on poetry

June 15, 2017

are a waste of time…

Kobayashi Issa
(June 15, 1763 – January 5, 1828)

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Poetry series

February 18, 2017

Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive

Join Michael Dylan Welch for another new series of FREE “Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive” presentations this year, starting soon at the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, Washington. Here’s the line-up for 2017:

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 pm
Issa: Japanese Haiku Poet

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 pm
William Carlos Williams: American Poet

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Denise Levertov: Seattle Poet

Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 pm
Dylan Thomas: British Poet

All presentations are free! Plus on March 1 (7:00 pm) Michael will be doing a Dr. Seuss presentation for children and families, also at the Redmond Library.

These presentations will feature biographical information, videos, poems, discussion, and more! You are also welcome to bring your own favorite poems by these authors to share, perform, and discuss.

Basil Antone - accept the rain

Olympia, Washington, has a new stretch of public art: about 1,500 feet of sidewalk and wall along West Bay Drive that offers safer passage for pedestrians along with haiku poetry. “Walking on Land by Water” is a collaboration between Seattle artist Carolyn Law, who designed the project, and poet Lucia Perillo, who interpreted and wrote haiku inspired by the writing of Kobayashi Issa.

Read more about the West Bay Sidewalk Project in The Olympian and Thurston Talk.
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photo by Tony Overman, The Olympian

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 WelchM@aol.com.

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