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).

Haiku Northwest on KSER Radio

posted Feb 9, 2017, 9:16 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 9:17 PM ]

Haiku Northwest was featured on radio at 6:30 pm on February 9, 2017. We appeared on the Poets West radio show, hosted by J. Glenn Evans, KSER radio, 90.7 FM. The performance was originally recorded in 2008, and introduced by Michael Dylan Welch. Poems by various Haiku Northwest members were read by William Scott Galasso, Connie Hutchison, Curtis Manley, and Marilyn Sandall, with guitar accompaniment by Dejah Léger. It's a particular pleasure to hear the voice of the late Marilyn Sandall. To listen, go to the KSER Radio Replayer, find February 9, then look for the Poets West show at 6:00 pm. After you click to listen to that hour, advance to the 32:12 mark for the Haiku Northwest poetry performance (until 50:40). This is followed by a performance of koto and bamboo flute by Elizabeth and John Falconer, with classic haiku in English and Japanese.

January 2017 Meeting

posted Jan 28, 2017, 5:57 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 28, 2017, 5:57 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held its first meeting of 2017 on Thursday, January 26 at the library in Kirkland, Washington, with eight people in attendance. We shared news, announcements, candy, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Haiku Northwest has received several out-of-print haiku books from a member’s collection, and we discussed valuation and ways of offering them for sale. Treasurer Dianne Garcia will do further research on the subject. Because we had to cancel our December meeting due to snow, we held our election of 2017 officers at this meeting with the following slate being unanimously elected:

President – Michelle Schaefer
Vice President – Tanya McDonald
Treasurer – Dianne Garcia
Secretary – Angela Terry
Webmaster – Michael Dylan Welch

Congratulations to Michelle as our new president. After the election, we shared and discussed haiku that members had brought. We are now working on ideas for upcoming meetings and events during 2017.

—Angela Terry

2016 Porad Award Results Now Online

posted Nov 9, 2016, 8:25 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 8:25 PM ]

Results of the 2016 Porad Award were announced on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Haiku Northwest’s ninth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway. You can now read the 2016 Porad Award Winners, with commentary by our judge, Charles Trumbull. Thank you to Richard and Kathleen Tice who processed 482 entries as our contest coordinators. Congratulations to the winners, and we hope you will enter again next year.

2016 Seabeck Schedule Now Online

posted Oct 12, 2016, 10:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 10:57 PM ]

What a great weekend we have in store for everyone at our ninth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway, coming up October 27 to 30, 2016. The 2016 schedule is now online, so check it out. Our featured guest is Sonja Arntzen, our weekend theme is the sense of smell, and we have a special focus on Halloween and Day of the Dead, especially on Saturday, including a night walk to the historic Seabeck cemetery. More writing workshops this year, plus a special selection of readings, plus many surprises. And our typically rousing talent show will be followed this year by a music jam and games partay! Still not too late to register!

Remembering Michael Kettner

posted Sep 6, 2016, 7:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 7:34 PM ]

Michael Kettner (who published as M. Kettner) was an active force for poetry, including haiku, in the Seattle area for many years. Although he was seldom directly active with Haiku Northwest, he was present at the formation meeting of Haiku Northwest in 1988, and published several small books of haiku and related short poetry around that time. Until 1997 he also edited Catalyst, a free poetry journal that included haiku, concrete poetry, and longer poetry with art. Just added to the Poems by Haiku Northwest Members page is a memorial page for M. Kettner, including a selection of his poems, many of which feature his distinctive use of a slash mark to indicate a pause or juxtaposition.

Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2016 Schedule Highlights

posted Aug 4, 2016, 12:23 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 4, 2016, 12:23 PM ]

Just posted are selected presentations, workshops, readings, and other activities from the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2016 Schedule. Please take a look, and register today for our ninth annual retreat!

2016 Haiku Day Photos

posted Apr 20, 2016, 7:20 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 7:21 PM ]

Just added to the Haiku Day event page are photos by Hisao Mogi of the two haiku readings by the Rainier Haiku Ginsha and by Haiku Northwest. We enjoyed beautiful sunny weather, record-high temperatures for April (89 degrees!), and beautiful spring colors.

2016 Seabeck Haiku Getaway Updates

posted Mar 28, 2016, 10:44 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 29, 2016, 2:11 PM ]

Haiku Northwest’s 2016 Seabeck Haiku Getaway will be here before we know it. This year’s retreat will take place October 27 to 30, 2016 at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington, and might just have a Halloween focus—and how about a nighttime walk to the cemetery? Look for more haiku readings this year, plus numerous generative writing exercises, plus our usual mix of workshops, presentations, haiga displays, nature walks, and all our other traditions. And our annual talent show! Were also proud to feature Sonja Arntzen as our guest speaker, and the sense of smell as our weekend theme.

Newly added to this website is our 2016 Seabeck Haiku Getaway information page and registration form (the schedule will follow later). Registration doesn’t open until August 1, 2016, but you can start planning now—and start saving your shekels. See you at Seabeck!

Haiku Day at the Seattle Japanese Garden

posted Mar 7, 2016, 10:24 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 10:24 PM ]

Come and join Haiku Northwest and the Rainier Haiku Ginsha for Haiku Day at the Seattle Japanese Garden, on Sunday, April 17, 2016, in celebration of International Haiku Writing Day. Events include readings, workshops, haiku walks, installations, craft activities, and more, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (bring a lunch). Regular garden admission rates apply. See you there!

Rainier Haiku Ginsha

posted Feb 12, 2016, 4:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 4:03 PM ]

In August of 2014, Seattle’s Rainier Haiku Ginsha celebrated its eightieth anniversary. In honor of this event, the group published an anthology of haiku in Japanese, Shakunage, selections of which were translated into English and documented in Modern Haiku in the autumn of 2015. You can read these poems and an introductory history, by Hisao Mogi and Kyoko Tokuno, just added to this website at Rainier Haiku Ginsha.

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