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   Our annual haiku retreat every autumn is the highlight of our year. Our next retreat will be October 1–4, 2015, with Randy Brooks as our featured guest. See the registration page. Retreat schedule coming soon.
   Read results and commentary from all contests since 2004.
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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 © 2004–2015 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

  • 2015 Seabeck Information Newly updated on this website is complete registration information for the 2015 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, coming up October 1–4, 2015, featuring Randy Brooks. Registration opens July 28, with early registration discount ending on August 28. It is still possible to register as late as September 25, but please inquire about space availability. Register today!
    Posted Jul 28, 2015, 10:02 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Meeting Summary for April 23, 2015 On April 23, 2015, members of Haiku Northwest met in the Stadler Meeting Room at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, Washington. In attendance were Dianne Garcia, Derek Lyons, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, Stan Vanek, Vincenne Waxwood, Michael Dylan Welch, and Laurie Zaleski. After announcements, Michelle gave a brief presentation on Jack Kerouac’s haiku and his idea that haiku should be free of “all poetic trickery.” We then looked through copies of haiku journals to find examples of haiku that we felt used some form of trickery and discussed our findings. Following a short break, we shared our own haiku and offered comments to each other. The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.
    Posted May 8, 2015, 11:41 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Meeting Summary for March 26, 2015 On March 26, 2015, Haiku Northwest held its monthly meeting at the Stadler Meeting Room at Lake Forest Park Commons in Lake Forest Park, north of Seattle. Nine people attended: Ida Freilinger, Janet Lewis, Herb McClees, Tanya McDonald, Millie Renfrow, Michelle Schaeffer, Angie Terry, Michael Dylan Welch, and Laurie Zaleski. At the beginning of the meeting, Angie told us about the newest member of the Haiku Northwest mailing list, Adjei Agyei-Baah from Nigeria, who found our website and sent a few haiku to share. Angie passed around his haiku, which we enjoyed reading. After introductions and announcements, Angie gave us a writing exercise involving the haiku at the beginning of each chapter of Laurie R. King’s mystery novel ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2015, 5:44 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Summary of the 2014 Seabeck Retreat Michael Dylan Welch has just posted his report, “Sound Haiku: The 2014 Seabeck Haiku Getaway,” to his personal website. It was first published in the March 2015 issue of Ripples, the Haiku Society of America newsletter. Please take a look to revisit your memories (if you attended) or to get a taste of what Haiku Northwest retreats are all about (if you’ve never been).
    Posted Mar 7, 2015, 9:51 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • How Did Haiku Northwest Begin? Check out the new additions to the Frequently Asked Questions page, especially in answer to the question, “How did Haiku Northwest begin?” There you’ll find information about early meetings, with additional information and several reminiscences supplied by Connie Hutchison.
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 8:37 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Meeting Summary for February 21, 2015 On Saturday, February 21, 2015, Haiku Northwest held its first quarterly meeting of the year. We met at Seattles Washington Park Arboretum at 10:30 and strolled through the Winter Garden, pausing to sniff winter-blooming shrubs, bask in the sunshine, and jot down a few haiku. It was a sunny day, and although the wind reminded us it was February, we were able to eat lunch outside at the Graham Visitor Center. At 12:30, a dozen of us headed to the Montlake Library. Following announcements, introductions, and sharing a few haiku written during our walk, Tanya McDonald gave a workshop on gendai (modern) haiku. It included the history of gendai haiku in Japanese, a brief exploration ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2015, 11:02 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haiku Northwest’s First Quarterly Meeting Coming on February 21 Haiku Northwest's next event is its first quarterly meeting of the year. We’ll meet on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Washington Park Arboretum and at the Montlake Library in Seattle. At 10:30 a.m., we’ll gather at the Graham Visitor Center at the Arboretum and walk from there through the winter garden (bring a lunch). Then at 12:30 p.m. we will meet at the Montlake Library, which will include the sharing of haiku written on the morning walk (and elsewhere) and a workshop on gendai haiku led by Tanya McDonald. See you there!
    Posted Feb 12, 2015, 9:19 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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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, plus photos of attendee faces and name badges.
 
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.
 
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.