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Naia and Billie Dee teach "Discovering Your Haiku Mind"

Date: March 12, 2011 Time: 1 pm to 3:30 pm Number of sessions: 1 -- One Day Class! Members: $35 Nonmembers: $40 Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St., #210, San Diego, CA 92101

Announcing a three-part haiku workshop series: Presented by Naia and Billie Dee, co-founders of Haiku San Diego.

This will be an overview for those new to or curious about the haiku genre, as well as more experienced writers who would like expand their perspectives and workshop poems-in-progress. We will concentrate on contemporary English Language Haiku (ELH): current trends and developments, as well as derivative genres, beginning with the elements of the form—poorly understood by most people who were introduced to haiku in school. There will be writing exercises and interactive comments and critique in each session, i.e., a very “hands-on,” “learn-by-doing” approach. The overall goal of this series is to develop a haiku-mind, one that seeks and captures those epiphanic moments of awareness that arise from our everyday lives.

Note: each session will require a new sign-up and payment


Session Three: Saturday, March 12, 2011 – 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. $35./$40.

Modernist Haiku and Related Forms / learning to break the rules. We will study examples of Post-Modern and surreal haiku (gendai haiku), contemporary trends, directions, and controversies, followed by some imaginative and fantastic writing of our own. We will also briefly explore several other Japaniform genres: Haibun (prose and haiku), Haiga (pictures and haiku), Rengay (linked collaborative verse), as well as the venerable Tan Renga. Please read a few issues of the online modernist publication Roadrunner Haiku Journal at

BILLIE DEE is the former Poet Laureate of the U.S. National Library Service. A multi-media artist and writer, Billie is especially interested in haiku and related forms, as well as “main-stream” lyric poetry. She publishes both online and off. Webportal:

Naia is a fifth generation native Californian. She attended college at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obisbo. Naia’s poetry and haiga have appeared in books, anthologies, e-journals, newsletters, and magazines in the U.S. and internationally. She belongs toa number of haiku and tanka poetry associations, is a long-standing member of the Southern California Haiku STudy Group (SCHSG), and is co-founder of Haiku San Diego. Naia edited two SCHSG Haiku Anthologies: above the tree line in 2008, and shell gathering in 2009. She currently serves as Haiku Society of America Regional Coordinator for California. Naia’s website, featuring some of her published work: