2020 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 2020 we will also have quarterly meetings on selected weekends in place of that month's Thursday meeting. 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 regional haiku-related events to add to the following schedule, please contact Tanya McDonald 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 will be having annual regional meeting at place to be determined [cancelled due to the pandemic].

January 9

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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

 

February 1 (Saturday)

Quarterly Meeting,
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Tanya McDonald’s home in Woodinville (please email haikunw1988@gmail.com for the address)

 

February

National Haiku Writing Month

Visit the NaHaiWriMo website and Facebook page

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

March 12
MEETING CANCELLED

Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m. (note earlier start time)

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

Due to coronavirus concerns, this meeting has been cancelled

April 9
ONLINE MEETING

Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m. (note earlier start time)

Kirkland Kingsgate Library
(not our previous Kirkland Library location)
12315 NE 143rd Street

Kirkland, Washington
Conference Room

Our in-person meeting will be replaced with an online meeting; Zoom details provided by email

Terri L. French will be our featured reader; Michael Dylan Welch will lead the meeting and give a presentation on “Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer”

 April 11
CANCELLED
Family Day haiku activities
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 Seattle Japanese GardenCancelled.

April 17

International Haiku Poetry Day

 

Local activities cancelled.

April 18–19
CANCELLED

Sakura Days Japan Fair

VanDusen Botanical Garden
Vancouver, British Columbia

Cancelled.
Various haiku events

April 24–26
CANCELLED

Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival

Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington

Cancelled.

May 2 (Saturday)
ONLINE MEETING

Quarterly Meeting,
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Zoom meeting details provided by email

Lew Watts will be our featured reader; Tanya McDonald will lead the meeting

June 11
ONLINE MEETING

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Zoom meeting details provided by email

Emiko Miyashita and Sari Grandstaff will be our featured readers; Michael Dylan Welch will lead the meeting

July 9
ONLINE MEETING

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Zoom meeting details provided by email

 

July 11–12
CANCELLED

Japan Fair

Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue, Washington

Cancelled.

August 1 (Saturday)
ONLINE MEETING

Quarterly Meeting,
1:00–4:00 p.m.

 

Michael Dylan Welch will lead the meeting

August 28, 29

Moon Viewing Festival, 6:00 p.m.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Haiku contest both nights

September 10
ONLINE MEETING

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

 

Tanya McDonald will lead the meeting

September 20 (received by this date, including postal submissions)

Porad Haiku Award Deadline

See submission guidelines (winners announced at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, via Zoom, on October 31)

Judge: Julie Warther

September 28–October 3
ONLINE

Japan Festival

Online event, sponsored by Bellevue College
Bellevue, Washington

 

October 8
ONLINE MEETING

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

 

Gary Evans and Curtis Manley will lead the meeting

October 31–November 1
ONLINE MEETING

Seabeck Haiku Getaway 
(our thirteenth annual retreat)
See schedule and registration page

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days, via Zoom (free to participate, but registration is required)

Our theme for the weekend is “vision”

November 12
ONLINE MEETING

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

 

Dianne Garcia and Ron Swanson will lead the meeting, on haiku writing processes

December 10
ONLINE MEETING

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

 

Tanya McDonald will lead the meeting


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 20192018201720162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.