2019 Events


Haiku Northwest invites you to attend any of our free monthly meetings. Listed here are all our meetings, a few special events, plus significant regional or national events. If you’re giving a haiku workshop or know of another haiku event in the area, please let us know so we can add it. Monthly meetings usually start at 6:30 p.m. with informal socializing, with a more formal start at 7:00 p.m. and occur on the second Thursday of each month, except as indicated (for 2019 we have switched to the second Thursday instead of the fourth). All dates and details are subject to change, and will be confirmed via the Haiku Northwest mailing list (through which you may be provided additional details). To join our mailing list or to suggest haiku-related events to add to the following schedule, please contact Angela Terry at haikunw1988@gmail.com. We’ll update content as soon as we confirm the details. See you at our next event!

In addition to the following events, the Washington region of the Haiku Society of America is having its annual regional meeting in Bellingham, Washington on August 27, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until dinner ends after 6:00 p.m.

January 10
(note change to the second Thursdays instead of the fourth)

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 4

Facilitated by Tanya McDonald
Featured reader:
Bob Redmond

January 20

“Haiku/Haiga Workshop: The union of image through words and visual art,” 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., free

Judd Creek Ranch Gallery
22237 103rd Avenue SW, Vashon, Washington

Facilitated by Ann Spiers — register here

February

National Haiku Writing Month

Visit the NaHaiWriMo website and the Facebook page

Write at least one haiku per day for each day of February

February 3

“Haiku on Steroids” workshop
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, $35

Open Books
2414 N 45th Street, Seattle, Washington

Facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch — register here

February 14

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
MEETING CANCELED DUE TO SNOW

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 4

Facilitated by Tanya McDonald

March 14

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 4

Facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch
Special presentation by Dale Dvorak: “Lyrical Images” (haiku written in response to Japanese woodblock prints by Suzuki Harunobu, Katsukawa Shuncho, and Utagawa Hiroshige)

April 6

Poetry Prowl

Ellensburg, Washington

Michael Dylan Welch and Tanya McDonald reading collaborative haiku

April 11

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 3

Facilitated by Angela Terry

April 13–14

Sakura Days Japan Fair

VanDusen Botanical Garden
Vancouver, British Columbia

Various haiku events

April 17

International Haiku Poetry Day

 

 

 April 19Haiku Reading, 7:00 p.m., freeOpen Books
2414 N 45th Street in Seattle
Featuring Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch

April 20

Special Haiku Northwest Business Meeting, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Montlake Library
2401 24th Ave E
Seattle, Washington


 April 26–28Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural FestivalSeattle Center
Seattle, Washington
 

May 9

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 4

Facilitated by Michelle Schaefer

May 17–19

Haiku Canada Weekend

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia 


June 13

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 4

Facilitated by Tanya McDonald
Featured speaker:
Ron Swanson on Japanese tea ceremony

June 29–30

Japan Fair

Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue, Washington 


July 11

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 4


July 20

Poets in the Park

Anderson Park
Redmond, Washington

Includes Haiku Northwest poets reading from our new anthology, Zigzag Bridge

August 7–11

Haiku North America conference

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 


August  8

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 4

Facilitated by Michelle Schaefer

September 12

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 4

Facilitated by Tanya McDonald

September 13, 14

Moon Viewing Festival, 6:00 p.m.

Seattle Japanese Garden 

Haiku contest each night

September 20

Porad Haiku Award Deadline

See submission guidelines (winners announced at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway in October)

Tom Painting, judge 

September 28

Japan Festival

Bellevue College
Bellevue, Washington


October 10

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Lake Forest Park Library
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, Washington

Facilitated by Tanya McDonald

October 24–27

Seabeck Haiku Getaway
(our twelfth annual retreat)

Seabeck Conference Center
Seabeck, Washington 

Our theme for the weekend is “attention,” with Adam L. Kern as our featured guest

November 14

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

 

Facilitated by Tanya McDonald
Featured reader: 
Gary Evans

December 12 

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 

 

Holiday party 


Please also check the schedule for the Seattle Japanese Garden (see this website also). Several of the garden’s events typically include a haiku component, such as the moonviewing festival, which usually includes a haiku contest.


Click also to see event listings for 2018201720162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.