Photos from Haiku North America 2009 in Ottawa
The tenth Haiku North America just took place in Ottawa, Ontario over the long weekend of August 5 to 9, 2009. Michael Dylan Welch sought to document as much of the conference (and a few tourist activities) as he could. His photos are now available in three albums at http://picasaweb.google.com/MichaeDylanWelch. The photos cover many of the presentations and social events, and include photos of nearly all the individual readers in the regional readings, and everyone seated at all the tables for the banquet. The highlight of these photos are of the dance that took place on a chartered boat we took up and down the Ottawa River on Saturday night after the banquet. Charlie Trumbull called this the Haiku Hop, or the Shiki Shake. Michael called it a Discku Dance. Who knew that haiku poets could let loose like this? Can any other haiku event top this? Check out the photos and add your comments to the albums. Congratulations to Terry Ann Carter, Claudia Coutu Radmore, Guy Simser, and their team of volunteers for organizing a truly excellent conference, which had more haiku poets attending than any previous HNA conference.
And if you hadn't already heard, at the conference Michael announced that the 2011 Haiku North America conference will take place at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, hosted by Randy Brooks and Francine Banwarth. Hope to see you all there!