Press Here

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.
 

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Close to the Wind

Press 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

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Standing Still

Press 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.comRead the introduction.


Saddle-stapled, 36 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-32-9

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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 their recent release of a haiku collection they edited, Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers have won, hands-down, the unannounced contest I have been holding in my mind for best haiku book title of the year: Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends. If you decide you don’t want a rock for Chrismukkwanzaa, this book (with bonus parsnips on the cover!) could be an excellent substitute.” —Melissa Allen, Red Dragonfly (22 November 2010)

 

“Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku contains  . . . haiku to roll about in the palm of the mind, looking for questions, wondering about answers, and contemplating that ultimate subject of subjects.” —Don Wentworth, Issa’s Untidy Hut (21 January 2011)

 

 

Haiku and Senryu Books

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)

                                                                                    [read the introduction]     +

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]

Tanka Books

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]

Haibun Books

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

Interview Books

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) 

Haiku North America Conference Anthologies

Harvest                                               (1991—San Francisco; read the introduction)

The Shortest Distance                       (1993—San Francisco; read the introduction)

Northern Lights                                  (1995—Toronto; read the introduction)

Shades of Green                                (1997—Portland, Oregon; read the introduction)

Too Busy for Spring                           (1999—Chicago; read the introduction)

Paperclips                                           (2001—Boston; read the introduction)

Brocade of Leaves                             (2003—New York; read the introduction)

Tracing the Fern                                 (2005—Port Townsend, Washington; read the introduction)

Dandelion Wind                                (2007—Winston-Salem, North Carolina; read the introduction)

Into Our Words                                  (2009—Ottawa; read the introduction)

Standing Still                                      (2011—Seattle; read the introduction)

Close to the Wind                              (2013—Long Beach, California; read the introduction)

Other Books

A Vote for Alice                                  Political parody of Alice in Wonderland by Michael Dylan Welch     +

Ordering Information

Please note that some Press Here titles are not currently in print. For information about ordering, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.