Celebrating our 30th Anniversary in 2018

   Check our schedule of upcoming events.
   Read results and commentary from all contests since 2004, including 2018 results judged by Francine Banwarth.
   Our annual haiku retreat every autumn is the highlight of our year. Our next retreat takes place October 25–28, 2018, focusing on the sense of sight, with Abigail Friedman as our guest for our eleventh anniversary retreat. See the 2018 information pageregistration page, and schedule page.
Haiku Books for Sale
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Poems by Haiku Northwest Members
   Read poems by our members, with short biographies.
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   Lean about and connect with our Haiku Northwest officers.
   Lean about our sister organization, with selected haiku in Japanese and English.

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!

   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.
   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 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
  
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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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 fourth Thursday evening of most months, host an annual regional 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.

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

Haiku Northwest News Blog

  • 2018 Porad Award Results Winners of the 2018 Porad Award for haiku were announced at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway on October 27, 2018, and have now been posted to the 2018 Porad Award Winners page. Congratulations to Margaret D. McGee for first place, Michele L. Harvey for second place, and Scott Mason for third place. Honorable mentions also went to Melissa Alexander, Michael Dudley, Deborah P Kolodji, and Scott Mason. Thank you to Francine Banwarth for serving as our judge, and to Richard and Kathleen Tice for being our contest coordinators. We received 495 poems from nine different countries. Congratulations to all!
    Posted Oct 30, 2018, 5:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • September 2018 Meeting The September Haiku Northwest meeting convened at 7:00 p.m. on September 27, 2018 at the Lake Forest Park Library. Twelve people attended: Terran Campbell, Gary Evans, Cara Izumi, Philaah Jones, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Millie Renfrew, Arlene Springer, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch, plus Dianne Garcia, who coordinated the meeting. Since we had several new faces, we started with introductions and then announcements. Angie mentioned that 73 people were already signed up for this year’s Seabeck Haiku Getaway, Michael gave us an update on the Haiku Walk sign casting delays (which probably means that installation will not take place in time for this year’s getaway), Dianne discussed Japan Day (October 6) at Bellevue ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2018, 5:00 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • August 2018 Meeting The August Haiku Northwest meeting took place on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirkland Library with six people in attendance: Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, Connie Hutchison, Tanya McDonald, Angela Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. Angie coordinated the meeting, which included announcements about new publications and an update on plans for our annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway and our Seabeck Haiku Walk. She then led the group in a haiku-focused surrealist Exquisite Corpse exercise, using the three-line format of writing: 1) a person or thing, 2) a place or time, and 3) a resolution. Each person wrote a line, folded it over and passed it along to the person sitting next to him ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2018, 12:45 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 2018 Seabeck Schedule Now Posted What a superb annual retreat Haiku Northwest has planned this year—see the 2018 Seabeck schedule, now available. We feature Abigail Friedman, author of The Haiku Apprentice, the unveiling of the Seabeck Haiku Walk plaques around the Seabeck Conference Center campus, and celebrate not just the 30th anniversary of Haiku Northwest but the 50th anniversary of the Haiku Society of America. Birdwatching, bookmaking, book fair. Silent auction, readings, workshops. Honey bees, Porad contest winners, and a special focus on haiga. We will also create another labyrinth this year too! And don’t forget our spectacular talent show!        Anticipated presenters include Ellen Ankenbrock, David Berger, Susan Callan, Terry Ann Carter, Lysa Collins, Susan Constable, Seren Fargo, Abigail Friedman, Patrick Gallagher, Garry ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2018, 12:05 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • June 2018 Meeting Haiku Northwest held its June meeting on Thursday June 28, 2018 at the Kirkland Library. The meeting was led by president Michelle Schaefer with the following people in attendance: Joshua Beach, Terran Campbell, Dianne Garcia, Tanya McDonald, Jim Rodriguez, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Joan Stamm, and Michael Dylan Welch—our largest attendance in a while. Following introductions and a few announcements, including sharing some newly published haiku books, Michael introduced Joan Stamm and she discussed her new book A Pilgrimage in Japan: The 33 Temples of Kannon (available on Amazon). Joan and her sister lived in Japan for several years in the ’90s and Joan said they always look for reasons to go back to visit ...
    Posted Jun 30, 2018, 11:25 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Porad Award Information Updated for 2018 Time to enter Haiku Northwest’s Porad Award for 2018. Check out the 2018 submissions guidelines. Thank you to Richard and Kathleen Tice, who are continuing to serve as contest coordinators, and thank you to Francine Banwarth, who is our judge this year. Results will be announced at our Seabeck Haiku Getaway on October 27, 2018. The submission deadline is September 20, 2018, but hey, why wait till then?
    Posted Jun 29, 2018, 12:32 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Remembering Johnny Baranski Longtime Haiku Northwest member Johnny Baranski died in January of 2018 at the age of 69 in Vancouver, Washington, after a brief hospitalization. Newly added to the Poems by Haiku Northwest Members‎ page is a memorial page for Johnny, including an appreciation from Frogpond by Michael Dylan Welch, two obituaries, a biographical sketch, several photos, and sample poems, including the last haiku that Johnny wrote. Our gratitude to Johnny and his family for his life of conviction, and for his life of haiku poetry.
    Posted May 13, 2018, 10:53 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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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 Frielinger, 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. Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017 photos coming soon. 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.