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 at VALA Art Center in Redmond). I also participate in 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, lecture, or presentation, please contact me.
—Michael Dylan Welch

Now — 2016

  • Upcoming events: I have numerous workshops and readings slated for 2016, and I’ll post information about them as soon as they’re confirmed. Keeping up appearances!
  • 6 January 2016:
     British publication date for Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku (Boatwhistle Press, 2016), available on Amazon, in which I’m one of a dozen poets writing daily haiku for each month of the year (I’m the featured poet for April). North American publication date, through Dufour Editions, is 28 January 2016.   +
  • 9–10 January 2016: Teaching workshops on Haiku Targets (3:15 p.m. Saturday) and Making the Cut: The Art of Juxtaposition in Haiku and Beyond” (2:00 p.m. Sunday) for the MFA in Creative Writing residency at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Residency programs held at Captain Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island, in Coupeville, Washington, where I’ll also install “Haiku on Sticks.”
  • 13 January 2016: Featured reader at Brookdale Foundation House monthly poetry reading, 32290 1st Ave South, Federal Way, Washington. 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 22 January 2016: Interviewed for a Redmond Reporter story by Samantha Pak on the Redmond Association of Spokenword’s move to VALA Art Center (I’ve been curating the monthly readings for this series since 2008).
  • 29 January 2016: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring poet Chris Jarmick, VALA Art Center, 7303 164th Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington, party to celebrate our new location at 6:00 p.m., reading at 7:00 p.m. (includes an open-mic reading).
  • 1 February 2016: Curating the sixth annual National Haiku Writing Month, with daily prompts on the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook.       +     +
  • 1 February 2016: Featured interview on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog on Writer’s Digest, about NaHaiWriMo and my recent publications and other poetry activities.
  • 11 February 2016: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by Sylvia Plath (on the 53rd anniversary of her death day). Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 13 February 2016:
     “The Art of Writing Haiku” workshop and haiku walk at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington, as part of the Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival. 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. for a workshop, including writing, sharing, and discussing haiku. Free. More info to come at the City of Ferndale website (click image to enlarge it).   +   +
  • 16 February 2016: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by William Stafford. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 23 February 2016: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by Maya Angelou (in celebration of Black History Month). Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 1 March 2016: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by Dr. Seuss a day before Dr. Seuss Day. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 15 March 2016: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by Wallace Stevens. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 22 March 2016: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by Shel Silverstein. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 29 March 2016: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by Allen Ginsberg. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 7 April 2016: “Telling Stories: Putting Yourself (or Others) Into Poetry” adult writing workshop at the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free. More details to come.
  • 9–10 April 2016: Displaying my “Haikuseum,” and giving haiku workshops and readings 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 haiku walks at the garden during the festival.
  • 14 April 2016: Teaching haiku to second-graders at Gretchen Bruner’s class at the French American School of Puget Sound on Mercer Island, Washington. 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 16 April 2016: Haiku reading at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington, as part of the Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival. 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. Free. More info at the City of Ferndale website.   +
  • 17 April 2016: “Haiku Day at the Seattle Japanese Garden to celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day (watch for event detail coming soon).
  • 17 April 2016: Featured reading at VALA Art Center in Redmond (event time is from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.; more details coming soon).
  • 23 April 2016: Poetry Coffeehouse at the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond. 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., free—with cookies and coffee, too. More details to come.
  • 28 April 2016: Presentation on haiku for Lake Washington Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, at a private location in Bellevue, Washington (12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.).
  • 29 April 2016: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring poet Joannie Stangeland, VALA Art Center, 7303 164th Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington. Wine-tasting for Joannie and Tom Stangeland’s Cloudlift Cellars at 6:00 p.m., reading at 7:00 p.m. (includes an open-mic reading).
  • 25 June 2016: Poets in the Park festival, book fair, and poetry picnic at Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington. Free, full-day poetry festival with readings, workshops, and more. Details to come!
  • 11–12 August 2016: Haiku workshop for a national meeting of the Haiku Society of America in Portland, Oregon. Location and details to be announced.
  • 27–30 October 2016: Directing Haiku Northwest’s ninth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington, featuring guest speaker Sonja Arntzen (our theme for the weekend is the sense of smell).

Then — 2009 to 2015

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 and 2014.