Karen Sohne, of Toronto, Ontario.
Guy Simser, of Kanata, Ontario. As one of the conference's three main organizers, Guy brought his tourism experience to full play, having negotiated special hotel rates and numerous other benefits for conference attendees, helping with publicity and reminders, inviting speakers, and doing numerous other tasks.
DeVar Dahl, of Magrath Alberta. DeVar is currently president of Haiku Canada. HNA 2009 could not have been as successful as it was without the support of Haiku Canada and its many members.
Pat Benedict, of Calgary, Alberta.
Amarjit Tiwana, of Ottawa, Ontario.
Jessica Tremblay, of Burnaby, British Columbia.
Inga Uhlehmann, of White Rock, British Columbia. (Inga lives in the same town where my parents moved to when they retired!)
Claudia Coutu Radmore, of Carleton Place, Ontario. As another one of the three chief organizers of this HNA conference, Claudia did an outstanding job in helping to coordinate events and take on other tasks. Like Terry Ann and Guy, she was always cheerful and friendly despite the pressures of making sure everything ran smoothly.
Claudia Coutu Radmore. She's reading from a gift given to all conference attendees, entitled "Alleluia," featuring poems by the conference team.
Paul Miller, also known as paul m., of Bristol, Rhode Island.
Paul MacNeil, of Ocala, Florida, and also of Maine (he was reading with poets in the New England area).
Bruce Ross, of Hampden, Maine.
John Stevenson, of Nassau, New York.
Scott Mason, of Chappaqua, New York.
Rich Schnell, of Port Douglas, New York.
Penny Harter, of Mays Landing, New Jersey.
My camera battery died right here, and I took reenactment pictures of Penny at the end of this reading (coming up later). Unfortunately, while I stepped out of the auditorium to get my replacement battery, I missed getting a picture of Marilyn Hazelton, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and was not able to find her to reenact her reading afterwards. My apologies to Marilyn.
David Elliott, of Factoryville, Pennsylvania.
Ian Marshall, of State College, Pennsylvania.
Kathleen O'Toole, of Takoma Park, Maryland.
Lenard D. Moore, of Raleigh, North Carolina. Lenard took a turn as an HNA conference organizer in 2007, when the conference was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Lenard D. Moore.
Glenn G. Coats, of Prospect, Virginia.
Jerome Cushman, of Victor, New York.
Deb Koen, of Rochester, New York.
Deanna Tiefenthal, of Rochester, New York.
Carolyn Coit Dancy, of Pittsford, New York.
Carolyn Coit Dancy.
A quick photo I took of the audience during the regional reading.
More of the audience.
Another shot of the audience.
Patricia Donegan, of Evanston, Illinois.
Francine Banwarth, of Dubuque, Iowa.
Bill Pauly, of Dubuque, Iowa.
Hmmm, I should have deleted this one.
David Lanoue, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Charles Trumbull, recently of Evanston, Illinois, but now of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Michael Dylan Welch, of Sammamish, Washington.
Hmmm, should probably have deleted this one, too.
Michael Dylan Welch.
Carmen Sterba, of University Place, Washington.
Joey Connolly, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Garry Gay, of Windsor, California.
Fay Aoyagi, of San Francisco, California.
Susan Antolin, of Walnut Creek, California.
Carolyn Hall, of San Francisco, California.
Deborah Kolodji, of Temple City, California.
Eve Luckring, of Los Angeles, California.
Naia, of Oceanside, California.
Kaoru Fujimoto, of Tokyo, Japan.
David Burleigh, of Tokyo, Japan.
Kris Moon Kondo, of Kiyokawa, Japan.
Kris Moon Kondo.
Angelee Deodhar, of Chandigarh, India.
Angelee Deodhar. She's holding up a copy of her anthology of Indian haiku, which she kindly offered to everyone present.
Sheila Ross, of Gatineau, Quebec. (Sheila was out of the room when other Quebec residents read, so she's reading out of order here.)
Garry Gay closes the regional reading.
Penny Harter, reenacting her reading (because the battery ran out on my camera when she was reading earlier).
The HNA registration table, with T-shirts, tote bags, and more goodies for sale. Dina Cox is talking here with LeRoy Gorman.
Marco Fraticelli and Nick Avis.
Lingering in the lobby of the National Library while we figure out where to go for dinner. This is Guy Simser, Margot Gallant, Jessica Tremblay, Philomene Kocher (mostly hidden), and Pat Benedict.
Andre Duhaime and Angela Leuck. We're back at Carmello's, the same restaurant many of us went to the night before!
Pat Donegan and Lenard D. Moore enjoying wine and bread before the meal arrives.
Captain Haiku and hmmm, what's a good nickname for Garry?
Terry Ann Carter and Pat Donegan.
A shot of one of Claudia Coutu Radmore's paintings that incorporated haiku on the theme of crosscurrents.
Is this better? I turned off the flash.
I think this was my favourite of the six paintings Claudia prepared. This one weaves together four different canvases, and speaks to the theme of crosscurrents most directly, I'd say. I love the colours in this painting, too.
Warmer colours prevail in the painting. Of course, they're more than just paintings, involving cloth and other materials as well.
Yet another of Claudia's six paintings on the crosscurrents theme. I love the energy of her painted figures.
Here's a closeup of one of the poems used in one of the paintings. You can see the weave of the canvases on the right.
Many of the poems, like this one, were in both English and French.
I apologize that I don't have a record of who wrote each of these poems.
Not quite in focus, but you can still read the poems.
I think I was too close for the camera to handle, even though I tried using the closeup setting.
Again, not quite in focus, but you can still get an idea of the poems, and the details of Claudia's artwork.
There are more pictures of Claudia's paintings coming up later. At this time just four of the six paintings were on display, but later the other two were put on display, so look for them later.
Our evening performance on Friday, August 7, 2009, featured Debbie Danbrook and Catriona Sturton performing on guitar, shamisen, flute, accordian, voice, and other instruments to a reading of poems from the recent Canadian haiku anthology titled Carpe Diem. Here's the stage before the performance began.
Claudia Coutu Radmore introduces the evening's performance in the main auditorium.
Claudia Coutu Radmore.
DeVar Dahl was one of the two readers of the poems from Carpe Diem. The anthology presents hundreds of poems in both French and English by most leading Canadian haiku poets. Luce Pelletier was the other reader (on the left side of the stage), reading mostly the French-language poems. I'm sorry that I don't have a picture of her from this performance.
Hard to see, I know, but here are Debbie Danbrook and Catriona Sturton during their performance. They weaved together both traditional and modern instrumentation and arrangements. My favourite part was a vocal piece near the end.
Francine Banwarth and Karen Sohne. Karen was in the process of taking a tray of her Red Iron Press booklets around to give to people.
Debbie Kolodji and Guy Simser. It looks like Debbie has just bought a copy of Carpe Diem—copies were available for sale at a discount after the evening performance. If you haven't seen a copy of this book, copublished by two mainstream poetry publishers in Canada, I highly recommend it. For more information about the book, visit http://www.borealispress.com/carpediem.html. For the French-language haiku, the editor was Francine Chicoine. For the English-language haiku, the editors were Terry Ann Carter and Marco Fraticelli.
John Brandi and Garry Gay.
Bill Pauly and Kris Moon Kondo. Is that a new haiku Bill's jotting down?
The lecturn on the main auditorium's stage welcomed HNA to the National Library and Archives of Canada. Throughout the weekend we experienced many haiku crosscurrents.
For a couple of nights, late in the evening, Marshall Hryciuk (at right) led a renku. That's Lenard Moore and Jessica Tremblay on the left, Fay Aoyagi with her back to the camera, and Melanie Noll next to Marshall. For years, William J. Higginson had led many HNA renku sessions, but Marshall has now taken up the torch in his inimitable way—a way that carries on the respect for tradition that Bill always maintained.
Christine Nelson, Emiko Miyashita, Janick Belleau, and Deb Koen at the renku session. This took place in the lounge area of our hotel.
Dennis Maloney and Terry Ann Carter at the renku session. Dennis got the moon verse right near the end, as I recall!
Christine Nelson, Emiko Miyashita, Janick Belleau, and Deb Koen.
Deb Koen, Lenard D. Moore, Jessica Tremblay, Fay Aoyagi, Melanie Noll, and Marshall Hryciuk. Marshall is hiding Karen Sohne, seated beside him.
The light was subdued, but kept us focused on the renku, or at least the sake! I think Deb Koen, on the left, is reacting to Marshall rejecting one of her verses . . . again. Karen Sohne is reaching out for a new poem contribution.
Lenard Moore, Jessica Tremblay, and Fay Aoyagi at the renku session. This was well after midnight, folks, but everyone was still going strong.
Deb Koen, Christine Nelson (back to camera), Lenard Moore, Jessica Tremblay, Fay Aoyagi, Melanie Noll, Karen Sohne, and Marshall Hryciuk.
Lenard, Jessica, Fay, Melanie, Karen, and Christine.
Karen Sohne and Marshall Hryciuk. I think the renku is almost over here. All thirty-six verses! They had written the first half of it the night before.
Dennis Maloney and Emiko Miyashita at the renku session.
Karen Sohn and Marshall Hryciuk. Marshall is holding a renku written earlier in the year, which he shared copies of.
Okay, now it's Saturday morning, August 8, 2009. I ran into David Lanoue at Tim Horton's donut shop in our hotel, and couldn't resist taking a picture of David's hat. I want one!
David Lanoue's hat.
And whaddya, know, David Lanoue, the Haiku Guy himself.
In the National Library of Canada building, we were fortunate to have a large ikebana installation on the theme of crosscurrents, created by Yumiko Tsunakawa Toma. This photo doesn't do it justice, I'm afraid.
Another view of Yumiko Tsunakawa Toma's ikebana installation. It weaved together different kinds of wood to symbolize crosscurrents, and also included flowers and leaves. In the background is the security desk for the National Library. The guards were curious about haiku, and had a few conversations with conference attendees about this curious little poetry.
A view of the bookfair room. Claudia Coutu Radmore spent a lot of time volunteering at the cashier's table. We were fortunate to have such a spacious area for publishers to display their publications.
On Saturday morning, August 8, 2009, our first speaker at 9:00 a.m. was David Burleigh. His title was "The Contours of Contemporary Haiku" and he spoke of Japanese, North American, and Irish haiku.
David Burleigh, who came to Ottawa for HNA on his way from Toyko, where he lives, to Ireland, where he's originally from.
Roberta Beary and Lenard Moore lead an anonymous haiku workshop. Unlike most presentations and readings at the conference, this presentation dug into poems to help poets revise and improve them.
Roberta Beary and Lenard Moore.
An attentive audience. You never knew if your poem would be next!
Michele Root-Bernstein (center) didn't appear in enough of my photos, but I'm glad she's in this one. I unfortunately missed her afternoon presentation on "Haiku as Emblem of the Creative Process" while I was off discussing HNA business at an extended lunch.
At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2009, Marco Fraticelli led a reading of three new books in his Hexagram series. The books were by Michael Dylan Welch (edited by Marco), Grant D. Savage (edited by Philomene Kocher), and Roberta Beary (edited by Michael Dylan Welch). Each editor spoke about the poet he or she edited, and talked about the selection process, and then each poet read from his or her book. Marco generously made sets of the books available to everyone present as a gift.
The latest Hexagram books from Marco Fraticelli's King's Road Press (Roberta Beary's Nothing Left to Say isn't shown).
The audience for the Hexagram book-launch reading.
Marco Fraticelli has created a unique set of books with his Hexagram series, now up to its twentieth volume.
Roberta Beary reads from her new chapbook, Nothing Left to Say.
Philomene Kocher introduces Grant Savage.
Grant Savage reads from his new chapbook, Finding a Breeze.
Marco Fraticelli introduces Michael Dylan Welch.
I've heard of this guy.
Michael Dylan Welch reads from his new chapbook, For a Moment.
Michael Dylan Welch. I'm in the process of describing the experience that inspired the following poem:
meet on a wire
It's not in the poem, but what I saw was two squirrels approaching each other on a telephone wire. After sniffing at each other, one of them backed up and flipped upside down under the wire while the other squirrel crossed over top of him.
Hmmm, another photo that could be deleted.
This one isn't sharp either.
The Hexagram bunch: Marco Fraticelli, Michael Dylan Welch, Roberta Beary, Grant Savage, and Philomene Kocher. I feel honoured to be included in Marco's series, and to read with Roberta and Grant.
No, we haven't changed much in the last three seconds.
Nope, still the same, but now we're looking at a different camera.
Charles Trumbull's presentation in the main auditorium was on "Shiki and the Origins of Shasei," a detailed exploration of the Western influences on Shiki's notion of shasei, and Shiki's development beyond this principle of haiku composition.
Jim Kacian's presentation on "Haiku as Antistory."
The view from the penthouse ballroom of Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa (24th floor, as I recall). This is looking roughly northeast across the Ottawa River. It was cocktail time before the banquet started.
I should have stood closer to the glass to minize reflections!
Drinks and chat before the HNA banquet.
That's Pearl Pirie in the Cookie Monster (?) shirt. Pearl has written an engaging blog about HNA 2009, which you can read at http://haiku09.wordpress.com/.
Mingling and chatting just before the banquet. There was never enough time for this sort of socializing!
The crowd thickens. Time to open the doors for the banquet.
In the foreground is Hiroaki Kodama, cultural attaché from the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa.
Anita Krumins ran a contest with cryptic clues related to the Frogpond journal and its contributors. Prizes were three bottles of wine, and winners were announced at this time (Jim Kacian took top honours). And yes, the wine was named Frogpond! Zoom in to see the wine label more closely.
Naia, Garry Gay, and John Brandi examine the bottle of Frogpond wine.
Okay, the doors are open now. Time for the banquet to begin.
Lenard Moore and Angela Leuck.
Emiko Miyashita talks with Sam Toma, president of the Japan-Canada Friendship Society in Ottawa.
John Brandi and Paul Miller.
We were fortunate to have cello and violin music at the start of our banquet. As a surprise gift, each person at the banquet received a free CD recording of Joseph Haydn's "The Seven Last Words of Christ" performed by Andrew Dawes (violin), Manuela Milani (violin), Guylaine Lemaire (viola), and Julian Armour (cello), compliments of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society (http://www.chamberfest.com/).
???, Marilyn Hazelton, David Lanoue, Naia, and Carolyn Hall.
Susan Antolin, Debbie Kolodji, ???, and Marilyn Hazelton.
Kris Moon Kondo, Robert Root-Bernstein, Michele Root-Bernstein, Gary Hotham, and Karen Hotham (Gary's wife).
Angelee Deodhar, Amarjit Tiwana, Kris Moon Kondo, and Robert Root-Bernstein.
Gary Hotham, Karen Hotham (Gary's wife), and Paul MacNeil.
Luce Pelletier, Andre Duhaime, and Jessica Tremblay.
Micheline Beaudry, Diane Descoteaux, and Hugette Ducharme
Joey Connolly (lower left), ???, ???, Rich Schnell, Carolyn Elliott, David Elliott, and Liz Scarlett. [Help me out here, folks!]
???, Rich Schnell, Carolyn Elliott, David Elliott, and Liz Scarlett.
John Scarlett, Joey Connolly, and Donna Pohlmann.
Carolyn Elliott, David Elliott, Liz Scarlett, and John Scarlett.
Clockwise from the left: Penny Harter, John Stevenson, Maureen Gorman, Jim Kacian, Dennis Maloney, Charles Trumbull, Fay Aoyagi (facing away), and David Burleigh.
Penny Harter, John Stevenson, Maureen Gorman, Jim Kacian, and Dennis Maloney (lower left).
CLockwise from upper left: David Burleigh, Penny Harter, John Stevenson, Maureen Gorman, Jim Kacian, Dennis Maloney, and Charles Trumbull.
???, ???, Bruce Ross, Mike Rehling, and Angela Leuck.
Left to right: Bruce Ross, ??? (facing away), Mike Rehling, Angela Leuck, and ??? (facing away), with our two musicians in the background.
Christine Nelson, Dina E. Cox, and DeVar Dahl.
Lenard D. Moore, Melanie Noll, Eve Luckring, and Eve's husband, Kaz Okada.
Janelle Barrera, ???, and Carmen Sterba.
Scott Mason and Francine Banwarth.
Nick Avis, LeRoy Gorman, and Marco Fraticelli.
Anita Krumins, Pal Miller, George Swede, and Roberta Beary.
Frank Stella (Roberta Beary's husband) and Roberta Beary.
Roberta Beary, Nick Avis, and LeRoyGorman. In the background you can see the view over the parliament buildings to the bridge over the Ottawa River to Gatineau, Quebec.
Clockwise from far left: Frank Stella, Roberta Beary, Nick Avis, LeRoy Gorman, Marco Fraticelli, Anita Krumns (hidden), Paul Miller, and George Swede (facing away).
Jerome Cushman, Deanna Tiefenthal, ???, and Sheila Ross.
Joe Kirschner and Inga Uhlehmann.
???, Pearl Pirie, and Carolyn Coit Dancy.
The 2009 Haiku North America conference banquet. This is the grand finale of the weekend. What a wonderful celebration the whole conference was.
Terry Ann Carter, Emiko Miyashita, and Philomene Kocher.
??? and Marilyn Hazelton digging in to the buffet banquet dinner.
Rick Black and Pat Benedict on the left. On the right are Naia, Debbie Kolodji, Kaoru Fujimoto, and David Lanoue.
??? and Marilyn Hazelton. We all ate well!
Debbie Kolodji goes for some vegetables.
What a bountiful banquet! We should do this more often!
Lining up for food. There was plenty to eat and it all tasted excellent.
Mike Rehling went for dessert first! Can you blame him?
Yeah, why not go for dessert first?!?
Terry Ann Carter, conference organizer extraordinaire, makes introductions.
Terry Ann Carter.
John Brandi, our keynote speaker for the 2009 Haiku North America conference.
Okay, here's one photo to delete.
John Brandi and Terry Ann Carter. John is joking about the clock they took off the wall right behind them before the evening began.
John Brandi and Terry Ann Carter.
Terry Ann Carter thanks John Brandi for his presentation.
Hmmm. Darn autofocus camera that didn't always behave.
Bad camera, bad!
Garry Gay thanks the organizing team for the 2009 HNA conference.
Paul Miller, Michael Dylan Welch, and Garry Gay are the three directors of the Haiku North America nonprofit corporation. Garry is thanking the organizers of the 2009 conference.
Garry Gay presenting certificates of appreciation to Terry Ann Carter, Claudia Coutu Radmore, and Guy Simser for serving as the main organizing committee for HNA 2009. Of course, they also had many other volunteers helping them, and we're grateful for their help too. Many hands make light work—or at least lighter work!
Michael Dylan Welch, Garry Gay, Terry Ann Carter, Claudia Coutu, and Guy Simser.
Michael Dylan Welch adds his thanks to Terry Ann Carter and her crew.
Paul Miller, Garry Gay, and Michael Dylan Welch.
Terry Ann Carter thanks the many volunteers who helped her, Claudia, and Guy in making HNA happen.
Paul Miller, Garry Gay, Michael Dylan Welch, and Terry Ann Carter.
Michael Dylan Welch announces the location of the next Haiku North America conference, to be held at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois in 2011.
Michael Dylan Welch has just announced Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois as the host of the next HNA conference.
This is when the HNA banner is ceremoniously handed off from the current organizer to the next organizer. Randy Brooks (not able to be present at this HNA conference) and Francine Banwarth will take up the torch for 2011.
Francine Banwarth, Terry Ann Carter, Garry Gay, Paul Miller, and Michael Dylan Welch.
Francine Banwarth accepts the HNA banner from Terry Ann Carter, Garry Gay, and Paul Miller.
Francine Banwarth, Terry Ann Carter, Garry Gay, Paul Miller, and Michael Dylan Welch. What a happy lot!
Terry Ann Carter recognizes Hiroaki Kodama, cultural attaché from the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa.
Hiroaki Kodama of the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa.
Terry Ann Carter recognizes Toshi Yonehara, cultural coordinator of the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa.
Terry Ann Carter recognizes Yumiko Tsunakawa Toma, the ikebana artist who created the large installation for us at the National Library building.
Terry Ann Carter recognizes Mike Bull, of Ottawa Tourism.
Mike Bull, of Ottawa Tourism.
Terry Ann Carter gives us instructions to get to the boat cruise, to take place immediately after the banquet.
Our boat, the Paula-D, down by the Ottawa River.
Our boat, awaiting everyone's arrival at the dock. We took taxis or walked from the hotel, so it took a while for everyone to arrive, but we had plenty of time. It was our boat and it wasn't going to leave without us!
We had a great surprise in store for us on the boat . . .
Anticipation builds as we wait to start our cruise on the Ottawa River.
In the distance, we saw fireworks (not shown here) shortly after the boat left the dock.
Haiku poets assembling on the dock.
Nearly everyone's here now.
The gathering crowd.
Okay time to board. That's Gary Hotham in the hat, about to board.
Fay Aoyagi, Bruce Ross, and Inga Uhlehmann.
Bill Pauly and Rich Schnell (foreground).
Paul MacNeil boarding the boat.
Phil Kocher, Marco Fraticelli, Jerome Cushman, and Bill Pauly.
Bill Pauly and Luce Pelletier on the left, David Lanoue on the right.
Andre Duhaime, David Lanoue, and Naia getting on the haiku boat.
Now who's this?
Francine Banwarth and Charles Trumbull.
Bruce Ross talks with Mike Bull, of Ottawa Tourism.
Bruce Ross and Mike Bull.
Charles Trumbull, Bill Pauly, and Jerome Cushman.
The party is getting started! Naia, Fay Aoyagi, and John Stevenson on board.
Diane Descoteaux and Andre Duhaime.
???, Luce Pelletier, and David Lanoue.
Naia, Fay Aoyagi, Paul Miller, Garry Gay, Diane Descoteaux, and Andre Duhaime.
Them thar three amigos again—Paul Miller, Michael Dylan Welch, and Garry Gay.
Mike Montreuil and Sheila Ross.
Sheila Ross. That's CAPTAIN Sheila Ross!
Kris Moon Kondo and ??? below deck.
Kris Moon Kondo and her puppet. That captain's hat got around!
Susan Antolin, DeVar Dahl, and Margot Gallant.
Okay, you can't quite tell yet, but the party's getting started. We have a DJ, and a dance is just beginning! It didn't take long for everyone to loosen up. Because of the camera flash, you can't see all the disco lights.
Francine Banwarth and Charles Trumbull help to get the dance going. Charlie called it the Haiku Hop, or the Shiki Shake.
Okay, the dancing is heating up. That's Naia, Eve Luckring, and David Lanoue.
Bill Pauly and Carmen Sterba.
Bill Pauly dances with Carmen Sterba. Bill should have won a prize for his dancing!
Maggie Chula and John Brandi getting into the swing of things.
Francine Banwarth suddenly thinks of a haiku and submits it aurally to Charles Trumbull for Modern Haiku.
David Lanoue, Eve Luckring, a blue puppet, and Kris Moon Kondo.
Emiko Miyashita and Nick Avis, with Guy Simser in the foreground. Boy, some of these guys could dance!
Emiko Miyashita, kimono and all, bumps hips with Naia.
Emiko and Naia still bumping hips.
Letting loose—Naia, Fay Aoyagi, Garry Gay, Eve Luckring, and David Lanoue.
Emiko Miyashita and Nick Avis, with Naia and David Lanoue in the background.
Our captain. No, we hadn't stolen his hat. We don't think he ever had one.
The front of the boat plies the water of the Ottawa River in the dark. We didn't get to see as much of the fireworks along the shore as we had hoped, due to our timing, but there were plenty of dance fireworks on the boat!
Party animal Bruce Ross.
Emiko Miyashita, Nick Avis, and Claudia Coutu Radmore.
Garry Gay and Maggie Chula. This might have been the YMCA song . . .
Garry Gay, Fay Aoyagi, and Maggie Chula, with David Burleigh in the background. My camera gave me an excuse not to join the dance. Shucks, I should have!
Charles Trumbull with Carmen Sterba.
Pat Donegan, John Brandi, and Yumiko Tsunakawa Toma.
Pat Donegan and Penny Harter. It was nice to see Penny let loose! Heck, nice to see all of us let loose!
DeVar Dahl and Terry Ann Carter.
Bill Pauly and Francine Banwarth. Everyone was swinging around so much, a split second before, Francine was facing me. What fun this dance was. It'll live in HNA infamy for a long time!
David Burleigh and Kris Moon Kondo.
Naia lets loose.
Naia and David Lanoue, with Emiko Miyashita and Nick Avis behind them.
Debbie Kolodji, Paul Miller, John Stevenson, Carolyn Hall, and Bruce Ross.
Bill Pauly takes a break. You could really work up a sweat on the dance floor!
Fay Aoyagi. She said she would have danced harder if her pants had been looser. Who knew?!?
Fay Aoyagi getting down. Garry Gay in the background, while Eve Luckring talks with Terry Ann Carter.
Garry Gay and Fay Aoyagi, with Rich Schnell in the background.
John Brandi shakes a bit.
Margot Gallant and Paul MacNeil.
Christine Nelson, Dina E. Cox, and Philomene Kocher at the back of the boat, enjoying the view.
Scott Mason and Rich Schnell.
John Brandi, Penny Harter, and Dennis Maloney.
I really wish this wasn't blurry. Penny Harter and Dennis Maloney.
Maggie Chula takes a break.
Guy Simser, Charlie Trumbull, and Bill Pauly.
David Lanoue and Naia.
??? dances with Eve Luckring's husband, Kaz Okada, as best he could on his chair, with crutches. Eve Luckring looks on.
??? dances with Kaz Okada, while Eve Luckring watches.
Kaz Okada and ???.
Kaz Okada and ???. Everyone had a blast on the boat.
Naia sure got into it! In fact, a whole bunch of us did!
Guy Simser and Terry Ann Carter, with Dennis Maloney and Penny Harter looking on.
Guy Simser and Terry Ann Carter.
Fay Aoyagi and Naia.
Yumiko Tsunakawa Toma, Susan Antolin (facing away), Emiko Miyashita, and David Burleigh.
Emiko Miyashita and David Burleigh.
David Burleigh got into it. Emiko did too, despite the challenges of wearing a kimono.
David Burleigh and Emiko Miyashita, with Yumiko Tsunakawa Toma in the background. Emiko may have needed a fan to cool off because of her kimono, but the air was pleasantly cool on the river. I had taken a light jacket but took it off before we even left the dock.
Susan Antolin and Yumiko Tsunakawa Toma.
Gary Hotham, with his wife Karen behind him.
Marco Fraticelli on the lower deck. We had trays of cheeses and fruit available to snack on here, plus various drinks for sale.
Here's the snack bar, where Christine Nelson, Dina E. Cox, Fay Aoyagi, and Phil Kocher take a break from dancing—or the strenuous activity of watching.
Some blurred light shots to catch a bit of the atmosphere that was frequently lost when I shot photos using a flash.
Naia, Garry Gay, and Kaoru Fujimoto.
I had the flash off when I took this picture. This is what the atmosphere was really like for all the dancing, although not quite as dark as it looks here. You just need to hear all the Abba and AC/DC and Kool and the Gang songs to get the full mood.
Who knew a bunch of haiku poets could dance up a storm?
David Lanoue, Penny Harter, ???, and ???.
Eve Luckring, Claudia Coutu Radmore, and David Lanoue. Yup, we was havin' fun!
I think this is the closest we got to a conga line. That's Mike Montreuil in white, Luce Pelletier in yellow, and Eve Luckring in green.
Not sure what this spontaneous dance was, but it had something in common with Ring Around the Rosie, but without the falling down. That's Eve Luckring.
Luce Pelletier, Claudia Coutu Radmore, David Lanoue, and Penny Harter, with Eve Luckring facing away.
Okay, a second earlier, everyone was facing me, but hey, this wasn't a slow dance.
David Burleigh and Eve Luckring.
Here's that Ring Around the Rosie dance again—in and out with the circle.
In and out and around a few times with this dance. I think Dennis Maloney was in the middle for a short time.
Eve Luckring and David Burleigh.
Claudia, David, and Luce, with Mike and Francine in the background.
Luce, David, and Claudia, with Penny on the left.
DeVar Dahl and Naia.
Fay Aoyagi and Emiko Miyashita.
Emiko, DeVar, Garry, Susan. This definitely wasn't boring.
Emiko and Fay getting down!
John Brandi and Penny Harter during a slow dance.
Terry Ann Carter and Nick Avis.
Maureen Gorman Jim Kacian. Now where were these two except for the slow dance?
Naia and DeVar.
The slow dance continues.
More slow dancing.
We had such a great time this evening.
Nick Avis and Terry Ann Carter.
David Burleigh and Inga Uhlehmann. Now those are happy smiles!
More happy smiles, this time from Pat Benedict and David Burleigh.
Deanna Tiefenthal and Christine Nelson.
The slow dancing continues. Francine and Jerome, and Penny and John.
Don't you wish you were there, slow dance or fast?
Maureen Gorman, Jim Kacian, David Lanoue, and Claudia Coutu Radmore.
Maureen Gorman and Jim Kacian.
Our DJ kept it all going.
Debbie Kolodji and Luce Pelletier.
Garry Gay and Scott Mason taking a break.
Michael Dylan Welch, Garry Gay, and Scott Mason.
Still slow dancing.
Okay, I think it's time for a fast dance again—Penny Harter, Dennis Maloney, and Bill Pauly.
Nope, still some slow dancing going on.
Guy Simser and ???.
??? and Guy Simser.
Janick Belleau MC'd an open-mic reading. She had to convince folks to take a break from dancing, though!
Dennis Maloney, Penny Harter, and Kris Moon Kondo.
Pat Donegan, Maggie Chula, John Brandi, and Kaoru Fujimoto.
Susan Antolin, Kris Moon Kondo, ???, Rich Schnell, and DeVar Dahl.
Naia sure had fun!
Naia really had fun!
Mike Bull dons the captain's hat to read a note of congratulations from Ottawa Tourism.
Note how loose Mike Bull's tie is after dancing!
Our open-mic reading got started right after Mike Bull's congratulatory message.
Raising a toast to ourselves, at the invitation of Mike Bull, of Ottawa Tourism. What a great host city Ottawa was!
Taking turns for the open-mic reading.
While listening to readers, we all got to take a breather from the dancing. Quite a few folks had worked up a sweat!
I'm circling my camera around the upper deck of the boat here.
Francine Banwarth, Scott Mason, and Bill Pauly.
Terry Ann Carter and Guy Simser.
The open-mic reading gets rolling with some poems in French from Luce Pelletier (in yellow) and Mike Montreuil. Janick Belleau is about to hand them the microphone.
Andre Duhaime. Each reader took on the captain's hat.
Andre Duhaime reading haiku. David Lanoue helped him out with translations.
Emiko Miyashita, David Lanoue, and Janick Belleau.
Captain Emiko Miyashita.
Jerome Cushman signs a poem.
DeVar Dahl and Christine Nelson.
Terry Ann Carter and Michael Dylan Welch.
Downstairs, Carolyn Hall, Maureen Gorman, and Jim Kacian hold down the fort.
Mike Montreuil and Francine Banwarth plot the overthrow of the known haiku universe.
Marco Fraticelli, Dina E. Cox, and Philomene Kocher.
Yumiko Tsunakawa Toma, Sam Toma (president of the Japan-Canada Friendship Society in Ottawa), and Margaret Chula.
Naia reads her haiku after a brief break in the open-mic reading.
Michael Dylan Welch, aka Captain Haiku.
I've been called Captain Haiku for years, but now I have the hat to prove it! I'm introducing a set of readers who joined me in writing two rengay, each with six contributors. Charles Trumbull and Bill Pauly are to my side.
Bill Pauly reads his contribution to one of the rengay we wrote.
Charles Trumbull, Bill Pauly, and Michael Dylan Welch.
Guy Simser reads his contribution to the rengay, wtih DeVar Dahl, Charles Trumbull, Bill Pauly, and Michael Dylan Welch looking on.
DeVar Dahl, Charles Trumbull, Bill Pauly, and Michael Dylan Welch.
Michael Dylan Welch introducing a second rengay, with a different set of contributors: David Burleigh, Terry Ann Carter, Emiko Miyashita, Garry Gay, and Susan Antolin.
David Burleigh, Terry Ann Carter, Emiko Miyashita, Michael Dylan Welch, Garry Gay, and Susan Antolin
David Burleigh, Terry Ann Carter (hidden), Emiko Miyashita, Michael Dylan Welch, and Garry Gay.
David Burleigh, Terry Ann Carter, Emiko Miyashita, Michael Dylan Welch, Garry Gay, and Susan Antolin.
Time for the dancing to start again. David Elliott with Carolyn Elliott.
Terry Ann Carter, Garry Gay, ???, and David Burleigh.
It's the Haiku Disco! Here we write . . . disku!
Our DJ kept it funky.
Blurry photo, and there wasn't even any alcohol involved.
Carolyn Elliott and David Elliott, with Bill Pauly in the background.
Bill Pauly really got going! So did Carmen Sterba.
A dance prize to Bill Pauly!
Penny Harter really got into dancing too. She said it was her first fast dance in decades.
Terry Ann Carter and David Burleigh on the left, with Dennis Maloney and Penny Harter on the right.
Dennis Maloney and Penny Harter. Terry Ann Carter and David Burleigh seem to be whooping it up in the background, too. Boy did we have fun! Can any other HNA conference ever top this?!?
The dance continues. Somewhere before this, the boat reached a turnaround point on the river and had started heading back. The moon was practically full, and reflected nicely off the water.
???, Rich Schnell, DeVar Dahl, Charles Trumbull, and Paul MacNeil.
Okay, the dance floor is heating up again! Nick Avis, then Dennis Maloney and Penny Harter behind, Maggie Chula, Bill Pauly, Guy Simser (in red), and Carmen Sterba.
Nick Avis from a different angle.
Maggie, Bill, and Nick.
Susan Antolin and Guy Simser.
Guy Simser in the center of the circle. This looks like Saturday Night Fever, but the Bee Gees weren't playing.
Guy Simser getting into it!
Guy Simser. Now here's a haiku guy.
David Burleigh takes a fling in the middle of the circle, with Susan Antolin, Guy Simser, and Kris Moon Kondo looking on.
David Burleigh in mid flight, with Yumiko Tsunakawa Toma.
Guy Simser, Kris Moon Kondo, and David Burleigh.
John Brandi, Dennis Maloney, Susan Antolin, and Guy Simser.
This ends the second of three albums. The third album is the shortest, and includes more dance pictures, plus photos from Sunday's closing events.