it’s back!

February 1, 2018

Yes, it’s February, and that means it’s National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo). Here’s the scoop from Michael Dylan Welch:

The idea is to write at least one haiku a day for the entire month of February — the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. Most of the action takes place on Facebook and on Twitter (#nahaiwrimo). The NaHaiWriMo Facebook page provides daily writing prompts (find them in the Notes tab), which you are free to follow or not. You are encouraged to post your haiku to the main NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook — and share them on your own timeline, on Twitter, and on your blog or website. And please feel free to encourage others to try National Haiku Writing Month too (hey, NaHaiWriMo is more fun with friends). And no, haiku don’t have to be 5-7-5. Write on!

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another poetry walk

December 12, 2017

We haven’t added a locale to our poetry walk collection for a while, so here’s a new one: Nanaimo, BC, Canada. The Vancouver Island city is embedding a poem in the sidewalk outside the Port Theatre to honor each outgoing poet laureate. The first panel, which was installed in March 2017, is a poem by Nanaimo’s inaugural poet laureate Naomi Beth Wakan. Nanaimo’s current poet laureate, Tina Biello, serves until 2020, when another panel will be added to the Nanaimo Poetry Walk.

(Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the heads-up on this news.)

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…be sure to visit the brand new Haiku Pathway at Santa Fe Community College. The stoneware haiku were created and installed by Christy Hengst with haiku curated by Miriam Sagan. Funding was provided by the Witter-Bynner Foundation, the SFCC Foundation, New Mexico Literary Arts, Art on Campus, and the SFCC English Department.

Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the heads up.

summer fun in Auburn

August 2, 2017

August in Auburn, Washington, means AuburnFest and this year’s all-ages event will include two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors, craft and specialty vendors, community and non-profit vendors, a car show, a literary showcase & small press fair, as well as several free activities including bocce, face painting, two Artrageous hands-on art activities, an indoor playground, the discovery playground, a spray playground, and much more.

The Literary Showcase lineup includes:

  • 11:00am to 1:00pm Poetry Workshop: Write what you want, when you want to, and how you want to write it presented by Jack Straw Fellow and Artist Trust Fellow Robert Lashley
  • 1:05 to 2:10 Novelist Dennis Brooke presents: Storytelling Techniques to Influence the World — 3 Powerful Tools for Writing, Speaking, and Presenting
  • 3 to 4:55 Open Mic Poetry Contest with emcee Christopher J. Jarmick (non-contest open mic as time allows, contest winners announced at 6:00pm)
  • 5 to 5:55 Featured poets: Auburn Poet Laureate Marjorie Rommel; fisher poet Patrick Dixon; story-teller Sharon Nyree Williams
  • 6 to 6:55 Prize presentation for the Open Mic Poetry Contest winners, followed by featured poets haiku guru and photographer Michael Dylan Welch; photographer and poet Lorraine Healy; Stranger Genius Award nominee Robert Lashley
  • 7 to 8 Q&A: Discussion on the Writing Craft with panel: Robert Lashley, Dennis Brooke, Marjorie Rommel, Patrick Dixon, Sharon Nyree Williams, Lorraine Healy, and Michael Dylan Welch

It’s all happening at Les Gove Park, in Auburn, 11:00am to 8:00pm, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. See more, including book fair participants, poets and bios on the Striped Water Poets page.

Poets in the Park

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) this Saturday, July 15, 2017, as Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, is filled with poetry at Poets in the Park.

There will be readings and performances on two stages, workshops in the workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus a poetry book fair. The lineup includes Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Redmond Poet Laureate Shin Yu Pai, and an illustrious assortment of poetic voices from around the region.

See the complete schedule on the Poets in the Park page, courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch, who founded and coordinates the annual event.

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.

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.

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