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 Angela Terry (Haiku Northwest president). We’d love to hear from you, and to see you at our next meeting (see the 2014 Events page).

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.

Annual Pacific Northwest Haiku Meeting on June 3, 2017

posted Jul 31, 2017, 1:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 4:51 PM ]

The big news from the Pacific Northwest Region (Washington and Alaska) was our annual meeting held June 3, 2017. The day started with a haiku walk at Discovery Park, a former military base (Fort Lawton) turned into a Seattle city park. Sixteen people showed up for the 10:00 am start and we took the 2.6-mile loop trail through woods and meadows, with a lovely view of Puget Sound from the cliffs about halfway through the walk.
Although there was much more talking than writing going on as we caught up with people we hadn’t seen in months, we did manage to stop and look at a millipede, rescue a hurt bumblebee, listen to a song sparrow, watch a banana slug slime its way along the path, and enjoy the sight of a regatta out on the Sound, with bright spinnakers filling with wind. After the hike we drove to the Daybreak Star Center for a picnic lunch.
      Then it was on to the Magnolia Library for an afternoon of readings and presentations. About twenty people introduced themselves and each read a haiku they had brought to share. Those present included Terran Campbell, Gary Evans, Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, Patty Hardin, Connie Hutchison, Lynn Jambor, Roy Kindleberger, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Jacquie Pearce, Jim Rodriguez, Michelle Schaefer, Carmen Sterba, Jane Stewart, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, and Michael Dylan Welch. Then Carmen Sterba and Richard and Kathleen Tice from the
Commencement Bay Haiku group in Tacoma did a group reading. Patty Hardin next spent about half an hour talking about the discoveries made along her haiku path and her experiences taking the Buson 100 challenge, not once but twice. Following that, Curtis Manley read his recently published book
The Crane Girl based on a Japanese folk tale, and including some of his own original haiku, and explained the inspirations for his writing.
      After a tea and cookie break filled with lots more conversation, Jim Rodriguez played some improvised flute music for us, and then Michael Dylan Welch presented a workshop on “The Discovery of Haiku” which was combination group discussion, thought provoking questions and some generative writing around ways haiku helps us discover both the world around us and our reactions to it. Examples included imagining seeing something for the first time, and seeing that same thing for the last time, and the different ways we might react to that. We also explored how we might write about something we are an expert at and about something we know very little about—the question being authenticity versus viewing something with new eyes.
      After Michael’s presentation, Angie Terry briefly mentioned the change in the structure of the Region, from just being Washington State to also including Alaska. As a surprise treat, she read some haiku from Billie Wilson, a longtime HSA
member and former Alaska regional coordinator living in Juneau. The meeting then ended with Jim Rodriguez talking about the Portland haiku group’s activities and reading some of his own haiku.
      While all the people from out of town had to take off, seven local members ended the day with a light dinner at Maggie Bluffs restaurant at the Magnolia marina.

Klacsanzky Pages

posted Jul 29, 2017, 1:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 29, 2017, 1:56 PM ]

A new addition to Poems by Haiku Northwest Members is a memorial page for George Klacsanzky (1956–2003), who was a prominent early haiku poet in the Seattle area. Read a little about his life, his journal Haiku Zasshi Zo, and read five of his poems. Also newly added is a page for his son, Nicholas Klacsanzky, also a haiku poet.

Our Tenth Anniversary Seabeck Retreat

posted Jul 27, 2017, 5:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 27, 2017, 5:28 PM ]

Information is now online about our tenth anniversary Seabeck Haiku Getaway, set to take place October 26–29, 2017. See the 2017 information page, and our 2017 registration page. We’ll post the schedule soon, too. Registration opens August 1, 2017. We’ve got some extraordinary events planned especially for our tenth anniversary retreat—don’t miss out!

Commencement Bay Haiku

posted Jul 26, 2017, 3:49 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 3:50 PM ]

A new addition to the Haiku Links page is a listing for our sister haiku organization, Commencement Bay Haiku, which meets monthly in Tacoma. Check out this new page, which includes two group photos.

April 2017 Meeting

posted May 28, 2017, 5:45 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 28, 2017, 5:47 PM ]

The April Haiku Northwest meeting was held on Thursday April 27 at the Kirkland library. It was called to order by Michelle Schaefer, our president, and nine other members were in attendance: Jim Bloss, Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia Connie Hutchison, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Tanya McDonald, Angie Terry, Michael Dylan Welch, and Mark Williams. After introductions and announcements, Michelle provided us with the writing prompt of “forces of nature,” from Wallace Stevens: “In the world of words, imagination is one of the forces of nature.” This prompt included the names and descriptions of different forces of nature, such as erosion, gravity, hail, rain, and others. We read aloud from a handout of published haiku, and a recording of thunderstorm sounds on Michelle’s laptop provided further inspiration for a period of free writing. We then shared what we had written. The meeting finished with a round of reading and critiques of work members had brought to share. Because the Haiku Society of America’s annual meeting for the Pacific Northwest region is scheduled for June 3, we will have no Haiku Northwest meeting in May.

March 2017 Meeting

posted Mar 26, 2017, 11:12 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 11:12 AM ]

Haiku Northwest held its monthly meeting on March 23, 2017 at the Bellevue Library. Tanya McDonald, our vice president, called the meeting to order, with seven other members in attendance: Connie Hutchison, Jim Bloss (attending for the first time), Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, Curtis Manley, Angie Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. After announcements and introductions, Angie brought up the plans for the Pacific Northwest regional annual meeting on June 3, which will include a haiku walk and picnic at Discovery Park with time to wander through the park’s visitor center, readings by attendees at the Magnolia library, and a workshop by Michael Dylan Welch. Curtis Manley will also read from The Crane Girl, his new children’s book (which includes haiku) and discuss how he came to write it. Following a short break, and equipped with caramels provided by Tanya for extra energy, we shared the haiku we had brought. New member Jim Bloss raised the question of what the “aha! moment” was, and how one person’s moment could be critiqued by others. This led to an interesting discussion, and showed that we each have our own thoughts on a subject very central to the writing, reading, and discussion of haiku. Our next meeting will be held on April 27 at the Kirkland Library.

—Angela Terry

Doris H. Thurston Has Died

posted Mar 17, 2017, 11:24 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

It is with sadness that we report that Doris H. Thurston died on March 7, 2017, at the age of 93. She was a longtime member of Haiku Northwest, and hosted many meetings of the Port Townsend Haiku Group and Haiku Northwest at her inviting home in Port Townsend, Washington. Please see her memorial page.

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