series of haiku meetings dedicated to the memory of René Matoušek and edits the miscellanies. He lives in Zadar, Croatia.

  • Mihovila Čeperić-Biljan

    Mihovila Čeperić-Biljan (born Mihovila Čeperić, April 17, 1968, Senj, Croatia [Yugoslavia]), Croatian haiku poet. She received a degree in Croatian language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka and is employed as a teacher at the Vežica Grammar School, Rijeka. She founded the Vežica Gathering of Haiku Poets, a haiku and haiga contest for schoolchildren, and edits its annual miscellany. Her pupils have won contests for haiku and haiga in Croatia and Japan. Čeperić-Biljan is a member of the editorial staff of Iris magazine. An award-winning author, she publishes poetry in her hometown Chakavian dialect as well as spiritual poems in standard Croatian. She lives in Rijeka.