Selected readings, workshops, and other appearances are listed here. In addition, I curate and MC SoulFood Poetry Night (see YouTube for past live-streams) 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 2023). These events were mostly on Zoom after about March of 2020, but many have returned to being in person. Also see selected event photos from the past below the following calendar, 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 — 2023
1 December 2022 – 4 January 2023: Installation of 30 “Holiday Haiku” as part of the City of Redmond’s annual Redmond Lights festival. Projected digitally at the Buoyant Pavilion in Redmond’s Downtown Park from 5:00–11:00 p.m. each night (except 5:00–9:00 p.m. on December 2, 9, and 16). See my Holiday Haiku page for photos of each poem and a video. + +
26 January 2023: ONLINE. Featured poet for the “Poets from the Neighborhood” reading series sponsored by Tennessee Poets, also recorded for WC-TV television broadcast on 29 April 2023. 4:00 p.m., free, with an open-mic reading. +
29 January 2023: ONLINE. “Grappling with Graceguts” presentation for the Portland Haiku Group. 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., free on Zoom, for members.
1 February 2023: Short podcast appearance regarding National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) on NPR affiliate KJZZ FM (Phoenix) with Tom Maxedon (my contribution starts at about the 22:40 mark, and at the end Tom refers to me, ahem, as the “godfather of haiku”).
20 February 2023: Featured poet at Everett Poetry Night, Sister’s Restaurant, 2804 Grand Avenue in Everett, Washington. 5:45 to 8:00 p.m. (my 30-minute feature starts at 7:15 p.m.). Free and fun.
9 April 2023: “How to Haiku” PowerPoint workshop at the 2023 Sakura-Con anime festival at the new Seattle Convention Center in Seattle (my presentation is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Sunday, in the Summit Building, room 447-448). Free with Sakura-Con admission. See the complete Sakura-Con schedule.
29 April 2023: ONLINE. “Oneliness” PowerPoint presentation on E. E. Cummings for Poetry Junkies. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for members.
3 May 2023: ONLINE. Facilitating a free rengay-writing session for members of the Oxford Haiku Group in England. 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.
13 May 2023: ONLINE. Hosting a quarterly meeting of Haiku Northwest, featuring Jonathan Van Harmelen with a presentation on “The Life of Kenneth Yasuda: Kibei Poet, Haiku Translator, and Literary Critic,” plus readings by Geneviève Wynand and Agnes Eva Savich and rounds of haiku sharing and critique. See schedule details. Free.
10 June 2023: Haiku reading for the annual meeting for the Oregon region of the Haiku Society of America and the Portland Haiku Group, Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, Oregon. 10:30 a.m., as part of a full day of free events.
28 June–2 July 2023: Haiku North America conference, for which I serve as a director, at the Netherland Plaza Hotel and the Mercantile Library in Cincinnati, Ohio. I'm giving opening welcome speeches, a closing speech, leading the Earthworks anthology reading (with Julie Schwerin), giving a presentation on deja-ku (haiku that bring to mind other poems), leading a reading that features curators of the American Haiku Archives, introducing the Higginson lecture (by Tim Green, Rattle editor), and MCing the rural/urban open-mic reading. See the schedule and the registration page.
3 July 2023: Directing the Tanka Monday conference (plus readings on Sunday night), sponsored by the Tanka Society of America, at the Mercantile Library in Cincinnati, Ohio. See the schedule and the registration page.
5 July 2023: Announced as the first prize winner in the 2023 Haiku Society of America rengay contest, for “Yellowing Maple,” written with Romanian poet and artist Ion Codrescu.
5 July 2023: ONLINE. Facilitating a free rengay-writing session for members of the Oxford Haiku Group in England. 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
8–9 July 2023: Shikishi exhibit and short lecture, “How to Haiku in English” workshop, and announcement of 2023 haiku contest winners at the Japan Fair, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue, Washington. Free. My exhibit and short lecture is titled “Touching the Moon: Twenty-Four Shikishi” and is based on my essay of the same name. The workshop will be from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m., with the announcement of the haiku contest winners at 2:30 p.m., both on Sunday, 9 July. My shikishi presentation will also be on Sunday from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. [My appearances cancelled due to catching Covid.]
16 July 2023: ONLINE. Featured reader for a meeting of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. See video recording on YouTube.
31 August 2023: Submission deadline for the fifth annual Morioka International Haiku Contest in Morioka, Japan, which I’m cojudging with Toshio Kimura. The award ceremony will be held at Morioka Gekijo (Main Hall) in Morioka on 12 November. See the 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 results and commentary, with Japanese translations.
1–2 September 2023: Judging a free haiku contest, and reading the winners, each night at the Seattle Japanese Garden Moon Viewing Festival (tickets available for Day 1 and Day 2; also see the Events and Calendar pages), 7:00 p.m. ($25 admission fee expected). See the garden website. + +
5 September 2023: ONLINE. “Salons and Saloons: Polarities of Poetry” — featured poet with Hannah Lee Jones for a LitFuse 2023 Summer School Poets in Conversation reading. 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., free. Get more details and the Zoom link on the LitFuse website.
6 September 2023: ONLINE. Facilitating a free rengay-writing session for members of the Oxford Haiku Group in England. 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
9 September 2023: Staffing a haiku table and giving two workshops at the Mukai Farm & Garden Japan Festival 2023, at 18017 107th Avenue SW, on Vashon Island, Washington. My workshops will be at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Part of a free day-long festival.
23–24 September 2023: Participating faculty in the 2023 LitFuse poetry festival, sponsored by Tieton Arts & Humanities, Tieton Fueling Station, 519 Maple Street, Tieton, Washington (near Yakima). With Cornelius Eady, Bruce Beasley, Derek Sheffield, Jourdan Imani Keith, Kevin Sampsell, Xavier Cavazos, Washington state poet laureate Arianne True, and others. My sessions are “Haiku Targets,” “Haiku on Steroids,” and “Our Endless and Proper Work: Learning Attention from Mary Oliver.” Registration, schedule, and other details on the LitFuse website. [Some of the preceding readers were cancelled when the event was restructured; my “Haiku on Steroids” workshop was cancelled, but I gave a reading and the other two sessions at North Town Coffee House in Yakima, Washington.]
5 October 2023: Launch of the new Western Washington Poets Network website, for which I am web manager.
10 October 2023: ONLINE. Guest speaker on haiku at IPA Live (Iowa Poetry Association), speaking with Timothy Fay, Morgan Grace Willow, and others. Free, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Pacific Time. In 2024 I’ll be judging for the IPA haiku contest. +
14 October 2023: Launch meeting for the Western Washington Poets Network, for which I am web manager, at BookTree, 609 Market Street, Kirkland, Washington. Multiple speakers discussing their poetry readings after I introduce the new WWPN website. 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Free.
17 October 2023: Guest blogger on J. I. Kleinberg’s “Poetry Department” blog, with “2023 Seabeck Haiku Getaway Invitation,” an overview of the 2023 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, complete with a group photo from 2022.
26–29 October 2023: Directing Haiku Northwest’s sixteenth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway in-person at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington. Our featured guest is Jeff Hoagland, and our theme is “Gifts of Nature,” with David Lasky as an additional guest celebrating haiku comics. See the website link for details, and please join us! My presentations included “Porad Award Twentieth Anniversary Retrospective” and “Lorine Niedecker’s Exchange for Haiku,” among other activities. +
4 November 2023: Staffing a haiku table at Bunka no Hi, sponsored by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, 1414 S Weller Street in Seattle. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.
8 November 2023: ONLINE. “Haiku Targets” Zoom workshop for the Iowa Poetry Association, in anticipation of my judging the haiku section of their 2024 poetry contests. Free, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Pacific Time. Event details at IPA Live, and see the Judges page.
9 November 2023: ONLINE. “November Cherry Blossoms” Zoom reading in celebration of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s 2023 Haiku Invitational winners. I’ll MC a reading of the top winners, with commentary from the judges plus Q&A, and an open-mic reading for cherry blossom haiku. Free, but please register to attend.
11 November 2023: “Our Endless and Proper Work: Learning Attention from Mary Oliver” presentation for a quarterly Haiku Northwest meeting at Folio Seattle, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (my presentation will be at 11:00 a.m.). Mary Oliver has been called the poet of attention—especially an attention to nature. This deep-dive exploration of her poetry demonstrates and validates close attention for poets of any kind, especially haiku poets, and how our attention to experience and emotion can help us live our wild and precious lives. Folio Seattle is a membership library and cultural center at Pike Place Market in Seattle (93 Pike Street, #307). Free to attend, but please RSVP by email Caroline Cumming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 November 2023: Award ceremony for the fifth annual Morioka International Haiku Contest at Morioka Gekijo (Main Hall) in Morioka, Japan, which I’m cojudging with Toshio Kimura. August 31 is the submission deadline. See the 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 results and commentary, with Japanese translations.
16 November 2023: Interviewed by Angie Hinojos on Centro Cultural Mexicano’s Radio Ya es Tiempo, Redmond, Washington, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., with bilingual discussion (Spanish and English), also with Graciela Hernandez, streamed to Facebook live (coming separately to YouTube) and broadcast on KXPA radio (1540 am).
16 January 2024: ONLINE. “How to Haiku” workshop via Zoom for the Nick Virgilio Haiku Society, Camden, New Jersey. Free! 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please register here [link to come].
24 January 2024: “Forest Bathing and the Art of Haiku” presentation for Sammamish Seniors at Beaver Lake Lodge in Sammamish. Meeting runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with my presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free for seniors (50+), but please register.
17 February 2024: Featured reader at Tsuga Fine Art, 10101 Main Street in Bothell, Washington. Plus an open-mic reading. 7:00 p.m. Free.
13 April 2024: Featured poet, with Nancy Pagh, in the Madrona Poetry Series at Pelican Bay Books, at 520 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes, Washington. Free. 7:00 p.m. Music by an artist to be announced.
29–30 June 2023: Shikishi exhibit and short lecture, “How to Haiku in English” workshop, and announcement of 2024 haiku contest winners at the Japan Fair, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue, Washington. Free. My exhibit and short lecture is titled “Touching the Moon: Twenty-Four Shikishi” and is based on my essay of the same name. The workshop, shikishi presentation, and the announcement of the haiku contest winners will be held at times to be announced.
24–27 October 2024: Directing Haiku Northwest’s seventeenth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway in-person at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington. Our featured guest is Crystal Simone Smith, and our theme is “Maps.” See the website link for details (more to come), and please join us!
Then — 2009 to 2022
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).
Audience view of my keynote speech at the November 2013 Haiku International Association annual convention in Tokyo.
Showing off my “I Heart Haiku” T-shirt after giving my keynote speech at the November 2013 Haiku International Association annual convention in Tokyo.
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.
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 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 performance 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).
Teaching haiku for Camp Fire USA on Bainbridge Island, 15 March 2008.
Welcoming speech at the 2011 Haiku North America conference, on 4 August 2011 at Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington.
As Redmond poet laureate, I began a presentation series called “Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive,” featuring the poetry of famous poets. This presentation on Rumi took place at the library in Redmond, Washington, on 10 February 2014.
Television interview on 15 April 2018 about the Sakura Days Japan Festival at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia, at which I’ve given numerous readings and workshops, led haiku walks, and judged haiku contests since the inception of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in 2006.
Leading a haiku workshop for the Sakura Days Japan Festival at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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]
Linda Poole, executive director of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, introduces me to lead a haiku workshop at the Vancouver Public Library, 28 April 2019.
Staffing my haiku book table in the Haiku Hut at the Sakura Days Japan Festival, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 15 April 2018.
Chalk haiku at VanDusen Botanical Garden, April 2016.
Directing the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, via Zoom, October 2020.