“The sound of water”—The Art of Catching the Moment, a haiku workshop with poet Elliot Ruchowitz Roberts, will be held at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts on October 12th, 2019, from 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM. The program is open to readers and writers of all levels of experience with haiku. Price for the one-day event is $60. Scholarships are available. For more information or to reserve a ticket, please call (831) 624-7491 or (831) 920-0383.
The workshop will begin with brief accounts of the history of haiku, of its form, and of some of its practitioners (from Basho and Chiyo-ni to Richard Wright and Mitsu Suzuki). It will then focus on writing haiku using various writing exercises that provide starting points for exploring the art of catching the moment.
Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, To Mary (after eight and The Sweet Taste; co-editor of the college text Bridges; co-editor/co-translator of two works from the Telugu, Sudha (Nectar) by Chalam and The Selected Verses of Vemana, both of which have been accepted into UNESCO’s Collection of Representative works: Indian Series; and co-author of Bowing to Receive the Mountain: Essays by Lin Jensen and Poetry by Elliot Roberts. His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies. White Fire, a collection of his poems, was published in May 2017 by The Ping-Pong Free Press of the Henry Miller Memorial Library.
Poet-in-the-Schools for the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Ruchowitz-Roberts presents poetry writing workshops in high schools throughout Monterey County and coordinates the annual Monterey County High School Poetry Awards.
Professor Emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College where he taught composition, literature, public speaking and humanities for 32 years, Ruchowitz-Roberts serves as Vice President of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation in Carmel, California. He also coordinates the Foundation’s annual Prize for Poetry and its annual reading series, and serves as a tour docent. He coordinated the National Endowment for the Arts “The Big Read: The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers,” during which he read and performed Jeffers’s poetry at venues throughout Monterey County, including local libraries, high schools and colleges.