Although I have been a poet for more than 20 years, haiku was a relatively new fascination for me by the time the last convention was held. But I had already met Michael Dylan Welch and Ce Rosenow online thanks to a haiku page I started on Facebook.
When they invited me to Seattle — after hemming and hawing over the price of airfare — I jumped on a plane.
The travel wasn’t cheap, but I found the event to be worth every penny. I met people who knew a lot about the art, enjoyed many presentations, bought a lot of books and made many great connections.
The 2013 Haiku North America (HNA) Conference is scheduled for August 14-18, 2013, on board the historic Queen Maryocean liner in Long Beach, California.
Here is the link: http://www.haikunorthamerica.com