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Poetry at the Point: Mississippi Mud Daubers Haiku Group

November 28, 2023 @ 7:30 pm


This reading will be held in-person at Focal Point, and also streamed live to this event page and to Saint Louis Poetry Center’s Facebook page.


Patrons are encouraged to wear face masks when attending Poetry at the Point in-person at Focal Point. Learn more >>


The Mississippi Mud Daubers haiku group was founded in 2006 by John Dunphy and named by the late Gretchen Batz. The group of 6-10 members meets once a quarter at 222 Artisan Bakery in Edwardsville, Illinois. Meetings consist of critique of each others work, a celebration of each of others successes, and general fellowship among like minded poets. 


Ben Gaa is your Friendly Neighborhood Haiku Poet and host of Haiku Talk on YouTube. He’s the author of two full length collections of haiku and senryu, One Breath (Spartan Press 2020), and the Touchstone Award winning Wishbones (Folded Word 2018), as well as four chapbooks, the High/Coo award winner One Note Moon (Brooks Books 2023), Fiddle in the Floorboards (Yavanika Press 2018), Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (Poor Metaphor Design 2014) and the Pushcart nominated Wasp Shadows (Folded Word 2014). With over 1000 haiku and senryu published in journals and anthologies around the globe, he enjoys both giving and attending poetry readings and workshops and being part of the literary conversation.

Allyson Whipple is the creator of the Culinary Saijiki blog and podcast and Haiku Girl Summer. She also serves as the newsletter editor and Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. Before moving to St. Louis, Allyson was active in the Texas poetry community, serving as board president of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, as well as co-editor for four editions of the Texas Poetry Calendar. She is now a proud resident of the Soulard neighborhood.

Bryan Rickert is the current president of the Haiku Society of America and has been published in many fine journals. He is the co-editor of Failed Haiku Journal of Senryu and edits The Living Senryu Anthology. Bryan has two books: Fish Kite (Cyberwit Publishing) and Dust and Stone, co-written with Peter Jastermsky (Velvet Dusk Publishing). His work was also selected for inclusion in A New Resonance, Volume 12.

John J. Han is Professor of English & Creative Writing and Associate Dean of Humanities & Theology at Missouri Baptist University in Creve Coeur. He is the author, translator, editor, or co-editor of 33 books, including 11 poetry collections. He also has published more than 2,300 poems in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Wales Haiku Journal, and other journals and anthologies. Han served as editor of Dawn Returns: The Haiku Society of America Member’s Anthology 2022.


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