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.
For events and workshops for families, children, and schools contact us through our With Words website: With Words.
Online internet courses by With Words
Are you interested in a With Words course? We run courses on haiku (beginner and intermediate, and advanced; 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.
With Words (Alan & Karen)
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Fully Booked: The Tanka Course, but still places available on the October 2013 haiku course - With Words Group Email Courses
With Words Group Email
The tanka course starting Sep 1st 2013 is fully booked, but there
are still places available on the haiku course starting Oct 1st.
The cost is $85/£55, but the early bird rate ($70/£45) is
available if booking for the October course by September 2nd.
Please email email@example.com for full details on
these and future courses, and nice comments from earlier participants.
We also run a haiku reading and comprehension course for
those who would like a rigorous introduction to the form, starting the
beginning of any month.
Alan and Karen UPDATE FOR 2015: Please do ask Karen for spaces on our popular online tanka and haiku courses throughout 2015 as well as our new courses launching this year. Karen's email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Major haiku poetry anthologies that Alan’s work appears:
Haiku in English: The
First Hundred Years ed. Jim Kacian, Allan Burns & Philip
Rowland with an Introduction by Billy Collins (W. W. Norton & Company 2013)
Dragonfly, a New Approach to English-Language Haiku by Richard Gilbert, (Red Moon
Press 2013): “While nowhere denying the value of objective realism,
Richard Gilbert has helped demonstrate how the innovative, and yes, disjunctive
core of haiku, like the force of life itself, moves in many directions and by
all means possible (and sometimes impossible), illuminating both outer and
inner landscapes, and what is held between. He has given us what has been
sorely lacking: ‘a new vocabulary of haiku techniques . . .‘”
The Humours of Haiku
(Iron Press 2012) ISBN 978-0-9565725-4-7
Stepping Stones:a way into haiku
(British Haiku Society, 2007) ISBN 978-0-9522397-9-6
The New Haiku
ISBN 978-1-903543-03-0 (Snapshot Press, 2001).
Iron Book of British
(Iron Press; ISBN: 0906228670 First published 1998, Third
Haiku World: An
International Poetry Almanac
International, Japan, ed. William Higginson ISBN 4770020902 (1996)
Co-Editor of five Haiku-based Anthologies:
Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese
Prints ISBN: 09539234-2-8(Poetry Can/Bristol Museum and Art Gallery/Japan21/Embassy of Japan
2002); The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography (Birmingham Words/ National Academy of Writing Pamphlet 2006); Fifty-Seven
Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friendspublished
by Press Here ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2(2010 USA); Four Virtual Haiku Poets (YTBN Press 2012); and c.2.2. an anthology
of short-verse poetry and haiku (YTBN Press
Four Haiku Collections:Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012); The In-Between Season With Words Pamphlet Series (2012); Sundog Haiku
Journal: an Australian Year (Sunfast Press 1997 reprinted 1998); Moonlighting British Haiku Society Pamphlet (1996).