January 20, 2019
FREE (limited to 20 participants)
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Haiku/Haiga Workshop: The union of image through words and visual art
Simply, haiga is a painting with a haiku written on it. Both haiga and haiku inform the desired, essential reaction to both of these art forms: sudden comprehension, appreciation, transcendence, balance, insight, or the a-ha moment.
In the workshop, we primarily enter the art of haiku, its forms and links to nature through examples and exercises. Once haiku is defined, we will turn to the gallery’s current exhibit of John Overton’s art for inspiration to write haiku. The pairing of John’s art and the haiku will create haiga.
The workshop focuses on the art of writing for writers, poets, and curious readers. The workshop is participatory and fast paced.
Ann Spiers is Vashon’s inaugural Poet Laureate and member of Haiku Northwest and a 20-year member of the Island’s haiku group, Mondays at Three. Her poems, including haiku, are published widely in journals, anthologies, and web journals. She leads workshops in diverse venues from classrooms to beaches to festivals.
Poet Ann Spiers’ 40 years on Vashon Island are centered on its beaches, woods and sea and land creatures. She is Vashon Island’s inaugural Poet Laureate, co-produced the first Poetry Fest, curated a poetry broadside exhibit at Island Hardware. She teaches and reads in many venues and produces readings and workshops. She served two terms on the King County Arts Commission, juries and edits widely, received grants and writer residencies including Hedgebrook, Espy, and UW’s Whiteley Center. Her poems appear in many print and web journals and anthologies. Her books include Long Climb into Grace (FootHills), Herodotus Poems (Brooding Heron), Volcano Blue and Wild Taste (May Day Press).
Spiers served as Vashon Audubon president, worked as stewardship staff and compiled property baselines for Vashon Land Trust, and co-wrote Walks, Trails and Parks on Vashon Island filling it with nature, cultural, and historical notes from her circumambulating Vashon and Maury beaches and from hiking the island trails. This guide and Bunker Trail, her recent poetry book, are available at Vashon Book Shop.