Haiku poets from all over America and North Carolina descended upon Winston-Salem for a weekend of workshops and performances.
Here are some photos from that weekend in 2012: Winter Light: A Carolina Haiku Gathering
Sponsored by the North Carolina Haiku Society and Piedmont S.L.A.M.
Dates, Location, Venues
- Friday December 14 through Sunday December 16, 2012
- Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Venues are noted in the schedule below.
- Most events are free. All Jazz, All Poetry, All Night has a modest cover charge.
Current as of December 12, 2012. The schedule is subject to change, but it should be pretty darn close.
Friday Dec 14
7:00 to 8:30 PM — PoeTea Enjoy and share haiku poetry while sampling delicious teas from around the world: White, Green, Oolong, Black, Pu-erh, and Herbal Tisanes. A haiku reading by featured poet Ce Rosenow, president of the Haiku Society of America; Curtis Dunlap, editor of Prune Juice journal; students from the Arts-Based School, and other poets from around North Carolina and the country will be interspersed with tastings of teas selected by the Tea Bar’s knowledgeable proprietor. Where: Bubbling Well Tea and Tonic Bar, 612 Trade Street.
Saturday Dec 15
10:00 AM — Unexpected Pleasures: Book artist Josh Hockensmith will discuss stitching speechless, his collaboration with the artist and haiku poet Stephen Addiss. In the second half of this presentation, Josh will help the audience produce poems using some of the chance methods used for the stitching speechless project. The goal is to have fun and perhaps experience how the ghost of haiku “fragment and phrase structure” can make randomized compositions come to life. Where: Breakfast room at the Brookstown Inn on 200 Brookstown Avenue.
11:00 AM — Anonymous Haiku Workshop: Guest poet Ce Rosenow will lead a panel of poets who will evaluate and workshop haiku that members of the audience submit anonymously. Entertaining and enlightening for beginners and experienced poets alike. A rare opportunity to hear leading poets and editors speak about the art of haiku in practical terms. Participants include Lenard D. Moore, executive director of the NC Haiku Society and Curtis Dunlap, editor of the prestigious Prune Juice journal. Where: Breakfast room at the Brookstown Inn on 200 Brookstown Avenue.
12:30 to 1:45 — Lunch on your own. We’ll have suggestions for you.
2:00 PM Haiku to Free Verse and Back Again: A Discussion and Reading Between African American Poets. Featuring Lenard D. Moore, L. Teresa Church, and Adrienne Christian, noted North Carolina poets. A discussion unique to Winter Light. Where: InterSection Gallery at 629 N. Trade Street.
3:00 PM —A Taste Of Haiku: Curtis Dunlap and Susan Nelson Myers, the creators of the poetry and food blog The Frugal Poet, will whip up some amazing taste treats, making us want to write poetry about what we put on our tongues. A treat for all ages, poets or not. Where: InterSection Gallery at 629 N. Trade Street.
8:00 PM — All Jazz, All Poetry, All Night| $8.00 | Headline poet Lenard D. Moore will read his critically-acclaimed jazz poetry, backed by the outstanding (and critically-acclaimed) Matt Kendrick Trio. Mr. Moore will read poems that blend jazz and poetry. He will also share his jazzcu. Following Mr. Moore’s feature, other guest poets from around the country will read, followed by an open mike for anyone who wants to read with the Trio. Where: Community Arts Cafe at 411 West Fourth Street. Related Link: Here are some photos of Lenard reading his work, from a recent performance of An Introduction to the Moon.
Sunday Dec 16
Planning is in progress. It will be something informal.
The main contact for this meeting is Dave Russo. Please use the Contact page on this web site to send Dave an email.
The conference hotel is the Brookstown Inn in Winston-Salem.
200 Brookstown Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 800.845.4262
The Brookstown is offering a conference rate of $79.00 a night. To get the conference rate, when you contact the hotel, be sure to say that you will be attending the Winter Light conference in December.
Please Note: To get the conference rate, make your room reservation at the Brookstown Inn before November 29, 2012.
The closest international airport is Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO). GSO is 30 minutes from Winston-Salem.
If you do have to hire a shuttle or cab, it should cost between $40.00 and $45.00. For details about transportation options, see the Ground Transportation page on the GSO Web site. The conference hotel does not have a private shuttle, so it is not listed on the airport’s transportation page. Not to worry. You can hire a shuttle to take you there.
GSO would be the best choice for most people, but some of you might want to check Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). RDU is about 2 hours from Winston-Salem, so it is not close. Of course you would have to rent a car.
AMTRAK or the Hound
You will want to come to the Clark Campbell Transportation Center at 100 West 5th Street, about 3/4 of a mile from the Brookstown Inn. Cabs are thick in that area; it is the main terminal for city buses and Greyhound buses.