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a day ...

of creativity & sharing among haiku poets, artists & musicians amidst the old apple trees, herb gardens and frog ponds here at Wild Graces in Deerfield, New Hampshire ... a stone's throw from the Pawtuckaway Mountains and the Great Brook Trail, one of  our favorite beaver & wild mushroom hiking trails.

Masters & newbies are welcome to participate in our workshops & share their haibun, tanka, senryu & haiku during the open mic. Bring your books, broadsides, brushwork, haiga & cds to swap, sell or share.
                        Registration fee - $50            
To keep it intimate, there will be a 52 person limit.

 payable to  hermithrush@metrocast.net
August 24th, 2024
        9am - 5pm
        The Owls Roost
Deerfield, New Hampshire
 off the grid on Adam's Hill
      behind Wild Graces
Meredith Inn
Janet Carpenter, Inn Keeper
(pssst, she's Marshall's cousin
Meredith, NH  603-279-0000
​The Word Barn
Exeter, New Hampshire
Pawtuckaway State Park
Nottingham, New Hampshire
our closest airport with hotels, suites & rental cars
                40 minutes from Wild Graces
The Yurt & Guest Suite at Echo Hill Farm
                       Deerfield, New Hampshire
             click on photos to book through airbnb
Meadow Farm Bed & Breakfast
Northwood, NH   603-942-8619
Doug & Janet Briggs, Inn Keepers

the poet's tent
              find us at
    111 Nottingham Road
Deerfield, New Hampshire
Sumi-e painting by Jan Zaremba, 1st Annual
     Haiku Gathering at Wild Graces, 2014

WG9  2022
Registration for WG11 opens April 1st, 2024
WG10   2023
WG8    2021

featured poet Michael Dudley
Michael Dudley (www.michaeljdudley.com) was born in Toronto, Canada, and reared in Scarborough, Ontario. For 35 years he lived and worked in rural  Southwestern Ontario.

    Haiku has been his poetry of choice for nearly five decades. He is the author of numerous collections, including Journey Ongoing (2023), a volume of haiku primarily inspired by domestic and international travel. In March of 2023 he became International Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.
    Michael regards haiku as an important literary bridge of inclusion that unites people and peoples around the world, and he has an especial interest in creative collaborations, including compositional co-creation and synergistic performance that harmonizes haiku with other modes of expression and connection.
    He is the father of three and lives in "Maple City" Chatham, Ontario.
featured reader Mary Stevens
Mary Stevens lives at the foot of the Catskills in New York's lovely Hudson Valley. Member of the Haiku Society of America since 2003, she co-judged with John Stevenson the Nicholas Virgilio Haiku Contest in 2013, presented "The Cicada's Voice: How Wabi Sabi Can Teach Us How to Live" at Haiku North America in Schnectady, NY in 2015, was co-editor of Frogpond's linked forms sections in 2021, and is contributing writer for Haikupedia. She is a member of the Haiku Poets of the Garden State, the Broadmoor Haiku Collective, and the Route 9 Haiku Group. Her poems have appeared in several Red Moon anthologies and Snapshot Press Calendar Competitions, as well as in Write Like Issa, A New Resonance 2021, and The Wonder Code.  She was a featured poet on Cornell University's Mann Library Daily Haiku Page in December 2020 and won first place in the Harold G. Henderson Memorial Awards 2020, second place in the Peggy Willis Lyles Awards, 2020, and the Museum of Haiku Literature Award for Best of Issue in Frogpond, 2022. She is author of her haiku collection, enough light. Former instructor of Spanish language courses at the State University of New York at New Paltz, she is currently owner of her freelance book-indexing business, Look Within Indexing.
the kora with  John Hughes
John Hughes is an internationally acclaimed kora player, percussionist and vocalist whose style crosses myriad cultural boundaries and fuses disparate influences. Playing ancient traditional instruments not often heard in the United States, many of which he builds himself, John takes his audience on an intimate musical tour of universal expressions of joy and hope that soothe and up-lift the spirit. Whether playing elegant and stately pieces from the classical repertoire of the Jeli's (Griot's) of West Africa or original compositions, John's kora playing has an uncommon beauty that is, at once,
exquisitely detailed and bold. His signature pieces are rhythmically nuanced and laced with syncopations that cascade off the strings into whirlpools of mesmerizing sound.
workshop with Stanford M Forrester / sekiro
Stanford M. Forrester / sekiro is a poet, a past president of the Haiku Society of America, and the founding editor of bottle rockets: a collection of short versebottle rockets is celebrating 25 years in print and is one of the two oldest haiku publications in the United States with one continuous editor. Stanford's haigo (Japanese pen name) means "dew on a stone."

Haiku postcards and the exploration of an earlier mode of haiku practice in the digital age. Over the past 30 years Stanford has written thousands of haiku postcards to poets inside and outside the United States. In return, he has received a massive collection of several thousand haiku postcards from all corners of the world. His haiku postcard collection continues to grow to this very day.

The first half of the workshop will explore some haiku postcard practices and offer some insight on complimentary or alternative modes to living and traveling on the haiku path.  During the second half of the program, attendees will be asked to write a poem (published or not) of their own on a postcard, which later will be mailed back to Wild Graces and be kept as testament of the day's gathering and spirit! Blank postcards will be furnished to all attendees of the workshop. Poets will be responsible for supplying their own haiku/senryu  & postage stamp.

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