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 Tempe, 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).
  • 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: 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. Also see the Facebook event.
  • 27–30 March 2019: Attending the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
  • 31 March 2019: Special haiku gathering in Portland, Oregon at the Japanese Garden.
  • 5 April 2019: Opening reception for the “Double Vision” ekphrastic poetry and photography exhibit at Gallery One, 408 N Pearl Street, Ellensburg, Washington, with photographs provided by the Blue Sky Center for Photographic Arts in Portland, Oregon. Featuring my poem, “Durian.” Free. 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • 5 April 2019: Featured poet at Old Skool’s Back Room, 308 N Main Street in Ellensburg, Washington. Free. 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • 6 April 2019: Collaborative poetry reading with Tanya McDonald at the Inland Poetry Prowl. Free, 3:00 to 3:45 p.m., reading with Kate Lebo, at Gard Vintners, 311 N. Pearl in Ellensburg, Washington. See complete schedule.
  • 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).
  • 16 April 2019:
    Interviewed about haiku by Bill Kenower for a live Author Magazine podcast. Listen to this 39-minute Blog Talk Radio recording at Author2Author. Also on iTunes.     +
  • 17 April 2019: Interviewed by Melissa Hart for a report in The Writer magazine about the 2019 Haiku North America conference. See “Haiku North America: Crazy about the haiku? Have we got a conference for you.”
  • 17 April 2019: Celebrating International Haiku Poetry Day by teaching haiku for all grades at Westgate Elementary School, 9601 220th Street SW in Edmonds, Washington.
  • 19 April 2019: Poetry reading with Tanya McDonald at Open Books, 2414 N 45th Street in Seattle. 7:00 p.m., free. Reading haiku, rengay, haibun, and other poetry, including poems from Seven Suns / Seven Moons.       +
  • 20 April 2019: Earth Day activities at VALA Arts, 11915 124th Ave NE, in Kirkland, Washington, including an installation of Haiku on Sticks (all afternoon) and a “Haiku for the Earth poetry reading (4:00 p.m.) and writing invitation. Free.
  • 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. (Panels 5 room 401). 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. See the complete Sakura-Con schedule.
  • 26 April 2019: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring memoirist Raúl Sánchez, 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.
  • 27 April 2019: Leading “Come to Your Senses” haiku and Zen retreat with Kate McCandless at Blue Mountain Zendo, 2952 Berg Avenue in Mission, British Columbia. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See registration details. Private event.     +
  • 28 April 2019: “The Nature of Haiku” free public 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. Read more about the workshop and how to register.     +     +
  • 28 April 2019: “Finding the Sky,” a reading of Japanese forms and other poetry, plus a talk on the art of exploring space, implication, and the unsaid in haiku. Mountain Rain Zen Community, 2016 Wall Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, 7:00 p.m. Free.
  • 28 April 2019: Judging the international category of the ukiaHaiku Festival (submission deadline, 23 March 2019). Results announced at 2:00 p.m. today at the Ukiah Civic Center, 300 Seminary Avenue in Ukiah, California, free (I won’t be present, but my commentary will be shared).
  • 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. See the Hibulb event calendar (scroll to May 2). See the PDF poster.
  • 5 May 2019: Staffing a “Haiku de Mayo” table and writing instant haiku for the Redmond Association of Spokenword for the Cinco de Mayo festival at the downtown park in Redmond, Washington. 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Free.
  • 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. Participating in a panel on haiku archives, and presenting “The original @ — celebrating anne mckay’s poetry,” both on 18 May. More details at Haiku Canada.
  • 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. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
  • 5 June 2019: Won first prize in the 2019 Bacopa Literary Review haiku contest, for my “Shēngxiào / 生肖” sequence, which will be published in Bacopa Literary Review, along with two other haiku sequences of mine, later this summer.
  • 28 June 2019: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring memoirist Dianne Avey, Los Pajaros Gallery7945 Gilman Street in Redmond, Washington. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
  • 20 July 2019:
    Directing the Poets in the Park festival, book fair, and poetry picnic at Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, sponsored by the Redmond Association of Spokenword. Free, full-day poetry festival with readings, workshops, vendors, installations, and more (chalk poetry, Haiku on Sticks), featuring Native American storyteller Roger Fernandes, and performances from Band of Poets, Black Heron Press, Floating Bridge Press, Rose Alley Press, a new anthology of orca poems, Jack Straw Writers, poets with new books, and Washington State poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna, among many others, plus workshops from Christianne Balk, Tara Hardy, Jeffrey Morgan, and Carolyne Wright—and free ice cream!
  • 27 July 2019: Annual meeting of the Washington State region of the Haiku Society of America, at Whatcom Falls Park and Bloedel-Donovan Park, Bellingham, Washington, late morning and afternoon, plus dinner at Asian 1 at 4285 Meridian Street in Bellingham. My presentation and other details to be announced.
  • 7 August 2019: Interview by Bethany Chafin on WFDD radio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina about the 2019 Haiku North America conference.     +
  • 7–11 August 2019: Haiku North America conference, for which I serve as a director, Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, 420 High Street SW in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. My presentations include “Haiku Lessons from A Book of Tea,” my “Haiku Targets” workshop for beginners, a “Rengay Roundup” reading (with Garry Gay), and a reading celebrating “Ten Years of National Haiku Writing Month.” I’ll also give the opening welcome speech and a speech at the banquet, announcing the next conference location, plus I’m also leading a reading of the conference anthology (with Crystal Simone Smith) and the memorial reading (with Julie Warther).
  • 12 August 2019: Directing the Tanka Monday conference, sponsored by the Tanka Society of America, Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, 420 High Street SW in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • 22 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 10:00 p.m. Free event (my booth will be located in the Redmond Downtown Park). Come by, test your Haiku IQ, and get an instant haiku composed on the nature-focused noun of your choice!
  • 30 August 2019: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring three Jack Straw Writers (Dianne Aprile, Josh Axelrad, and Michael Schmeltzer), Los Pajaros Gallery7945 Gilman Street in Redmond, Washington. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
  • 13–14 September 2019: Judging a free haiku contest, and reading the winners, each night at the Seattle Japanese Garden Moon Viewing Festival [event link to come], 6:00 p.m. ($20 admission). See the garden website.
  • 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.
  • 7 October 2017: Featured reading with Jeannine Hall Gailey for the Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe series at the Rainbow Cafe, 112 East Main Street, Auburn, Washington. 7:00 p.m. 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.
  • 22 November 2019: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring young-adult fiction writer David Patneaude, Los Pajaros Gallery7945 Gilman Street in Redmond, Washington. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7:00 p.m. reading, plus open-mic reading, free.
  • 22–23 November 2019: Presentation on the history of tanka in English for an academic tanka conference at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. More details to come.
  • 9 May 2020: Featured poet at Green Lake Library in Seattle. More details to come.
  • 11 February 2021: Featured poet at Ghost Town Poetry, Vancouver, Washington. 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.