Press Here is a small press for haiku and tanka books, started in 1989. It has won numerous Merit Book Awards from the Haiku Society of America. While my output of books has been sharply curtailed since starting a family, with my press I’ve managed to publish at least a book or two every year or two for more than twenty-five years. If you’re interested in proposing a book for my press to publish, please note that I no longer consider any unsolicited book proposals. The following is a list of Press Here titles, by category. Click to view a sortable catalog. I’ll add more information about each book as time allows. See also What Makes a Great Chapbook.
Close to the WindPress Here is pleased to announce the publication of Close to the Wind, an anthology of haiku from the 2013 Haiku North America conference, which took place August 14 to 18 aboard the Queen Mary, docked in the harbour at Long Beach, California. Edited by Michael Dylan Welch and William Hart, with illustrations by Naia, the book includes haiku and senryu by 97 poets (one poem each), the second-largest in the history of Haiku North America anthologies. “Even when gales are lashing and we’re sailing close to the wind, here’s hoping we can maintain our close-knit spirit of community and always remain on a first-name basis”—from the introduction. Order online for $12 plus shipping. Read the introduction.
Perfectbound, 52 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-35-0
Standing StillPress Here’s eleventh biennial Haiku North America conference anthology is Standing Still, edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Ruth Yarrow, with illustrations by Dejah Léger. The book features haiku and senryu by 74 poets (one poem each). “The Haiku North America conference demonstrates that haiku poets do not stand still in their development and appreciation for this rewarding genre of poetry”—from the introduction. To order in the United States, please send $8.00 plus $2.00 postage. Make payments payable to “Michael D. Welch” and send to him at 22230 NE 28th Place, Sammamish, WA 98074-6408 USA. For orders outside the United States, please inquire for details by emailing WelchM@aol.com. Read the introduction.
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends
Press Here is pleased to announce the 2010 publication of Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends, edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers. Each editor selected six poets for inclusion in the book, and each of the twelve poets is represented by either four or five haiku. Not a single one is about parsnips. The poets, who live in Europe, Africa, North America, and Asia, are Susan Antolin, Timothy Collinson, Susan Constable, Karen Hoy, Keiko Izawa, Deborah P Kolodji, Dejah Léger, Tanya McDonald, Caleb Mutua, Helen Russell, David Serjeant, and Alison Williams. To order in the United States, please send $8.00 plus $2.00 postage. Make payments payable to “Michael D. Welch” and send to him at 22230 NE 28th Place, Sammamish, WA 98074-6408 USA. For orders outside the United States, please inquire for details by emailing WelchM@aol.com. Read the short introduction. +
Perfectbound, 36 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-32-9
With Cherries on Top 190 haiku and senryu by 79 contributors to National Haiku
Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) [read the introduction]
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku Twelve poets worldwide, edited by Michael Dylan Welch
by a Bunch of Our Friends and Alan Summers [read the short introduction]
Finding the Way paul m.
The Nick of Time Paul O. Williams (essays on haiku aesthetics)
School’s Out Randy M. Brooks
In and Out of Fog Lee Gurga
The Measure of Emptiness Lee Gurga [read the interview from this book]
Abandoned Farmhouse Edward J. Rielly
A Simple Universe Sono Uchida +
The Haijin’s Tweed Coat (2nd edition) Michael Dylan Welch
Tremors Michael Dylan Welch
Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go Six San Francisco–area poets, edited by Michael Dylan Welch
[read the introduction]
Turning My Chair Pat Shelley
Footsteps in the Fog Seven San Francisco–area poets, edited by Michael Dylan Welch
[read the introduction]
Castles in the Sand 2002 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology,
edited by Michael Dylan Welch [read the introduction]
Wedge of Light Haibun by twelve poets, plus essays, edited by
Cor van den Heuvel, Tom Lynch, and Michael Dylan Welch
Met on the Road William J. Higginson with Penny Harter
On My Mind (2nd edition) Anita Virgil, vincent tripi (on haiku)
Raking Sand Virginia Brady Young, vincent tripi (on haiku)
Berries and Cream Jeanne Emrich, Michael Dylan Welch (on haiga)
A Vote for Alice Political parody of Alice in Wonderland by Michael Dylan Welch +
Please note that some Press Here titles are not currently in print. For information about ordering, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.