• By Jason Alston
  • Posted Monday, January 24, 2011

Haiku Writing Workshop Reaches Winston-Salem

Those interested in learning more about the Japanese art of Haiku poetry are encouraged to join us for a Haiku writing workshop led by critically acclaimed poet and Winston-Salem resident Bob Moyer on Tuesday, January 25th.

Believed to have originated in 17th Century Japan, Haiku (plural: Haiku) poems contain 17 syllables. Haiku typically consist of three verses, with a five-syllable first verse, a seven-syllable second verse, and a five-syllable final verse. Japanese Haiku traditionally contained references to seasons or nature, but American Haiku works tend to have broader subject matter.

Moyer has been writing and performing Haiku since the late 1990s, and has been published in several Haiku anthologies and on a few well-known Haiku websites. He has been the "slam master" of the Piedmont Slam Team since 1998.

Moyer agreed to lead a Haiku workshop in conjunction with Forsyth County Public Library immediately preceding January's installment of our monthly Open Mike Night. Participants will be encouraged, though not required, to share their Haiku during Open Mike Night. Refreshments will be served, and those attending Open Mike Night are welcome to recite non-Haiku poetry as well. Moyer's workshop will begin at 6:00 pm in the Central Library auditorium, with Open Mike Night immediately to follow at 7:00 pm.

Central Library Auditorium
January 25th at 6:00 pm

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