Haiku North America

Haiku North America is a nonprofit corporation of which I’m one of four directors, along with Garry Gay (California), Paul Miller (Florida), and Deborah P Kolodji (California). When Garry was president of the Haiku Society of America in 1990, he thought it would be a good idea to have a conference to bring together members of various haiku organizations (not just HSA members), and so the event was born. I was one of the founders of the conference, first held in 1991, in California, and also proposed the event’s name. My idea with the name was to make sure HNA was not just a U.S. event, but also encompassed Canada (and Mexico, although the haiku community there seems to be small, insular, or not publicly organized). From the beginning, HNA has been a stimulating long weekend of readings, presentations, papers, and more, all focusing on haiku poetry—a gathering of the tribes. The variety of scholarly and nonacademic papers and presentations has had an extraordinary influence on English-language haiku for more than 25 years by appearing in the leading haiku journals. In addition, HNA is especially strong as a social event, where haiku poets from across the continent, and beyond, can gather regularly for in-person poetic and academic sharing and inspiration.

        At first, HNA was going to be a one-shot deal, but about a year after the 1991 conference, I insisted with Garry that we should do it again, and if I had not done so, HNA would not have become the regular event it is. Consequently, we held the next conference in 1993, also in California, thus establishing the every-two-years cadence. Thereafter, the conference has moved around the continent to a different city each time, first trekking to Canada in 1995, and held aboard a cruise ship (albeit docked) in 2013—and on Zoom for 2021 during the coronavirus pandemic. The following is a list of the dates and locations for each HNA conference, their chief organizers, and the title and publication information for each conference anthology (all of which I edited or coedited, and also published with my press, Press Here). From this list, you can also click links to see each anthology’s book page, introduction, and sample poems, and in some cases contributor lists and links to Amazon for purchases. At the end are additional links to the HNA website, its FAQ page, the HNA blog, and a video that promoted the 2015 conference in Schenectady, New York. See you at the next Haiku North America conference!

See the Haiku North America page on Haikupedia, with links to detailed descriptions of selected past conferences.


August 23–25, 1991

Las Positas College, Livermore, California (near San Francisco)

July 15–18, 1993

Las Positas College, Livermore, California

July 13–15, 1995

Ryerson Polytechnic, Toronto, Ontario

July 24–27, 1997

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

July 8–11, 1999

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (near Chicago)

June 28–July 1, 2001

Boston Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts

June 26–29, 2003

Dalton School, New York, New York

September 21–25, 2005

Fort Worden Conference Center, Port Townsend, Washington

August 15–19, 2007

Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

August 5–9, 2009

National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario—see photos 1, photos 2, photos 3

August 3–7, 2011

Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington—see photos 1, photos 2, photos 3, photos 4, photos 5

August 14–18, 2013

Queen Mary, Long Beach, California—photos to come

October 14–18, 2015

Union College, Schenectady, New York—see photos 1, photos 2, photos 3, photos 4, photos 5 (see also Tanka Sunday photos)

September 13–17, 2017

Hotel Santa Fe, Hacienda & Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico—photos to come

August 7–11, 2019

Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina—photos to come

October 14–17, 2021

On Zoom, hosted by Victoria, British Columbia—photos to come

June 28–July 2, 2023

Netherland Plaza Hotel and Mercantile Library, Cincinnati, Ohio—see photos 1, photos 2, photos 3, photos 4, photos 5, photos 6, photos 7, photos 8 (Tanka Sunday), photos 9

Additional Links

Hope you can join us for the next Haiku North America celebration!

Selected Haiku North America T-shirts (not all) from 1991 to 2009.