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Haiku: Transcending Borders Lecture & Round Table

  • Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Haiku: Transcending Borders Lecture & Round Table

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC) and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC) invite you to a presentation and panel discussion on English-language haiku.

Award-winning haiku poet Abigail Friedman will give a presentation on "Reading Haiku Beyond Borders" in which she discusses ways to approach and appreciate haiku from cultures different from our own. She will then be joined by haiku poet Roberta Beary and co-founder of the World Haiku Association Jim Kacian for a special panel discussion about the international appeal of haiku.

Come join us for an engaging discussion, open Q&A session, and exciting announcement from your friends at the JICC and JASWDC!

- Award-Winning Haiku Panelists -

Abigail Friedman - A retired U.S. diplomat, and accomplished, award-winning haiku poet, Ms. Friedman is most recognized for her books, I Wait for the Moon and The Haiku Apprentice. Her haiku, haibun, and writings on haiku have been featured in poetry publications in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Roberta Beary - Honored throughout North America, Europe, and Asia for her innovative and unconventional hybrid of haiku and senryu, Roberta Beary's book of short poems, The Unworn Necklace was selected as a William Carlos Williams Book Award finalist and Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award winner.

Jim Kacian - Founder of Red Moon Press, the largest publisher of haiku and haiku-related books outside of Japan, Mr. Kacian has written 14 books dedicated to haiku or haiku-related genres. He is co-founder of the World Haiku Association, and founder and president of The Haiku Foundation. He has won numerous international haiku competitions and his poems have been translated into several languages.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes. Doors open at 6:00PM and will close once seating is full or promptly at 7:00PM. Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.


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