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).

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!

June 2018 Meeting

posted Jun 30, 2018, 11:25 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 30, 2018, 11:25 AM ]

Haiku Northwest held its June meeting on Thursday June 28, 2018 at the Kirkland Library. The meeting was led by president Michelle Schaefer with the following people in attendance: Joshua Beach, Terran Campbell, Dianne Garcia, Tanya McDonald, Jim Rodriguez, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Joan Stamm, and Michael Dylan Welch—our largest attendance in a while. Following introductions and a few announcements, including sharing some newly published haiku books, Michael introduced Joan Stamm and she discussed her new book A Pilgrimage in Japan: The 33 Temples of Kannon (available on Amazon). Joan and her sister lived in Japan for several years in the ’90s and Joan said they always look for reasons to go back to visit. This time, over three trips, they made a pilgrimage to 33 of the Buddhist temples dedicated to Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy) spread out across the main island of Japan. She read excerpts from the book, including a few haiku written by her sister Gwen. After Joan finished with her reading, Jim Rodriguez unveiled three paintings of Johnny Baranski he made for Johnny’s family, in remembrance of a dear friend and fellow haiku poet. The group then spent about an hour reading and critiquing the haiku that members had brought to share. Then, to finish the meeting, Michelle offered a writing prompt focused on the summer solstice. She had prepared a worksheet on the background to solstice celebrations, and then we read several solstice-related haiku she had found. We broke into groups of two and worked on solstice haiku together, and then shared the results with the group.

Porad Award Information Updated for 2018

posted Jun 29, 2018, 12:32 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 12:32 AM ]

Time to enter Haiku Northwest’s Porad Award for 2018. Check out the 2018 submissions guidelines. Thank you to Richard and Kathleen Tice, who are continuing to serve as contest coordinators, and thank you to Francine Banwarth, who is our judge this year. Results will be announced at our Seabeck Haiku Getaway on October 27, 2018. The submission deadline is September 20, 2018, but hey, why wait till then?

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.

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