Monday, March 31, 2014


There is going to be a CRADLE OF AMERICAN HAIKU FESTIVAL 4, July 25-27, 2014 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. We have lots of good, interesting workshops and presentations, lots of good haiku, lots of food, and lots of good fun planned. I hope you can all come.
 The history and purpose of the Festival has been to honor famous Midwest Haikuists. THE CRADLE OF AMERICAN HAIKU FESTIVAL 1 honored Raymond Roseliep, the second FESTIVAL honored Robert Spiess, the third honored Don Eulert and Jim Bull. This one is honoring Randy Brooks, Lee Gurga and Charlie Trumbull.
Some of the workshops and presentations we are planning are: Photographic Haiga; Editing Your Haiku for Publication; Teaching Haiku (this will be directed towards workshops rather than the classroom); Oral Interpretation of Haiku; Kukai (stressing the various types of kukai); Haibun;
“Between Basho and Ban’ya (Bypassing Barthes: A New Brand of Haiku); Jun Fujita – the first Tanka Poet Published in the US; a panel discussion by our honored guests on where haiku has been and where it is going followed by a short critique session; a ginko walk; open readings both Friday and Saturday nights; and hopefully a renku party.
If you have a presentation you would like to make or an idea for a workshop, please let me know – at this point, nothing has been set in stone and the schedule has not been set.
As in the past, THE FOUNDRY BOOKS will sell your books for you during the Festival. We will take 1.00 per book to cover our expenses. Please bring 2 copies of the list of the books you are selling (one for the customers to use and one for the desk so that Kelly has a master list to help her).
The FESTIVAL will also include the quarterly meeting of the HAIKU SOCIETY OF AMERICA.
The fee for the FESTIVAL will be $45.00 which includes the opening reception, all workshops and presentations, snacks and beverages during the weekend, and Saturday night dinner at the Walker House.
Check for accommodations and to make your reservations. The Walker House will give us a lower rate on meeting rooms, etc. if several stay there. Places are filling up fast, so I suggest you make your reservations soon.
I’d also appreciate it if you can let me know if you plan to attend so I have a general idea of how much food, how many dinner reservations and how much meeting space we will need. If I know by mid-July that will be good.
If you have any questions, please email and I’ll do my best to answer.
Thanks, and I’ll see you in July!
Gayle Bull
105 Commerce Street
Mineral Point, WI 53565

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