2013 Appearances

  • January 2013:
    Marje A. Dyck’s tanka book, Still Blue Water, published by Calisto Press in December 2012, but just received in January. This book features my introduction, “Belonging.”
  • 1 January 2013: Interview with me conducted by Leena Prasad appears on the Haiku Hoopla blog.
  • 8 January 2013: Featured reader, with Randall Platt, Carolyne Wright, and Bruce Holland Rogers, at Ciao, Coupeville, Washington, as part of the faculty reading for the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA in Creative Writing residency, at which I’m teaching.
  • 8–10 January 2013: Teaching workshops on haiku, haibun, short-form poetry, and about editing and publishing a small press literary journal for the MFA in Creative Writing residency at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Residency programs held at Captain Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island, in Coupeville, Washington.
  • 15 January 2013: “The Nature of Haiku” workshop, sponsored by the Friends of Seward Park and the Seward Park Torii Gate Restoration Project (which is also having a haiku contest). 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free. Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S in Seattle. Read the Seattle Times story about the Torii project.
  • 25 January 2013: Teaching “The Nature of Haiku” workshop at Cornish College of the Arts, 1000 Lenora Street in Seattle, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (for registered students only).
  • February 2013:
    Coordinating the third annual National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and providing daily writing prompts at the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, with more than 1,000 participants. Please join us in writing at least one haiku a day in the month of February!
  • 4 March 2013: Featured reader at Poetry at the Station Bistro, 110 2nd Street #125, in Auburn, Washington, presented by the Striped Water Poets. 7:00 p.m. (includes an open mic). See also the Station Bistro website. See also the Auburn Reporter newspaper story.
  • 6 March 2013: Guest poet, teaching haiku at Peninsula High School, 14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor, Washington.
  • 6 March 2013: Poetry reading at Milton Boyd Auditorium at Peninsula High School, 14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor, Washington, 7:00 p.m. Free; open to the public.     +
  • 2 April 2013: “Calling All Poets” open reading and meet-and-greet for Sammamish and nearby poets. Featured readers are me and Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken. 6:30 p.m., free, with refreshments, socializing, and an open mic. Sammamish Library, 825 228th Avenue SE in Sammamish, Washington. Sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission and Poets & Writers. See Sammamish Review story.
  • 6–7 April 2013: Two “Learn About Haiku” workshops planned for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s “Sakura Days Japan Fair,” VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia ($10.00 garden/event admission charged). Also leading two haiku walks at the garden during the festival. See photo album.
  • 10 April 2013: Leading a responsive tanka workshop with Amelia Fielden at the Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way Northeast, Lake Forest Park, Washington, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free.
  • 13 April 2013: Teaching “The Nature of Haiku” workshop from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (see also this link) in Bellevue, Washington. Free admission, but please register for course #72528 at http://www.myparksandrecreation.com/ or call 425-452-6885. For information, phone 425-452-2565 or email mseec@bellevuewa.gov.
  • 15 April 2013: Featured reader at University House, 22975 SE Black Nugget Road, Issaquah, Washington. 425-557-4200. 7:15 p.m., private event.
  • 16 April 2013: Facilitator for the Poetry & Prose Circle at the Redmond Library, sponsored by the Redmond Association of Spokenword and the Friends of the Redmond Library. Bring a poem or two, or an excerpt from a novel or short story to share for genial feedback. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Free!
  • 22 April 2013: “Learn About Haiku” workshop in conjunction with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in the Alice MacKay room at the Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Learn the myths and realities of haiku poetry, some of its history in Japan, and explore techniques such as seasonal reference and trusting the image. Write and (optionally) share your haiku for feedback and discussion.
  • 11 May 2013: One of my haiku featured on the daily Per Diem feature on the Haiku Foundation site today: “under the eaves / a barn owl’s shadow / another.” See the May 2013 archive.
  • 13 and 16 May 2013: Teaching haiku poetry to 7th and 8th graders at Odle Middle School, 14401 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, Washington.
  • 22 May 2013: Teaching haiku for “Artists on the Edge” at Hero House, 14230 NE 21st Street, Bellevue, Washington, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
  • 3 June 2013: Results for the Seward Park Torii Haiku Contest that I judged posted to the Seward Park Torii website, where you can also read my commentary on the winning English-language haiku. See also the Seattle Times front-page story on the Torii project, which also reprinted the top winning poems (adult, youth, and Japanese categories).
  • 3 June 2013: Publication date for Involution: Stories, Poems and Essays from the first two years of Line Zero, available on Amazon and at the Line Zero magazine site. This book contains my interview with Lana Hechtman Ayers, “Cream Rises.”
  • 4 June 2013:
    My haiku, “home from the redwoods— / all my pictures / are vertical,” is Poem of the Week of the Four and Twenty website.
  • 12 June 2013: Teaching short-form poetry for “Artists on the Edge” at Hero House, 14230 NE 21st Street, Bellevue, Washington, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
  • 20 June 2013: Release of Nothing but the Wind, a digital book of poems by John Carley in response to Hiroshige prints, from Gean Tree Press. The book includes an afterword by me.
  • 21–23 June 2013: National quarterly meeting of the Haiku Society of America in Seattle, Washington. Saturday events at the Wing Luke Museum. More details to be announced.
  • 3 July 2013: A short interview with me on the subject of creativity appears on Miriam Sagan’s blog, “Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond.”
  • 9 July 2013: One of four featured poets at the monthly poetry night at Ryan James Gallery, 112th Ave NE, Space 102, Bellevue, Washington (since moved to a new location in Kirkland). Free, plus open-mic reading. See a short video of this reading (my segment starts at the 4:20 mark).
  • 19–21 July 2013: Gabriola Haiku Weekend, Gabriola, British Columbia. I’ll be giving a neon buddha haiga presentation and leading tan-renga and rengay workshops.
  • 30 July 2013: Four photos and a haiku of mine featured on the Descant magazine blog, about the world’s first poetry yurt on Gabriola Island.
  • August 2013:
    I’m one of fourteen poets included in a book titled 7 (yes, just the number seven), edited by Roberta Beary and Lenard D. Moore and published by Richard Krawiec’s Jacar Press. As the publisher indicates, the poets, represented by seven poems each, “were selected in a vote by editors and other noted haiku writers as the premiere English-language haiku poets.”
  • 14–18 August 2013: Haiku North America conference aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. I’m giving several papers and readings. Also editing and publishing the conference anthology, Close to the Wind. More conference details at the HNA website.
  • 18 August 2013: Tanka Sunday, sponsored by the Tanka Society of America, aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. I’m codirecting this event with Margaret Chula.
  • Here, There, and Everywhere RASP poetry anthology
    23 August 2013:
    Launch reading for Here, There, and Everywhere, the poetry anthology I edited for the Redmond Association of Spokenword. Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street in Redmond, Washington. With harp music by Monica Schley. 6:30 p.m. Free, including cake and refreshments.
  • 7, 8 September 2013: Teaching introductory haiku classes and staffing a haiku table at Aki Matsuri, Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington.
  • 15 September 2013: Haiku Northwest celebrates its 25th anniversary with a potluck picnic at O. O. Denny Park in Kirkland, Washington, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 17 September 2013: A short appreciation of Cor van den Heuvel’s one-word poem, “tundra,” appears on Miriam Sagan’s blog, “Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond.”
  • 19 September 2013: Teaching a class for seniors on haiku and the autumn season, sponsored by artEAST and the Sammamish Arts Commission. 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Sammamish Teen Center.
  • 27 September 2013: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring three Jack Straw Writers: Daemond Arrindell, Jeannine Hall Gailey, and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, Washington, 7:00 p.m. (includes an open-mic reading).
  • October 2013: A nineteen-page interview with me on the subject of senryu appears in the October 2013 issue of Ёrshik (Toilet Brush) magazine in Russia. View the PDF (in Russian only); the interview starts on page 10.
  • 1 October 2013: Announced today that I’m the new poet laureate for the city of Redmond, Washington. See Redmond Reporter coverage. See also the City of Redmond website.   +   +
  • 1 October 2013: Teaching short-form poetry for the Sammamish Youth Writing Club, 7:00 p.m., for club members, free, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Avenue SE in Sammamish, Washington. 
  • 2 October 2013: Featured poetry reader for the third anniversary open house celebration at VALA Eastside Art Center, 7303 164th Avenue NE, Redmond Town Center, Redmond, Washington. 6:00 p.m. Free.
  • 10 October 2013: One of my haiku featured on the daily Per Diem feature on the Haiku Foundation site today: “still thinking about / that bird in the tunnel— / the radio flares back on.” See the October 2013 archive.
  • 10–13 October 2013: Sixth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington. Our featured speaker will be Marco Fraticelli. See the complete schedule and the registration form.
  • 13 October 2013: Featured poetry reading with Marco Fraticelli and Terry Ann Carter at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum, 100 Ravine Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, Washington, 5:15 pm (reception at 4:45 pm), free.
  • 15 October 2013: One of seven featured readers in the “Working Poet: Work on Work” reading at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N. in Seattle, organized by David Horowitz of Rose Alley Press. 7:00 p.m., free.
  • 18 October 2013: Reading for Here, There, and Everywhere, the poetry anthology I edited for the Redmond Association of Spokenword. VALA Eastside Art Center, 7303 164th Avenue NE, Redmond Town Center, Redmond, Washington. 6:00 p.m. Free.
  • 24 October 2013: My poem, “Jim’s Jelly,” featured on J. Glenn Evans’ PoetsWest radio show on KSER 90.7 FM at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. You can listen live to this 30-minute show, focusing on the theme of friendship, at http://www.kser.org/ (click the Listen Live link). My poem is at about the 11-minute mark.
  • 30 October 2013: Redmond poet laureate reception and meet-and-greet event. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 5:30 p.m., free.
  • 30 October 2013: Wanted, Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets. Open reading and discussion of poetry by E. E. Cummings plus open-mic reading. Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m., free.
  • 3 November 2013: Poetry panel at Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland, 10:30 a.m. Free. My talk focused on publishing alternatives, including print-on-demand, and online sharing opportunities including blogs, discussion groups, and Facebook.
  • 3 November 2013: Staffing a haiku table and teaching a haiku workshop at “Bunka No Hi” (Japanese Culture Day) at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, 1414 S. Weller Street in Seattle. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.
  • 13 November 2013: Reading for Here, There, and Everywhere, the poetry anthology I edited for the Redmond Association of Spokenword. Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland, Washington. 7:00 p.m. Free.
  • 17 November 2013: Guest blogger for the Boynton Blog in Bellingham, Washington, with a summary of my Redmond poet laureate activities, including Poem of the Week poetry posters, quarterly dead-poet poetry readings, summer poetry walks, and the Poets in the Park conference this coming April.
  • 17 November 2013: “Becoming a Haiku Poet” workshop at Seattle Chōeizan Enkyōji Nichiren Buddhist Temple, 501 South Jackson Street (at 5th Avenue in the International District), Suite 202, in Seattle. 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cancelled for this date; rescheduled to 16 March 2014.
  • 18 November 2013: Teaching “Get to Know Racquetball” for beginners and first-timers, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., free for members at Redmond Athletic Club, 8709 161st Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington.
  • 20 November 2013: Teaching “Women-Only Racquetball Clinic,” 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., free for members at Redmond Athletic Club, 8709 161st Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington.
  • 22 November 2013: Teaching “Racquetball Clinic,” for nonbeginners, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., free for members at Redmond Athletic Club, 8709 161st Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington.
  • 27 November 2013: Official visit (as Haiku Society of America vice president) to the Bashō Museum in Iga Ueno, Japan, and then with the mayor of the city, Sakae Okamoto.
  • 28 November 2013: Guest speaker for the Modern Haiku Association in Tokyo, Japan. My presentation is “An Overview of Déjà-ku.” 4:00 p.m., free.
  • 30 November 2013: Keynote speaker for the Haiku International Association annual convention at the Ichigaya Arcadia Hotel, 4-2-25 Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan. My presentations are “Haiku Neighbours: North American Haiku Today” and a reading of my haiku in English with Japanese translations by Emiko Miyashita. 10:30 a.m., registration required.   +
  • 2 December 2013: Guest lecturer at Sophia University in Tokyo, on the subject  of “Haiku Lessons from A Book of Tea.” 5:30 p.m., free.
  • 27 December 2013: MC for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, featuring an open-mic reading for fiction (ten minutes per person), Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, Washington, 7:00 p.m.