Berries and Cream

Berries and Cream

Jeanne Emrich, interviewed by Michael Dylan Welch

Stephen Addiss, introduction

Interview by Michael Dylan Welch with Jeanne Emrich, the founder of HaigaOnline [see Wayback Machine for archive], on the extent and development of haiga (paintings with haiku/calligraphy) as practiced in North America. Includes 12-page colour insert featuring haiga by a variety of contributing artists. Introduction by Stephen Addiss, renowned expert on Japanese haiga.

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2000, saddle-stapled, 48 pages, 5½ x 8½ inches, ISBN 1-878798-22-7

Copies of this tan-renga haiga, with artwork by Jeanne Emrich, were given out as a special lagniappe for everyone who first ordered Berries and Cream.

Stephen Addiss provided this introduction for Berries and Cream.

Two sample pages from the beginning of this interview book.

Two sample pages showing selected haiga referenced in Michael Dylan Welch’s interview with Jeanne Emrich.

Jeanne Emrich is a poet and artist living in Edina, Minnesota. She has a B.A. in art history from the University of Minnesota. Jeanne cofounded the Minnesota Watercolor Society and the Minnesota Haiku Society. She founded and was the first webmaster of Haiga Online: A Journal of Painting and Poetry, the first online haiga journal. She is the author of The Haiku Habit (Lone Egret Press, 1996) and Barely Dawn (Lone Egret Press , 1999). Educational materials by Jeanne are included in teachers’ guides distributed by both the Haiku Society of America and the Tanka Society of America. She has taught haiku, tanka, and haiga at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, was the vice-president of the Tanka Society of America, and served as editor of Reeds: Contemporary Haiga. Her first collection of tanka, The Pleides at Dawn, was published in 2007.

See Jeanne Emrich’s Minnesota Artists web page and the Global Haiku Traditions reader response essay.