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April 2017 – National Poetry Month

We celebrate the month with haiku readings by poets Garry Gay, Patricia Machmiller, and others. The California State Library holds the books and related materials of the American Haiku Archives. In tribute to its recent 20th anniversary, we present an overview of the archive and lots of haiku. Enjoy!

Gene Larson, Patricia Machmiller, Garry Gay

This first podcast by the American Haiku Archives (AHA), presents an overview of the archive—the largest public collection of haiku-related materials outside Japan. Poets Garry Gay and Patricia Machmiller discuss the AHA’s founding in 1996, and describe some of the treasures in the AHA’s collection. They also read selections of their own haiku and announce the names of their fellow AHA board members. In appreciation of his work on behalf of the AHA, Michael Dylan Welch’s poems are read. The podcast closes with readings of two linked poems co-written by Michael and Garry. This podcast was hosted by Gene Larson and recorded on April 13, 2017 at the California State Library.

(L to R) Carole Steele, Patricia Machmiller, Alison Woolpert, and Patrick Gallagher of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society.

In this podcast, members of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society of San Jose, California—Patricia Machmiller, Patrick Gallagher, Alison Woolpert and Carole Steele—discuss their work with the American Haiku Archives, housed at the California State Library. They read from the letters and haiku of Kiyoshi and Kiyoto Tokutomi, founders of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, and they read a selection of haiku from Cherry Blossom Light, an anthology of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, published in 2016. This podcast was recorded on April 13, 2017 at the California State Library.

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