Millikin University Course

Haiku Writing Rountable
Fall 2000• Dr. Randy Brooks


See the student haiku collections.


empty swings
     still in motion,
I'm left again

by Kim Keplar

  A bright day . . .
He walks the neighborhood
with praying mantis sunglasses.
by Gayle Guillory

Click on the student names below to see their work.

Haiku Writing Roundtable

Course Description

EN170 Haiku Writing Roundtable was a student centered one-credit workshop modeled after writers' groups. This workshop met as a weekly reading circle. For the fall 2000 semester, we explored the Japanese and English haiku traditions. Students read and wrote about the haiku tradition, and tried ten approaches to composing their own original haiku including:

 1 — on the spot writing
 2 — reader response associations
 3 — ginko haiku hike
 4 — zazen meditation
 5 — western visualization
 6 — imagination
 7 — consonance
 8 — dissonance
 9 — senryu
10 — renga

The roundtable closed with a poetry reading of original work in the pit of the Fireplace Room. About 35 people attending the reading on December 15, 2000.


cider warming my hands
         still too hot
                  for my lips

by Erin Osmus

Fall 2000 Roundtable Student Haiku Colletions:

Judy Camacho

Arlethia Mayes

Krista Rasar

Scott Goebel

Erin Osmus

April Romberger

Jennifer Griebel

Karissa Pauli

Christine Sandidge

Gayle Guillory

Brian Ramsey

Rob Stanley

Kim Keplar


Required Books

The Haiku Anthology edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel. Paperback edition (2000) W.W. Norton & Company.

The Haiku Handbook by William J. Higginson, Oxford University Press (1992).

Fresh Scent: Selected Haiku of Lee Gurga by Lee Gurga, 1998 Brooks Books.

School’s Out: Selected Haiku of Randy Brooks by Randy Brooks, 1999 Press Here.

Zen Art for Meditation by Stewart W. Holmes & Chimyo Horioka. (Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle, 1973).

haiku conferences haiku courses at Millikin Modern Haiku magazine
speakers & readings haiku competitions at MU American Haiku Archive
student haiku projects published haiku by students links to haiku web sites
student research on haiku haiku by Millikin students directory of haiku magazines


2001, Dr. Randy Brooks• Millikin University
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