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 CoffeeHouse), and the Redmond Association of Spokenword readings (last Friday night of each month at Centro Cultural Mexicano in Redmond). I also participate in monthly meetings of the Haiku Northwest group (second Thursday of most months, plus quarterly weekend meetings in 2021). These events have been on Zoom since about March of 2020. Also see selected event photos from the past below the calendar, or visit the Workshops page to learn more about the various workshops and presentations I can provide. To schedule a poetry reading, workshop, lecture, or presentation, please contact me.
—Michael Dylan Welch

Now — 2021

Upcoming events: I have numerous workshops, presentations, and readings slated for 2021, and I’ll post information about them as soon as they’re confirmed. As with the previous year of upheaval, many of these events are online, usually by Zoom. Keeping up appearances!
  • 9 January 2021: ONLINE. Cohosting a quarterly meeting of Haiku Northwest, and giving a presentation, “Even in Kyoto.” Free, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Pacific Time. See details.
  • 10 January 2021: ONLINEGoing Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer presentation and “Forgiveness” animated haiku sequence for the Haiku Arbutus group in Victoria, British Columbia. Free, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Pacific Time.
  • 14 January 2021:
     ONLINEFeatured poet at the annual William Stafford Celebration at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon, sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library. Reading with Angela Decker, Barry Vitcov, Susan DuMond, Pepper Trail, Tiel Aisha Ansari, and James Armstrong. Free, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, via Zoom. See Facebook event. Register here for this webinar.       +
  • 17 January 2021: ONLINEGoing Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer presentation for the Yorks-Lancs Haiku Group in the United Kingdom. I will also perform my “Forgiveness” animated haiku sequence and lead a haiku workshop. 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, 4:30 p.m. GMT.
  • February 2021: Coordinating the eleventh annual National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and providing daily writing prompts on the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, with more than 3,200 participants. Please join us in writing at least one haiku a day in the month of February—the shortest month of the year for the shortest genre of poetry!     +
  • 1 February 2021: Short radio appearance regarding National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) on NPR affiliate KJZZ FM (Phoenix) with Tom Maxedon. Also quoted are D. Ellsworth Hoag and Natalie Goldberg.
  • 1 February 2021: Natalie Goldberg and I feature in a half-hour radio podcast regarding National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) on NPR affiliate KJZZ FM (Phoenix) with Tom Maxedon.
  • 11 February 2021:
     ONLINEFeatured poet at Ghost Town Poetry, Vancouver, Washington. Free, 7:00 p.m. Click the link to see registration instructions and to receive the Zoom link. See Facebook event.
  • 13 February 2021: ONLINEPresenting “The Weather-Beaten Jizō: Shikoku Pilgrimage Haiku by Shūji Niwano” for the monthly meeting of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. Free. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 15 February 2021: Submission period ends for First Frost, the new haiku journal I coedit with Eric Burke, Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco, and Dale Wisely.
  • 27 February 2021: ONLINENational Haiku Writing Month open haiku reading #1 via Zoom, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free. More details to come.
  • 28 February 2021: ONLINENational Haiku Writing Month open haiku reading #2 via Zoom, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Free. More details to come.
  • 1 March 2021:
     Submission deadline for the new John Bird Dreaming Award haiku contest sponsored by the Australian Haiku Society. I’m cojudging this contest with Vanessa Proctor. Free to enter up to three haiku.
  • 1 March–June 1, 2021: Consulting for the Haiku Invitational and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, including development of judges, online events (see listing for 17 April), and the Bloom! educational video. See overview video.
  • 2 March 2021: ONLINEPresenting a haiku overview and facilitating an anonymous workshop for the Puget Sound Sumi Artists, with poems by its Haiga Adventure Study Group. 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, for members only.
  • 13 March 2021: ONLINE. “Even in Kyoto” presentation and workshop for the Ohaio Haiku GroupFree, 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time.
  • 13 March 2021: ONLINETanka and the Five W’s PowerPoint presentation for the Capital Area Tanka Group (Washington, D.C.), about the who, when, what, where, and why of writing tanka, with group discussion and a short writing exercise. Free to members. 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Pacific Time (12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
  • 16 March 2021: ONLINEFacilitating an anonymous haiku workshop for the Haiga Adventure Study Group of the Puget Sound Sumi Artists. 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., for members only.
  • 25 March 2021:
    ONLINEPoet Laureate Reunion reading on Zoom, organized by the City of Redmond. Reading with Rebecca Meredith, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Shin Yu Pai, Melanie Noel, and Raúl Sánchez. Free webinar. 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
  • 10 April 2021: CANCELLED. Presenting my “Haiku Targets” free public workshop for the Los Altos Public Library, Los Altos, California. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, via Zoom.
  • 10 April 2021: ONLINE. Cohosting a quarterly meeting of Haiku Northwest, featuring Scott Mason, plus haiku sharing and critique, and featured readings by Christopher Patchel and Rick Dadarrio. More details on the Haiku Northwest Events pageFree on Zoom, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Pacific Time.
  • 14 April 2021:
     ONLINEFeatured poet for Yakima Coffeehouse Poets, 7:00 p.m. Free. See details.
  • 17 April 2021:
     ONLINE. In celebration of International Haiku Writing Day: “How to Haiku” free public workshop, in two separate sessions, sponsored by the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (choose one or the other). Click to register (Zoom meeting details provided in confirmation email after you register).
  • 2 June 2021: ONLINE“How to Haiku” workshop via Zoom for the North American Japanese Garden Association. 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., free for members. Registration/attendance details to come.
  • 5, 6 June 2021: ONLINEDirecting the Poets in the Park festival, this year via Zoom, featuring Natalie Goldberg. Readings and performances on June 5, workshops on June 6. All free, but with registration required, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (to be confirmed). More details to come.
  • 19 June 2021: ONLINE“Haiku Targets” workshop for the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN). 1:oo to 3:00 p.m. Registration details to come.
  • 26 June 2021: 
    ONLINEHaiku presentation for Japan Fair, Bellevue, Washington. More details to be announced.
  • 15 August 2021: Submission period ends for First Frost, the haiku journal I coedit with Eric Burke, Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco, and Dale Wisely.
  • 18 September 2021: ONLINEGuest presenter for the Evergreen Haiku Study Group in East Lansing, Michigan, via Zoom. 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. More details to come.
  • 15–17 October 2021: ONLINEHaiku North America conference, for which I serve as a director, via Zoom, hosted by the committee in Victoria, British Columbia. More details to come. Free.
  • 28–31 October, 2021: Directing Haiku Northwest’s fourteenth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington.

Then — 2009 to 2020

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).

Teaching haiku for Camp Fire USA on Bainbridge Island, 15 March 2008.

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.

As Redmond poet laureate, I began a presentation series called “Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive,”
featuring the poetry of famous poets. This presentation on Rumi took place at the library in
Redmond, Washington, on 10 February 2014.

Directing the annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway at the Seabeck Conference Center
in Seabeck, Washington, October 2017.

Television interview on 15 April 2018 about the Sakura Days Japan Festival at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia, at which I
ve given numerous readings and workshops, led haiku walks, and judged haiku contests since the inception of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in 2006.

Leading a haiku workshop for the Sakura Days Japan Festival
at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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

Staffing the haiku table 
on 13 September 2019 with Michelle Schaefer at the annual 
Moon Viewing event at the Seattle Japanese Garden. [photo by SlickPix Photography]

Linda Poole, executive director of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival,
introduces me to lead a haiku workshop at the Vancouver Public Library, 28 April 2019.

Staffing my haiku book table in the Haiku Hut at the Sakura Days Japan Festival,
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 15 April 2018.

Chalk haiku at VanDusen Botanical Garden, April 2016.

Directing the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, via Zoom, October 2020.