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
Haiku Northwest held its monthly meeting on March 23, 2017 at the Bellevue Library. Tanya McDonald, our vice president, called the meeting to order, with seven other members in attendance: Connie Hutchison, Jim Bloss (attending for the first time), Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia, Curtis Manley, Angie Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. After announcements and introductions, Angie brought up the plans for the Pacific Northwest regional annual meeting on June 3, which will include a haiku walk and picnic at Discovery Park with time to wander through the park’s visitor center, readings by attendees at the Magnolia library, and a workshop by Michael Dylan Welch. Curtis Manley will also read from The Crane Girl, his new children’s book (which includes haiku) and discuss how he came to write it. Following a short break, and equipped with caramels provided by Tanya for extra energy, we shared the haiku we had brought. New member Jim Bloss raised the question of what the “aha! moment” was, and how one person’s moment could be critiqued by others. This led to an interesting discussion, and showed that we each have our own thoughts on a subject very central to the writing, reading, and discussion of haiku. Our next meeting will be held on April 27 at the Kirkland Library.
The February 2017 Haiku Northwest meeting
took place on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 pm in the Stadler Room at the Lake Forest
Park Town Center at Third Place Commons. The meeting was called to order by our
new president, Michelle Schaeffer, with six others in attendance: Ida Freilinger,
Connie Hutchison, Ron LaMarsh, Tanya McDonald, Angie Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch.
Since Ron was a new member, attending for the first time, we made introductions.
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.