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Southern California Haiku Study Group

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our featured haiku
bone white winter moon breath of a snow hare
~ Joan C. Fingon
Whiptail Journal 2023 
Issue 6

Southern California Haiku Study Group


the deadline for submitting poems
to the Hueston Woods haiku walk
(for Haiku North America) is coming up soon.
It’s February 15th

2023 Haiku North America Conference

Haiku Walk & Workshop
Descanso Gardens
February 11, 2023 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Free with admission, no advance registration required.

Descanso Gardens
(818) 949-4200

Led by haiku poet Debbie Kolodji, this workshop will include time to walk in the garden and be inspired by the camellias and instruction on writing the traditional Japanese three-line poem.

The Camellia Connection: Our Rebirth of Wonder
Celebrate camellias and poetry throughout the month of February at Descanso Gardens.
Camellias can bloom in our coldest and darkest winter season. These brilliant flowers, native to Asia, contain stories of resilience, hope, loss and ingenuity. Descanso supports one of the largest collections of camellias in North America, with more than 3,500 known and recorded plants, representing over 600 varieties.
In collaboration with accomplished poets Amy Uyematsu and Peter Levitt, Descanso is pleased to offer a series of programs that invite exploration, reflection, and participation.
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latest workshop presentation notes

September 17, 2022 Zoom Workshop

On September 17, 2022, Roberta Beary will be joining us from Ireland to talk about  “Haiku (the personal in haiku – when to leave it in, why to take it out)”      

Because Roberta will be joining us from Ireland, where it will be 10 pm at 2 pm, we are going to start with Roberta’s program and have the read around at the end.  Please gather and log in 15 minutes early, so that Roberta can start promptly at 2 pm (10 pm!).

Topic: SCHSG Monthly Workshop

August 20, 2022 Zoom Workshop

On August 20th, 21 poets met via Zoom for the monthly SCHSG workshop:   Mimi Ahern, Lynn Allgood, Cynthia Anderson, Kathryn Bold, Marcyn Del Clements, Janice Doppler, Denise Dumars, Joan Fingon, Lee Hudspeth, Deborah P Kolodji, Yvette Nicole Kolodji, Peter Larsen, Patricia Machmiller, Seretta Martin, Wakako Rollinger, Bona M. Santos, Patricia Wakimoto,Michael Dylan Welch, Sharon Williams, Kathabela Wilson, and Sharon Yee.

After a read-around of haiku, moderator Deborah P Kolodji introduced the guest speaker, Patricia Machmiller, who gave a presentation on “What We Can Learn From the Haiku of Jerry Ball.”  Jerry Ball was the founder of the Southern California Haiku Study group in 1997.

Using a PowerPoint presentation, Patricia talked about Jerry’s early influencers and favorite haiku.  She then asked participants to share their haiku stories, who first influenced and which haiku provided early inspiration.  She then explored Jarry’s evolution as a haiku poet, from his early 5-7-5 haiku to the haiku he wrote as he matured as a haiku poet.  Coincidentally, this presentation was scheduled around the 3 year anniversary of Jerry’s passing.  After the presentation, the group watched the memorial video which was prepared for the 2021 virtual Haiku North America.

Jerry Ball
Photo from HSA Tribute video

August 27, 2022 Lighthouse Ginko

On Saturday, August 27th, the Southern California Haiku Study Group held its first live event since the pandemic with a ginko at the San Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  We met at 11:00 am on a very hot day, but where cooled by the ocean breezes on the bluff.  Wakako Rollinger, who is a docent at Topanga State Park, led the ginko, and talked about native plants along our trail.  She also brought samples of native plants, including various sages, for people to pass around and smell.  After the walk, we picnicked in a grassy area which included great ocean and lighthouse views.  Fifteen poets attended this event.

Present were:  Lynn Allgood, Sean Carlton, Marcyn Del Clements, D’Ellen, Denise Dumars, Lee Hudspeth, Deborah P Kolodji, Gregory Longenecker, Janis Lukstein, Bona M. Santos, Susan Rogers, Wakako Rollinger, Jie Tian, Patricia Wakimoto, and Sharon Yee.

Standing: Denise Dumars, D’Ellen, Bona M. Santos, Wakako Rollinger, Sharon Yee,
Gregory Longenecker, Patricia Wakimoto, Lee Hudspeth
Sitting/kneeling:  Susan Rogers, Deborah P Kolodji, Jie Tian, Sean Carlton
Not shown:  Marcyn Del Clements, Lynn Allgood, Janis Lukstein
Photo by Marcyn Del Clements

upcoming submissions

Snapshot Press – The Haiku Calendar & e-chapbook awards 2023

Authors Publish – 2022-23

Eunoia Review

Reedsy – 2022-23

Literary Matters – 2022-23

winning writers – 2022-23

Dashboard Horus: A Bird’s Eye View of the Universe

Haiku North America Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio – 2023

Dashboard Horus: A Bird’s Eye View of the Universe

member book launch
member book launch

Saffron Skies ~ by William Scott Galasso
member book launch

Not Your Kid’s Nursery Rhyme Haiku ~ by Bona M. Santos and Susan Burch

member book launch

Backpedaling ~ by Peter Jastermsky

member book launch

Full Circle ~ by Cynthia Anderson

member book launch

Upwelling – haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun ~ by Lorraine A Padden

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Upcoming Workshops

* February 11, 2023 – 10:30 aM to 12:00 pM Haiku Walk and Workshop at Descanso Gardens

* February 18, 2023 – 2:00 PM
Red Paper Parasols Linked Verse Reading
Tan-Renga with John Stevenson …MORE

* March 18, 2023 –
2:00 PM
Zoka in Haiku, Brad Bennett & Kristen Lindquist (No exact title yet – just a topic – Debbie will update)
* April 1, 2023 –
10:00 AM To 4:00 PM
Haiku Station at the Garden of Verses
California Botanic Garden, Cultivar Garden
writing exercises
haiku resources
split sequence

selected haiku organizations
Akitsu Quarterly
American Haiku Archives
Australian Haiku Society
Blo͞o Outlier Journal
bottle rockets
British Haiku Society – Blithe Spirit
contemporary haibun online
drifting sands haibun
failed haiku
Haiku Poets of Northern California
Haiku Society of America – Frogpond
modern haiku
Poetry Pea
Prune Juice
The Haiku Foundation
The Heron’s Nest
Under the Basho
Yuki Teikei Haiku Society
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