October 9-10, 1992
a church and its graveyard
Midwest Haiku Anthology, p. 53
Lucien Stryk's talk Friday night was also well attended by several
people from the community, and from central Illinois. (There were
about 50 people present.) His talk on modern Japanese haiku was
very well received, and he also conducted a workshop on translation
& revision processes on Saturday. His talk was especially relevant
to students studying Ezra Pound and the Imagist poets this semester
as well as students interested in creative writing and literary
paid special honor to Lucien Stryk on Saturday in the form of an
hourlong presentation, by Dr. Dan Guillory, on Stryk's genesis
as a poet.
had 34 writers, editors, artists and publishers on the Millikin
campus Saturday for the festival including guests from the following
states: Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee,
Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, and one professor from California
(returning to her childhood stomping ground). Haiku writers do come
from diverse backgrounds, so our participants included professors
of sociology, theatre, English, education, anthropology, environmental
science, graphic arts and members of the public.
of the writers from Iowa were interviewed about the festival and
the new anthology for a public radio program broadcast last Saturday
across Iowa and picked up for re-broadcast on National Public Radio.
students help with all aspects of the festival including the online
hypercard stack, the flyers, the coordination of events and book
sales in the book room.
University hosted the Midwest Haiku Festival, October 910,
began with a keynote address on Modern Japanese haiku by Professor
Lucien Stryk of Northern Illinois University. An award winning translator
of Japanese literature and author of several books on Zen aesthetics
and Midwest poetry, Lucien Stryk will be speaking on translating
festival gathered several poets and editors from the Midwest who
have recently been published in the Midwest
Haiku Anthology edited by Randy M. Brooks and Lee Gurga.
Haiku Anthology is the first major collection of midwestern
American haiku to be published in a library clothbound edition.
The anthology [now out of print] included the work of 54 poets
who live or have lived in the Midwest. After receiving initial
haiku submissions, we asked the authors to reflect on the influence
of their midwestern experience on their haiku and aesthetics.
The Midwest Haiku Anthology includes
many of their subsequent comments on how the midwestern life has
shaped their perceptions, values, and approaches to writing haiku.
As Ralph Bellas
writes: I use images characteristic of the Illinois setting:
the sweep of the prairie landscape, magnificent sunsets stretching
across the horizon, endless rows of corn and soybeans, golden
fields after the harvest, gray winter days, sub-zero cold, the
wind across the open land, and a lone farm house in a grove of
to presentations on Midwest haiku, writing workshops, and an editor's
round table, the authors included in the anthology participated
in a reading of their works from the anthology, which was officially
released for distribution at the festival.
stack version of the anthology, the Midwest
Haiku Anthology Stack was also created, including photographs
of many of the poets. Although it was done in low-resolution black
and white, we may provide a web version of this online publication