Millikin University Course

Haiku Writing Rountable
Spring 2000• Dr. Randy Brooks


See the student haiku collections.


sunset on the hill—
pine needles like snow
in my hair

by Jenna Polk

  a world map on his T-shirt
my hometown
not found
by Kyoko Ueno

Course Goal

The primary goal of this course was to plan, develop, and complete a haiku writing project with the support and critical response of peers. As a pass/fail course, the secondary goal was to have fun sharing the creative process in a small workshop atmosphere. We celebrated the diversity of voices and variety of experiences which are evident in the various haiku collections.

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 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

A special feature of the spring 2000 school session was that the students participated in the Global Haiku Festival at Millikin. Writers, editors and scholars of haiku from around the world came to Millikin to discuss contemporary haiku.



the kettle whistle blows . . .
frozen mud melts
on the doormat in the kitchen

by Christopher Hornbacker

Spring 2000 Roundtable Student Haiku Colletions:

Katherine Barker

Christopher Hornbacker

Amanda Schweizer

Serena Carvajal

Brian Kenny

Anna Jansen

Erin Cincinelli

Kay Millikin

Anna Thompson

Eva Greenwald

Jenna Polk

Kyoko Ueno

Melanie Hayes
Eric Rutherford

Kathrin Walsch

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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