Here in Southern California after HNA 2013, one of these poets is Stewart Baker, a research librarian from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Unfortunately for us, but fantastic for Oregon haiku poets, he recently accepted a position at a college in Oregon and will be moving to Oregon in October.
For those who missed his HNA session, "Do all roads lead to Basho?" on HNA 2013's Thursday morning line-up, we have great news!
Stewart is going to present his paper at the September 21st haiku meeting, which starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. (The museum is on Los Robles, one block north of Colorado Blvd).
Here is the description from the HNA program:
"What is haiku? Who was Basho? This paper by Stewart Baker employs post-structural theories to explode these seemingly simple questions. By looking at a haibun and two haiku of Basho's, he will show that how we answer questions about haiku says more about ourselves and our differences than the original, unknowable reality-especially when we are looking at translations."
Hope to see you there! We will also have a read-around of haiku, and if time, will workshop some of our own haiku.