Saturday 22nd January
San Francisco (PDT): 10:30-11:30
New York (EST): 13:30-14:30
London (BST): 18:30-19:30
Milan (CEST): 19:30-20:30
Entry: free, but donations are appreciated.
Thanks to the support of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, we’re happy to host another haiku webinar hosted by author and editor Fay Aoyagi.
Many readers may be more familiar with haiku poems focused on nature and everyday life. However, for the last hundred years, Japanese and international haiku poets alike have used this short form of poetry to describe the current world, using evocative imagery to suggest the depth of the author’s experience.
From the anti-war protest haiku of Saitō Sanki to contemporary poems capturing the pandemic experience, this short form of poetry is a perfect tool to represent the world we live in today, thanks to a format that’s both easy to share and effective in transferring meaning to the reader.
In this webinar, worldwide-known author Fay Aoyagi investigates the role of haiku poetry in our society: how it can be used to capture today’s current situation and help us understand more about the world we live in, as well as ourselves.
Fay Aoyagi (born in Tokyo, Japan), immigrated to the United States in 1984. Professional interpreter and haiku poet writing in Japanese and English. She is a member of the Japanese haiku groups Ten’I and Aki as well as the Haiku Society of America (president 2016–2019) and the Haiku Poets of Northern California. She is one of the Assistant Editor of The Heron’s Nest (since 2011). Aoyagi is the author of three award-winning haiku collections, Chrysanthemum Love (2003), In Borrowed Shoes (2006), and Beyond the Reach of My Chopsticks (2011), and curates the blog Blue Willow Haiku World, presenting her translations of contemporary Japanese haiku. She resides in San Francisco, California.