Endless Bolero (Seabeck Haiku Getaway – Day 1)

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Michael Dylan Welch selected the Bolero of Ravel as the theme song of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

On the opening night of the conference, we were shown the 8 minute final scene from the movie Les Uns et Les Autres by Claude Lelouch in which a character dances to the Bolero and is joined by a choir.

The music got stuck in our head for the rest of the conference.

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quite a tune this bolero

playing on and on within my head

crescendo of falling leaves

      #haiku by David Berger

 

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Seabeck Haiku Getaway – Day 1

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After some technical difficulties with the projector, the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017 began with an introduction by Michael Dylan Welch, presentation by guest speaker Scott Mason, amazing performance by Terry Ann Carter, and other sessions.

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Michael Dylan Welch and his famous “I Love Haiku” t-shirt.

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Scott Mason, guest speaker.

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Terry Ann Carter wearing a beautiful kimono for her reading of “Tokaido”.

Stay tune for more comics from the conference.

Promote your poetry with a beautiful postcard

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Whether you’re a haiku poet, photographer or haiga artist, postcards are amazing promotional items to bring to a conference.

Format

The most common postcard sizes are:

  • 4 x 6 inches
  • 5.5 x 4.25 inches
  • 8.5 x 5.5 inches

Templates

You’ll find templates in many software like Word, Publisher, InDesign. Many printers offer templates on their website.

Cost

Postcards can be expensive to print.  However, the more you print, the less it costs per unit.

At my local print shop you can get 20 postcards for $15 or 100 postcards for $35. If you want something printed on the back, there’s an extra $10 fee. Shop around to find the best deals.

Make sure to order early as delivery can take some time.

Postcards

If you’re considering making postcards for your next conference, here are some examples to get you inspired.

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Postcard by Frank Carey (HNA 2015)

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Postcard by Joyce Clement (HNA 2015)

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Postcard by Bill Deegan (HNA 2015)

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Postcard by Stevie Strang

 

Art postcards

This beautiful reversible postcard, handmade by Julie Bloss Kelsey, is one of my favorite freebies of all time.

It has everything I like: great haiku, nice paper, good handwriting, 3D objects. Well done!

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Reversible postcard (front) by Julie Bloss Kelsey (HNA 2015)

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Reversible postcard (back) by Julie Bloss Kelsey (HNA 2015)

Book postcards

If you’ve published a book, a postcard is an excellent promotional tool. I like this simple postcard by Roberta Beary because it promotes her book The Unworn Necklace simply using a beautiful photo and haiku, instead of the usual book cover, making it a beautiful keepsake.

 

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Postcard by Roberta Beary (HNA 2015)

Photo postcards

These two postcards are actually 4×6 photographs printed via Shutterfly. On the back, photographer David Giacalone printed his contact information.

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Photo postcard by David Giacalone. (HNA 2015)

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Photo postcard by David Giacalone. (HNA 2015)

Souvenir postcards

At HNA 2015, Terry Ann Carter performed her beautiful Chiyo-ni tribute and distributed these postcards to commemorate her unforgettable performance.

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Do-it-yourself postcards

If you’re short on time, or are budget-conscious, you can also print postcards on cardstock at home. Just be prepared to spend lots of time cutting them. In this example, Claude Rodrigue also added a touch of color by hand.

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Whatever style you chose, make sure to order your postcards early if you want to receive them before the conference.

Did you ever a produce a postcard for a conference? Are you considering creating one? Share your tips.

Postcards not for you? Try a bookmark.

My next post will be about trifolds.

 

Choose your conference freebie carefully

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When creating a freebie for your next haiku conference, there are lots of things to consider, but mainly:

  • Cost: how much it will cost
  • Time: how much time it will take to create

You have to make a freebie for every attendee, so the cost and production time will depend on the size of the conference.

No matter what format you will chose, don’t wait till last minute!

See examples of promotional bookmarks.

 

Watch for. . .

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This Old Pond comic is inspired by a SHARP 2017 talk by Lisa Gitelman, New York University: “Emoji Dick, Prequels and Sequels”.

Did you know Amazon produced a translation of Moby Dick using emoji? The book is called Emoji Dick. It could have been a fun project. Unfortunately the book is gibberish, as most translations were produced randomly. Here are some pictures:

 

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Emoji Dick

 

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Lisa Gilteman presents Emoji Dick at SHARP 2017 conference.

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Haiku Festival Board Game

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This Old Pond Comic is inspired by a presentation “Serious Fun: Gaming the Book Festival” at SHARP 2017 by Beth Driscoll (University of Melbourne) and Claire Squires (University of Stirling) about the creation of a Book Festival board game.

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Book Festival-opoly board game by Beth Driscoll and Claire Squires

 

Haiku North America conference

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This comic is from my new zine The Fly which features 25 comics (including 9 comics inspired by Kobayashi Issa’s haiku).

The story: A haiku poet tries to get rid of a fly that lives in his house. When everything fails, the poet must learn to live in peace with the annoying insect (and its 500 children) until it decides to leave on its own.

The fly even follows the poet to the Haiku North America conference where it lands on his head during his presentation.

I look forward to seeing you at the Haiku North America conference in Schenectady from Oct 14-18, 2015