Global Haiku Festival
Haiku Society of America

Millikin University
Dr. Randy Brooks




Photo Show | Haiku Contest | Library Reception | Tanka Society Formation | Global Haiku Speeches
Global Haiku Reading | Haiku Bookroom | HSA Meeting | Ginko Contest | Panel on Global Haiku

Global Haiku Festival

April 14, 2000
Decatur Public Library

A Welcome Reception Sponsored by
Sister Cities Program, Haiku Society of America,
and Millikin University

George SwedeSlightly more than 100 people attended the opening reception of the Global Haiku Festival at the Decatur Public Library. The opening reception was sponsored by the Sister Cities of Decatur, Illinois, Seevetal, Germany and Tokorozawa, Japan. They sponsored a haiku contest for citizens of these three cities with the award-winning haiku presented at the opening reception.

There were greetings from major sponsors of the festival including the Haiku Society of America, Sister Cities, Millikin University, and an announcement from Mr. Susumu Takiguchi inviting people to attend the World Haiku Festival 2000 in England in August, 2000.

The general public was treated to a "Haiku Around the World" poetry reading. Leading haiku writers and editors read samples of favorite contemporary haiku from around the world. These readers represented the Haiku Society of America, The British Haiku Society, The German Haiku Society, Haiku Canada, Modern Haiku magazine and the Haiku International Association:

  • German Haiku--Professor Horst Ludwig,
  • Haiku Canada--Professor George Swede (in the photograph above),
  • British Haiku Society--President David Cobb,
  • Japanese Haiku (the translation experience)--Emiko Miyashita and Lee Gurga, and
  • Haiku Society of America--President John Stevenson.

John Stevenson
John Stevenson, President
of the Haiku Society of America

Lee Gurga & Ban'ya Natsuishi
Ban'ya Natsuishi, Chief of External Liason of the Gendai Haiku Kyôkai (Modern Haiku Association) of Japan, presents a gift to Lee Gurga, co-chair of the Global Haiku Festival.

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