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 leading and beginning haiku poets of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, but with a special focus on the greater Seattle area. 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).

July 2021 Quarterly Meeting

posted Jul 22, 2021, 6:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 22, 2021, 7:55 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held its second quarterly meeting of the year on Saturday, July 10, 2021, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., welcoming (via Zoom) the following 37 participants: Chandra Bales, Anne Burgevin, Terran Campbell, Steven Carter, Janice Doppler, Gary Evans, Peter Fischer, Carolyn Fitz, Ida Freilinger , Patrick Gallagher, Dianne Garcia, Alan Harvey, Joyce Holgate, Connie Hutchison, Lynne Jambor, Emily Kane, Janis Lukstein, Curtis Manley, Elaine Mannon, Tanya McDonald, Joel Myer, Helen Ogden, Victor Ortiz, Linda Papanicolaou, Susan Roberts, Larry St. Pierre, Michelle Schaefer, Eliott Simons, Maggie Smith, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Kim Weers, Michael Dylan Welch, Kathabela Wilson, Sharon Yee, Gideon Young, and Karen [last name unrecorded]. Our attendees joined us from Washington, Oregon, California, British Columbia, Utah, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and elsewhere.
        Michael Dylan Welch hosted the meeting, which began with readings by Gideon Young and Anne Burgevin. Gideon Young, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina read poems from his new book from Backbone Press, My Hands Full of Light. Gideon is a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective with his poetry appearing in many publications, including several anthologies. His poems were well received by the group and generated much discussion and insights. He began and closed his presentation with improvised performances on his flute.
        Anne Burgevin read next. She shared poems from her book, Frozen Earth, available from Red Moon Press. She also shared some of her wonderful graphic artwork. Anne is from Penn State College and is a writer is an elementary teacher, poet, naturalist, and environmentalist. Throughout her life she has fostered awareness and a sense of wonder in her children and students about the natural world. Her haiku are an expression of her passion and concern for every living being, for whom she has deep regard, including weeds.
        After break-out room sessions where we could get to know each other better, we then enjoyed a featured presentation from Dr. Steven D. Carter, professor emeritus of Stanford University and a world-renowned authority on Japanese literature. His talk was “When and Why? Reading Bashō’s Hokku.” Dr. Carter discussed how Bashō revised his work all the time, even changing facts for poetic effect. Several versions exist of many of his poems. At times, these revisions were done to make a poem fit into a longer renku. Bashō also revised poems by other poets, and would sometimes also include earlier versions of his own poems in later works such as his travel journals. Researchers can be hard-pressed to pinpoint the exact time and place of Bashō’s poems. Finally, Bashō’s poetry, and renku verses in particular, were purposely open-ended so that the next participant in a linked-verse session had various points of entry for their contributions. Dr. Carter’s presentation was very well received, shattered some long-held misunderstandings of Bashō and how he worked, and elicited some good questions and discussion among attendees.
        After a short break, the afternoon continued with our usual rounds of haiku critiquing. When we reached our normal ending time of 4:00 p.m., more than a dozen poets continued for an extra hour sharing and discussing poems, led by Michael.

Photos by Kathabela Wilson.

        



        

June 2021 Meeting

posted Jun 22, 2021, 7:09 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 22, 2021, 7:09 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2021, welcoming (via Zoom) Jill Andrews, David Berger, Terran Campbell, Theresa Cancro, Shirley Ferris, Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, John S. Green, Alan Harvey, Connie Hutchison, Emily Kane, Jill Lee, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Geoff Pope, Bob Redmond, Susan Roberts, Michelle Schaefer, Elliott Simons, Ann Spiers, Carmen Sterba, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, and Kim Weers. Curtis Manley hosted the meeting, which began with a reading from poets in Vashon Island’s 22-year-old haiku gathering, “Mondays at Three,” reading from their second anthology, Portage, which they published in 2020. Readers were Jill Andrews, Shirley Ferris, Dianne Garcia, and Ann Spiers, representing all the poets in the book. The haiku was distinguished by the spirit of the island, located in the Puget Sound. The print run included just enough for the poets and a few for their extended circle and is now out of print . . . but you can enjoy a few of the book’s poems here:

Six sea kayaks sleep
spooned together,
waiting for summer
        —Kaj Wyn Berry

small craft warning
a light chop
in the birdbath
        —Michael Feinstein

Me, prone—
after a geoduck,
hand in another world.
        —Helen Russell

May 2021 Meeting

posted Jun 3, 2021, 8:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 9:01 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021, welcoming (via Zoom) folks from Massachusetts to California, from Wilmington, Delaware to the Pacific Northwest, and multiple folks from Canada. Attendees (at least 34) included Judith Munira Avinger, David Berger, Terran Campbell, Theresa Cancro, Terry Ann Carter, Gary Evans, Peter Fischer, Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, John S Green, Alan Harvey, Connie Hutchison, Lynne Jambor, Emily Kanee, Annette Makino, Curtis Manley, Elaine Mannon, Tanya McDonald, Helen Ogden, Jacqueline Pearce, Bob Redmond, Michelle Schaefer, Elliot Simons, Maggie Smith, Sheila Sondik, Carmen Sterba, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Kim Weers, Michael Dylan Welch, Garry Wilson, and Kathabela Wilson. We enjoyed a couple of breakout-room sessions before the featured presentation by Jacquie Pearce, talking about her new haiku anthology, Last Train Home (Pondhawk Press, 2021) Jacquie shared her family history with trains (her grandfather drove a diesel engine; she and her brother also took a train trip across Canada for 30 days). She described travels in Japan and other experiences with trains, pairing selected haiku with her amazing photos, also reading haiku and tanka from Carmen Sterba, Michael Dylan Welch, Lynne Jambor, Gary Evans, Johnny Baranski, Adjei Agyei-Baah, and others. We wrapped up our meeting with more breakout sessions, this time for writing and sharing train haiku, and did some sharing and critiquing in the big group too. It was a fun, enriching meeting moderated by Gary Evans.

April 2021 Quarterly Meeting

posted Apr 27, 2021, 3:30 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 27, 2021, 3:34 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held its second quarterly meeting of the year on April 10, 2021, via Zoom, starting at 1:00 p.m. with a welcome by Michael Dylan Welch. A record number of 49 attendees included Chandra Bales, Cheryl Berrong, Richard Bruns, Terran Campbell, Theresa Cancro, Joseph Chiveny, Daphne Clifton, Rick Daddario, Janice Doppler, Gary Evans, Bill Fay, Peter Fischer, Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, Sherry Grant, John S Green, Alan Harvey, Connie Hutchison, Lynne Jambor, Emily Kane, Carole MacRury, Curtis Manley, Scott Mason, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Helen Ogden, Victor Ortiz, Christopher Patchel, Helen Pelton, Jamie Phelps, Joanna Pile, Geoff Pope, C. J. Prince, Patricia Schmolze, Maggie Smith, Carmen Sterba, Dennis Sullivan, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Corine Timmer, Julia Voinche, Diane Wallihan, Kim Weers, Michael Dylan Welch, Anne Weprin, Garry Wilson, and Kathabela Wilson. Of these participants, about 18 people were new to our Zoom gatherings.
        After a few announcements, our first activity featured Christopher Patchel with a reading of micro-ku by various poets as well as his own work, which included selections from his book, Turn Turn, haibun, and a ten-verse sequence of haiku, each one describing a classic photograph. After that, attendees introduced themselves and shared haiku in two eight-minute breakout sessions, followed by a break.
        Next, Scott Mason gave an engaging and inspiring 50-minute presentation, “The Cor Curriculum: Lessons from the Works of an American Haiku Master,” exploring a selection of Cor van den Heuvel’s haiku. The first lesson, “Overlook Nothing,” focused on the poet’s microscopic observations, particularly in nature. In “Discover the Magic,” Scott read examples of van den Heuvel’s “impressionistic” haiku. “Capture the Mood” centered on atmospheric haiku, many exhibiting the Japanese concept of yugen (a kind of mystery). The final lesson, “Explore Your Past,” highlighted nostalgic haiku. Many of these were about baseball.
        After another break, the meeting resumed at 3:00 p.m. with “Selected Haiga and Process,” a fascinating presentation by haiga artist Rick Daddario, based in Hawaii. He displayed many beautiful examples of his work, which he described as a marriage of image and haiku. The presentation showed how he made different image frames, his chop (seal), textures, and other elements, including manipulations of photographs and other art content, but focused mostly on displaying and reading his haiga.
        For about the last 40 minutes of the meeting, Tanya McDonald led a lively critique of haiku submitted by attendees. The meeting ended a little after 4:00 p.m., but about 20 people stayed on Zoom to see and discuss more of Rick Daddario’s haiga from his thousands of examples. A good time was had by all.

Free to Enter the 2021 Porad Award

posted Apr 27, 2021, 3:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 27, 2021, 3:16 PM ]

Haiku Northwest is pleased to announce that the 2021 Porad Award will be FREE to enter (up to five haiku per person). Our judge this year is Susan Antolin, and our contest coordinator is Ron Swanson. You can start submitting on June 1, 2021, and entries are due by September 20, 2021. We plan to announce the winners on October 30, 2021, at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway. Thank you to both Sue and Ron for their service in making this contest possible.

March 2021 Meeting

posted Apr 2, 2021, 10:05 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 10, 2021, 10:13 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held its monthly meeting March 11, 2021, welcoming 28 participants: David Berger, Susan Blackburn, Melinda Brottem, Terran Campbell, Aiden Castle, Joseph Chiveney, Dianne Garcia, John S Green, Alan Harvey, Connie Hutchison, Emily Kane, Curtis Linderman, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Helen Ogden, Helen Pelton, Jamie Phelps, Bob Redmond, Michelle Schaeffer, Maggie Smith, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Kim Weers, Michael Dylan Welch, Harriot West, Garry Wilson, and Kathabela Wilson. Eight of the folks were first-time attendees! After Bob Redmond’s introduction, Harriot West began the meeting with a featured reading of haibun and haiku, weaving in commentary on the pieces and other notes such as a recommendation to read Rich Youmans’ essay, “Haibun and the Hermit Crab” (from Haibun Online 16.2, August 2020). Harriot also took questions from the group. For the second half of the meeting, members workshopped each other’s haiku and haibun.

February 2021 Meeting

posted Mar 1, 2021, 5:26 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 1, 2021, 5:26 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held a monthly meeting on February 11, 2021, welcoming 24 participants: David Berger, Terran Campbell, Aidan Castle, Daphne Clifton, Gary Evans, Ida Freilinger, Alan Harvey, Connie Hutchison, Emily Kane, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Curtis Manley, Dorothy Matthews, Tanya McDonald, Helen Ogden, Bob Redmond, Michelle Schaefer, Carmen Sterba, Susan [last name not provided], Ronald Swanson, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Kim Weers. Michael Dylan Welch, and Garry Wilson. Ronald Swanson led the meeting, which included three featured readers: Nicholas Klacaznsky shared original haiku in translation from Ukrainian, from a manuscript in progress. His predominant themes were meditation and transit. Michelle Schaefer read a sampler starting from her first published poems and including other significant work to the current day. David Berger presented an extended sequence called “Covid Cat Caprice,” featuring (naturally) cat haiku, accompanied by amazing original brush art; the project represented a forthcoming collaboration with Bottle Rockets Press. For the second half of the meeting, members workshopped each other’s haiku.

January 2021 Meeting

posted Jan 29, 2021, 1:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 10, 2021, 10:15 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held its first quarterly meeting of the new year on January 9, 2021, via Zoom, welcoming 26 participants from the Northwest and beyond, including Sherry Grant from New Zealand. Other attendees were Cynthia Anderson, David Berger, Terran Campbell, Anette Chaney, Daphne Clifton, Janice Doppler, Gary Evans, Ida Freilinger, Connie Hutchison, Emily Kane, Deborah P Kolodji, Jill Lee, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Jacob Salzer, Michelle Schaefer, Carmen Sterba, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Diane Wallihan, Kim Weers, Michael Dylan Welch, and Garry Wilson. After brief announcements, folks socialized for a few minutes in breakout rooms. Michael Dylan Welch gave a presentation on Bashō’s poem, “even in Kyoto, hearing the cuckoo, I long for Kyoto” (Robert Hass, translator), including lots of parodies and allusions to it. Folks got to write their own versions and share with the group (Michael collected poems sent to him after the meeting and shared them with everyone in a PDF). Then Michael led an exploration of published poems by other people that people found puzzling, with much discussion. Finally, the meeting featured its usual round of haiku workshopping, led by Haiku Northwest president, Michelle Schaefer. Here are four haiku from Michael’s presentation that riff on Bashō’s “even in Kyoto” poem:

Even in New York,
sunlight on the brownstones,
I long for New York
        —Robert Hass

foghorns . . .
longing for San Francisco
in San Francisco
        —Lane Parker

When in Rome
    we long for Rome—
        mist in the pines
        —Tom D’Evelyn

at Seabeck
hearing the dinner bell
I long for Seabeck
        —Michael Dylan Welch

New Officers and Events

posted Jan 14, 2021, 9:30 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 14, 2021, 9:30 AM ]

For 2021, Haiku Northwest welcomes two new officers: Bob Redmond as secretary and Curtis Manley as treasurer. We thank Tanya McDonald and Dianne Garcia for their years of service to the organization in these and other positions. You can see the list of 2021 officers on the Haiku Northwest Officers page. In addition, take a look at our 2021 Events page (events for 2020 have also been archived). We invite you to attend any of our upcoming events.

December 2020 Meeting

posted Jan 14, 2021, 9:28 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 14, 2021, 9:28 AM ]

On December 10, Haiku Northwest met via Zoom for its final meeting of 2020. Members in attendance were Terran Campbell, Gary Evans, Dianne Garcia, Connie Hutchison, Aidan Jax, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald (who led the meeting), Bob Redmond, Michelle Schaefer, Carmen Sterba, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Kim Weers, Michael Dylan Welch, and Garry Wilson. Since it was the holiday season, we shared our favorite holiday traditions, covering everything from favorite foods to mischievous activities. We then took turns sharing our haiku for critique, focusing on positive aspects before moving on to areas for potential polishing. We look forward to a great year ahead!

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