The Haiku Foundation welcomes you to Haikupedia! Each week for the next several months we will release a few new articles in our ever-expanding encyclopedia of haiku. These we hope will give you a sense of the potential scale of this enterprise, as well as entice you to become a part of the project.
This week we take a look at some of the haiku-related activity in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically the origin of a new, related form, the rengay. Rengay was developed by haiku poet Garry Gay, and has burgeoned into one of the most interactive and fun activities in the haiku world, including its own international contest. We also take a look at several other San Francisco-area haiku leaders — Susan Antolin, current editor of Acorn; Fay Aoyagi, former president of the Haiku Society of America; Chuck Brickley, one of the earliest writers to specialize in haiku on the West Coast — and former Bay Area denizen Michael Dylan Welch, who continues his stalwart efforts for haiku from his current location in Washington State.
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