Join the JASWDC Haiku Group!

led by haiku poet and author, Abigail Friedman

Experience the beauty of haiku and hone your haiku-writing skills at the Japan-America Society of Washington DC Haiku Group. This haiku group, or kukai, provides a platform for writers of haiku to come together and develop their craft in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Following a format similar to that of Japanese haiku groups, participants will bring to the session three haiku poems in English that they have written beforehand.  The group then shares each haiku anonymously around the room without critique. Following this, each participant will select their favorites among all they have read on that day. As for the rest, come to the group to find out!

Led by esteemed haiku poet and author Abigail Friedman, the group meets once every two months. More details on how a kukai functions will be explained at the group itself.

The group will meet at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001: 


Date: Saturday, June 1st

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 pm (EST)

Location: 401-E Conference Room, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Schedule and requirements:

Haiku theme: (optional) Food in haiku

Number of Haiku: Bring three English-language haiku you have composed


2:30-3:30 pm: Anonymous sharing of haiku
3:30-3:50 pm: break (Marianne’s café by DC Central Kitchen, on 1st floor of library)
3:50-4:30 pm: A conversation with Zeina Azzam, poet laureate of Alexandria – on the topic of: ‘Food in long form poetry and haiku‘.

Zeina Azzam, a Palestinian American poet, writer, editor, and community activist, is currently the Poet Laureate of the City of Alexandria, Virginia. Her most recent full-length poetry collection, Some Things Never Leave You, was published by Tiger Bark Press in July 2023.

Although this event is free, participants are asked to register in advance so that we have a sense of the number of attendees and can email participants in the event of last-minute changes.