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John Brandi - Poet & Painter

John Brandi - Poet


John Brandi has been a poet-in-residence in schools throughout the U.S. since 1973, with residencies in rural communities of New Mexico, Nevada, Arkansas, and Montana, including the Navajo Nation schools, Zuni schools, Rio Grande Pueblo schools, and Yupik schools, Alaska. He has been a visiting speaker at universities in the United States and in India. Between 1999 and 2005 he served on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Academy adult poetry program in Southern California. He has been a guide and lecturer for U.S. students visiting Indonesia and Mexico. In 2010 he was invited to Punjab University, India, for lectures on the practice of haiku. He has given classes for upper-level students at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, San Juan College, Farmington, NM, and the University of Arkansas Community College, Batesville. Since 2007, he has received four Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry awards to teach in Santa Fe schools. He has also taught poetry to younger students for the past seventeen years at Sidney Gutierrez school, Roswell, NM.

The following links provide additional information:

•  Interview by a University of New Mexico Student
•  The Power of Poetry: a high school student comments
•  Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond
John Brandi - Poet


An Introduction to Haiga
Lindenwood University, St Charles, Mo, 2012
New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, 2011

A lecture on haiga-haiku painting-accompanying an exhibit of Brandi's haiga. The talk traces the beginning of haiga in Japan and follows it through the centuries to modern haiga. The lecture ends with a reading from selections of 30 years of the author's haiku, accompanied by improvisations by a jazz saxophonist.

•  Museum of New Mexico Media Center
The Practice of Haiku
Punjabi Haiku Conference, Patiala and Chandigarh, India, 2010

Lectures delivered at the first haiku conferences at Patiala and Chandigarh, India with emphasis on haiku masters Basho, Issa, Buson, with references to Indian poets Kabir and Tagore. The talk was followed by a reading to celebrate Brandi's tri-lingual publication: Blue Sky Ringing (Punjabi Haiku Forum, Chandigarh, India, 2010)

Keynote Address
Haiku North America Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2009

A talk on Brandi's personal beginnings with haiku, with emphasis on poets Eric Barker and Nanao Sakaki, and with special tribute to haiku scholar, William J. Higginson. References to the short poems of Po Chü-I, Takuboku Ishikawa, Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg, and Elizabeth Searle Lamb.

•  Haiku North America
Beauty Askew: Notes on a Haiku Writer's Life
Stewart L. Udall Museum, Santa Fe, 2009

A talk based on the article by the same title, which appeared in El Palacio Magazine, Winter, 2008 Vol.113 / No. 4. See PDF below:

•  El Palacio Magazine Article
Mountains, Rivers and Haiku: Basho to Kerouac
Santa Fe Public Library, 2007

A talk presented in conjunction with "Jack Kerouac and the Writer's Life," an exhibit which Brandi co-curated at the Palace of the Governor's Museum, Santa Fe, NM, 2007. Special emphasis on Kerouac's often overlooked oeuvre of haiku.

The Absent Traveler: Haiku, Mountains, and Rivers
Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, Santa Fe, 2007

A talk focusing on landscape in haiku, beginning with early Chinese poems (written without references to the first person) that influenced the Japanese haiku masters. Samples of haiku from early Japanese masters through 20th-century American masters are presented. Includes excerpts from Han Shan's Cold Mountain, Basho's Oku No Hosomichi, and Yuasa's introduction to Oraga Haru.