Celebrating our 32nd Anniversary in 2020

   Check our schedule of upcoming events.
   For 2020 our judge is Julie Warther. See 2020 submission guidelinesRead results and commentary from all contests since 2004, including 2019 results judged by Tom Painting.
   Haiku Northwests annual haiku retreat every autumn is the highlight of our year. Our thirteenth anual retreat is scheduled for October 31–November 1, 2020, and will be a FREE online event via Zoom. Our focus is on a theme of “vision,” with Tom Painting as our special guest. See the 2020 information page, registration pagescheduleand attendee list (to come).
   Read poems by our members, with short biographies.
   Learn more about the book, read sample poems, and more.
   Lean about and connect with our Haiku Northwest officers.
   Lean about our sister organization, with selected haiku in Japanese and English.

Welcome to Haiku Northwest
Haiku Northwest was founded in 1988 by Francine Porad. Our friendly group loves to share and discuss haiku and related poetry. We hold monthly meetings in the Seattle area on the second Thursday evening of most months, host an annual meeting in late spring, gather for our annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway in October, sponsor the annual Porad Haiku Award, and more. To get involved, check out our Events page, and join our email list (about two or three messages per month), by sending your request to haikunw1988@gmail.com.

   Read about our meetings (usually on the second Thursday of the month).
Joint Haiku Meetings in Washington State
   Read the history of Haiku Northwest meetings with other Washington haiku groups.
   Our haiku podcast from the Northwest Folklife festival and other performances.
   Click to see see photos of some of our recent activities.
   View or download our current Haiku Northwest information sheet (PDF format).
   Explore useful haiku links.
   Our sister organization that meets monthly in Port Townsend, Washington.
   Poems by members of the Rainier Haiku Ginsha read at the national HSA meeting in June 2010.
   Learn how to contact us and find other useful information.
   If your question isn't answered here, please let us know.
 
Founded in 1988
 
 
About Haiku Northwest
Haiku Northwest is an enthusiastic and friendly group of poets from the greater Puget Sound area of Washington state, meeting monthly usually in Bellevue (just east of Seattle). We are dedicated to writing, studying, and appreciating haiku and related genres of poetry written in English. Our members include both new and established haiku writers, many of whom have had their work published in journals and anthologies throughout the world (the group won the first place Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America for its anthology, To Find the Words, published in 2000). We also welcome beginners.

Haiku Northwest began in 1988 under the leadership of Francine Porad (who passed away in September of 2006) to foster haiku writing in the Pacific Northwest and to provide local writers with current information about the local, national, and international haiku community and its publications. Haiku Northwest is within the Washington region of the Haiku Society of America (HSA), but functions as an independent group. Haiku Northwest holds monthly meetings and publishes regional anthologies of haiku and related poetry. Most of the group's members live in the Seattle area, but many haiku poets from the Puget Sound area and farther afield also attend Haiku Northwest meetings. The Haiku Northwest group has no membership dues, and visitors are always welcome to attend all events.
  
In our poems and discussions, the group tries to get beyond the cloud of surface facts, to see the deep stillness within the everyday. —Anne Voegtlen
  
Haiku Northwest meeting at the Bellevue Regional Library, August 7, 2008. Left to right are Curtis Manley, Helen Russell, William Scott Galasso, Ida Freilinger, Bryson Nitta, Tanya McDonald, Connie Hutchison, Dejah Leger, Susan Miller, Terran Campbell, Joshua Beach, Angela Terry, Marilyn Sandall, and Herb McClees. Photo by Michael Dylan Welch. Come and join us!

Original site established on AOL Hometown on February 14, 2004.
Site established at this location on October 8, 2008.
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Haiku Northwest logo: Susan K. Miller.
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Haiku Northwest meeting at the Lake Forest Park Library, September 27, 2018. Left to right are Cara Izumi, Millie Renfrow, Ron Swanson, Curtis Manley, Arlene Springer, Philaah Jones, Terran Campbell, Tanya McDonald, Dianne Garcia, Gary Evans, and Angie Terry. Photo by Michael Dylan Welch. Please join us!

Haiku Northwest Announcements
Click any of the following links to read recent Haiku Northwest news or other site additions.

Haiku Northwest News Blog

  • Seabeck Haiku Getaway Registration Is Now Open We're pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2020 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 31 and November 1, 2020. To register, please visit the registration page, which has a link to an online registration form. You can also see the schedule. For more information about the event's history and traditions, go here. Registration for this year's getaway is FREE, but registration is still required. We look forward to having your participation.
    Posted Sep 1, 2020, 4:55 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haiku Northwest’s First Twenty-Five Years Look for a new and important addition to the No Longer Strangers page, celebrating Haiku Northwest’s 25th anniversary anthology published in 2014. This addition is Connie Hutchison’s essay, “The Inside Story: Haiku Northwest’s First Twenty-Five Years.” We hope the essay’s appearance here will be of value to a wider audience than just those who read the book.
    Posted Aug 30, 2020, 7:48 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • July 2020 Meeting Haiku Northwest held its monthly meeting on July 9, 2020 via Zoom. Fifteen people attended: Terran Campbell, Gary Evans, Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, Connie Hutchison, Nick Klacsanzky, Curtis Manley, Brendan McBreen, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, Ron Swanson, Angie Terry, Michael Dylan Welch, Kim Weers, Garry and Wilson. This was a good showing, and everyone appreciated not having to battle Seattle/Eastside traffic to attend a meeting. Haiku Northwest president Michelle Schaefer ran the meeting. After introductions and announcements, she led the group in an anonymous critique session. Folks sent in one to two haiku ahead of time, and they were compiled without the poets’ names attached. Michelle then showed one poem at a time for group discussion. It was ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2020, 8:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Seabeck Haiku Getaway via Zoom The 2020 Seabeck Haiku Getaway will be a free Zoom event this year. The pandemic makes it impossible to hold this retreat in person, but we look forward to offering a free online alternative. Please save the same weekend of October 31 and November 1 (10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Pacific time) for two days of haiku-related readings, workshops, and presentations in the spirit of Haiku Northwest’s annual retreat. Free to participate (limited to 100 people), but registration will be required, opening on September 1, 2020. Watch for more details on the schedule and registration to come soon.
    Posted Jul 30, 2020, 10:14 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Past Haiku Contest Winners Several new updates now appear on the Haiku Northwest website, all to do with past contests. First, on the Porad Haiku Award page, look for a link to “Early Washington Poets Association Haiku Contests,” a short report of haiku contests sponsored by the WPA before it established the Porad Award for haiku in 2004. This report covers three contests that date from 1973, 1980, and 1994. In addition, full results and commentary have been added for the years 2005 (but without the judge’s commentary), 2006, 2007, and 2008, after rescuing this content from the Wayback Machine (Internet archive website), which had records of this content when it was available on the Washington Poets Association website before that organization was ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2020, 10:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 2020 Seabeck Haiku Getaway Information about the 2020 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, scheduled for October 29 to November 1, 2020, has now been posted to the website. Tom Painting is our featured guest, and our theme for the weekend is “vision.” Registration is slated to open on August 1. However, because we do not yet know how the current coronavirus situation might affect plans to hold our retreat this year, please watch for more information before registering.
    Posted Jun 11, 2020, 12:24 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • April 2020 Meeting Haiku Northwest held its first Zoom meeting on April 9, 2020, with Michael Dylan Welch as the facilitator. Twelve people attended: Terran Campbell (joining us from Spokane), Gary Evans, Dianne Garcia, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, Angela Terry, Kim Weers, Michael Dylan Welch, Garry Wilson, and special guest Terri L. French, who joined us from her RV on the California coast. After introductions and hearing how everyone is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Terri treated us to a reading. She shared haibun and senryu from her new, as-yet-unpublished collection, along with senryu from The Color of Bruises and haibun from Keepers. Next, Michael gave a talk called “Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2020, 6:49 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2019
Our 2019 haiku retreat featured Adam L. Kern and Ion Codrescu over the weekend of October 24–27, 2019, with “attention” as our theme. Additional speakers included Pat Benedict, David Berger, Terry Ann Carter, Margaret Chula, Gary Evans, Marco Fraticelli, William Scott Galasso, Christine Hemp, Connie Hutchison, Lynne Jambor, Roy Kindelberger,  kjmunro, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Jacquie Pearce, Jim Rodriguez, Jacob Salzer, Crystal Simone Smith, Barbara Snow, Sheila Sondik, Carmen Sterba, John Stevenson, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, and Michael Dylan Welch. The primary highlight of the weekend was the unveiling of the “Seabeck Haiku Walk,” a series of twenty engraved plaques permanently installed around the Seabeck Conference Center grounds. We celebrated this installation with a walk around the campus to visit each plaque, where the poets read their poems, if they were present. As usual, we enjoyed haiga displays (including a special one from Ion Codrescu), our book fair and kukai and freebie tables, Write Now exercises, anonymous workshops, a panel discussion on the role of attention in haiku, talent show, late-night rengay (which veered off into the erotic), and the announcement of the 2019 Porad Award winners. We also enjoyed a talk from Christine Hemp, as a special guest via the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Adam Kern’s presentations focus on his Penguin Book of Haiku and his emphasis on senryu and other related forms that he proposes are more prominent in Japanese literary history than what we call haiku today. Ion Codrescu gave several presentations relating to his art and his haiku. We had more than 65 people in attendance. See the 2019 retreat schedule. Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2019 photos coming soon.

Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2018
Our 2018 haiku retreat featured Abigail Friedman over the weekend of October 25–28, 2018, with the sense of sight as our theme (wrapping up the fifth of the five senses). We enjoyed a record number of 83 attendees in celebrating the Haiku Society of America’s 50th anniversary (we were the society’s official 50th anniversary retreat). Additional speakers and featured readers included Ellen Ankenbrock, Shelley Baker-Gard, David Berger, Susan Callan, Terry Ann Carter, Lysa Collins, Susan Constable, Seren Fargo, Patrick Gallagher, Garry Gay, John Green, Connie Hutchison, Cara Izumi, Lynne Jambor, Deborah P Kolodji, Brenda Larsen, Carole MacRury, Dorothy Matthews, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Margaret D. McGee, Angela Naccarato, Victor Ortiz, Linda Papanicolaou, Bob Redmond, Jim Rodriguez, Michele Root-Bernstein, Ce Rosenow, Jacob Salzer, Barbara Snow, Carmen Sterba, John Stevenson, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Kathleen Tice, Michael Dylan Welch, and Carolyn Winkler. Activities included morning meditations, rengay writing, another labyrinth, a birding nature walk, anonymous haiku workshops, a haiga slide show, a talk about honey bees and haiku, a panel discussion on moving from sight to insight, a memorial reading for Johnny Baranski, various other readings (this time at the campfire circle), numerous “Write Now” writing exercises, the announcement of the 2018 Porad Award winners, an artist book craft activity, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed another sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, this time focusing on haiku “mobiles,” plus our seventh annual talent show. See the 2018 retreat schedule. Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2018 photos coming soon.

Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017
Our 2017 haiku retreat featured Scott Mason over the weekend of October 26–29, 2017. Additional speakers and featured readers included Johnny Baranski, David Berger, Melinda Brottem, Terry Ann Carter, Susan Constable, Elehna de Sousa, Darlene Dihel, Julie Emerson, Ida Freilinger, Lynne Jambor, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Ruth Marcus, Dorothy Matthews, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Jacquie Pearce, James Rodriguez, Michelle Schaefer, Hao Shen, Barbara Snow, John Stevenson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Kathleen Tice, Jessica Tremblay, Michael Dylan Welch, Kathabela Wilson, and Rick Wilson. Our activities included numerous “Write Now” writing exercises, the announcement of the 2017 Porad Award winners, beginning and advanced workshops, haiga presentations, readings (again, one in the Cathedral in the Woods), a lagoon walk, craft activities, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our sixth annual talent show. See the 2017 retreat schedule. See photos from our 2017 retreat: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4. See Jessica Tremblays Seabeck retreat report.

Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2016
Our 2016 haiku retreat featured Sonja Arntzen over the weekend of October 27–30, 2016. Additional speakers and featured readers included Ellen Ankenbrock, Shelley Baker-Gard, Chandra Bales, Johnny Baranski, David Berger, Terran Campbell, Margaret Chula, Darlene Dihel, Jay Friedenberg, Diane Garcia, Katharine Grubb Hawkinson, Lynne Jambor, Richard John Lynn, Annette Makino, Maya Makino, Dorothy Matthews, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Hisao Mogi, Leanne Mumford, Angela Naccarato, Jacquie Pearce, Jim Rodriguez, Barbara Snow, John Stevenson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Chrissi Villa, Michael Dylan Welch, and Carolyn Winkler. Our activities included numerous “Write Now” writing exercises, the announcement of the 2016 Porad Award winners, beginning and advanced workshops, haiga presentations, readings (again, one in the Cathedral in the Woods), a mushroom walk, a tea ceremony, renku writing, craft activities, and Day of the Dead and Halloween activities, plus our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. A standout event was our night walk to the cemetery with a surprise visit from a “ghost” sharing death haiku in the dark. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our fifth annual talent show—surely our best ever. See the 2016 retreat schedule. See photos from our 2016 retreat: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4See Kara Simon’s blog posts: Part 1, Part 2, and Cemetery Walk.

Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2015
Our 2015 haiku retreat featured Randy Brooks over the weekend of October 1–4, 2015. Additional speakers and featured readers included Lorna Cahall, Patty Hardin, Katharine Grubb Hawkinson, Erica Akiko Howard, Chuck Kraining (executive director of the Seabeck Conference Center), Annette Makino, Dorothy Matthews, Tanya McDonald, Jacquie Pearce, James Rodriguez, Ce Rosenow, Michelle Schaefer, Carmen Sterba, Angela Terry, Sandy Thompson, Richard Tice, Michael Dylan Welch, Janet Whitney, Kathabela Wilson, Elizabeth-Ann Winkler, and others. Our activities included another renkurama, a “Haiku Handshake,” the announcement of the 2015 Porad Award winners, beginning and advanced workshops, haiga presentations, readings (including one in the Cathedral in the Woods), t’ai chi and hokey-pokey breaks, nature walks, an erotic haiku workshop (since touch was our theme for the weekend), plus our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our fourth annual talent show. See the 2015 retreat schedule. See photos from our 2015 retreat [coming soon], plus photos of attendee faces and name badges [coming soon].

Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2014
Our 2014 haiku retreat featured Alan Pizzarelli over the weekend of October 16–19, 2014. Additional speakers and featured readers included Donna Beaver, Susan Callan, Terry Ann Carter, Susan Constable, Aubrie Cox, Christopher Herold, Deborah P Kolodji, Chuck Kraining (executive director of the Seabeck Conference Center), Carole MacRury, Tanya McDonald, Margaret D. McGee, RaNae Merrill, Bob Moyer, Kathy Munro, James Rodriguez, Michelle Schaefer, John Stevenson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Jessica Tremblay (our cartoonist-in-residence), Karma Tenzing Wangchuk, Michael Dylan Welch, and others. Our activities included another renkurama, a haiku labyrinth, the announcement of the 2014 Porad Award winners, a daytime nature walk and a night haiku walk with lanterns, plus our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our third annual talent show. See the 2014 retreat schedule. See photos from our 2014 retreat [coming soon], plus photos of attendee faces and name badges [coming soon]. See a report of the 2014 retreat, Jessica Tremblay’s summary of the weekend (in words, photos, and comics), Rick Clark’s blog report, and Aubrie Cox’s interview about Seabeck with Michael Dylan Welch.

Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2013
Our 2013 haiku retreat featured Canadian haiku poet Marco Fraticelli over the weekend of October 10–13, 2013. Additional speakers and featured readers included Michael Dylan Welch, Angela Terry, Kathabela Wilson, Richard Tice, Jessica Tremblay (our cartoonist-in-residence), Margaret D. McGee, Tanya McDonald, Susan Constable, Vicki McCullough, Annette Makino, Kozue Uzawa, Terry Ann Carter, Dianne Garcia, Nancy Dahlberg, James Rodriguez, Alice Frampton, Carmen Sterba, Johnny Baranski, Jacquie Pearce, and others. Our activities included another renkurama, a haiku labyrinth, the announcement of the 2013 Porad Award winners, a couple of outdoor haiku walks, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our second annual talent show, coordinated by Dejah Léger. See the 2013 retreat schedule. See photos from our 2013 retreat, part 1 and part 2, plus photos of attendee faces and name badges.

Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2012
Our 2012 haiku retreat featured Paul Miller, incoming editor of Modern Haiku, over the weekend of October 11–14, 2012. Additional speakers and featured readers included Michael Dylan Welch, Tanya McDonald, Angela Terry, Cara Holman, Terri L. French, Jim Swift, Carole MacRury, Johnny Baranski, Margaret McGee, Dianne Garcia, Barry George, and others. Our activities included another renkurama, a panel discussion, the announcement of the 2012 Porad Award winners, a couple of outdoor haiku walks, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, plus their hands-on haiga workshop, and our first-ever talent show, coordinated by Dejah Léger. See the 2012 retreat schedule. See photos from our 2012 retreat, photos of attendee faces and name badges, and Annette Makinos blog posting about finding her tribe at Seabeck.
 
Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2011
Our 2011 haiku retreat featured John Stevenson, editor of The Heron's Nest, over the weekend of October 13–16, 2011. Additional speakers included Michael Dylan Welch, Tanya, McDonald, Susan Constable, Cara Holman, and Angela Terry, with activities such as our first renkurama, the creation of a beautiful holographic (handmade) retreat anthology, a presentation on weathergrams by Barbara Snow, the announcement of the 2011 Porad Award winners, a couple of outdoor haiku walks, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. See the 2011 retreat schedule. See photos from our 2011 retreat.
 
Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2010
Our 2010 haiku retreat featured Charles Trumbull, editor of Modern Haiku, over the weekend of November 4–7, 2010—and we added an extra day, to start on Thursday evening. This gave us more time for renku and other activities, more time between events, and a more relaxed weekend. We're already looking forward to our 2011 retreat, confirmed for the weekend of October 13–16, 2011, so please mark it on your calendar now! Our accommodations are The Firs, Hemlock, and Madrona. We'll again be meeting in the Colman building, which can accommodate 80 people upstairs and 60 people downstairs, plus it has its own lounge, kitchen, and bathrooms. See the 2010 retreat schedule. See photos from our 2010 retreat. See blog posts by Deborah P Kolodji: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4.
 
Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2009
Haiku Northwest held its second annual haiku retreat on the weekend of October 1618, 2009 at the Seabeck Conference Center. Our featured speaker was Penny Harter, and additional speakers included Christopher Herold, Michael Dylan Welch, Ce Rosenow, Debbie Kolodji, Richard Tice, Margaret D. McGee, and more. See the 2009 retreat schedule. See photos from our 2009 haiku retreat. And see the cool video!
 
Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2008
Haiku Northwest held its first annual haiku retreat on the weekend of October 1012, 2008 at the Seabeck Conference Center. Our featured speaker was Emiko Miyashita, visiting from Japan, and additional speakers included Christopher Herold, Margaret Chula, Alice Frampton, Michael Dylan Welch, and more. See the 2008 retreat scheduleSee photos from our 2008 haiku retreat.

Haiku Society of America National Meetings
Haiku Northwest hosted a national meeting of the Haiku Society of America June 21–23, 2013—click here for more information. We also hosted previous national meetings on February 12, 2012; June 25–27, 2010—click here for more information; and June 27–29, 2008—click here for more information.
 
Yahoo Discussion Group and Mailing List
Haiku Northwest has a Yahoo discussion group for news and announcements, open to all. Messages arrive two or three times a month. We also have a private mailing list, which we also encourage you to join to receive our announcements. If you are interested in joining the private mailling list, please contact Tanya McDonald. We welcome your input, and invite you to get involved.