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Press Here is a small press for haiku and tanka books, started in 1989. It has won numerous Merit Book Awards from the Haiku Society of America. Press Here has published at least a book or two every year or two for more than twenty-five years. If you’re interested in proposing a book for us to publish, please note that we no longer consider any unsolicited book proposals. The following is a list of Press Here titles, by category, with our most recent titles featured at the top. Click to view a sortable catalog. See also What Makes a Great Chapbook.

“Any book edited by Michael Dylan Welch is a book that will be vital for any haiku writer’s library.”
—Alan Summers, Bradford-on-Avon, England

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

The biennial Haiku North America conference celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with Fire in the Treetops. This anthology assembles all the haiku and senryu published in previous conference anthologies, from 1991 to 2015. An extensive introduction by editor Michael Dylan Welch explores the history and future of the conference, and short essays by thirteen contributors feature poems selected from each conference. Christopher Patchel provides linocut artwork. Order online for $24.00 plus shipping (contributors are entitled to a discount—see the contributor list). This book was shortlisted for the 2015 Touchstone Awards from the Haiku Foundation. Read reviews on Goodreads.

Perfectbound, 416 pages, 7 x 10 inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-37-4

“The art of haiku is mature and popular in the English language. If the existence and success of the biennial Haiku North America conferences do not sufficiently attest to this, now comes additional proof. Fire in the Treetops compiles more than a thousand haiku and senryu from all thirteen HNA anthologies from 1991 to 2015, a time when poets were stretching their wings, shaking off the restraints of Japanese traditions, and exploring new, individual approaches to this historical poetic genre. The poets whose work appears here comprise a veritable who’s who of English-language haiku. I can hardly think of a single prominent North American haiku poet whose name cannot be found here. Fire in the Treetops chronicles the florescence of North American haiku and we might well consider the index of poets to be its pantheon. Michael Dylan Welch has done an enormous service for the North American haiku community.” —Charles Trumbull, editor emeritus, Modern Haiku, and past president, Haiku Society of America

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Becoming a Haiku Poet

Learn the key techniques and strategies for writing haiku in English from haiku poet, teacher, and translator Michael Dylan Welch. This book emphasizes the most effective targets for haiku poetry, ones that are usually not taught in schools. There's more to haiku, and less, than you might think. This concise book provides just the information you need to learn the art of haiku and to start becoming a haiku poet. Order online for $9.00 plus shipping.

Perfectbound, 28 pages, 6 x 9 inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-36-7

“The real secret to becoming a haiku poet is to start writing haiku.” —from the foreword by Aubrie Cox

“For many years Michael Dylan Welch’s essays on haiku have guided newcomers and seasoned poets alike. With characteristic authority and humor, Becoming a Haiku Poet is yet another of his important contributions to the study and understanding of haiku poetry.” —Charles Trumbull, editor emeritus of Modern Haiku

“Michael Dylan Welch’s knowledge and experience with haiku is recognized internationally. He always has time to assist new poets starting out on the haiku path, to engage in a conversation about poetics, or to recommend a current essay or book. He never tires of answering the question: What is a haiku, anyway? Becoming a Haiku Poet is Michael’s concise and informative answer.” —Terry Ann Carter, president of Haiku Canada

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Close to the Wind

Press Here is pleased to announce the publication of Close to the Wind, an anthology of haiku from the 2013 Haiku North America conference, which took place August 14 to 18 aboard the Queen Mary, docked in the harbour at Long Beach, California. Edited by Michael Dylan Welch and William Hart, with illustrations by Naia, the book includes haiku and senryu by 97 poets (one poem each), the second-largest in the history of Haiku North America anthologies. “Even when gales are lashing and we’re sailing close to the wind, here’s hoping we can maintain our close-knit spirit of community and always remain on a first-name basis”—from the introduction. Order online for $12 plus shipping. Read the introduction.

Perfectbound, 52 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-35-0

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Standing Still

Press Here’s eleventh biennial Haiku North America conference anthology, from 2011, is Standing Still, edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Ruth Yarrow, with illustrations by Dejah Léger. The book features haiku and senryu by 74 poets (one poem each). “The Haiku North America conference demonstrates that haiku poets do not stand still in their development and appreciation for this rewarding genre of poetry”—from the introduction. To order in the United States, please send $8.00 plus $2.00 postage. Make payments payable to “Michael D. Welch” and send to him at 22230 NE 28th Place, Sammamish, WA 98074-6408 USA. For orders outside the United States, please inquire for details by emailing WelchM@aol.comRead the introduction.

Saddle-stapled, 36 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-32-9

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

Press Here is pleased to announce the 2010 publication of Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends, edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers. Each editor selected six poets for inclusion in the book, and each of the twelve poets is represented by either four or five haiku. Not a single one is about parsnips. The poets, who live in Europe, Africa, North America, and Asia, are
Susan Antolin, Timothy Collinson, Susan Constable, Karen Hoy, Keiko Izawa, Deborah P Kolodji, Dejah Léger, Tanya McDonald, Caleb Mutua, Helen Russell, David Serjeant, and Alison Williams. To order in the United States, please send $8.00 plus $2.00 postage. Make payments payable to “Michael D. Welch” and send to him at 22230 NE 28th Place, Sammamish, WA 98074-6408 USA. For orders outside the United States, please inquire for details by emailing Read the short introduction.     +
Perfectbound, 36 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2

“With their recent release of a haiku collection they edited, Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers have won, hands-down, the unannounced contest I have been holding in my mind for best haiku book title of the year: Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends. If you decide you don’t want a rock for Chrismukkwanzaa, this book (with bonus parsnips on the cover!) could be an excellent substitute.” —Melissa Allen, Red Dragonfly (22 November 2010)


“Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku contains  . . . haiku to roll about in the palm of the mind, looking for questions, wondering about answers, and contemplating that ultimate subject of subjects.” —Don Wentworth, Issa’s Untidy Hut (21 January 2011)



Haiku and Senryu Books

With Cherries on Top                                    190 haiku and senryu by 79 contributors to National Haiku

                                                                                    Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) [read the introduction]

Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku                     Twelve poets worldwide, edited by Michael Dylan Welch

     by a Bunch of Our Friends                            and Alan Summers [read the short introduction]

Finding the Way                                             paul m.

The Nick of Time                                             Paul O. Williams (essays on haiku aesthetics)

                                                                                    [read the introduction]     +

                                                                                    [read “Tontoism in American Haiku”
                                                                                    and “The Question of Articles in Haiku”]

School’s Out                                                     Randy M. Brooks

In and Out of Fog                                           Lee Gurga

The Measure of Emptiness                          Lee Gurga [read the interview from this book]

Abandoned Farmhouse                               Edward J. Rielly

A Simple Universe                                           Sono Uchida            +

The Haijin’s Tweed Coat (2nd edition)           Michael Dylan Welch

Tremors                                                               Michael Dylan Welch

Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go                             Six San Francisco–area poets, edited by Michael Dylan Welch

                                                                                     [read the introduction]

Tanka Books

Turning My Chair                                Pat Shelley

Footsteps in the Fog                          Seven San Francisco–area poets, edited by Michael Dylan Welch

                                                                      [read the introduction]

Castles in the Sand                            2002 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology,

                                                                      edited by Michael Dylan Welch [read the introduction]

Haibun Books

Wedge of Light                                    Haibun by twelve poets, plus essays, edited by

                                                                  Cor van den Heuvel, Tom Lynch, and Michael Dylan Welch

Met on the Road                                William J. Higginson with Penny Harter

Interview Books

On My Mind (2nd edition)                 Anita Virgil, vincent tripi (on haiku)

Raking Sand                                         Virginia Brady Young, vincent tripi (on haiku)

Berries and Cream                             Jeanne Emrich, Michael Dylan Welch (on haiga) 

Haiku North America Conference Anthologies

Harvest                                                  (1991—San Francisco; read the introduction)

The Shortest Distance                      (1993—San Francisco; read the introduction)

Northern Lights                                  (1995—Toronto; read the introduction)

Shades of Green                                 (1997—Portland, Oregon; read the introduction)

Too Busy for Spring                           (1999—Chicago; read the introduction)

Paperclips                                             (2001—Boston; read the introduction)

Brocade of Leaves                             (2003—New York; read the introduction)

Tracing the Fern                                 (2005—Port Townsend, Washington; read the introduction)

Dandelion Wind                                (2007—Winston-Salem, North Carolina; read the introduction)

Into Our Words                                  (2009—Ottawa; read the introduction)

Standing Still                                      (2011—Seattle; read the introduction)

Close to the Wind                              (2013—Long Beach, California; read the introduction)

Fire in the Treetops                           (2015; 25th anniversary anthology—Schenectady, New York;
                                                                  read the

Once Upon a Time                            (2015 section of the 25th anniversary anthology, Fire in the Treetops)

For more information about the biennial Haiku North America conference, which I cofounded in 1991, please visit the conference website.

Other Books

A Vote for Alice                                    Political parody of Alice in Wonderland by Michael Dylan Welch     +

Ordering Information

Please note that some Press Here titles are not currently in print. For information about ordering, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.