live and in person: haiku

October 14, 2021

Seabeck Haiku Getaway, the annual haiku retreat sponsored by Haiku Northwest, will take place live and in person, Thursday, October 28, through Sunday, October 31, 2021, at the Seabeck Conference Center. Registration is still open and all the details are available on the Haiku Northwest Seabeck Haiku Getaway page.

Haiku Northwest’s Seabeck Haiku Getaway celebrates its thirteenth annual retreat Friday, October 30, to Sunday, November 1, 2020, this year via Zoom, all free. More than 200 attendees have already registered, but it’s still possible to sign up and participate. (No previous haiku experience required!)

Activities include multimedia readings, workshops, and presentations by Kelly Sauvage Angel, Susan Antolin, Chandra Bales, Roberta Beary (Ireland), Brad Bennett, David Berger, Maxianne Berger (Quebec), Melinda Brottem, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Yvette Nicole Kolodji, Annette Makino, Dorothy Matthews, Tanya McDonald, Tom Painting, Sally Penley, Kala Ramesh (India), Bob Redmond, Mike Rehling, Ron Swanson, Cathy Tashiro, Julie Warther, and Lew Watts. Michael Dylan Welch is serving as retreat director.

For more information, including the schedule, registration link, and list of attendees, visit the Haiku Northwest Seabeck Haiku Getaway page.

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Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the info!

A couple of items have been lingering in the haiku file, with thanks to Michael Dylan Welch, who keeps us in the loop.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is a non-profit 501(c)(6) that works to enhance Washington, DC’s Central Business District from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street NW to New Hampshire Avenue NW. Among their many initiatives is the now-annual spring-themed Golden Haiku Contest. In March 2017, more than a hundred haiku signs were installed in downtown Washington flower beds. You can see the words on the Golden Haiku Winners page.

In another bit of MDW-supplied haiku news, this one from Ottsville, Pennsylvania, Bill Waters hung two dozen of his small haiku signs (mobiles? mixed-media sculptures?) that he calls “Haiku in the Wild” as part of the Aurora Alpaca and Llama Farm annual Llamapaloosa. Photos here.

As long as we’re on the subject, you may want to note for your calendar that Haiku North America 2017 takes place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 13–17, 2017, and the tenth-anniversary Haiku Northwest Seabeck Haiku Getaway will be held October 26–29, 2017, at the Seabeck Conference Center (2017 isn’t posted yet, but here’s a link to the 2016 conference page). ‘Sense of taste’ is this year’s theme.

haiku haiku

September 9, 2016

Haiku Northwest

If haiku is on your radar, here are two bits of information from Haiku Northwest (via Michael Dylan Welch) that might interest you:

  • The thirteenth annual Porad Haiku Award is accepting haiku submissions for just one more week. The deadline is Thursday, September 15, 2016. The 2016 judge is Charles Trumbull, former president of the Haiku Society of America and editor emeritus of Modern Haiku magazine.
  • The Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2016 doesn’t take place until October 27–30, but you can save money by registering now. Early registration ends on Friday, September 23.

Follow the links for additional details on each of these haiku opportunities.

American Haiku Archives

September 11, 2015

Ruth YarrowIf you’re interested in haiku, you may already know about the American Haiku Archives. Housed at the California State Library in Sacramento, the AHA collects, preserves and promotes haiku and related poetry, maintaining an accessible archive of books, magazines, pamphlets, recordings, artwork, photographs, letters, papers, and ephemera.

Each year, the AHA advisory board appoints an honorary curator to serve a one-year term. This position recognizes “prominent poets, scholars, and translators who have had a significant impact on haiku in North America.” In July 2015, AHA announced the appointment of longtime Haiku Northwest member Ruth Yarrow as the 2015–2016 honorary curator, saying, “This honor recognizes Ruth’s four decades of devotion to haiku poetry and its innate environmental concerns, together with her surefooted work in teaching haiku in classrooms, workshops, and essays. It also honors the example of her poetry, which excels in both domestic and nature-focused subjects. She does not write of idealized nature, but nature as it is.”

For more information about Ruth Yarrow, including sample poems, a biography and additional web links, visit the American Haiku Archives website. For more on Haiku Northwest, including information about the Seabeck Haiku Getaway (October 1-4, 2015), visit the Haiku Northwest website.
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Special thanks to Michael Dylan Welch, who serves on the American Haiku Archives Advisory Board

short-form news

April 19, 2014

No Longer Strangers

Portals - Tanka SundayFans of short-form poetry have two books to add to their collections: No Longer Strangers and Portals.

No Longer Strangers is an anthology from Haiku Northwest edited by Tanya McDonald, Marilyn Sandall, Michelle Schaefer and Angela Terry, with additional editing and an essay from Connie Hutchison, cover art by Dejah Leger and further heavy lifting by Dianne Garcia, William Scott Galasso and Michael Dylan Welch. The book includes poems by 78 contributors. For more information, including how to order ($15 plus postage), visit the Haiku Northwest No Longer Strangers page, where you can also see sample pages and other details.

Portals is the forthcoming Tanka Sunday anthology from the Tanka Society of America (TSA), edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Amelia Fielden. The 40-page anthology features 43 tanka by 25 contributors, including two translations by Steven D. Carter, and additional reminiscences by attendees of the 2013 TSA conference. All conference attendees will receive a free copy. For ordering information, keep an eye on the Tanka Society of American website or Facebook page.

meet and haiku…

June 3, 2013

Haiku Northwest

The Haiku Society of America invites you to its second quarterly national meeting of 2013, hosted by Haiku Northwest at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, Friday through Sunday, June 21-23, 2013.

Open to the public, the weekend’s agenda includes numerous talks, readings and workshops. HSA president David Lanoue will talk about the 250th anniversary of Issa and lead a “Write Like Issa” workshop. Novelist David Patneaude will explore the role of haiku in his novel Thin Wood Walls. Bashō researcher Jeff Robbins, visiting from Japan, will highlight the humanity of Bashō and also explore Bashō’s known vs. unknown work. HSA vice president Michael Dylan Welch will celebrate the haiku of Seattle haiku pioneer Francine Porad. In addition, Haiku Northwest will launch its 25th anniversary haiku anthology, No Longer Strangers, with a reading of haiku from the book. The Puget Sound Sumi Artists will also display recent haiga.

For more information, including the complete schedule, directions, recommended accommodations, and more, visit the Haiku Northwest website or email Michael Dylan Welch at

Seabeck Conference Center
Join Haiku Northwest on the weekend of October 13–16, 2011 (Thursday through Sunday), at the Seabeck Conference Center by the water on the Kitsap Peninsula for a relaxing and productive haiku retreat.

Early registration deadline: Must be postmarked by TODAY, September 7, 2011.

For complete details, photos of past retreats and a registration form, visit the Seabeck Haiku Getaway page on the Haiku Northwest site.

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