2017 Society Events

Planned Events of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (YTHS)

2017 Meetings and Events

Subject to changes, please check this page regularly for the latest information.



Sunday, Jan 1 Yuki Teikei Haiku Society membership dues are payable. Domestic and Canada $32; Seniors, $26; International $40; International Seniors $31. Mail check to Toni Homan, 9457 Mereoak Circle, Elk Grove, CA 95758.
Membership form and more details can be found here.
Saturday, Jan 21       1 PM – 4 PM YTHS Meeting  (newcomers and guests welcome). Joan Zimmerman will present “Ideas for Practicing Haiku for the Tokutomi Contest”.  Mimi Ahern, 2017 Tokutomi  contest chair, will give us a preview of the contest’s kigo and with Joan’s guidance we will write haiku using them. It would be helpful if attendees will have read Joan’s article on the proper use of kigo in the Contest, available here. A refreshment table will be available; feel free to bring something (peanut-free) to share. 
Cliffwood Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 3200 Cliffwood Drive, Soquel. Directions to the Clubhouse: From CA-1, take  Exit 436, then turn away from the ocean on Park Ave. At about 0.4 mi., turn left on Soquel Drive, then take the 3rd right  onto Cliffwood Drive. Take the wide road to the green-colored Clubhouse. Park by the Clubhouse or on the right side of street (near the bottlebrush plants) just before clubhouse. Write-up.
Wednesday, Feb 1 Submissions deadline (YTHS members only) for first 2017 GEPPO.
Saturday, Feb 11     1 PM – 4 PM YTHS Meeting, the Firehouse, San Jose History Park. Newcomers and guests are welcome. Joan Zimmerman will present the history and poetry of Chiyo-jo (also known as Chiyo-ni [“the nun Chiyo”] after she took nun’s orders in 1754). Participants can try some “write like Chiyo-jo” exercises and share (optionally) their results. At the 2016 YTHS Asilomar retreat, guest speaker Charles Trumbull excited discussion when he suggested Chiyo-jo as a “fifth pillar” in the Japanese haiku pantheon. Attendees might like to discuss what attributes they look for in a “haiku pillar” and to what extent Chiyo-jo shows those attributes. If time permits, Joan will introduce Makoto Ueda’s “Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women” (2012), and the poetry of some other Japanese women. See Patricia Donegan’s “Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master” (1998) for information on Chiyo-jo’s life and poetry. Feel free to bring a snack (peanut-free) or beverage to share. Write-up
Saturday, Mar 11   1 PM – 4 PM YTHS Meeting, home of Dyana Basist, 2553 Harper Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Haiku Roots, Part 1. Newcomers and guests are welcome. Our society was founded to promote traditional, yūki teikei-style haiku in English. This style of haiku has a very long history in Japan. Over the course of several meetings, Phillip Kennedy will introduce the work and poetic practices of some Japanese haiku poets who are important for the history of the yūki teikei tradition. In this lecture, Phillip will present the life, haiku, and poetic philosophy of Takahama Kyoshi (1874-1959). Feel free to bring a snack (peanut-free) or beverage to share. Write-up.
Saturday, Apr 8     1 PM – 4 PM YTHS  picnic lunch and ginko at Hakone Gardens, Saratoga. We will meet at the Hakone Gardens picnic tables. Newcomers and guests are welcome. Prior to the ginko Patrick Gallagher will present the “zoom lens” technique of haiku writing. In addition to your own lunch; feel free to bring a snack (peanut-free) or beverage to share. Directions to the Garden.
Monday, May 1 Submissions deadline (YTHS members only) for second 2017 GEPPO.
Saturday, May 13    10 AM – 4 PM YTHS tour and haiku poetry reading at Overfelt Gardens Park, 368 Educational Park Drive, San Jose, 95133.

Schedule is:

  • 10-11 AM – Welcome and intro haiku mini-workshop.
  • 11 AM-Noon –  Garden walking tour, meet at the Overfelt House
  • Noon-1 PM –  On your own for lunch and ginko walk.
  • 1-4 PM –  Featured readers; then open-mike haiku readings.

Directions to the Garden.  Flyer for this event.

Wednesday, May 31 In-hand submissions deadline for 2017 YTHS Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest. See YTHS Memorial Haiku Contest for more submission details.
Saturday, Jun 17     11 AM – 3 PM YTHS Haiga Party at Carolyn Fitz’s home, 225 Ryder Road, Scotts Valley, CA. Pot luck peanut-free lunch, followed by haiga study and completion opportunities. Call 831-335-2886 for directions. More details here.
Saturday, Jul 1

Submissions to the 2017 YTHS Anthology are due.

Email to: ythsanthology2017@gmail.com
Subject Line: 2017 Anthology
In the body of the email, please include 6 to 10 haiku. You may submit haiku that have appeared in the Society’s newsletter GEPPO or haiku that are unpublished. Provide your name, city, and state (or country), as you would like them to appear.

Hard copy submissions with the above information may be sent to:
Phillip and Amy Kennedy
250 Forest Ridge Rd. #59
Monterey, CA 93940

Saturday, Jul 8          6 PM – 9 PM YTHS Tanabata Celebration at the home of Anne and Don Homan, 10695 Morgan Territory Road, in the hills above Livermore, CA.  Newcomers and guests are welcome. Please bring a dish (peanut-free) for a pot-luck dinner. Call 925-443-9440 for directions.
Tuesday, Aug 1     Submissions deadline (YTHS members only) for third 2017 GEPPO.
      August  No Meeting.
Saturday, Sep 9    

  11 AM – 3 PM

Open house for planning  2018 YTHS activities at the home of Patrick Gallagher, 718 Rosemont Ave, Pacific Grove. 
Saturday, Oct 7              6 PM  – 10 PM  YTHS Moon Viewing Party at the home of Home of Carol Steele, 1132A Glen Canyon Road, Santa Cruz. Please bring a peanut-free dish for a pot-luck dinner. 
Wednesday, Nov 1 Submissions deadline (YTHS members only) for fourth 2017 GEPPO.
Friday, Nov 10 – Monday, Nov 13 YTHS Haiku Retreat at Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey Peninsula. Newcomers welcome. Set in a beautiful natural landscape. Opportunities to learn from other experienced poets and artists. More details can be found here.
Saturday, Dec 9       5 PM on YTHS Holiday Party at the home of at the home of Alison Woolpert, Santa Cruz. Potluck dinner, please bring a peanut-free dish to share. Guests and newcomers are welcome. It is a tradition of this annual party that the poets exchange a holiday card haiga with the other poets. Thirty copies of the haiga card are likely to be enough for the exchange.