Rockstar Daryl Hall used the Web to change his reputation and fix his legacy. When asked about the resurgence in his popularity Hall said he found his tribe. What does this have to do with haiku? The best thing an artist can do in this day and age is to find their tribe. Thanks to the Internet, no matter who you are, you can find like-minded people and they can find you. The presentation will focus on how haiku lovers can do just that.
In an interview, rockstar Daryl Hall talked about the revolution that is responsible for his new-found popularity. It was "new-found" because he and his musical partner, John Oates, found themselves with a PR problem in the 90s. As a reaction to their 80s hits, self-conscious music critics refused to write about Hall and Oates. The critics told the band's manager they would "never write about those guys!" What the critics failed to recognize was that, "The Times They [Were] A-Changing."
The critics no longer understood where the conversation was or how it takes place. Hall knew the conversation had moved to the web and so he started a webcast from his home. He made a website from which he single-handedly changed his reputation and fixed his legacy. When asked about the resurgence in his popularity Hall said he found his tribe. The best thing an artist can do in this day and age is to find their tribe. Tools like the Haiku Society of America website, The Haiku Foundation (with all of its social media and video archive), Haiku North America, conferences and a number of other resources, including blogs, publishers' websites, Twitter feeds, etc. make this possible for poets. Myers plan to talk about these resources and how best to harness them.
GENE MYERS' weekly column, The Joy of Life, runs in 27 New Jersey newspapers. He is an entertainment journalist who was awarded first place in Arts and Entertainment Writing and Column Writing by the New Jersey Press Association. He is also a columnist for the Haiku Society of America and blogger for The Haiku Foundation. His articles have appeared in more than 40 newspapers. His poetry publishing credits include: Frogpond Journal, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Anthology, Beyond the Rift: Poets of the Palisades, Disco Prairie Social Aid & Pleasure Club by Factory Hollow Press, Paper Wasp, Chrysanthemum, A Handful of Stones, Prune Juice Journal of Senryu & Kyoka and the Irish Haiku Society’s Shamrock Haiku Journal. His work can be found at genemyers.com.