Renga Poetry Reading
Pat Nolan, Keith Kumasen Abbott, and Sandy Berrigan, Renku Poets
Original date: Friday, May 1, 2009


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Pat Nolan and Keith Kumasen Abbott return for an evening of Japanese linked verse, and discussion about this intriguing but little known collaborative verse form. Pat Nolan and Keith Kumasen Abbott have practiced Japanese linked-verse (haikai no renga) for over thirty years. They are founding members, along with Michael Sowl and Maureen Owen, of the Miner School of Haikai Poets. The Miner School's haikai have been published in numerous magazine as well as limited edition chapbooks and broadsides. Their renku "All Ears" was included in the anthology Saints Of Hysteria (2007). Joining Nolan and Abbott will be Mendocino poet Sandy Berrigan who has been writing haikai no renga for over fifteen years, and is the newest member of the Miner School of Haikai Poets.

Pat Nolan is the author of sixteen books of poetry. His poetry and prose have been published in numerous magazines. Keith Kumasen Abbott teaches writing and art at Naropa University in Boulder. His publications include novels, short story collections, poetry, and a memoir of Richard Brautigan. Sandy Berrigan, poet, seamstress, and wild gardener resides in Albion. She has published three books of poems, and has been practicing haikai no renga since 1993.


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