Award-winning poet and short-story writer Dennis Maulsby will lead a workshop on writing haiku on Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 am to noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, 112 Walnut Street, Muscatine. Participants will practice writing haiku its many variations, discovering how these short, three-line poems give insight into creating the poetic moment. Interested writers should keep in mind that haiku are the perfect size to fit on a square of sidewalk concrete, should the Muscatine County Arts Council hold another Wandering Words poetry contest. The Iowa Poetry Association’s annual poetry contest also has a category specifically for haiku. In addition to writing several haiku, participants will receive a workbook of handouts and reference materials to continuing practicing at home.

No poetic or writing background is required. The workshop is free but space is limited, so register for your spot by emailing wotamuscatine@gmail.com, calling (563) 275-6343, or joining the Writers on the Avenue Facebook group.

Dennis Maulsby is a retired bank president living in Ames, Iowa. His several books of poetry, including Remembering Willie, Frissons, and Near Death/Near Life, have been recognized with awards by military organizations and the USA Book News organization. His poems and short stories have appeared in The North American Review, Passager, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Briarcliff Review (Pushcart nomination), and on National Public Radio’s Themes & Variations. His latest book of linked short stories, Free Fire Zone, has just been released by Prolific Press. Maulsby is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and past president of the Iowa Poetry Association. He can be found online at www.dennismaulsby.com.

This workshop is sponsored by Writers on the Avenue, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting writers and fostering the literary arts in and around Muscatine. Writers meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Center at Muscatine Community College to share work and inspiration. Writers of all genres, ages, styles, and levels of experience are welcome. Inquiry meetings are free; membership is $10/year. More information is available at the WOTA website, http://writersontheavenue.wordpress.com, or contact President Misty Urban at  (563) 275-6343. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 14.