Haiku North America, 2009
Ottawa, Canada, August 5th-9th

Ottawa welcomes you to celebrate and share haiku in the crosscurrents of history, geography, culture and the arts. For five days in August, the National Library of Canada will be home to international speakers, panels, presentations, poetry readings, haiga exhibitions and archival displays. Situated on historic Wellington Avenue in the heart of downtown Ottawa, our conference is steps from the Parliament Buildings, the Supreme Court, the Rideau Canal system (named a UNESCO heritage Site in 2007), and the outdoor beauty and fun of the Byward Farmer’s Market/entertainment district.

Haiku development is passing through turbulent waters, like estuaries in constant flux due to wind, coastline drag, and the varied layers of salt and cold. Meanwhile haijin struggle in and out of eddies to find ways to remain close to nature as countries rush to build city-states. HNA 2009: Crosscurrents will offer worldwide reflection, smooth the waters to navigate through regional haiku trends, and chart the ways to new poetic possibilities.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: If you are interested in making a presentation or leading a workshop at the next HNA conference, in Canada’s capital, please forward the following information:

Please send this information to all members of the organizing committee:
Terry Ann Carter
Claudia Coutu Radmore
Guy Simser

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By the summer of 2009, all travellers (land and air) will need passports to enter Canada.
Begin the work now. Be prepared to be caught in the currents.