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Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

November 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Machmiller and Ahern

Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library
Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm
featuring Patricia J. Machmiller & Mimi Ahern

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Patricia J. Machmiller began writing haiku in 1975 with Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi, founders of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (YTHS). With Jerry Ball, and now Emiko Miyashita, she writes a column of haiku commentary, “Dojin’s Corner,” for GEPPO, the YTHS newsletter. She has two books of haiku, Blush of Winter Moon (Jacaranda Press, 2001) and Utopia: She Hurries On (Swamp Press, 2017). Her haiku have twice been honored with the Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Award. With Fay Aoyagi she translated the haiku of Kiyoko Tokutomi, Kiyoko’s Sky (Brooks Books, 2002). She has four books of haiga, including Mountain Trail: Following the Master (www.lulu.com). The three others, The Sweet Reverence of Little Birds, Wild Heart of One Bird Singing, and Yard Birds: The Impertinence of Ordinary (all at www.lulu.com) were done in collaboration with the artist, Floy Zittin, and the calligrapher, Martha Dahlen. Her latest book, Zigzag of the Dragonfly: Writing the Haiku Way, (YTHS, 2020) encapsulates what she has learned about writing haiku. She is also a brush painter and printmaker; some of her haiga, can be seen at www.dandelions.us.

The creative process has intrigued Mimi Ahern for over 50 years. Midlife, she  became serious about it, returning to school to earn an interdisciplinary masters in Creativity at San Jose State University. Throughout her personal and professional life (as a teacher, designer, and staff developer) this interest in creativity has continued. For the past decade, her creative energy has been focused on haiku, which she was first drawn to in 2006 at PCSJ’s first Poetry Festival organized by Sally Ashton. At noon, in a Kelly Park Trolley, she was smitten when listening to members of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (YTHS) read their own haiku. More interested in process than product, she does manage to finish some haiku, submit them for publication, and enjoy seeing them in print. Mimi Ahern has been a member of PCSJ since she first discovered the Thursday night readings at the Willow Glen Bookstore and Jean Emerson, the moderator, invited her to a workshop in her home. Now President of YTHS, she really is consumed with the poetry of haiku.

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November 19, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST
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