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Seabeck Haiku Getaway (2014 retreat schedule coming later)
   Our annual haiku retreat every autumn is the highlight of our year. Our 2014 retreat dates are October 16–19, 2014, and will feature Alan Pizzarelli.
   Read results and commentary from all contests since 2004.

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 © 2004–2014 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

  • 2014 Seabeck Haiku Getaway Just posted is information about Haiku Northwest’s seventh annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway, to be held October 16 to 19, 2014 (no price increase from 2013 or 2012). Our featured guest is Alan Pizzarelli, proprietor of the Haiku Chronicles podcast with Donna Beaver, who will also be coming. Other guest speakers include Allan Burns, John Stevenson, and more. Look for the return of our haiku labyrinth and our increasingly popular talent show, together with our usual assortment of presentations, readings, and workshops. See you at Seabeck!
    Posted Apr 10, 2014, 1:53 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haiku Northwest 25th Anniversary Anthology A major new addition to this website is a page about No Longer Strangers, Haiku Northwest’s brand-new anthology celebrating the organization’s 25th anniversary. The book features haiku, senryu, and haibun by 78 contributors from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska. Please visit the page to learn how to order, read sample poems and other content from the book, see Dejah Léger’s papercut artwork, and more.
    Posted Apr 4, 2014, 2:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haiku Northwest Domain Name We’re pleased to announced that Haiku Northwest has just acquired the haikunorthwest.org domain name. At the moment it’s set up to redirect to the existing Google Sites URL, but both addresses currently work. Later, the site will be configured to show just the new domain name. But even now, it will be easier to encourage friends to investigate our organization simply by telling them to visit haikunorthwest.org. Spread the word!
    Posted Apr 3, 2014, 11:53 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • The 2014 Francine Porad Award for Haiku Haiku Northwest is pleased to announce the eleventh annual Porad Haiku Award. Deadline: Postmarked by September 1, 2014. Prizes: $100, $50, and $25. Poems will be published on the Haiku Northwest website, and announced at Haiku Northwest’s annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway, to be held October 16–19, 2014. Judge: John Stevenson, former president of the Haiku Society of America, and current managing editor of The Heron’s Nest. Fees: $1 per poem (unlimited entries). For complete submission guidelines, please visit the Porad Haiku Award page.
    Posted Apr 3, 2014, 1:55 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Upcoming Meeting Details The Haiku Northwest 2014 Events page has just been updated with meeting locations for the April, May, and June meetings. On April 24 we’ll meet at the Lake Forest Park Library, and on May 22 and June 26 we’ll meet at the Bellevue Library. Hope you can join us!
    Posted Apr 3, 2014, 1:53 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Meeting Summary for February 27, 2014 Our February meeting, at the Kirkland Library, was opened by our new president, Angela Terry. Also attending were Jeannie Boag, William Scott Galasso, Dianne Garcia, Connie Hutchison, Tanya MacDonald, Marilyn Sandall, Gwenn Stamm, Marc Williams, and Ruth Yarrow. Everyone introduced themselves and read one haiku. We heard many announcements about upcoming haiku-related events. Angie led a writing exercise on the theme of winter rain. We wrote for five to ten minutes using phrases that reminded us of the theme without using those words. Participants read their phrases and Ruth Yarrow recorded them on the whiteboard. Some examples were sandbags by the roadside, cold squall slapping my cheek, pulling up my jacket’s hood, squishy sounds when I walk, fogged ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2014, 8:30 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Sakura-Con, April 18–20, 2014 Haiku Northwest will have a presence at Sakura-Con, an annual anime festival in Seattle to be held April 18–20, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center. On April 18 and 19 we’ll hand out business cards with a haiku, our name, and website, and Tanya McDonald will share her small booklet about haiku. On Sunday, April 20, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Carmen Sterba will present a discussion about haiku. Dianne Garcia has provided a theme for this event: By using more “show” than “tell” we can show how haiku (and its related forms) can create and share personal memories of Sakura-Con. Here’s how Haiku Northwest members can help:      1.  Please send ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2014, 12:27 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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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 [coming soon], 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.