spring in D.C.

March 13, 2019

Spring has sprung in Washington, D.C.’s Golden Triangle Business Improvement District as haiku appear in tree boxes along some of the city’s busiest sidewalks. The sixth annual Golden Haiku contest received nearly 2,000 entries from 50 countries and the judges have selected more than 300 to be printed and posted now through the month of April, including that of Sheila Sondik, above, and Michael Dylan Welch, below.

…stop by to see what’s on exhibit at the American Poetry Museum. A space for exhibitions and education centered on the subject of American poetry, the Museum collects objects, presents events and educational poetry writing workshops, and hosts exhibits of art, photography, and video about different subject matter using poetry as a tool for discussion.

Visit APM in person, online, and on Facebook.

A couple of items have been lingering in the haiku file, with thanks to Michael Dylan Welch, who keeps us in the loop.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is a non-profit 501(c)(6) that works to enhance Washington, DC’s Central Business District from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street NW to New Hampshire Avenue NW. Among their many initiatives is the now-annual spring-themed Golden Haiku Contest. In March 2017, more than a hundred haiku signs were installed in downtown Washington flower beds. You can see the words on the Golden Haiku Winners page.

In another bit of MDW-supplied haiku news, this one from Ottsville, Pennsylvania, Bill Waters hung two dozen of his small haiku signs (mobiles? mixed-media sculptures?) that he calls “Haiku in the Wild” as part of the Aurora Alpaca and Llama Farm annual Llamapaloosa. Photos here.

As long as we’re on the subject, you may want to note for your calendar that Haiku North America 2017 takes place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 13–17, 2017, and the tenth-anniversary Haiku Northwest Seabeck Haiku Getaway will be held October 26–29, 2017, at the Seabeck Conference Center (2017 isn’t posted yet, but here’s a link to the 2016 conference page). ‘Sense of taste’ is this year’s theme.

Planet Word

February 24, 2017

Planet Word Museum

Yesterday, we mentioned the soon-to-open American Writers Museum in Chicago. As long as we’re on the subject, here’s another literary museum in the works: the Planet Word Museum, slated to open in Washington, D.C., in winter 2019. Planet Word’s goal is to “inspire and renew a love of words and language through unique, immersive learning experiences.”

To be housed in the historic Franklin School, at the corner of 13th and K streets in the heart of Washington, D.C., the museum will feature “activities that make words and language exciting with delightful programming and playful, interactive exhibits. Opportunities for self-expression and intense listening ensure that no one will leave Planet Word without finding the fun in how we joke, sing, speak, read, and write every day.”

Watch for updates on the Planet Word website.

putting it together…

May 18, 2014

In Sight and SoundWe’ve written before about the intersection of poetry and sign language, including the movie Deaf Jam. Here’s another project, in the other Washington, where signed words and spoken words are on stage together: In Sight and Sound: Live De(a)f Poetry. Visit them on Facebook and see their Kickstarter, where you can learn more and watch a promo video.

…the other Washington…

December 5, 2012

Washington, DCShould you find yourself in the other Washington, or wishing to be there, the Poetry Foundation invites you to take a Poetry Tour of Washington, DC. “Poetry lovers in the city can download the audio tours and maps to explore the National Mall and Northwest DC, or take a walking tour beginning at the Library of Congress and ending in Dupont Circle.” You can also tour from the comfort of your chair, wherever you happen to be. To get started, click here.

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