Selected readings, workshops, and other appearances are listed here. In addition, I curate and MC the live-streamed SoulFood Poetry Night (see YouTube) in Redmond, Washington (third Thursday of each month at SoulFood Coffee House), and the Redmond Association of Spokenword readings (last Friday night of each month in Redmond). I also participate in monthly meetings of the Haiku Northwest group (second Thursday of most months). Also see selected event photos below, or visit the Workshops page to learn more about the various workshops and presentations I give. To schedule a poetry reading, workshop, lecture, or presentation, please contact me.
—Michael Dylan Welch

Now — 2019

  • Upcoming events: I have numerous workshops and readings slated for 2019, and I’ll post information about them as soon as they’re confirmed. Keeping up appearances!
  • 19 January 2019:
    Free “Writing Poems About Poetry” workshop at BookTree609 Market Street, Kirkland, Washington, at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reading with Robinson Bolkum at 6:15 p.m. (including open-mic reading). See Facebook event page.
  • 25 January 2019: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring Redmond poet laureate Melanie Noel, Redmond Heights Senior Living Center7950 Willows Road NE, Redmond, Washington. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
  • February 2019: Coordinating the ninth annual National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and providing daily writing prompts on the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, with about 3,000 participants. Please join us in writing at least one haiku a day in the month of February—the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry!
  • 1 February 2019: Interview with me about National Haiku Writing Month on “Word,” Tom Maxedon’s literary arts radio show and podcast on KJZZ radio (NPR affiliate), 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona. Have a listen on Soundcloud.
  • 3 February 2019: “Haiku on Steroids” poetry workshop at Open Books, 2414 N 45th Street in Seattle. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. $35 per person. Register here.
  • 4 February 2019: Interview with me by Trish Hopkinson on her Selfish Poet blog, about National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo).
  • ?? February 2019: Haiku reading with Tanya McDonald at Open Books, 2414 N 45th Street in Seattle. 5:00 p.m., free. More details to come. WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO ANOTHER DATE.
  • 5 February 2019:
    Featured in photographer Dean Davis’s “Pictures of Poets” multimedia exhibition (photos, poems, and audio recordings). Other poets include Ellen Bass, Kevin Craft, Tony Curtis, Sam Green, Christopher Howell, Holly Hughes, Claudia Castro Luna, Tod Marshall, Robert Pinsky, Clem Starck, and many others. Numerous gallery shows are in the works. Includes audio recordings of my poems “How to Respond to a Haiku” and “Active Shooter.”
  • 16 February 2019 (rescheduled from 10 February): Ekphrastic poetry writing workshop in response to the current “Nature in Fiber” installation at VALA Arts, 11915 124th Ave NE, in Kirkland, Washington. 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Free. See Facebook event.
  • 23 March 2019: “Haiku on Steroids” poetry workshop at Browsers Bookshop, 107 Capitol Way N, in Olympia. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. $30 per person. To register, email (preferred) or phone the store.
  • 27–30 March 2019: Attending the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
  • 6 April 2019: Leading a collaborative poetry writing workshop with Tanya McDonald at the Inland Poetry Prowl in Ellensburg, Washington. More details to come.
  • 13–14 April 2019: Leading haiku walks and workshops, giving readings, installing Haiku on Sticks, haiku chalk art, my Haikuseum, and more, at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s “Sakura Days Japan Fair,” VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia (garden/event admission is $12.00 online, $14.00 at the gate).
  • 21 April 2019: “Haiku or Haikyū?” workshop at the 2019 Sakura-Con anime festival at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. (room location to be announced). Kageyama and Hinata from the Haikyū anime series (played in cosplay by my daughter and her friend) need to pass their haiku exam so they can attend Karasuno’s volleyball training camp. This workshop teaches them—and the audience—about haiku poetry. Free with Sakura-Con admission. More details to come.
  • 27 April 2019: “Test Your Haiku IQ” and instant haiku writing as a volunteer for Independent Bookstore Day at Brick and Mortar Books, 7430 164th Ave NE, Suite B105, Redmond, Washington. Free! 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • 28 April 2019: Free public haiku workshop on Level 9 (with new rooftop garden) at the Vancouver Public Library350 West Georgia Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. More details to come.
  • 2 May 2019: Featured poet at the Hibulb Cultural Center, 6410 23rd Ave NE, Tulalip, Washington. Free (the entire museum is free on the first Thursday of each month). 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Longhouse Room. More details to come.
  • 7 May 2019: Judging the first Morioka International Haiku Contest in Morioka, Japan with Terry Ann Carter and Toru Kiuchi. May 7 is the submission deadline, and the award ceremony will be held in Morioka on August 4.
  • 17–19 May 2019: Haiku Canada Weekend, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia. More details to come.
  • 31 May 2019: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring memoirist Joan D. Stamm (talking about her Japanese pilgrimages), Los Pajaros Gallery7945 Gilman Street in Redmond, Washington (new location). 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
  • 7–11 August 2019: Haiku North America conference, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. More details to come.
  • 12 August 2019: Tanka Monday conference, sponsored by the Tanka Society of America, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. More details to come.
  • 21–22 September 2019: Curating literary events for the Sammamish Arts ShowcaseCentral Washington University campus, 120 228th Ave NE in Sammamish. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Free.
  • 24–27 October 2019: Directing Haiku Northwest’s twelfth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington, with Adam L. Kern as our special guest (our theme for the weekend is “attention”). Registration details and schedule to come.
  • 9 May 2020: Featured poet at Green Lake Library in Seattle. More details to come.

Then — 2009 to 2018

Selected Event Photos

“Haiku Targets” presentation at the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver British Columbia, 20 March 2006, as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (for which I’ve served as a judge and consultant for numerous years).
Teaching haiku to fourth graders at Cherry Crest Elementary School in Bellevue, Washington
on 7 May 2009.
Teaching collaborative writing at the Poetry Yurt on Gabriola Island, British Columbia
on 23 July 2013.

Teaching haiku at the Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia 
on 6 April 2013.

Facilitating the Ekphrastic Assimilations writing workshop at VALA Art Center in Redmond, Washington, on 16 September 2016.

Chatting with children’s book author Deb Lund at the Whidbey Island Writers Conference on 28 February 2008. I’ve given workshops and readings at this conference on haiku and longer poetry as well as an all-day seminars on haiku and on “Microsoft Word for Poets and Novelists.”
Participating in a panel discussion on haiku poet Nicholas Virgilio (with Raffael de Gruttola and Kathleen O’Toole) at the 2009 Haiku North America conference at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, 6 August 2009.
Haiku reading at the Japanese Garden, Seattle, Washington, 29 June 2008, for the “Haiku Day” at the garden, sponsored by the Haiku Society of America and Seattle Parks and Recreation.                    + 
Serving as MC for the national Haiku Society of America meeting at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 26 June 2010.
Haiku reading at the “Found in Translation” exhibition at the TORA Gallery, in Mount Vernon, Washington, with koto accompaniment by Elizabeth Falconer, 20 November 2005.
Haiku perfomance with members of the Haiku Northwest group (left to right: Michael Dylan Welch, Marilyn Sandall, William Scott Galasso, and Connie Hutchison, with guitar accompaniment by Dejah Léger, not shown) at the Northwest Folklife Festival, 26 May 2008.
You can listen to a recording of the Haiku Northwest Folklife performance of May 2005.
Welcoming speech for the 2004 Poets in the Park conference, at Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. I founded and directed this conference, which I directed again in 2005 and revived in 2014 (ongoing since then).

Staffing the haiku table at the 2014 moon viewing festival at the Seattle Japanese Garden. I have judged an annual haiku contest at this annual festival for many years.

Writing instant haiku at Brick and Mortar Books in Redmond, Washington for Independent Bookstore Day on 28 April 2018.