Millikin University Course

Haiku Writing Rountable
Spring 1999 • Dr. Randy Brooks


See the student haiku collections.


the rain outside
softly slowing
my mother finishes the fairytale

by Betsy Quigg

  atop the kneeling bench—
eye to eye with my father
for the first time
by Elon Shafer


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 spring 1999 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



dragonflies hover
over the still water—
strong hands around my waist

by April Romberger

Spring 1999 Roundtable Student Haiku Colletions:

Kristin Boryca

Nicole Hamm

Elon Shaffer

Kelly Coots

Betsy Quigg

Devin Wilson

Kyle Curry

April Romberger

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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