Members’ News February 2020

AHS Presidency – Welcome and Thanks

Rob-Scott-AHSwebWe welcome Rob Scott to the role of President of the Australian Haiku Society. Rob Scott began his haiku journey while living in Tokyo in the mid-90’s where he became a member of the MIFA haiku circle. After writing haiku for almost 20 years, he released his first two collections, Out of Nowhere and Down to the Wire, both published by Red Moon Press (2016). In 2014, Rob completed his Master’s thesis entitled The History of Australian Haiku and the Emergence of a Local Accent, presenting a paper on his findings at the Second International Haiku Conference (2015) in Krakow, entitled Australian Haiku—Is it a Thing? He currently lives in Melbourne and has recently become a co-convener of the Fringe Myrtles haiku group. Rob is a proud member of the AHS and is excited by the opportunity to serve its members for the next 4 years.

“Firstly” he says, “I’d like to thank Vanessa for her hard work and dedication to her role as President of the AHS over these past 4 years. Her steady leadership and commitment to the promotion of haiku in this country has put the Society in a good place. I am sure I speak for everyone in expressing gratitude for Vanessa’s efforts and wishing her well in her future haiku (and non-haiku!) endeavours. It is an incredible honour for me to take on this role and I look forward to the challenge.”

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On behalf of the Australian Haiku Society we would like to acknowledge and thank Vanessa Proctor, for her service as President, of the AHS over the past four years.

In that time we have seen the establishment of our new website that elegantly showcases Australian haiku and the activities of our haiku poets to an international audience and encourages and promotes the contributions of our talented haiku poets. Over recent years interest in haiku has flourished, with several new groups starting up and interest in the website has grown significantly. The introduction of the popular haiku string and haiku kukai, has led to a great increase in membership with around 600 followers at last count.

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Message from Vanessa Proctor – retiring AHS President

After four years in office, my term as President of the Australian Haiku Society has come to an end. It has been both an honour and a privilege to represent the society and to have been in touch with so many wonderful haiku poets, not only in Australia but worldwide. Interest in haiku and its related forms continues to grow and we’re seeing many more haiku-related events across the country. A highlight of my time in office has been working with such dedicated poets who have a passion for furthering our mission of promoting enjoyment of haiku within Australia and bringing Australian writers to the world haiku community. I would particularly like to thank Webmaster Lynette Arden, Secretary Simon Hanson, Vice-President Lyn Reeves and Facebook Co-ordinator Maureen Sexton who have all worked and continue to work tirelessly for the society.

I’d like to introduce you to the incoming AHS President, Rob Scott. Rob is an experienced and very well-regarded poet with a passion for haiku. Please read his bio on our site. The society is in very good hands.

Wishing you all the very best in this 20th year of the Australian Haiku Society. May you continue to write and enjoy Australian haiku for many years to come.

Vanessa Proctor

Retiring President, Australian Haiku Society