Haiku and the City

Code: LH32503

Dates: May 3, 2023

Meets: 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM

Sessions: 1

Location: ONLINE

Course Fee: $39.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

Haiku is commonly perceived as nature poetry, and little wonder: it originated centuries ago in a mostly rural Japan and historically has dealt with mostly natural subjects. According to the United Nations, since 2007 more of the world’s population lives in urban than rural areas … yet haiku has never been more popular, and not just with country folk. In fact, it’s become an international phenomenon. Could haiku be about more than cherry blossoms and leaping frogs? Discover some surprising—and surprisingly engaging—haiku poetry, and come to see today’s world with new eyes.
Fee: $39.00
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Scott Mason

Scott Mason is one of today’s leading poets writing haiku in English. Since 2003 his poems have placed first in more than two dozen international competitions including those sponsored by the national haiku organizations of America, Canada (3x), Great Britain (5x), Ireland (2x) and New Zealand. In 2009 he was flown to Japan to accept the top award in the International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition, and in November 2014 he served as a literary artist-in-residence at the Studios of Key West. Scott’s book The Wonder Code: Discover the Way of Haiku and See the World with New Eyes (2017) received the Kirkus Star from Kirkus Reviews, the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award from The Haiku Foundation, and a Merit Book Award (Best Prose) from the Haiku Society of America. His Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19: The Haiku Hecameron (2020) also received a Merit Book Award (Best Anthology). From 2011-2021 Scott served as an editor with the online haiku journal The Heron’s Nest and today he is on the board of The Haiku Foundation as Director of Strategy. He also serves as an executive committee member of the Katonah Poetry Series, now in its sixth decade, near his home in Westchester County, New York. Scott is pleased to return to Main Line School Night.



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