Appearances

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 2020). I’m also serving as Writer in Residence at the Kirkland Library this year, with monthly writing group events starting in March (fourth Thursday of each month). Also see selected event photos below, 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 — 2020

  • Upcoming events: I have numerous workshops and readings slated for 2020, and I’ll post information about them as soon as they’re confirmed. Keeping up appearances!
  • February 2020:
     Coordinating the tenth annual National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and providing daily writing prompts on the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, with more than 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! See the Poetry Department blog post.     +     +     +

  • 3 February 2020: My chapbook, For a Moment, first published in 2009, is the featured digital book on the Haiku Foundation website.
  • 17 February 2020: Announcement of the winners of the Backbone Press haiku chapbook contest, which I judged. Congratulations to Susan Antolin and Renée Owen.
  • 7 March 2020:
    Ekphrastic writing workshop, Centro Cultural Mexicano, 7945 Gilman Street in Redmond, Washington, 2:00–4:30 p.m., free. With Lana Blinderman​ (photography), Kevin Boček (poetry), and​Tanya Dean​ (painting and zine art) of Blue Cone Studios. ​See Facebook event.
  • 9–13 March 2020: Cojudging, with Claudia Castro Luna, the 2020 Washington State Ferries third annual haiku contest, with the
    winning haiku to be featured on the cover of thousands of summer ferry schedules. Public voting on four top selections will take place March 23 to 27. More details to come. See King5 news report.
  • 26 March 2020: Facilitating the Kirkland Writers Circle, Kirkland Library, conference room, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 27 March 2020: Featured poet, with Lorraine Healy, in the Pelican Bay Reading Series at Pelican Bay Books, at 520 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes, Washington. Free. 7:00 p.m. Music by Erik Christensen. More details to come.
  • 3 April 2020:
    Opening reception for “Ars Poetica: Fiber Art and Poetry,” where my poem “How to Respond to a Haiku” appears in a fiber-art interpretation by Mary Ann Tollefson as part of a National Poetry Month exhibit sponsored by the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN), 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, Washington, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., free.
  • 4 April 2020: Lecturing on E. E. Cummings (the featured poet this year) at the Inland Poetry Prowl. Free. More details to come.
  • 5 April 2020:
     Opening reception for the APex (Artist’s Personal Exchange) “No Criticism” art exhibit at Centro Cultural
    Mexicano7945 Gilman Street in Redmond, Washington, 5:00–7:00 p.m., free.
  • 11 April 2020: Staffing a haiku table for the Family Saturday event at the Seattle Japanese Garden, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Activities free with garden admission. See garden website.
  • 11 April 2020: “Haiku and the Art of Forest Bathing” presentation, Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond, Washington. 3:00 p.m. Free.
  • 12 April 2020:
     
    “My Haiku Academia” workshop at the 2020 Sakura-Con anime festival at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. (room Panels 5 - 401). Kaminari and Mina from the My Hero Academia anime series (played in cosplay by my daughter and her friend) have to pass their haiku exam to keep from being expelled from school. This workshop (back by popular demand from last year’s “Haiku or Haikyū?”) teaches them—and the audience—about haiku poetry. Free with Sakura-Con admission.
  • 18–19 April 2020: 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). Will also give a main-stage reading on both days of winning haiku from the 2019 festival, with sanshin and nagauta shamisen music by Noriko Kobayashi.
  • 22 April 2020: “Attention: Celebrating Mary Oliver’s Poetry” presentation, in commemoration of Earth Day, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 23 April 2020: Facilitating the Kirkland Writers Circle, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 26 April 2020: Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer presentation for the Vancouver Haiku Group at the Vancouver Public LibraryBMO Community Room (Room 916), 350 West Georgia Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p .m., meeting room to be announced, free. More details to come.
  • 26 April 2020: “The Nature of Haiku” free public workshop on Level 9 (with rooftop garden) at the Vancouver Public Library350 West Georgia Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. More details to come.
  • 9 May 2020: Featured poet at Green Lake Library, 7364 E Greenlake Drive N in Seattle, with Jayne Marek. Free. 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • 28 May 2020: Facilitating the Kirkland Writers CircleKirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 13 June 2020: Hosting a national meeting of the Haiku Society of America, Hibulb Cultural Center, Marysville, Washington. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free. More details to come.
  • 25 June 2020: Facilitating the Kirkland Writers CircleKirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 8 July 2020: “Haiku and the Art of Forest Bathing” presentation, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 11–12 July 2020: Shikishi exhibit, lecture, and reading at the Japan Fair, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue, Washington. Free. More details to come.
  • 23 July 2020: Facilitating the Kirkland Writers CircleKirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 25, 26 July 2020: 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 poetry festival (two days this year) with readings, workshops, vendors, installations, and more (chalk poetry, Haiku on Sticks)—and free ice cream! Readings and performances will be held 25 July, with workshops on 26 July. All free. More details to come.
  • 7–9 August 2020: Speaking at the Cradle of American Haiku festival, Mineral Point, Wisconsin. More details to come.
  • 27 August 2020: Facilitating the Kirkland Writers CircleKirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 28–29 August 2020: Judging a free haiku contest, and reading the winners, each night at the Seattle Japanese Garden Moon Viewing Festival, 6:00 p.m. ($25 admission). See the garden website. More details to come.
  • 24 September 2020: Facilitating the Kirkland Writers CircleKirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 22 October 2020: Facilitating the Kirkland Writers CircleKirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 29 October–November 1, 2020: Directing Haiku Northwest’s thirteenth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington, with featured speaker Tom Painting (our theme for the weekend is “vision”). Schedule and other information to come.
  • 24 November 2020 (Tuesday instead of Thursday this month): Facilitating the Kirkland Writers CircleKirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 22 December 2020 (Tuesday instead of Thursday this month): Facilitating the Kirkland Writers CircleKirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  • 11 February 2021: Featured poet at Ghost Town Poetry, Vancouver, Washington. More details to come.
  • 13–17 October 2021: Haiku North America conference, for which I serve as a director, Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, British Columbia. More details to come.







Then — 2009 to 2019

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.

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

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]