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   Read results and commentary from all contests since 2004. Submit by September 20, 2017 for our 2017 contest.
   Our annual haiku retreat every autumn is the highlight of our year. Our next retreat takes place October 26–29, 2017, focusing on the sense of taste, with Scott Mason as our guest for our tenth anniversary retreat. See the 2017 information pageregistration page, and schedule page).
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Poems by Haiku Northwest Members
   Read poems by our members, with short biographies.
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   Lean about our sister organization, with selected haiku in Japanese and English.

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!
 
   Read about our meetings (usually on the fourth 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.
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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 part of the Washington region of the Haiku Society of America (HSA). 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
  
Original site established on AOL Hometown on February 14, 2004.
Site established at this location on October 8, 2008.
Webmaster: Michael Dylan Welch (WelchM@aol.com).
Haiku Northwest logo: Susan K. Miller.
All poems appearing on this site are the copyright of their respective authors.
Site Copyright © 2004–2017 by Michael Dylan Welch.
Haiku Northwest Announcements
Click any of the following links to read recent Haiku Northwest news or other site additions. To join our email list (about two or three messages per month), send an email request to haikunw1988@gmail.com.

Haiku Northwest News Blog

  • 2017 Porad Award Results Now Online Results of the 2017 Porad Award were announced on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Haiku Northwest’s tenth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway. You can now read all the 2017 Porad Award Winners, with commentary by our judge, Terry Ann Carter. Thank you to Richard and Kathleen Tice who processed 390 entries as our contest coordinators. Congratulations to the winners, and we hope you will enter again next year.
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 8:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • August 2017 Meeting The August Haiku Northwest meeting took place on August 24, 2017 at the main library in Bellevue, Washington, with six poets present: Terran Campbell, Dianne Garcia, C. R. Manley, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, and Michael Dylan Welch. We passed around recent haiku books for show and tell. Tanya suggested that we start our meetings half an hour earlier at 6:30 to give us additional time to socialize or to start discussing poems earlier. Among various announcements, Michael said he’ll be giving workshops at East West Bookshop in Seattle on September 9 and in Auburn on October 5, and a presentation for the Japan Fair at Bellevue College on October 4. Michael and Tanya will be reading at Redmond ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2017, 3:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • July 2017 Meeting The July Haiku Northwest meeting took place at the library in Kirkland, Washington on July 27, 2017. Since our president was out of town, vice president Tanya McDonald ran the meeting. Members in attendance were Terran Campbell, Dianne Garcia, Connie Hutchison, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Curtis Manley, Angie Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. During the announcements, Michael passed around several new haiku books he has recently obtained and Angie shared photos and haiku from her recent visit to the Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. Then Tanya led the group in a writing session entitled “Sensing Summer.” She had taken each of the five senses—taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight—and had listed a number of summer ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:35 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • June 2017 Meeting The June Haiku Northwest meeting meeting was held at the library in Bellevue, Washington on June 22, 2017. Our president, Michelle Schaefer, led the meeting, with the following members present: Gary Evans, Ida Freilinger, Connie Hutchison, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Tanya McDonald, Angie Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. During the announcements, Nicholas mentioned that he is setting up “Haiku and Meditation” sessions at a meditation facility in Seattle, and invited all of us to participate. After a variety of other announcements, Michelle led our usual activity, focusing on members reading the haiku they had brought to share, and then critiquing specific haiku. Since we started this meeting a half hour earlier than usual, we were able to go deeper into the haiku ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:35 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Annual Pacific Northwest Haiku Meeting on June 3, 2017 The big news from the Pacific Northwest Region (Washington and Alaska) was our annual meeting held June 3, 2017. The day started with a haiku walk at Discovery Park, a former military base (Fort Lawton) turned into a Seattle city park. Sixteen people showed up for the 10:00 am start and we took the 2.6-mile loop trail through woods and meadows, with a lovely view of Puget Sound from the cliffs about halfway through the walk.      Although there was much more talking than writing going on as we caught up with people we hadn’t seen in months, we did manage to stop and look at a millipede, rescue a hurt bumblebee, listen to a song sparrow ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:51 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Klacsanzky Pages A new addition to Poems by Haiku Northwest Members is a memorial page for George Klacsanzky (1956–2003), who was a prominent early haiku poet in the Seattle area. Read a little about his life, his journal Haiku Zasshi Zo, and read five of his poems. Also newly added is a page for his son, Nicholas Klacsanzky, also a haiku poet.
    Posted Jul 29, 2017, 1:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Our Tenth Anniversary Seabeck Retreat Information is now online about our tenth anniversary Seabeck Haiku Getaway, set to take place October 26–29, 2017. See the 2017 information page, and our 2017 registration page. We’ll post the schedule soon, too. Registration opens August 1, 2017. We’ve got some extraordinary events planned especially for our tenth anniversary retreat—don’t miss out!
    Posted Jul 27, 2017, 5:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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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 4.

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.