Thursday, June 20, 2013

Haiku in Other Forms & Rengay Roundup July 21 on Gabriola

July 21, 2013

In Other Forms
The Gabriola Commons
675 North Road (opposite the elementary school)
10 am – 12 noon
Suggested donation $5

Rengay Roundup
The Poetry Yurt
At The Gabriola Commons
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Registration $10

At The Gabriola Commons Main House (Suggested donation $5)

9:55 am Welcome
Naomi Beth Wakan – Poetry  Gabriola
Vicki McCullough – Pacifi-kana

10 am – 12 noon

Haiku Moments on the Camino
Harvey Jenkins

Harvey introduces his memoir of pilgrimage on the popular Compostela de Santiago. He will talk about his personal choices in the use of prose and haiku to capture special moments and document his France-into-Spain journey.

Haibun Origins
Sonja Arntzen

With a few choice examples, Sonja will trace the origins of haibun in Japan from the poem-diaries of the 10th and 11th centuries through to the development of haibun as an independent genre in the 17th and 18th centuries. The focus will be on how entwining poetry into prose narratives of journeys and personal life opened up possibilities for expression that were not available to poetry or prose narrative on their own.

Haibun in the 21st Century
Susan Constable

Susan will read some current examples of the haibun form by authors from several different countries around the world. Touching on a variety of subject matter and styles, these examples will exemplify what is considered praiseworthy in modern day haibun.

Break: 10:50 – 11:00 am

Photo-Haiga Approaches and Visions
Carole MacRury, Jim Swift, and Michael Dylan Welch

Traditional Japanese haiga combined brush art (sumi-e) with a haiku poem done in brush calligraphy. Three photo-haiga artists present their unique perspectives on the evolution of haiga in the digital age.

Lunch break: 12 noon – 1:15 pm

Gabriola Photography Club

Local photographers will once again show photos produced in response to haiku by
poets with a connection to the Gabriola Haiku Gathering.

In the Poetry Yurt
at The Gabriola Commons
$10 registration fee

1:30 – 4:30 pm

Rengay Roundup
Michael Dylan Welch

Join Michael in exploring the collaborative linked verse form of rengay—consisting of six haiku or haiku-like verses by two, three, or six writers on a thematic focus. Combine the shared social benefits of renga and renku with a shorter, more accessible, and more readily publishable linked form of poetry. Come prepared to write collaboratively and have fun. For more info on rengay, visit

Contact Janet Vickers at to register.

Our facilitators:

Vicki McCullough, regional coordinator for Haiku Canada and a long time haiku volunteer with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, has organized the program for this gathering.

Harvey Jenkins is a long time member of Haiku Canada and received a Sakura Award from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in both 2011 and 2012.
His haiku has appeared in many magazines and anthologies.

Sonja Arntzen is a leading translator of Japanese classical texts, including Ikkyū and the Crazy Cloud Anthology and The Kagerō Diary.

Carole MacRury  has received many awards for her widely published haiku, tanka and photographic haiga.

Jim Swift is a leading exponent of photographic haiga and photographic tanka.

Michael Dylan Welch is founder of National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWrMo) and the Tanka Society of America, and cofounder of the Haiku North America conference, and the American Haiku Archives.

Susan Constable’s award winning haiku and tanka have appeared in numerous journals. She is currently the tanka editor for the on-line journal, A Hundred Gourds.

Special thanks to our sponsors and supporters

Gabriola Optical
#2–580 North Rd. 247-7223

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