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 News Blog
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
’re 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!
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!
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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