The blog of Alan Summers, Recipient of the Japan Times Award (2002) and owner of With Words, a UK provider of literature, education and literacy projects, often based around the Japanese genres.
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Online internet courses by Call of the Page
Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku (beginner and intermediate, and advanced). We also run workshops and courses on tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about these and our other courses.
Gustave Mosler brought his family, including young Henry, to the United States in 1849. The Moslers, like many of their fellow German Jews, escaped the political unrest in their homeland that followed the revolutions of 1848 by settling in Midwestern communities, in this case Cincinnati, Ohio. There, the Moslers became leaders in their community and eventually developed a national reputation based on the family business—the manufacture of safes.
Henry Mosler studied in Cincinnati with portrait and genre painter James Beard for two years and covered the Western theater of the Civil War as an artist-correspondent for Harper's Monthly. He studied for three years in Düsseldorf and Paris before returning home to begin his career. In 1874, Mosler again traveled to Paris, but remained for twenty years this time and developed a reputation for his paintings of Breton peasant life. Mosler's final homecoming to his adopted country came in 1894. In that year he set up a studio in New York City and turned his attention to historical genre with the same eye for detail that marked his earlier work. Paintings such as Pilgrims Grace (the painting that won the artist life membership to the National Arts Club of New York) and Quilting Bee draw upon Mosler's Breton experiences to create a realistic vision of the preindustrial past for modern America.
William H. Truettner and Roger B. Stein, editors, with contributions by Dona Brown, Thomas Andrew Denenberg, Judith K. Maxwell, Stephen Nissenbaum, Bruce Robertson, Roger B. Stein, and William H. Truettner Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory (Washington, D.C.; New Haven, Conn; and London: National Museum of American Art with Yale University Press, 1999)
Information by Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery .
is dedicated to my wife, haiku
poet and so much more,. Thank you for all the love and support over the years.
The pamphlet is
also dedicated to:
greatly missed, and an inspiration, Bill (William J. Higginson) was considered
to be the foremost American authority on haiku, as well as famous as the
co-author of The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, and author of Haiku World: An
International Poetry Almanac
and The Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World.
Haiku Handbook is one of the most widely-read English-language haiku books.
The First Lady of Australian Haiku, and a
hugely supportive friend and colleague in my early career. She is still greatly missed by me.
Founder, and Akita International Haiku
Network Secretary General (Japan) who regularly translates my work into
Japanese with a panache I will always treasure.
Followed by a special event at the Royal Crescent Hotel:
An Evening of Haiku with Tom Lowenstein and Alan Summers As part of the gallery's new workshop and events programme, a 5 week haiku course has been running at Quest Gallery. For the last few weeks, over 15 participants have been creating their own haiku in response to the gallery's changing exhibition programme.
In celebration of this and to continue to bring together these very different but complementary art forms, Quest Gallery invite you to An Evening of Haiku on Wed 27 June to take place at The Royal Crescent Hotel after their private view.
There will be guest speakers, celebrated poet and author, Tom Lowenstein and award winning Japan Times writer, Alan Summers, as well as the opportunity to hear the participants perform their own poetry.
Tickets are £10 each
There will be Through a Glass Darkly art gallery catalogues with haiku available on the night, which make great souvenirs of what promises to be an amazing insight into haiku poetry.
To book for the special event at the Royal Crescent Hotel please contact Sarah Jenkins:
or call Quest Gallery on: 01225 444142
or why not drop in and enjoy the current exhibition:
Talks will be given on classic and contemporary haiku in Japan and the West, plus an overview of the haiku course at the Quest Gallery, and a reading from our incredible haiku course participants.
Quest Gallerycatalogues that include a selection of the haiku created during the course will be available to purchase at the event alongside the With Words Haiku Journal notebook if you are inspired to write some haiku afterwards!
Looking forward to seeing you!
Alan, With Words
Visit this great website with more photos of the hotel.