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National Poetry Month Event: Haiku

WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Japan-America Society of Washington, DC, 1819 L Street NW, B2 Level, Washington, DC 20036
COST: Free and open to the public!
REGISTRATION: Space is limited -- please register with the society at if you'd like to attend.

WNBA-DC is celebrating National Poetry Month with haiku readings and a discussion at the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC. Featured poet Roberta Beary and Ellen Compton will read selections from their individual haiku collections. After the presentation, participants will be invited to read their poems.

Roberta Beary's book The Unworn Necklace was named a William Carlos Williams Finalist by the Poetry Society of America in 2008, the first such honor for a book of haiku. A frequent judge of haiku and haibun contests, she travels worldwide to give workshops on the art of the short poem. She is an editor of Modern Haiku and a founding associate of the Haiku Foundation. Her most recent book Deflection is a collection of haibun and haiku sequences. She tweets at @shortpoemz.

Ellen Compton is author of Gathering Dust, recipient of the Snapshot Press book award. She is co-editor of four haiku anthologies, a founding member of Towpath Haiku Society, and a frequent judge of haiku and tanka competitions.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Please register online at if you'd like to attend. If you have any questions, call JASW at 202-833-2210 or contact WNBA-DC at WNBAinfoDC [at]

We would like to thank JASW for making their space available for this National Poetry Month event.

We're always looking for volunteers to help plan events. If you're interested in helping with this event or want to help plan a future event, contact us at WNBAinfoDC [at]

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Last updated 4/27/15