Thursday, January 7th, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Morikami Museum Auditorium, 4000 Morikami ParkRoad, Delray Beach, FL 33446

In this workshop, participants will learn about the history and structure of Japanese haiku with a direct focus on the translations of Robert Hass, former United States Poet Laureate and Special Guest Poet at the 12th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. After discussing his translations of the three haiku masters, and their influence on Hass’s poetry, participants will take a short walk around the beautiful gardens at Morikami Museum where they will generate their own haiku or haiku-inspired image rich poems.  Participants are encouraged to share at the end of the session.

Please bring a pad and pen, and perhaps snippets of lines of poems (your own or others), bits of a dream, and lines from journal entries to enrich with mindful haiku-inspired imagery. Bring a wrap or light jacket as the auditorium can be cool at this time of year.

There is no charge for the workshop but participants must pay for entrance to the Morikami Museum and Gardens. Feel free to spend the day. The Cornell Cafe has wonderful authentic Japanese food. The gardens are lovely to stroll.

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens – Auditorium
4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach
(On the west side of Jog Road, just south of Linton Boulevard)

YaddyraPerraltaYADDYRA PERALTA, Assistant Director
Yaddyra Peralta is a poet who teaches writing and literature at Broward College and Miami Dade College. She has work forthcoming in Eight Miami Poets (Jai Alai Books) and Ghazals for James Foley (Hinchas Press). Her poems have also appeared in Ploughshares, Jai Alai, Abe’s Penny, Tigertail, The New Poet, and Hinchas de Poesia. In 2013, she was a Visiting Writer at the Betsy Hotel’s Writer’s Room in South Miami Beach, Florida and one of six collaborative Helen M. Salzberg Artists-in-Residence at Florida Atlantic University’s Jaffe Center for the Book Arts where she contributed to the collaborative artists’ book Conversation, Too (Extra Virgin Press).  Before becoming Assistant Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, she attended workshops as a participant, an auditor, an intern, and, in 2013 to 2014, served as the festival’s Director of Social Media.


No cost for the workshop, admission to the Morikami Museum is required to enter.