“Haiku is a refuge when the world seems chaotic, when you are lost, frightened, tangled, and nothing is clear.” Natalie Goldberg, Three Simple Lines

Natalie Goldberg is an author, teacher, and Zen Buddhist practitioner. She wrote the internationally renowned Writing Down the Bones, published in 1986, and has since published memoirs, essays, poetry, more writing books, a novel, and a notebook.

This is the first of two parts, talking with Natalie about her brand-new book, called Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku.

Natalie is such a wonderful teacher that Melanie signed up for the Haiku writing virtual workshop through Upaya Zen Center as a result of this interview.

Natalie Goldberg’s website here

Upaya Zen Center workshop schedule here

Dr. Melanie Harth’s new book here