Haiku Northwest News Blog

Haiku Northwest is an active group of poets devoted to haiku and related poetry. It was founded in 1988, and continues to engage all leading haiku poets of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. This blog focuses on Haiku Northwest news as well as what’s new on this website. If you have haiku-related regional news items to share, or any comments on news items or this website, please contact Michael Dylan Welch (webmaster) or Haiku Northwest. We’d love to hear from you, and to see you at our next meeting (see the Events page).

Remembering Johnny Baranski

posted May 13, 2018, 10:46 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 13, 2018, 10:53 PM ]

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.

Pacific Northwest Annual Meeting Schedule Posted

posted May 9, 2018, 9:47 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 17, 2018, 9:33 AM ]

On the weekend of June 8 to 10, 2018, Brightwater Center in Woodinville, Washington will host the 2018 annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest region of the Haiku Society of America. Our weekend schedule is now available. It’s free to attend, but lunch is extra—and please register by May 25 to guarantee that a lunch will be available for you (see the registration form). Saturday’s events will have an ecological focus, and will include a guided educational tour of the Brightwater Center wastewater treatment plant. Speakers include Jason Wirth on “Ecology in the Buddhist Tradition,” and various others, including David Berger on salmon ecology, Tanya McDonald with a water haiku workshop, Angela Terry as chief organizer, Richard Tice on ecological haiku from Japan, and Michael Dylan Welch with a presentation on paying attention to our environment and still-life painting as a metaphor for haiku (plus a workshop). Other weekend events include a haiku reading on Friday night, plus brunch on Sunday followed by a haiku walk at Bothell’s funky outdoor art mall, Country Village.

April 2018 Meeting

posted Apr 29, 2018, 11:36 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 11:36 AM ]

The April 2018 Haiku Northwest meeting was held on the 26th at the Redmond Library with fifteen people in attendance: Laura Lee Bennett, Terran Campbell, Gary Evans, Seren Fargo, Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, Katharine Grubb, Trish Knox, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, Ron Swanson, Angie Terry, Tyler (no last name given), and Michael Dylan Welch. Angie discussed the upcoming Pacific Northwest regional Haiku Society of America meeting to be held the weekend of June 8 to 10, and Tanya talked about her June 6 haiku workshop at the Woodinville Library. Michael then facilitated a group interaction and workshop designed for first-timers in attendance, focusing on things that make us happy and the haiku that can result. With topics as varied as toast, whales, hats, cherry blossoms, kites, seashells, and champagne, among others, a delightful selection of haiku emerged, and participants shared several of them. After the workshop, the usual meeting format of sharing and critiquing our haiku finished off the meeting, with Michael as facilitator. This was a unique meeting in that the library had advertised it to the public (with posters and on its online calendar of events), drawing four new participants, who we hope will come back. It was also a pleasure to see Seren and Katharine, who have not often been able to attend. Tanya McDonald will facilitate the May meeting, which will be held at the Redmond Library on May 24 and will again be promoted by the library.

Extensive Website Updates

posted Feb 7, 2018, 11:08 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 11:23 AM ]

New additions to the Haiku Northwest website include the addition of a Seabeck Haiku Getaway page for 2018 (featuring Abigail Friedman), including our 2018 registration page with new rates (registration opens July 1, 2018). Also new is our 2018 Events page, with dates and most event information for the entire year. Numerous updates elsewhere include the addition and removal of various links, the addition of our most recent PDF information sheet, and an update on our Haiku Northwest Officers page for 2018. The home page also now includes a summary of the 2017 Seabeck retreat and a clean-up of the left-nav list, among numerous other tweaks and refinements elsewhere. If you spot any problems or errors, please let us know.

January 2018 Meeting

posted Jan 30, 2018, 9:30 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 9:31 PM ]

The first Haiku Northwest meeting of 2018 took place at the Redmond Library on January 25, 2018. Seven people were in attendance: Gary Evans, Ida Freilinger, Connie Hutchison, C. R. Manley, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, and Michael Dylan Welch. The election of executive committee officers took place with all of the officers retaining their positions:

  • President: Michelle Schaefer
  • Vice President: Tanya McDonald
  • Secretary: Angela Terry
  • Treasurer: Dianne Garcia
  • Webmaster: Michael Dylan Welch
After that, we shared the news of Johnny Baranski’s passing, and Michelle read a handful of his poems. He will be much missed in the haiku community, and at our Seabeck retreats. Michael gave a brief overview of the planned Seabeck haiku walk, and there was a discussion about it. Connie brought cookies to share and we all enjoyed them while we critiqued each others’ poems. Our next meeting will be at the Redmond Library on February 22, 2018.

Haiku Northwest Featured at SoulFood Poetry Night

posted Jan 30, 2018, 9:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 9:28 PM ]

On January 18, 2018, about 25 to 30 people listened to eight members of Haiku Northwest reading their haiku, senryu, sequences, and an occasional haibun or longer poem at SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond, Washington. Readers were Terran Campbell, Rick Clark, Dianne Garcia, Roy Kindelberger, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, and Michael Dylan Welch. The reading was also streamed live online and can be seen (for a limited time) at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/112012713. SoulFood Poetry Night is a monthly reading series that Michael has curated since 2006. Haiku Northwest previously featured in April of 2014.

2017 Porad Award Results Now Online

posted Nov 3, 2017, 8:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 8:06 PM ]

Results of the 2017 Porad Award were announced on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Haiku Northwest’s tenth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway. You can now read all the 2017 Porad Award Winners, with commentary by our judge, Terry Ann Carter. Thank you to Richard and Kathleen Tice who processed 390 entries as our contest coordinators. Congratulations to the winners, and we hope you will enter again next year.

August 2017 Meeting

posted Aug 28, 2017, 3:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 3:31 PM ]

The August Haiku Northwest meeting took place on August 24, 2017 at the main library in Bellevue, Washington, with six poets present: Terran Campbell, Dianne Garcia, C. R. Manley, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, and Michael Dylan Welch. We passed around recent haiku books for show and tell. Tanya suggested that we start our meetings half an hour earlier at 6:30 to give us additional time to socialize or to start discussing poems earlier. Among various announcements, Michael said he’ll be giving workshops at East West Bookshop in Seattle on September 9 and in Auburn on October 5, and a presentation for the Japan Fair at Bellevue College on October 4. Michael and Tanya will be reading at Redmond’s new Brick and Mortar Books on October 6 for the WA129 statewide poetry anthology. In addition, Nicholas Klacsanzky will be hosting a haiku walk at Shoreline’s Kruckeberg Botanic garden at 2:00 pm on September 2. We spent the remainder of the meeting sharing and critiquing haiku, noting everyones distinctive style.

July 2017 Meeting

posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:33 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 4:35 PM ]

The July Haiku Northwest meeting took place at the library in Kirkland, Washington on July 27, 2017. Since our president was out of town, vice president Tanya McDonald ran the meeting. Members in attendance were Terran Campbell, Dianne Garcia, Connie Hutchison, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Curtis Manley, Angie Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. During the announcements, Michael passed around several new haiku books he has recently obtained and Angie shared photos and haiku from her recent visit to the Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. Then Tanya led the group in a writing session entitled “Sensing Summer.” She had taken each of the five senses—taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight—and had listed a number of summer kigo (season words) for each one. We had 15 minutes to write haiku, or jot down further associations, relating to these prompts. Then we shared what we had written, and discussed how many of the kigo fit with more than one sense, which led to additional senses being considered. Everyone agreed the exercise was interesting, and we again discussed the possibility of putting together a list of Pacific Northwest season words. Following the exercise, we shared and critiqued many of the haiku we had each brought.

June 2017 Meeting

posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 4:35 PM ]

The June Haiku Northwest meeting meeting was held at the library in Bellevue, Washington on June 22, 2017. Our president, Michelle Schaefer, led the meeting, with the following members present: Gary Evans, Ida Freilinger, Connie Hutchison, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Tanya McDonald, Angie Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. During the announcements, Nicholas mentioned that he is setting up “Haiku and Meditation” sessions at a meditation facility in Seattle, and invited all of us to participate. After a variety of other announcements, Michelle led our usual activity, focusing on members reading the haiku they had brought to share, and then critiquing specific haiku. Since we started this meeting a half hour earlier than usual, we were able to go deeper into the haiku everyone had brought.

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