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 leading and beginning haiku poets of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, but with a special focus on the greater Seattle area. 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).

2020 Seabeck Haiku Getaway

posted Jun 11, 2020, 12:23 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 11, 2020, 12:24 PM ]

Information about the 2020 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, scheduled for October 29 to November 1, 2020, has now been posted to the website. Tom Painting is our featured guest, and our theme for the weekend is vision.” Registration is slated to open on August 1. However, because we do not yet know how the current coronavirus situation might affect plans to hold our retreat this year, please watch for more information before registering.

April 2020 Meeting

posted Apr 29, 2020, 10:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 29, 2020, 10:13 PM ]

Haiku Northwest held its first Zoom meeting on April 9, 2020, with Michael Dylan Welch as the facilitator. Twelve people attended: Terran Campbell (joining us from Spokane), Gary Evans, Dianne Garcia, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Curtis Manley, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, Angela Terry, Kim Weers, Michael Dylan Welch, Garry Wilson, and special guest Terri L. French, who joined us from her RV on the California coast. After introductions and hearing how everyone is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Terri treated us to a reading. She shared haibun and senryu from her new, as-yet-unpublished collection, along with senryu from The Color of Bruises and haibun from Keepers. Next, Michael gave a talk called “Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer, which fit well with the current protocol of sheltering in place. To follow our usual meeting agenda, we then did a round of critique, which worked surprisingly well on Zoom. We look forward to conducting more meetings on this platform in the future.

Announcing the 2020 Porad Award

posted Feb 16, 2020, 3:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 16, 2020, 3:11 PM ]

Haiku Northwest is pleased to announce the 2020 Porad Award. Our judge this year is Julie Warther, and our contest coordinator is Ron Swanson. Entries are due by September 20, 2020, and winners will be announced on October 31, 2020, at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway. Thank you to both Julie and Ron for their service in making this contest possible.

Past Porad Winners

posted Jan 13, 2020, 11:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 13, 2020, 11:04 PM ]

A new addition to the Porad Haiku Award page are results for the 2004 and 2009 contests, both judged my Michael Dylan Welch. Results and commentary for these two years, and the years in between, had been missing as a result of the dissolution of the Washington Poets Association, the original contest sponsor, which had housed these results on its website. This content has been tracked down, however, and results for these two years have just been added. The additional content, for 2005 through 2008, will be added in due course.

December 2019 Meeting

posted Dec 22, 2019, 12:02 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 23, 2019, 3:43 PM ]

Haiku Northwest closed out 2019 with a dinner meeting on December 12 at the Lake Forest Bar and Grill. Despite rainy weather, seven people attended: Gary Evans, Connie Hutchison, Denis Mair (first-time attendee), Michelle Schaefer, Angie Terry, Michael Dylan Welch, and Garry Wilson. One business item we conducted was the election of officers for 2020:

President — Michelle Schaefer
Vice President — Gary Evans
Secretary — Tanya McDonald
Treasurer — open [Dianne Garcia as acting treasurer]
Webmaster — Michael Dylan Welch

Otherwise the meeting was very informal, giving people a chance to chat and to share some books they had recently read, including the newly published anthology Another Trip Around the Sun, and the classic Japanese Death Poems. The next Haiku Northwest meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Bellevue Library.

Remembering Mary Fran Meer

posted Dec 21, 2019, 12:04 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 21, 2019, 12:05 AM ]

Haiku Northwest lost one of its long-time members in July of 2019. Mary Fran Meer was the first regional coordinator of the Northwest haiku region of the Haiku Society of America, and edited its first anthology, Echoes Across the Cascades, in 1994, also writing its introduction. Mary Fran lived from July 7, 1922 to July 6, 2019, dying one day shy of her 97th birthday. Newly added to the Poems by Haiku Northwest Members is a memorial page for Mary Fran Meer, which includes photos, an obituary, and many selected haiku. Haiku Northwest members who knew Mary Fran will miss her warm presence and graciousness.

    in a dream   the wind
pushes the old tire swing
           without me

                        —Mary Fran Meer

2020 Haiku Northwest Events

posted Dec 8, 2019, 12:12 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 8, 2019, 12:12 AM ]

Just added to this website is a page featuring our Haiku Northwest events for 2020. For the year ahead we’ll try having quarterly meetings on weekends, in the hope that it will attract people who cannot come on weekday evenings. In addition to those four meetings, though, we’ll still have eight or so other monthly meetings on the second Thursday of months when we’re not having a weekend meeting, plus our Seabeck retreat at the end of October. Check out our new schedule!

2019 Porad Award Results Now Online

posted Oct 28, 2019, 3:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 28, 2019, 3:08 PM ]

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 Porad Award, now online. Tom Painting served as our judge. We received 566 poems, of which 21 were from outside the United States: Canada, 7; New Zealand, 4; Australia, 2; India, 2; United Kingdom, 2; and one each from Poland, Japan, Montenegro, and Romania. Thank you to everyone who entered, and additional thanks to Ron Swanson, who served for the first time as our contest coordinator.

2019 Seabeck Schedule Now Online

posted Sep 20, 2019, 4:46 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 21, 2019, 12:05 AM ]

What a great schedule we have for you for the 2019 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, and it’s now online! Our weekend theme is “attention,” and our featured guest is Adam L. Kern, with Ion Codrescu as our special guest from Romania. We are also thrilled to announce the launch of the Seabeck Haiku Walk, a series of twenty metal plaques featuring poems by Haiku Northwest members permanently installed around the Seabeck Conference Center grounds. Other events include writing workshops, anonymous critique sessions, readings, presentations, haiku writing time, and more—such as our always-popular talent show! Fall colors should be vibrant, too! See you at Seabeck!

Seabeck Registration Information Now Available

posted Jun 2, 2019, 10:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 2, 2019, 10:21 PM ]

Registration doesn’t open until July 1, but information about the 2019 Seabeck Haiku Getaway is now available. See the information page and registration page (schedule coming later). Our featured guest this year is Adam L. Kern, editor and translator of The Penguin Book of Haiku. Our twelfth annual retreat takes place October 24–27, 2019. Add it to your calendar today, and start registering on July 1. No raise in rates over last year either! Will you join us?

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