Books

The following publications by Michael Dylan Welch, mostly poetry, are listed in chronological order, with the most recent first. This list does not include dozens of trifolds or broadsides Ive also published, nor any of the 200+ trade books I’ve edited as a professional editor. It also does not include haiku and tanka books by other authors that I’ve edited and published with my press, Press Here, or the many publications Ive designed or produced for Two Autumns Press. See my Amazon Author Page, and the listing of my publications on WorldCat. Click any book cover to see a larger image.

See Sortable Book List.

Vitreous Humor

Ebook collection of “hydrogen jukebox” poems published by Bones, October 2020 (book three of three). View the free PDF.

hydrogen jukebox
for all the words
in China
 Retina Splash

Ebook collection of “hydrogen jukebox” poems published by Bones, July 2020 (book two of three). View the free PDF.

hydrogen jukebox
the end of the world
again
Eyeball Kick

Ebook collection of “hydrogen jukebox” poems published by Bones, June 2020 (book one of three). View the free PDF.

hydrogen jukebox
it’s the end of the word
as we know it


Star Wheel

Microchapbook collection of haiku inspired by the names of crochet patterns, published by Origami Poems Project, 2020, where you can download the free PDF.

long-weekend getaway—
the star-wheel embroidery
still unfinished


Sitting in the Sun: 2019 Haiku North America
Conference Anthology

Editor with Crystal Simone Smith. Artwork by Kate MacQueen. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, August 2019. Haiku and senryu by 94 attendees of the sixteenth biennial haiku conference, held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Read the introduction, selected poems, and contributor list. Available on Amazon.


Jumble Box: Haiku and Senryu
from National Haiku Writing Month


Editor. Artwork by Ron C. Moss. Presents 324 poems by 100 NaHaiWriMo contributors. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, September 2017. Read the introduction and afterword, and see the list of contributors (eligible for a discount) and haiga selections. Available on Amazon.       +


Earthsigns: 2017 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor with Scott Wiggerman. Artwork by Lidia Rozmus. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, September 2017. Haiku and senryu by 183 attendees of the fifteenth biennial haiku conference, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read the introductionselected poems, and the contributor list. Available on Amazon.
 A Collection of Rare Songs by Itchu

Cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of Edo-era Itchubushi songs for shamisen and voice. Book and compact disc, plus iPad performance notes for concert augmentation. Tokyo, Japan: Miyako Itchu Institute of Music and Culture, 2016.       +       +



Seven Suns / Seven Moons

With Tanya McDonald. Seattle, Washington: NeoPoiesis Press, September 2016. Read the book’s afterword. Read a League of Canadian Poets review. See a September 2017 video of a reading from the book at the Haiku North America conference. Order from NeoPoiesis Press or on Amazon.       +       +       +
 The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
Haiku Invitational Winners 2015

Judge, with Allan Burns and Katherine J. Munro. Lantzville, British Columbia: Leaf Press, 2016.       +


 
Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku

One of twelve contributors. London: Boatwhistle Books, 2016. Order from Boatwhistle Books or on Amazon. Read all my poems, see my interview about this book, and see this review and this review.

“A wonderful trip through diverse voices, themes, moods, and states of reality. . . . an unusual, provocative and highly enjoyable book.”
—Ruth Mittelholtz, Haiku Canada Review, October 2016.

Off the Beaten Track is a concise collection not only of poems but of ordinary moments and memories (cold coffee, cigarette smoke, moonlight), attentively distilled.” —Rachel Hadas, Times Literary Supplement, London, 4 January 2017.



Fire in the Treetops:
Celebrating Twenty-Five Years
of Haiku North America

Editor. Artwork by Christopher Patchel. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2015. Contains 1,053 haiku and senryu from twenty-five years of HNA conference anthologies, with my extensive introduction, plus short essays by thirteen contributors highlighting poems selected from each prior anthology. Read the introduction, contents, list of contributors (entitled to a discount), and sample 2015 poems. Available on Amazon. See review by Vicki McCullough.



Becoming a Haiku Poet

Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2015. Foreword by Aubrie Cox. A brief primer on the art of haiku. Available on Amazon. See review by Paul Griffiths. See review by kjmunro.

“A concise, authoritative, informative, and encouraging guide for anyone interested in writing or just learning about haiku.”
—Poets House


A Warm Welcome

Editor with Angela Terry. Artwork by Annette Makino. Bellevue, Washington: Haiku Northwest / Vandina Press, 2015. Anthology of poems from the 2013 Seabeck Haiku Getaway. Read the introduction. Available on Amazon.



True Colour

Redmond, Washington: City of Redmond, 2014. Book design and photography by Dan D Shafer. Collection of thirteen solo rengay, each one on the theme of a different colour. This art book opens up like a painter’s swatch, based on a design I proposed. See all poems. Read the introduction and afterword.

“Michael Dylan Welch weaves the colors of life into a wide-ranging tapestry of surprising juxtapostions. It its celebration of the rengay form, True Colour offers a multihued palette of well-written and well-crafted poems.” —Garry Gay, inventor of the rengay poetry form

“Michael Dylan Welch’s colorful suite of rengay represents the full spectrum of human experience parceled into intimate moments. His concise verses transform images of surprise, humor, sorrow, appreciation, loss, and joy into poignant epiphanies.”
—Lana Hechtman Ayers, editor and publisher, MoonPath Press



Haiku Greeting Cards

Redmond, Washington: Historic Core Redmond / Minuteman Press, 2014. Set of six “weathergram” greeting cards with my haiku and artwork by Jacqueline Calladine. See greeting card gallery. See also “Moonshine Series” and “Twelve Weathergrams.”


No Longer Strangers:
Haiku Northwest 25th Anniversary Anthology


Layout, design, art direction, copyediting, production, and research. Bellevue, Washington: Haiku Northwest / Vandina Press, 2014. Anthology of haiku, senryu, and haibun featuring by 78 contributors from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and British Columbia. Available on Amazon.


Here, There, and Everywhere:
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Poetry Anthology

Editor. Redmond, Washington: RASP, 2013. Featuring 120 poems by 70 poets, including a who’s who of Seattle-area mainstream poets. Read the introduction. Available on Amazon.       +


Close to the Wind: 2013 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor with William Hart. Artwork by Naia. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2013. Nearly 100 haiku and senryu from this twelfth biennial haiku conference. Read the introduction and selected poems. Available on Amazon.


With Cherries on Top:
31 Flavors from NaHaiWriMo


Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2012. A wide-ranging collection of 190 haiku and senryu by 79 contributors to the August 2012 National Haiku Writing Month page on Facebook. Includes fireworks photographs by editor Michael Dylan Welch. Free PDF download. Available on the NaHaiWriMo website.

“Don’t miss this free collection, along with inspiration to jump-start your writing practice.”  —Francine Banwarth, Frogpond

“Haiku fireworks! A must see/read, spectacular book! Most pleased to be included in this book, and be part of the NaHaiWriMo community.” —Stella Pierides



Furoshiki

Cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of poems and prose about elegant Japanese gift-wrapping cloths known as furoshiki). Tokyo: PIE Books, 2011. Available on Amazon (Japanese cover shown here).
 Bound by the Beauty

Design and production of 2011 Seabeck Haiku Getaway holograph anthology. Bellevue, Washington: Haiku Northwest, 2011.

 From Leaf to Leaf

Editor with Tanya McDonald. Hand-sewn haiku anthology with original suminigashi cover art celebrating the 2010 Seabeck Haiku Getaway. Bellevue, Washington: Haiku Northwest, 2011.



Standing Still: 2011 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor with Ruth Yarrow. Artwork by Dejah Léger. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2011. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.


Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola

Editor. Gabriola, British Columbia: Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2011. Commemorating ten years of haiku retreats on Gabriola Island, with haiku, senryu, haibun, rengay, renku, and more, by 42 contributors. Read my introduction. See also the contents and list of contributors. Available from Pacific-Rim Publishers (scroll down).

Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola, edited by Michael Dylan Welch, is perfectly shaped, perfectly positioned to reflect a wordless light, the unfathomable mysteries of the visible. The book weaves together powerful memories and poems from ten years of the annual haiku weekends on Gabriola Island, British Columbia. Tidepools is a great joy to read-it almost feels like being there. By turns playful, ironic, and elegiac, the book’s haiku show simple elegance, impressive depth. Related literary forms of haibun, rengay, and kasen renku give wider impressions of the poetic gatherings on the island. Tidepools also pays homage to Naomi Beth Wakan, a most hospitable host, and fine haiku and lyric poet in her own right. Beautiful thinking! Beautiful writing!” —Terry Ann Carter

“Solitude is often the poet’s muse, but this charming and wonderfully candid collection of short reminiscences and poetry celebrates the pleasures and inspiration of the communal haiku workshop that has been hosted for ten years by poet and writer Naomi Beth Wakan with her husband Eli. Forty-two poets, old and new in both poetry and their experience of Gabriola Island, give a beautiful portrait of the inspiration of fellow poets, Naomi’s garden, and Drumbeg Park.”
—Pamela Asquith



Between the Chimes

By Charles Trumbull. Michael Dylan Welch, editor. Pointe Claire, Quebec: King’s Road Press, 2011.

“Wise, gentle, funny, and humble: that’s some tall order in one poetry collection and #23 in the Hexagram Series from King’s Road Press, Charles Trumbull’s Between the Chimes, fits the bill. Though a brief chapbook, at 14 pages with 32 poems, it displays all the qualities mentioned and is, indeed, very fine as a result.”  Don Wentworth



Bonsai

Cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of twelve Bashō poems that introduce each seasonal section of bonsai photographs. Tokyo: PIE Books, 2011. Available on Amazon.


Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku
by a Bunch of Our Friends


Editor, with Alan Summers; anthology featuring twelve poets. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2010. Read the book’s short introduction. Available from Press Here.

“Nobody writes poems about parsnips.”
—Anna Pavord, The Independent
 Lighting a Candle

Editor; anthology featuring Roberta Beary, Deborah P Kolodji, Victor Ortiz, and Ebba Story for the 21st annual Two Autumns reading series sponsored by the Haiku Poets of Northern California, held on 22 August 2010 in San Francisco. San Francisco: Two Autumns Press, 2010. Read the book’s introduction. See also the “In Concert” trifold, featuring rengay by each of the book’s contributors, which I commissioned for this reading.



Noh

Cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita and David Cobb of Noh play summaries and associated poems. Tokyo: PIE Books, 2010. Available on Amazon (Japanese cover shown here).       +       +
 Seeing Stars

Editor. Hand-sewn anthology from the 2009 Seabeck Haiku Getaway. Bellevue, Washington: Haiku Northwest, 2009. Winner of the Kanterman Award for best anthology, 2010 (for books published in 2009), from the Haiku Society of America.       +



My Neighbor

Paul Miller, ed. Anthology featuring Garry Gay, David Grayson, Carolyn Hall, and Michael Dylan Welch for the 20th annual Two Autumns reading series sponsored by the Haiku Poets of Northern California, held on 13 September 2009 in San Francisco. San Francisco: Two Autumns Press, 2009. See the introduction and all my poems.


Nothing Left to Say

By Roberta Beary. Michael Dylan Welch, editor. Pointe Claire, Quebec: King’s Road Press, 2009. See review by Don Wentworth.



Into Our Words: 2009 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor with Grant D. Savage. Artwork by Peter Vernon Quenter. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2009. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.


For a Moment

Pointe Claire, Quebec: King’s Road Press, 2009. See selected poems. See PDF version on the Haiku Foundation website.

“Welch is one of the stalwarts of American haiku. His works are almost always sharp, concrete renditions of original moments, and this collection is a fine example of his skillful work.”
—The Haiku Foundation


100 Poets: Passions of the Imperial Court

Cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. Tokyo, Japan: PIE Books, 2008. See selected translations. Available on Amazon. Also available, with photographs, poems, a karuta card game, and each poem read aloud in Japanese by male and female voices, as an iPad and iPhone application on iTunes. See the Japan Times review by David Burleigh (see also here). One of our translations from this book was printed on the back of 150,000,000 U.S. postage stamps in 2012.       +       +

 Dandelion Wind: 2007 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor. Artwork by Kate MacQueen. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2008. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.



Holiday Haiku

Gift booklet, with lines of my winter haiku inside a Christmas ornament, sold as a fundraiser for the Burning Word festival. No publisher, 2007. See the poems.


Shiki Haikusphere: Tenth Anniversary Anthology

One of ten poets featured, with Japanese translations, selected as top contributors to the Shiki online haiku discussion list hosted by Matsuyama University. Matsuyama, Japan: The Shiki Team, 2007. See the poems. See a PDF of a report about the Shiki discussion list from Haiku North America 2005.


Haiku Journey

Haiku editor for computer game. Midlothian, Texas: NStorm / Hot Lava Games (now MumboJumbo), 2006. See game overview, with additional links and reviews, a list of contributors, and my poems. See demo video or visit the Haiku Journey game forum.

“What do Boggle and haiku poetry have in common? Thanks to Hot Lava Games, I can now write that they meet in Haiku Journey, a puzzle game inspired by the shortest and most popular type of poetry in the world. The real stars of the game are the haiku themselves. Each level begins with a short essay on the form written by well-known haiku poet and editor Michael Dylan Welch, a former vice president of the Haiku Society of America. The database contains over five hundred haiku and features many of the top poets writing in English from around the world, most of whom will be familiar to anyone who is familiar with the haiku scene.” —Edward Zuk

 Tracing the Fern: 2005 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor with Billie Wilson. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2005. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.

 Gingerly

Haiku and other short poems, edited by LeRoy Gorman. Napanee, Ontario: pawEpress (pawEprint #64), 2003.

 Brocade of Leaves: 2003 Haiku North America Conference Anthology
Editor with Yu Chang. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2003. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.

 Castles in the Sand

Editor, 2002 Tanka Society of America members’ anthology. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2003. Read the book’s introduction.



The Nick of Time: Essays on Haiku Aesthetics

By Paul O. Williams. Michael Dylan Welch, coeditor with Lee Gurga. Foster City, California: Press Here, 2001. Read the book’s introduction. Winner of a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America.

“Anyone writing haiku, thinking about writing haiku, or thinking about haiku, will be enriched by having this indispensable, lyrical manual in their collection.” —Leza Lowitz, Japan Times

 Paperclips: 2001 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor with Larry Kimmel and Carol Purington. Artwork by Karen Klein. Foster City, California: Press Here, 2001. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.



Open Window

Haiku collection, with my photographs. Decatur, Illinois: Brooks Books, 2000. View online.


The Haijin’s Tweed Coat

Haiku sequence. Second, expanded edition (first edition published in 1990). Foster City: Press Here, 2000. Read the poems. See a digital version of the book on the Haiku Foundation website.
 Berries and Cream:
Contemporary Haiga in North America


Interview with Jeanne Emrich on haiga. Foster City, California: Press Here, 2000.

 Countdown

Editor, 2000 Haiku Poets of Northern California members’ haiku anthology on the theme of the millennium and the New Year. San Francisco: Two Autumns Press, 2000. Read the book’s introduction.

  
Haiku North America conference anthologies from the first eight conferences, 1991 to 2005.

 Too Busy for Spring: 1999 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor with Lee Gurga. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1999. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.



Through the Spirea:
The Herb Barrett Award 1998


Judge, editor. Hamilton, Ontario: Hamilton Haiku Press, 1999. Available on Amazon.
 Wedge of Light

Editor with Cor van den Heuvel and Tom Lynch of haibun anthology. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1999. Winner of a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America for best haibun collection. This anthology resulted from the first-ever haibun contest conducted in English, held in the spring and summer of 1996. Read the book’s introduction.



Shades of Green: 1997 Haiku North America Conference Anthology
Editor. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1997. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems. This book was also the featured book of the week in early April of 2018 on the Haiku Foundation website, where you click to view a scan of the entire book.
 Northern Lights: 1995 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1995. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.

 Hammerhorn Lake

Collection of rengay written with Garry Gay and John Thompson. The first book of rengay ever published. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1995. Read the book’s short introduction (with links to all rengay included).



A Haiku Path

Coeditor of a book about the history of the first twenty years of the Haiku Society of America. New York: Haiku Society of America, 1994. Read my afterword. Available on Amazon.

 Thornewood Poems

Haiku sequence. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1994. Read the book’s introduction and all the poems.

 Footsteps in the Fog

Editor, and one of six contributing poets. A collection of tanka; one of earliest anthologies of tanka written in English. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1994. Also released as an audio recording (cassette tape), made of the launch reading at Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California, 27 February 1994. Read the book’s introduction and see my tanka from the book.

 The Shortest Distance: 1993 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor with Ebba Story. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1993. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.

 Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go

Editor, and one of seven contributing poets. A collection of senryu. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1993. Read the introduction and all my poems. Winner of a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America.

“The book, a first anthology of senryu in English, as far as I know, deserves a joyous welcome. Its arrival is a signal event. Fig Newtons is a collection with more range and a much higher hit rating than most haiku anthologies these days. We should also bow to the careful editing that groups these poems superficially by subject, while maintaining a clear ear for variety, tone, and pacing. For editor Welch and his cast of California senryu poets, the ticker-tape parade. Meantime, get your own copy of Fig Newtons and ease your mind.”
—William J. Higginson

 A Vote for Alice
Political parody of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Introduction by Sandor Burstein, president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Foster City: Press Here, 1992. Available (sometimes) on Amazon. +

 The Gulf Within

Editor with Christopher Herold of anthology of Gulf War haiku by members of the Haiku Poets of Northern California. San Francisco: Two Autumns Press, 1991. Read my poems from the book.

 Books for the Conscientious Publisher

An annotated bibliography of books relating to desktop publishing, graphic design, typography, editing, and writing, produced in conjunction with a seminar on desktop publishing haiku books that I gave at the first Haiku North America conference. Foster City, California, privately published, 1991.

 Harvest: 1991 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

Editor. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1991. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems.

“Sponsored by several of the most vital haiku organizations from the United States and Canada, Haiku North America is probably the most ambitious haiku event ever attempted outside of Japan. Everyone taking part in this coming-of-age celebration for English-language haiku will be helping make literary history.” —Cor van den Heuvel

 The Haijin’s Tweed Coat

Haiku sequence. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1990. Winner of a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America. See also the second, expanded edition published in 2000. Read the poems (from the second edition).

 Tremors

A collection of earthquake haiku written in response to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1990. Read an overview of the book, with selected poems and links to additional content.



Two Autumns

John Thompson, ed. Anthology featuring Patricia Donegan, Eugenie Waldteufel, Michael Dylan Welch, and Paul O. Williams for the first-ever Two Autumns reading sponsored by the Haiku Poets of Northern California, held on 27 October 1990 in Berkeley, California. San Francisco: Two Autumns Press, 1990. Read selected poems.

 Egret

Haiku collection, including my first haibun. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1989. Read an overview and selected poems.

 A Sense of Play:
An Annotated Linguistic Study
of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange


Master’s thesis. Riverside, California: Loma Linda University, 1988. +

 Yosemite

Haiku and other short poems. Riverside, California: n.p., 1988. Read an overview and selected poems.

 Noble Savages

Epistolary fiction. Riverside, California: n.p., 1988.

 Haiku

Riverside, California: n.p., 1986. Read an overview, with links to selected poems.

 Family

Concrete poems. Winnipeg, Manitoba: n.p., 1985.

 Chronology

Collected poetic juvenilia, in three volumes (second volume is either missing or was never completed). Winnipeg, Manitoba: n.p., 1985.

 Ninety-Seven Poems

Poems collected for a creative writing class in college. n.p.: n.p., 1984. See overview with links to selected poems.

 Short Stories

Stories collected from a creative writing class in college. Winnipeg: Manitoba: n.p., 1981.

  
  

Poems and essays are also included in numerous anthologies from W. W. Norton, Tuttle, Kodansha, Andrews-McMeel, MQP, Mosaic, Iron Press, Writer’s Digest Books, Brooks Books, Red Moon Press, Borealis Press, Les Éditions David, Black Moss Press, Leaf Press, and numerous other publishers. Poems are also included in dozens of broadsides. I have more than 4,000 individual poems published in hundreds of journals in at least twenty languages (most recently Turkish, Swahili, and Punjabi).
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
  
 
My book on Noh for sale at Kinokuniya Bookshop in Futakotamagawa, Tokyo. Photo by Emiko Miyashita.