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Upcoming ESWA Events

Upcoming events

    • 25 Sep 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Forms of Japanese Poetry Workshop with David Oates

    All ESWA members are invited to register for the workshop, even if you've never tried your hand at these Japanese styles of writing poetry, or even if you don't know what they are! 

    In school, we were taught that haiku is a form--this many syllables, this many lines. However, in the last few decades. English-language haiku has grown into a genre that focuses more on content and writing style and less on syllable count. Haiku mostly focus on nature, while the related form of short, Japanese-inspired senryu is more focused on human nature. While the workshop will focus on haiku and senryu, Oates will touch on some related forms for further study as well as provide resources to connect with good haiku from committed writers.

    Please note: Due to a scheduling conflict, this session takes place on Friday, September 25th.


    David Oates is the host and producer of Wordland, a radio program of poetry, stories, and comedy, and the former host of Great Apes (comedy), both on WUGA, Athens, Georgia's public radio station.  He ran the Athens poetry slam, is the current emcee of the Athens Word of Mouth monthly poetry reading and was editor and publisher of Monkey Magazine (slam poetry and satire, mostly).  His books are Night of the Potato (fiction and poetry), Shifting with My Sandwich Hand, Drunken Robins and, The Deer’s Bandanna (all three, haiku).  He is a member of the Haiku Society of America, Word of Mouth Poetry, Athens, and Los Donderinos writing group.  His stories and poems have been published in several magazines, newspapers and websites.  His degrees are in writing from The Univ. of Chicago and the Univ. of Illinois–Chicago.  Former jobs include reporting, radio announcing, teaching, proofreading, and Burger-Chefing. Oates has performed amateur standup, sketch, and improv. comedy, and wrote for the comic strip Shoe.  His website is davidoatesathensga.com




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