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).

March 2019 Meeting

posted Mar 18, 2019, 4:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 18, 2019, 4:56 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held its March meeting on March 14, 2019 at the Bellevue Library in Bellevue, Washington. The meeting was facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch. In attendance were David Berger, Deborah Doyle, Dale Dvorak, Gary Evans, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, Angela Terry, John Walceman, and Michael Dylan Welch. After a round of introductions (because we had three new attendees), the meeting opened with a slide presentation by Dale Dvorak of woodblock prints by Suzuki Harunobu, Katsukawa Shuncho, and Utagawa Hiroshige, each paired with haiku he had written in response to them over a thirty-day period. Following Dale’s presentation, several announcements of upcoming workshops and readings were made including the Double Vision photography and ekphrastic poetry event that Tanya and Michael are participating in on April 5 in Ellensburg, where they are also giving a poetry reading the next day for the Inland Poetry Prowl. Tanya and Michael will also give a poetry reading at Open Books on April 19 (at Seattle’s poetry-only book store). After the announcements, Michael led a discussion on randomly selected haiku from the most recent issue of Modern Haiku. We read them out loud and then discussed them, thinking about season, punctuation, format, and the effect of the name under the poem (the poem’s “fourth line”). Michael had selected every fifth and seventh haiku until he had filled up a page for his handout. After a short break, we then shared haiku we had brought. At the end of the meeting, Angie mentioned that she would be facilitating the April meeting and we were going to play with found poems.

Please note that our February 2019 meeting was cancelled because of snow.

Announcing the 2019 Porad Award

posted Mar 1, 2019, 6:35 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 1, 2019, 6:38 PM ]

Haiku Northwest is pleased to announce the 2019 Porad Award. Our judge this year is Tom Painting, and our new contest coordinator is Ron Swanson. Entries are due by September 20, 2019, and winners will be announced on October 26, 2019, at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway. Thank you to both Tom and Ron for their service in making this contest possible.

January 2019 Meeting

posted Jan 17, 2019, 11:37 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 11:38 AM ]

Haiku Northwest held its first meeting of 2019 at the Bellevue Library on January 10 (we are now meeting on the second Thursday of the month). Eleven people attended: Joshua Beach, David Berger, Gary Evans, Ida Freilinger, Connie Hutchison, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald (who led the meeting as our new president), Bob Redmond, Michelle Schaefer, Michael Dylan Welch, and first-time attendee Garry Wilson. Connie spoke briefly about the Haiku Northwest archive that will be established at the University of Washington in Seattle. After other announcements, Bob Redmond gave a very moving PowerPoint presentation of haiku he wrote in response to his battle with cancer. We concluded with our usual rounds of haiku sharing and commentary.

December 2018 Meeting

posted Dec 17, 2018, 9:28 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 9:29 AM ]

Haiku Northwest’s last meeting of the year took place on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Eight of us first met for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Vovito, which was right across from the Seattle Central Library branch where we held the meeting.
        At 1:00 p.m., Michelle Schaefer chaired the meeting, in Paccar Room 5 on the fourth floor, with ten other people in attendance: David Berger, Gary Evans, Dianne Garcia, Katharine Grubb, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Bob Redmond, Sheila Sondik, Angela Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. After we made introductions, our first order of business was to elect officers for 2019:
  • President: Tanya McDonald
  • Vice President: Michelle Schaefer
  • Secretary: Angie Terry
  • Treasurer (for the time being): Dianne Garcia
  • Webmaster: Michael Dylan Welch
Dianne passed around her 2018 financial report and answered questions (Haiku Northwest finances are very healthy), followed by announcements. Michael said that Curtis Manley had won the Washington State Book Award for his children’s picture book Shawn Loves Sharks. Michael is the current poet in residence for VALA Arts in Kirkland and he said that he would be presenting an ekphrastic writing workshop on December 8. Angie then mentioned that she had been selected as the Mann Library daily haiku poet for the month of December 2018. Michael also gave an update on the installation of haiku plaques for the Seabeck Haiku Walk, with installation scheduled for early in 2019.
        Tanya brought up the idea of moving our meetings from the fourth Thursday to the second Thursday of the month, which gets us away from Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone present agreed, and so, starting in 2019, Haiku Northwest meetings will again be held on the second Thursday of the month (which used to be our regular meeting time).
        Following the business part of the meeting, Michael discussed his visit to the 22nd annual haiku weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas where he was the featured speaker in early November 2018, showing information about this resort town and discussing his presentations and other activities (some of which, such as weathergrams, had been influenced by Seabeck).
        We then spent about an hour going through our regular critique session for everyone who had brought haiku to share, and then enjoyed a tan-renga writing exercise, with people choosing haiku from the handouts we had in front of us from the critique session and adding two-line capping verses. We then shared what we had written and chatted until it was time to vacate the meeting room.

2019 Calendar and Other Additions

posted Dec 16, 2018, 9:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 16, 2018, 9:04 PM ]

Just added to this site is our calendar of 2019 Events (some details are tentative). Our 2019 information sheet has also been added, and the list of Haiku Northwest officers has been updated for 2019. We look forward to a great year ahead, and hope you can join us at one of our upcoming events.

Updates for Seabeck, Johnny Baranski, and More

posted Nov 22, 2018, 6:35 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 22, 2018, 6:35 PM ]

Newly added to this site, on the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2018 page, is one of our 2018 group photos, plus a link to a summary report about the weekend by Angela Terry. And new on the Johnny Baranski memorial page is an extensive spotlight article by Paul Miller from Modern Haiku magazine in 2015, including a generous selection of poems. The 2018 Events page has also been updated with information about our combined November/December meeting at the Seattle Central Library on December 1, 2018.

2018 Porad Award Results

posted Oct 30, 2018, 1:43 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 30, 2018, 5:03 PM ]

Winners of the 2018 Porad Award for haiku were announced at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway on October 27, 2018, and have now been posted to the 2018 Porad Award Winners page. Congratulations to Margaret D. McGee for first place, Michele L. Harvey for second place, and Scott Mason for third place. Honorable mentions also went to Melissa Alexander, Michael Dudley, Deborah P Kolodji, and Scott Mason. Thank you to Francine Banwarth for serving as our judge, and to Richard and Kathleen Tice for being our contest coordinators. We received 495 poems from nine different countries. Congratulations to all!

September 2018 Meeting

posted Oct 3, 2018, 5:00 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 5:00 PM ]

The September Haiku Northwest meeting convened at 7:00 p.m. on September 27, 2018 at the Lake Forest Park Library. Twelve people attended: Terran Campbell, Gary Evans, Cara Izumi, Philaah Jones, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Millie Renfrew, Arlene Springer, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch, plus Dianne Garcia, who coordinated the meeting. Since we had several new faces, we started with introductions and then announcements. Angie mentioned that 73 people were already signed up for this year’s Seabeck Haiku Getaway, Michael gave us an update on the Haiku Walk sign casting delays (which probably means that installation will not take place in time for this year’s getaway), Dianne discussed Japan Day (October 6) at Bellevue College, and Tanya asked for suggestions on where to hold the next meeting, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, instead of our regular Thursday night. After announcements, Dianne led the group in a discussion of season words, using examples of poems from back issues of Frogpond. Then we did a writing exercise using paint chips as prompts with a focus on season words. A few brave souls shared what they had written. Following a short break, those who had brought haiku to share passed them around for reading and critique, resulting in our usual lively discussion. We have no Haiku Northwest meeting scheduled for October, due to the timing of our Seabeck Haiku Getaway, which will be held October 25–28, 2018.

August 2018 Meeting

posted Sep 3, 2018, 12:45 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 3, 2018, 12:45 PM ]

The August Haiku Northwest meeting took place on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirkland Library with six people in attendance: Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, Connie Hutchison, Tanya McDonald, Angela Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. Angie coordinated the meeting, which included announcements about new publications and an update on plans for our annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway and our Seabeck Haiku Walk. She then led the group in a haiku-focused surrealist Exquisite Corpse exercise, using the three-line format of writing: 1) a person or thing, 2) a place or time, and 3) a resolution. Each person wrote a line, folded it over and passed it along to the person sitting next to him or her. Some interesting haiku emerged, as well as some that were just plain bad. After a break, the group then shared haiku they had brought for the critique portion of the meeting.

2018 Seabeck Schedule Now Posted

posted Aug 18, 2018, 11:42 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 20, 2018, 12:05 AM ]

What a superb annual retreat Haiku Northwest has planned this year—see the 2018 Seabeck schedule, now available. We feature Abigail Friedman, author of The Haiku Apprentice, the unveiling of the Seabeck Haiku Walk plaques around the Seabeck Conference Center campus, and celebrate not just the 30th anniversary of Haiku Northwest but the 50th anniversary of the Haiku Society of America. Birdwatching, bookmaking, book fair. Silent auction, readings, workshops. Honey bees, Porad contest winners, and a special focus on haiga. We will also create another labyrinth this year too! And don’t forget our spectacular talent show!
        Anticipated presenters include Ellen Ankenbrock, David Berger, Susan Callan, Terry Ann Carter, Lysa Collins, Susan Constable, Seren Fargo, Abigail Friedman, Patrick Gallagher, Garry Gay, John Green, Connie Hutchison, Christopher Herold, Cara Izumi, Lynne Jambor, Deborah P Kolodji, Brenda Larsen, Carole MacRury, Dorothy Matthews, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Margaret D. McGee, Angela Naccarato, Victor Ortiz, Linda Papanicolaou, Bob Redmond, Jim Rodriguez, Michele Root-Bernstein, Ce Rosenow, Jacob Salzer, Barbara Snow, Carmen Sterba, John Stevenson, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Michael Dylan Welch, Carolyn Winkler, and more to be announced. To sign up, please visit our registration page. See you at Seabeck October 25–28, 2018!

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