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 at SoulFood Coffee House), 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 — 2017
- Upcoming events: I have numerous workshops and readings slated for 2017, and I’ll post information about them as soon as they’re confirmed. Keeping up appearances!
- 13 January 2017: Featured poet, talking mostly about National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) on Tom Maxedon’s “Word” literary radio hour on NPR affiliate 89.3 KPRG-FM, Public Radio Guam. Listen on SoundCloud (first 30 minutes of Tom’s show).
- February 2017: Coordinating the seventh annual National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and providing daily writing prompts at the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, with nearly 2,500 participants. Please join us in writing at least one haiku a day in the month of February!
- 18 February 2017: “How to Haiku” workshop at the Terry Salmon Branch of the Vancouver Public Library at Hillcrest Community Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way in Vancouver, British Columbia. 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., starting with a walk to nearby Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory, then a PowerPoint presentation at the library, plus a craft workshop to create haiku-decorated “fish scales” for the VCBF koinobori installation (for the Japan Days festival in April). Free registration at VPL Classes & Workshops, email email@example.com, or phone 604-665-3964. See also the Facebook event invitation. Sponsored by the library and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
- 19 February 2017: Presentation on chapbook publishing at the monthly meeting of the Vancouver Haiku Group, Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street (near Commercial Drive), Vancouver, British Columbia. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free.
- 27 February 2017: “To Say the Least: An Introduction to Short Poetry Forms” workshop (covering haiku, senryu, tanka, triolet, cinquain, double dactyls, and more), at Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free.
- 28 February 2017: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Presentation, reading, and discussion of poetry by Japanese haiku Issa. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m. Free.
- 6 March 2017: Featured reading with Tanya McDonald from our book Seven Suns / Seven Moons for the Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe series at the Rainbow Cafe, 112 East Main Street, Auburn, Washington. 7:00 p.m. Free.
- 7 March 2017: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Presentation, reading, and discussion of poetry by American poet William Carlos Williams. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m. Free.
- 8 March 2017: Participating (tentatively) in the cherry blossom celebration at the University of Washington, sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. More details to come.
- 15 March 2017: Featured reading with Tanya McDonald (reading from our book Seven Suns / Seen Moons and other poetry) at The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE, Woodinville, Washington, 7:00 p.m., followed by an open-mic reading. Free.
- 21 March 2017: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Presentation, reading, and discussion of poetry by Seattle poet Denise Levertov. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m. Free.
- 28 March 2017: Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Presentation, reading, and discussion of poetry by British poet Dylan Thomas. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m. Free.
- 2 April 2017: Guest poet for Planet Earth Poetry at Silk Roads Teashop, 1624 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia, and also giving a workshop for the Haiku Arbutus group. 4:45 p.m. Free. More details to come.
- 8–9 April 2017: Leading haiku walks and workshops, giving readings, installing “Haiku on Sticks,” haiku chalk art, my Haikuseum, and more, at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s “Sakura Days Japan Fair,” VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia ($12.00 garden/event admission charged).
- 6 May 2017: Haiku and haibun workshop for the Writer’s Workshoppe, Port Townsend, Washington, plus evening reading. More details to come.
- 15 July 2017: Directing the Poets in the Park festival, book fair, and poetry picnic at Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. Free, full-day poetry festival with readings, workshops, vendors, installations, and more (mini golf, chalk poetry, Haiku on Sticks!), featuring Tod Marshall, Washington State poet laureate and many others.
- 12 August 2017: Featured poet for AuburnFest, Auburn, Washington. More delicious details to come. Free.
- 13–17 September 2017: Haiku North America conference at the Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’ll be giving several presentations and leading the conference anthology reading. See the evolving conference schedule. (I’m a director of the nonprofit corporation that runs this biennial event.)
- 17 September 2017: Codirecting the Tanka Sunday event for the Tanka Society of America, at the Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. See the evolving schedule.
- 26–29 October 2017: Directing Haiku Northwest’s tenth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington, with numerous special events (our theme for the weekend is the sense of taste).
- 11 November 2017: Haiku book discussion group, Seattle Japanese Garden, focusing on my book Becoming a Haiku Poet. More details to come.
Then — 2009 to 2016
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
Teaching collaborative writing at the Poetry Yurt on Gabriola Island, British Columbia
on 23 July 2013.
Facilitating the Ekphrastic Assimilations writing workshop at VALA Art Center in Redmond, Washington, on 16 September 2016.
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. +
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.