April 14-16, 2000
Haiku Society of America spring quarterly meeting was held on April
14-16, 2000 as a Global Haiku Festival at Millikin University in
in the cloud's shadow
haiku readings, sixteen academic presentations, two haiku art exhibits,
one haiku walk, two haiku contests, a busy book room and dozens
of blossoming redbud trees add up to a very full weekend of haiku.
the Haiku Society of America and other haiku organizations, Millikin
University has hosted two haiku conferences. These conferences allows
Millikin students to interact with contemporary haiku writers, editors,
brought writers, editors and scholars together to examine a particular
issue in contemporary haiku. The first conference,
the Midwest Haiku Festival, focused on the issue of haiku as
a poetry of place, particularly the Midwest.
The second conference,
the Global Haiku Festival, focused
on the internationalization of haiku and implications for a universal
haiku genre which goes beyond national or regional perspectives.
Both haiku conferences
have featured the publication of new haiku anthologiesthe
Midwest Haiku Anthology and the Global
Haiku Anthologywith many of the poets included in the
anthologies attending the conference to read from the books.