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).

April 2017 Meeting

posted May 28, 2017, 5:45 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 28, 2017, 5:47 PM ]

The April Haiku Northwest meeting was held on Thursday April 27 at the Kirkland library. It was called to order by Michelle Schaefer, our president, and nine other members were in attendance: Jim Bloss, Ida Freilinger, Dianne Garcia Connie Hutchison, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Tanya McDonald, Angie Terry, Michael Dylan Welch, and Mark Williams. After introductions and announcements, Michelle provided us with the writing prompt of “forces of nature,” from Wallace Stevens: “In the world of words, imagination is one of the forces of nature.” This prompt included the names and descriptions of different forces of nature, such as erosion, gravity, hail, rain, and others. We read aloud from a handout of published haiku, and a recording of thunderstorm sounds on Michelle’s laptop provided further inspiration for a period of free writing. We then shared what we had written. The meeting finished with a round of reading and critiques of work members had brought to share. Because the Haiku Society of America’s annual meeting for the Pacific Northwest region is scheduled for June 3, we will have no Haiku Northwest meeting in May.

March 2017 Meeting

posted Mar 26, 2017, 11:12 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 11:12 AM ]

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.

—Angela Terry

Doris H. Thurston Has Died

posted Mar 17, 2017, 11:24 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

It is with sadness that we report that Doris H. Thurston died on March 7, 2017, at the age of 93. She was a longtime member of Haiku Northwest, and hosted many meetings of the Port Townsend Haiku Group and Haiku Northwest at her inviting home in Port Townsend, Washington. Please see her memorial page.

February 2017 Meeting

posted Feb 25, 2017, 6:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 25, 2017, 6:14 PM ]

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.
        Angie Terry announced that the Pacific Northwest region of the Haiku Society of America will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, June 3, with a morning haiku walk at Seattle’s Discovery Park, time to visit the visitor center and have a picnic followed by an afternoon of readings and workshops at the Magnolia Public Library. More information will follow closer to the date. Michael Dylan Welch talked about the upcoming workshop he will be giving, “To Say the Least,” on short poetry forms (February 27 at the Kirkland Library), and his four “Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive” presentations, starting with Issa (February 28 at the Redmond Library), and readings he and Tanya McDonald will be doing of their book Seven Suns, Seven Moons (March 6 in Auburn and March 15 in Woodinville). Michelle provided members with a cheat sheet of upcoming submission deadlines for journals and contests.
        Michelle then led a discussion of Martin Lucas’s essay, “Haiku as Poetic Spell.” We read the various haiku he used as examples to illustrate his premise that “what is described is somehow so satisfying that we linger in the moment, and almost seek to dwell in it.” Each of us had differing reactions both to the haiku presented and to the idea of “poetic spell,” especially as it was set up on an either/or dichotomy of process and goals. It made for a lively and thought-provoking discussion, and was a good lead in to our discussion of the haiku members had brought to share, which occupied the second hour of our meeting.

—Angela Terry

New Haiku Northwest Officers

posted Feb 24, 2017, 8:24 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 8:25 AM ]

At our January 2017 Haiku Northwest meeting we elected new officers for 2017, who have now been listed on the Haiku Northwest Officers page. The Officer History page has also been updated. Please contact any officer if you have questions or suggestions.

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.

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