With Words is now known as "Call of the Page".
For information about our 2020 courses please do not hesitate to email Karen and Alan at:
Courses and one-to-one feedback plus Skype conversations:
Please see details below.
We were keen to introduce a purely entry level course, not only for people who are looking specifically to learn about writing haiku, but for those who are inspired to try this short form as a manageable way in to starting creative writing.
With this course, we enjoy getting back to basics. We will learn what to watch out for when reading haiku, and begin to write snippets, ready to write complete haiku by the end of the course.
Participants should have at least three finished haiku by the end of the course, and ideas for continuing their writing.
This is a really useful foundation course for beginners, and those who are between newcomers, beginners, and intermediate. Highly recommended to get you grounded in what makes contemporary haiku tick!
If you wish to book a block of hours (for instance for help with editing/creating a collection) then price reductions start with four hour bookings.
If you can't wait until the next intermediate/improver course comes around, as they do sell out quickly, this one to one may suit you.
For Further information email Karen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
formerly known as With Words:
He has been an expert on English-langauge haiku (and other Haikai Literature) for 25 years. Alan is a Recipient of the Japan Times Award (2002) for both haiku and renku, and the Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku (1998).
Alan is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet regularly a Teaching Artist at the USA-based Poetry Barn organisation for Haiku and Tanka, and also for Haibun (later in 2013).
Alan has been the haiku poet-in-residence for Cornell University, Mann Library: http://tinyurl.com/cornell-AlanSummers
He is a TEDx Speaker: Amazement of the ordinary- life through a haiku lens:
Alan was also invited to give a talk at Haiku News:
He is a founding editor for Bones Journal (contemporary haiku): http://www.bonesjournal.com/, and Haiku/Haibun Special Feature Editor, Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts.
Alan has been:
• General Secretary of the British Haiku Society (1998-2000)
• Panel of Judges: The Biennial Sasakawa Prize for Original Contributions in the Field of Haikai (Sasakawa Foundation U.K. and British Haiku Society)
• Embassy of Japan, (2009) Roving “Japan-UK 150 Haiku & Renga Poet-in-Residence”
• Co-ordinator of The 1000 Verse Renga Project in partnership with Bath Libraries (U.K.) and supported by the BBC Poetry Season website
• Bath Spa University undergraduate development project Haiku poet-in-residence (Autumn 2006 - Summer 2007)
• Panel of Editors for the award-winning annual Red Moon Anthologies for best haikai literature (2000-2005)
• Foundation Member of the Australian Haiku Society
• a founding editor with Haijinx, showcasing humor in haiku
He was also co-founder/co-organizer, and Literature Director, of the 2010 Bath Japanese Festival.
Alan is published in around 100 haiku anthologies; and published in over fifteen languages including Japanese, and British Sign Language.
Japanese newspaper publications:
Yomiuri Shimbun; Asahi Shimbun; Mainichi Shimbun; The Japan Times; and The Mie Times.
"Astonishingly moving haiku"
YOMIURI SHIMBUN (Japan) January 2005
"Widely known haiku poet...as dry as vintage champagne"
YOMIURI SHIMBUN (14 million readers in Japan) September 2002
Anthologies include various leading haiku anthologies including the Norton poetry anthology on haiku:
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) http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Haiku-in-English/
• ‘Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac’
Kodansha International, Japan, ed. William Higginson ISBN 4770020902 (1996)
(Iron Press; ISBN: 0906228670 First published 1998, Third print 2000)
• Stepping Stones: a way into haiku
(British Haiku Society, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9522397-9-6)
• The Humours of Haiku (Iron Press 2012) ISBN 978-0-9565725-4-7
Co-Editor of various Haiku-based anthologies including:
• Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints ISBN: 09539234-2-8 (Poetry Can/Bristol Museum and Art Gallery/Japan21/Embassy of Japan 2002)
• Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends (Press Here 2010 USA) ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2
• Four Virtual Haiku Poets (YTBN Press 2012) ISBN-10: 1478307544 ISBN-13: 978-1478307549
• c.2.2. an anthology of short-verse poetry and haiku (YTBN Press 2013) ISBN-10: 1479304565 ISBN-13: 978-1479304561
Four Haiku Collections:
• “Does Fish-God Know” (YTBN Press 2012)
“A must-have book for any haiku fan.”
Tracey Kelly, Chicago/Bath musician/journalist
“Thank you for writing such a vital work.”
Paul David Mena, author of Tenement Landscapes (New York) published by Happa-no-Kofu (The Leaf-Miner Press) just after September 11 2001
• The In-Between Season With Words Pamphlet Series (2012)
• Sundog Haiku Journal: an Australian Year (Sunfast Press 1997 reprinted 1998) California State Library - Main Catalog Call Number: HAIKU S852su 1997
• Moonlighting British Haiku Society Intimations Pamphlet Series (1996)