Appearances

Selected readings, workshops, and other appearances are listed here. In addition, I curate and MC the SoulFood Poetry Night in Redmond, Washington (third Thursday of each month) and the Redmond Association of Spokenword readings (last Friday night of each month), and participate in the monthly meetings of the Haiku Northwest group (fourth Thursday of most months). Also see selected event photos below, or visit the Workshops page to learn more about the various workshops and presentations I give. To schedule a poetry reading, workshop, or presentation, please contact me.
—Michael Dylan Welch

Now — 2014

  • Upcoming events: I have numerous workshops and readings slated for 2014, and I’ll post information about them as soon as they’re confirmed. Keeping up appearances!
  • 8 January 2014: Reading for Here, There, and Everywhere, the poetry anthology I edited for the Redmond Association of Spokenword. Duvall PoetryDuvall Visitor Center, 15619 Main Street, Duvall, Washington. 7:00 p.m. Free.
  • 29 January 2014: Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by Rumi plus open-mic reading. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 31 January 2014:
     MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring young adult fiction writer David Patneaude, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, Washington, 7:00 p.m. (includes an open-mic reading).
  • February 2014: Coordinating the fourth annual National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and providing daily writing prompts at the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, with more than 1,750 participants. Please join us in writing at least one haiku a day in the month of February! See my Meet the Prompter mini-interview.
  • 3 February 2014: Reading for Here, There, and Everywhere, the poetry anthology I edited for the Redmond Association of Spokenword. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, Washington. 7:00 p.m. Free.
  • 8 February 2014: “Haiku Targets” workshop, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation Department, Strawberry Hill Center, 7666 NE High School Road, Bainbridge Island, Washington, $65. Register on the website by clicking Online Registration, creating an account, and then searching for and registering for the haiku class. If you need assistance, phone 206-842-2306, extension 118.
  • 19 February 2014: Ekphrastic haiku workshop, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at artEAST, 95 Front Street North, Issaquah, Washington. $48; register at artEAST. [cancelled; may be rescheduled]
  • 21 February 2014: Teaching haiku to my son’s grade four class at Mead Elementary School in Sammamish, Washington, 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 February to 1 March 2014: Attending AWP Conference and Bookfair, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington.
  • 7 March 2014:
    Haiku workshops and table display at annual Japan Night for John Stanford International School, 4057 5th Avenue NE, Seattle, Washington. 6:00 p.m.
  • 8 March 2014: Reading haiku with Haiku Northwest members at a conference on “The Arts as Buddhist Practice,” Seattle University, Casey Building, 825 10th Avenue, Seattle. 10:15 a.m., free. See schedule.     +     +
  • 16 March 2014: “Becoming a Haiku Poet” workshop at Seattle Chōeizan Enkyōji Nichiren Buddhist Temple, 501 South Jackson Street (at 5th Avenue in the International District), Suite 202, in Seattle. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 19 March 2014: Poetry reading at the invitation of Jared Leising for Cascadia Community College Board of Trustees, 4:00 p.m., room 260, CC1/2 building, Bothell, Washington.
  • 29 March 2014: Private haiku workshop on Bainbridge Island (a follow-up to my 8 February 2014 workshop through the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation Department class). $50. 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • 5 April 2014: Live reading on Vancouver Co-Op Radio, CFRO 100.5 FM, for an interview about the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s annual Haiku Invitational. I read the five 2013 top winning poems, and then an additional seven poems. The entire hour, hosted by Shannon Waters, began with Linda Poole, VCBF founder and director. To listen, visit “Make a Better World” and search for “Saturday Apr 5 8:00 2014.” My part starts at the 19:30-minute mark (after a bit of technical difficulty), and goes to 30:10.
  • 5–6 April 2014: Two “Learn About Haiku” workshops planned for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s “Sakura Days Japan Fair,” VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia ($10.00 garden/event admission charged). Also leading two haiku walks at the garden during the festival.
  • 10 April 2014: Featured interview with me about senryu poetry in the April 2014 English-language issue of Ershik (one meaning is “Toilet Brush”), a Russian journal of senryu and kyoka (this interviewing appeared in Russian in a previous issue). View the PDF file.
  • 12 April 2014: “Haiku in the Woods” presentation and guided haiku walk, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Beaver Lake Lodge at Beaver Lake Park, Sammamish, Washington. Sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission and Sammamish Walks. Free for adults and families. For more information, visit the City of Sammamish website; to register, please email Allison Gubata.
  • 12 April 2014: “Haiku Myths and Realities” presentation and workshop at the Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Avenue NE in Bellevue, Washington. 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., free.
  • 13 April 2014: “Haiku Targets” presentation for Seattle’s African American Writer's Alliance in the Weiland Family Meeting Room at the Columbia Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 4721 Rainier Avenue S. in Seattle, Washington, in conjunction with the library system’s second annual Haiku Hullabaloo (read the contest winners for 2014). Free, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • 14 April 2014: “Haiku Myths and Realities” presentation and workshop at the Lake Hills Library, 15590 Lake Hills Boulevard in Bellevue, Washington. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., free.
  • 15 April 2014: Reading poetry as poet laureate for the Redmond City Council meeting, in conjunction the mayor’s proclamation of April as National Poetry Month. Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 7:30 p.m.
  • 16 April 2014: My haiku, “meteor shower . . . / a gentle wave / wets our sandals,” is the Per Diem featured poem today on the Haiku Foundation website.
  • 17 April 2014: I and other Haiku Northwest members are featured poets for the inaugural reading and book launch of the organization’s 25th anniversary anthology, No Longer Strangers, in my SoulFood Poetry Night reading series, to mark National Haiku Poetry Day. 7:00 p.m., free, at SoulFood Coffee House, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, Washington.
  • 25 April 2014: “Introduction to Haiku” class, Anderson Park, Redmond, Washington, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Registration details to come.
  • 30 April 2014: Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by Emily Dickinson plus open-mic reading. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 14 May 2014: Poetry Walk, 6:30 p.m., free, led by me as Redmond poet laureate. Meet at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park in Redmond.
  • 1518 May 2014: Attending the Skagit River Poetry Festival, La Conner, Washington (but not a featured poet this year).
  • 24 May 2014: Haiku workshop for Seattle Japanese Garden docents and volunteers, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 11 June 2014: Poetry Walk, 6:30 p.m., free, led by me as Redmond poet laureate. Meet at VALA Eastside Arts Center in Redmond for a walk along the Redmond Connector Trail.
  • 9 July 2014: Poetry Walk, 6:30 p.m., free, led by me as Redmond poet laureate. Meet at the Redmond Watershed Preserve.
  • 19–20 July 2014: Poets in the Park festival, book fair, and poetry picnic at the Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington. More details to come.
  • 30 July 2014: Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by Pablo Neruda plus open-mic reading. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 10 August 2014: Reading in a gathering of poets laureate from Washington State at Auburn Days Festival in Auburn, Washington. More details to come.
  • 13 August 2014: Poetry Walk, 6:30 p.m., free, led by me as Redmond poet laureate. Meet in the lobby at the Redmond City Hall for a walk along the Sammamish River Trail. 
  • 23 August 2014: Haiku reading, presentation, and free haiku contest at the Seattle Japanese Garden Moonviewing Festival, 7:00 p.m. ($15 admission to the event). More details to come.
  • 16–19 October 2014: Directing Haiku Northwest’s seventh annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington, featuring guest speaker Alan Pizzarelli. More details coming soon.

Then — 2009 to 2012

Selected Event Photos

“Haiku Targets” presentation at the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver British Columbia, 20 March 2006, as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (for which I’ve served as a judge for four years).
 
Teaching haiku to fourth graders at Cherry Crest Elementary School in Bellevue, Washington on 7 May 2009.
 
Chatting with children’s book author Deb Lund at the Whidbey Island Writers Conference on 28 February 2008. I’ve given workshops and readings at this conference on haiku and longer poetry as well as an all-day seminars on haiku and on “Microsoft Word for Poets and Novelists.”
 
Participating in a panel discussion on haiku poet Nicholas Virgilio (with Raffael de Gruttola and Kathleen O’Toole) at the 2009 Haiku North America conference at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, 6 August 2009.
 
Haiku reading at the Japanese Garden, Seattle, Washington, 29 June 2008, for the “Haiku Day” at the garden, sponsored by the Haiku Society of America and Seattle Parks and Recreation.                    + 
 
 
Serving as MC for the national Haiku Society of America meeting at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 26 June 2010.
 
Haiku reading at the “Found in Translation” exhibition at the TORA Gallery, in Mount Vernon, Washington, with koto accompaniment by Elizabeth Falconer, 20 November 2005.
 
 
Haiku perfomance with members of the Haiku Northwest group (left to right: Michael Dylan Welch, Marilyn Sandall, William Scott Galasso, and Connie Hutchison, with guitar accompaniment by Dejah Léger, not shown) at the Northwest Folklife Festival, 26 May 2008.
 
You can listen to a recording of the Haiku Northwest Folklife performance of May 2005.
 
 
Welcoming speech for the 2004 Poets in the Park conference, at Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. I founded and directed this conference, which I directed again in 2005.