Haiku North America 2011 will be held
August 3 to 7, 2011, in Seattle, Washington
poster & logo by Dejah Léger ©2011.
Haiku at the Space Needle! The biennial Haiku North America conference, started in 1991, is coming to Seattle for the first time this August 3–7, 2011, to be held at Seattle Center, at the foot of Seattle’s iconic landmark—providing easy access to ginko opportunities such as Pike Place Market (via the monorail), the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Experience Music Project rock-and-roll museum and Science Fiction Museum, and countless other attractions—including fleet week and Seattle’s Seafair festival. We’ll even have our conference banquet up the Space Needle while the Blue Angels perform for Seafair. Our theme will be “Fifty Years of Haiku,” in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair for which the Space Needle was built, and in celebration of the time period when haiku has flowered in North America.
Please join us for a lively long weekend of haiku presentations, workshops, performances, readings, panel discussions, bookfair, haiga exhibit (including digital haiga projections), and more, including much socializing with some of the world’s leading English-language haiku writers.
Anticipated and confirmed speakers include Melissa Allen, Fay Aoyagi, Don Baird, Marjorie Buettner, Terry Ann Carter, Margaret Chula, Carlos Colón, Wanda Cook, Garry Gay, Richard Gilbert, Penny Harter, Jim Kacian, David Lanoue, Paul Miller, Emiko Miyashita, Gene Myers, Makoto Nakanishi, Minako Noma, Ce Rosenow, Bruce Ross, Philip Rowland, Lidia Rozmus, Jessica Tremblay, Charles Trumbull, Cor van den Heuvel, Michael Dylan Welch, Ruth Yarrow, and many more.
Our registration fee is $200 for the full conference, including all events from Wednesday through Saturday (including the conference anthology and banquet), with an optional boat cruise on the Sunday to Blake Island (for an extra fee). Activities include a trip on the Seattle Monorail to visit Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum (free), and a haiku walk to the Olympic Sculpture Park on Seattle’s waterfront. We have accommodations arranged at two charming hotels that are steps away from our meeting facility at Seattle Center, with a discounted conference rate of either $85 or $145 per night.
Can you join us?
See you in Seattle!