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American Haiku Archives Events

The American Haiku Archives advisory board occasionally sponsors special events at the California State Library, usually including a private tour of the haiku collections. These events have often been in conjunction with visits to Sacramento by American Haiku Archives honorary curators, or by other prominent haiku poets, scholars, or translators from the United States, Canada, Japan, or elsewhere. If you’ll be visiting and might be interested in a special tour of the archives, or want to know if any events might be happening soon (if not listed here), please contact the American Haiku Archives advisory board.

photograph by Stanford M. Forrester

A national quarterly meeting of the Haiku Society of America also took place in Sacramento in June of 2006, and activities for the weekend included a tour of the archives.

Upcoming events

American Haiku Archives Tour, April 9, 2011

Anyone interested in haiku and the American Haiku Archives is invited to a free tour of the archives on Saturday, April 9, 2011, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Participants will get a special tour of archived haiku materials usually not accessible to the public. You will see some of the Tokutomi papers as well as other papers, such as those of Jerry Kilbride, Kay Anderson, and Elizabeth Searle Lamb. You will learn about the process involved in archiving and cataloguing material. A no-host group lunch is planned for after the archives visit.

Meet at the California State Library, 900 N Street, Sacramento, California. Street parking is metered (bring eight quarters for two hours). Carpooling is recommended.

If you have questions, please contact Patricia Machmiller at <>.

See the special online exhibit featuring donors Kiyoko & Kiyoshi Tokutomi.

Past events

A list of past events will be added as we can compile them. These events have included visits to the archives by Gary Snyder, Makoto Ueda, Shinku Fukuda, Cor van den Heuvel, William J. Higginson, Penny Harter, advisory board members, and many others. Each of these events has included a tour of the archives, and a couple of events have included receptions or dinners hosted at the library by Dr. Kevin Starr.

• September 9, 1998 – Visit by Prof. Masahisa (Shinku) Fukuda from Japan. See the invitation.


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