I want to share a very exciting opportunity with you.
Haiku North America 2017 will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from September 13 to 17, 2017. Conference sessions and activities as well as most meals will be held at the Hotel Santa Fe, Hacienda & Spa.
For full registration information, go to the website http://www.haikunorthamerica.com/2017-conference.html
I am on the planning committee, and here is a peak ahead:
Presentations, workshops & readings. Featured will be four full days of formal presentations and panel discussions about haiku history, criticism, and contemporary writing; haiku readings and book-launch readings; arts and crafts exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations; book fair and silent auction; and much, much more!
Conference anthology. Attendees are invited—urged even—to submit haiku for the 2017 Haiku North America conference anthology. Each registered attendee will receive one free copy of this anthology at the conference.
Silent auction. HNA 2017 will continue the tradition of having a silent auction, proceeds from which will help defray the costs of the meeting. Click here for details.
The 2017 auction will be especially grand because a large consignment of interesting books and other valuable items from the estate of Elizabeth Searle Lamb, “The First Lady of Haiku,” has been donated by her daughter, Carolyn Lamb. HNA attendees are urged to comb through their belongings and donate appropriate things to the HNA Silent Auction. Donations are tax-deductible in the United States.
Book fair. Poets and publishers are invited to send or bring copies of their books for sale at the HNA 2017 Book Fair.
Haiku contest. Poets are invited to take part in a haiku contest that will run during the conference. The theme will be that of the HNA 2017 conference itself: earthtones.
Group photo. Continuing a long tradition at our conferences, HNA co-organizer Garry Gay will gather all attendees together for a group photo. Specific date and time will be included in the Conference Schedule later. One copy of the group photo is included in the HNA 2017 registration fee.
In Addition—Tanka Sunday
Tanka Sunday,(http://www.haikunorthamerica.com/tanka-sunday.html) an activity of the Tanka Society of America, will take place on Sunday, September 17, from 1:00 to 8:00 pm in a meeting room at the Hotel Santa Fe. Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is required. Go to the Tanka Society of America web page, or contact Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com, for more information and to register for Tanka Sunday.