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 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

Upcoming events: I have numerous workshops, presentations, and readings slated for 2023, and I’ll post information about them as soon as they’re confirmed. As with the previous two years of pandemic upheaval, many of these events are online, usually on Zoom. Keeping up appearances!

  • 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. + +

  • 7 January 2023: ONLINE. Presentation on “My Path to and through Haiku” for Poetry Junkies, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • 7 January 2023: Free “Restriction in Poetry” workshop at BookTree, 609 Market Street, Kirkland, Washington, at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reading with Janka Hobbs at 6:00 p.m. (including open-mic reading). See Facebook event page.

  • 8–29 January 2023: Twelve blurred-light photos on display as part of the No Criticism 2023 art show at Victors Celtic Coffee, 7993 Gilman Street, Redmond, Washington. Artist reception on 15 January 2023. Free.

  • 15 January 2023: Artist reception for the No Criticism 2023 art show at Victors Celtic Coffee, 7993 Gilman Street, Redmond, Washington. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free.

  • 22 January 2023: ONLINE. Short presentation on the large addition of Woodnotes content to Graceguts for a meeting of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., free, on Zoom.

  • 26 January 2023: ONLINE. Featured poet for the “Poets from the Neighborhood reading series sponsored by Tennessee Poets. 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, with more details to come.

  • 31 January 2023: Submission period ends for First Frost, the haiku journal I coedit with Eric Burke, Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco, and Dale Wisely.

  • February 2023: Coordinating the thirteenth annual National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and providing daily writing prompts on the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, with more than 3,700 followers. Please join us in writing at least one haiku a day in the month of February—the shortest month of the year for the shortest genre of poetry!

  • 6 February 2022: Featured poet on Tim Green's Rattlecast, sponsored by Rattle magazine. 5:00 p.m. via Zoom, streamed to YouTube, and available on the Rattle website. Audio versions also available through iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Amazon, and other podcasting apps.

  • 12 February 2023: ONLINE. On the Art of Writing Haiku presentation (with quotations and discussion) for the San Diego Haiku Group, 12:30 p.m., free, for members only.

  • 14 February 2023: ONLINE. Featured poet in Rick Lupert’s Cobalt Cafe Poetry series. 7:30 p.m., free, with an open-mic reading.

  • 20 February 2023: Featured poet at Everett Poetry Night, Sisters 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.

  • 25 April 2023: Featured reading at Hugo House in Seattle. More details to come.

  • 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. More details to come.

  • 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. More details to come.

  • 31 July 2023: Submission period ends for First Frost, the haiku journal I coedit with Eric Burke, Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco, and Dale Wisely.

  • 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 to come; see the Events and Calendar pages), 7:00 p.m. ($25 admission fee expected). See the garden website.

  • 2629 October, 2023: Directing Haiku Northwest’s sixteenth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway in-person at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington. Featured guest, theme, registration rates, and other details to be announced.

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).

Delivering my keynote speech at the November 2013 Haiku International Association annual convention in Tokyo.

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.

Facilitating the Ekphrastic Assimilations writing workshop at VALA Art Center in Redmond, Washington, on 16 September 2016.

“Becoming a Haiku Poet” workshop at Seattle Chōeizan Enkyōji Nichiren Buddhist Temple in Seattle on 19 May 2012.

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 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 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.

Featured reading at Hibulb Cultural Center in Tulalip, Washington, 2 May 2019. The reading took place in the longhouse.

Calling All Poets reading (me with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken), Sammamish Library, 2 April 2013.

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.

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.

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

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.