Mimi Call: 1920 – 2011
Port Townsend, Washington
Mimi Call cofounded the Port Townsend Haiku Group in 1992 with Doris Thurston. Mimi’s interest in haiku developed when her father came to live with her in Brinnon, Washington during the latter part of his life. Mr. Call was in the habit of carrying 3x5 cards everywhere with the intent of writing haiku. He and Mimi would then discuss what he’d written. It wasn’t long before Mimi began writing haiku herself. Mimi moved to Port Townsend, Washington and soon became friends with Doris Thurston. They quickly began sharing their haiku. Other people became interested in what they were writing and as a result they formed the Port Townsend Haiku Group. Mimi opened her home to monthly meetings at which she’d supply snacks, tea, and coffee for all comers. By that time, she had collected quite a number of haiku books and gladly shared them with her friends. Mimi’s generosity, enthusiasm, love of nature, and playful sense of humor were contagious. She created a fertile environment for sharing the joys of haiku.