Selected readings, workshops, and other appearances are listed here. In addition, I curate and MC the SoulFood Poetry Night 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 (fourth 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 — 2018

  • Upcoming events: I have numerous workshops and readings slated for 2018, and I’ll post information about them as soon as they’re confirmed. Keeping up appearances!
  • 20 January 2018:
     Book launch and reading for The Jade Pond haiku anthology, Hall of One Hundred Rivers, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., free.
  • 29 January 2018: Leading three haiku workshops for “Art Day” at the International Community School (grades 6 through 12) in Kirkland, Washington. Classes are 7:40 to 9:05 a.m., 9:10 to 10:35 a.m., and 12:30 to 2:05 p.m.
  • February 2018: Coordinating the eighth annual National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and providing daily writing prompts on the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, with more than 2,700 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!
  • 6 February 2018: “Haiku Targets” workshop for Scott Bessho’s English class at Bellevue College, 10:30 a.m.
  • 21 March 2018: Featured poet for the Olympia Poetry Network, Traditions Fair Trade Café, 300 5th Avenue SW in Olympia, Washington, 6:30 p.m., free. +
  • 14–15 April 2018: 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).
  • 25 April 2018: “Haiku Targets” workshop for Scott Bessho’s English class at Bellevue College, 10:30 a.m.
  • 26 April 2018: Leading a public haiku workshop for beginning poets and coordinating the Haiku Northwest monthly meeting at the Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond, Washington. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Free.
  • 27 April 2018: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring poet and book artist Laura Allen, VALA Art Center, 7525 166th Ave NE, Suite D140, Redmond, Washington. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
  • 28 April 2018:
    “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.
  • 29 April 2018: Serving as judge for the international category of the ukiaHaiku Festival. Results announced at 2:00 p.m. today at the Ukiah Civic Center, 300 Seminary Avenue in Ukiah, California, free. Read my commentary on the winning poems.   +   +
  • 1 May 2018: “Twelve Weathergrams” art and haiku collaborations with Jacqueline Calladine featured on Haiga Online.
  • 12 May 2018: Guest blogger for the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative for a month-long focus on Japanese literature in translation, curated by David Jacobson. My contribution is Translation as Treason.
  • 18 May 2018: Newspaper article by Patty Hardin featuring me in The Daily Astorian (Oregon). See “Facts Poetic—Take Haiku Beyond Grade-School Myths.”
  • 25 May 2018: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring translator and novelist Jay Rubin, VALA Art Center, 7525 166th Ave NE, Suite D140, Redmond, Washington. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
  • 8 June 2018: Featured participant in a haiku reading at The Den Coffee Shop, 10415 Beardslee Boulevard, Bothell, Washington.
    • 8–10 June 2018: Special annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest region of the Haiku Society of America at Brightwater Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, Washington. I’m reading haiku on Friday night, and giving a presentation on Saturday titled “Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: Giving Attention to Our Environment,” followed by a workshop.
    • 12 June 2018: Presentation and workshop on haiku at Montlake Library, 2401 24th Avenue E, Seattle, Washington. 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free.
    • 20 June 2018: One of dozens of poets featured in the launch of Julie Emerson’s Haiku Gumball Machine at Albion Books, 523 Richards Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. See video.
    • 7 July 2018:
      Directing the Poets in the Park festival, book fair, and poetry picnic at Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. Free, full-day poetry festival with readings, workshops, vendors, installations, and more (chalk poetry, Haiku on Sticks), featuring Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State poet laureate, and many others. See photos.
    • 8 July 2018: Bilingual (Japanese and English) haiku reading as part of the Chin Music Press “Authors Showcase” on the main stage at the 2018 Japan Fair, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue, Washington. I’ll be reading “First Snow,” with the Japanese being read by Yuko Enomoto. Also speaking are Jay Rubin, Doug Palmer, David Jacobson, and Shinichiro Takahashi. 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Free. Taiko drums right after! See the main stage schedule.
    • 27 July 2018: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring Jack Straw Writers: Daemond Arrindell, Bryan Edenfield, and Natasha Kochicheril Moni. At Brick and Mortar Books, 7430 164th Avenue NE, Suite B105, Redmond, Washington. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
    • August 2018:
      One of my haiku made into a limited-edition letterpress broadside by Befuddled Press in celebration of the Haiku Society of America's 50th anniversary in 2018. For more information about the series of twelve poems, please visit the HSA website.
    • 14 August 2018: Garden tour and haiku reading at Kubota Garden (9817 - 55th Avenue South, at Renton Avenue South in Seattle), featuring Carmen Sterba and Michael Dylan Welch, with a guided tour led by Ellen Phillips-Angeles and Jason Wirth. 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free.
    • 25 August 2018: Judging a free haiku contest, and reading the winners, at the Seattle Japanese Garden Moon Viewing Festival, 6:00 p.m. ($20 admission). See the garden website.     +     +
    • 30 August 2018: Representing the Redmond Association of Spokenword and Haiku Northwest with an Instant Haiku table at So Bazaar, Redmond, Washington’s night market, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free event. Come by, test your Haiku IQ, and get an instant haiku composed on the nature-focused noun of your choice!
    • 16 September 2018: Featured reader for the Oak Harbor Poetry Project, at the Oak Harbor Public Library, 1000 SE Regatta Drive in Oak Harbor, Washington, on Whidbey Island. 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Free. See Facebook event invitation.
    • 28 September 2018: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring Rose Ramm Gamble. At the Redmond Heights Senior Living Center (new location for RASP), 7950 Willows Road NE, Redmond, Washington. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
    • 2 October 2018:
       Release date for Forza Horizon 4, an Xbox open-world car racing computer game from Turn 10 Studios, set in England, with four seasons, for which I edited all user-interface text, cinematic and character scripts (equivalent to a long novel in length, and I did them all at least three times), and subtitle text, plus voice-over quality control. See the game announcement video trailer.
    • 6 October 2018: Staffing a haiku table for Japan Week at Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., offering instant haiku in response to Test Your Haiku IQ quizzes. Free admission and free parking.
    • 13 October 2018: Staffing a haiku table for “Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Regular garden admission fee. See the garden website.
    • 25–28 October 2018: Directing Haiku Northwest’s eleventh annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington, with Abigail Friedman as our special guest (our theme for the weekend is the sense of sight). See the action-packed scheduleMy contributions include a panel discussion on the Haiku Society of America’s 50th anniversary, PowerPoint presentations about the American Haiku Archives and “Touching the Moon: Twenty-Four Shikishi” (including an exhibit of shikishi poem cards by Japanese haiku masters), a panel discussion on taking haiku from sight to insight, and other activities and readings.
    • 31 October 2018: Featured poet for Wednesday Night PoetryKollective Coffee +Tea, 110 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas. 6:30 p.m. Free.
    • 2–3 November 2018: Featured presenter for the 22nd annual Hot Springs Haiku Conference (and South Region regional Haiku Society of America meeting), at the Arlington Hotel, 239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Also presenting are David Lanoue, John Zheng, Margaret Dornaus, and others, hosted by Howard Lee Kilby and the Arkansas Haiku Society.
    • 3 February 2018: “Haiku on Steroids” poetry workshop at Open Books, 2414 N 45th Street in Seattle. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. More details to come.
    • 3 February 2018: Haiku reading in celebration of National Haiku Writing Month, at Open Books, 2414 N 45th Street in Seattle. 5:00 p.m., free. More details to come.
    • 7–11 August 2019: Haiku North America conference, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. More details to come.

    Then — 2009 to 2017

    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.

    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).