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 2022). These events have mostly been on Zoom since about March of 2020. 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 — 2022

Upcoming events: I have numerous workshops, presentations, and readings slated for 2022, 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!

  • December 2021 and January 2022: Guest selector for the daily Haiku in English online column for the Mainichi, Japans oldest newspaper.

  • 7 January 2022: Closing day for the “We Are Here” art show at VALA Art Center, in which I have a five-panel erasure poem, titled “Homage to Syntax” (after Campbell McGrath). Show opened 20 November 2021. +

  • 17, 18, 19 January 2022: 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., and 12:00 noon, presenting “Introduction to Haiku,” each online class for 90 minutes, for Big Head Club’s Oni Ronin NFT project. Free to Big Head Club Discord participants, on Zoom.

  • 22 January 2022: Featured Per Diempoem on the Haiku Foundation website: the last patch of snow / on the mossy lawn . . . / a call from home.

  • 24, 25, 26 January 2022: 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., and 12:00 noon, presenting “History of Haiku,” each online class for 90 minutes, for Big Head Club’s Oni Ronin NFT project. Free to Big Head Club Discord participants, on Zoom.

  • 31 January, 1, 2 February 2022: 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., and 12:00 noon, presenting “Writing Haiku,” each online class for 90 minutes, for Big Head Club’s Oni Ronin NFT project. Free to Big Head Club Discord participants, on Zoom.

  • February 2021: Coordinating the twelfth annual National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) and providing daily writing prompts on the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, with more than 3,600 participants. 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! +

  • 7, 9, 11 February 2022: 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 4:00 p.m., presenting “Death Haiku,” each online class for 90 minutes, for Big Head Club’s Oni Ronin NFT project. Free to Big Head Club Discord participants, on Zoom, with Twitter streaming on 9 February.

  • 13 February 2022: ONLINE. Guest poet for the San Diego Haiku Group in San Diego, California. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., presenting a talk on jisei: “A Dying Art: The Tradition of Death Haiku in Japanese and English.”

  • 26 February 2022: ONLINE. “Haiku Targets” workshop and anonymous critique session for Poets & Patrons, Chicago, Illinois, via Zoom. 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (1:00 p.m. Chicago time).

  • 12 March 2022: ONLINE. Presenting “Harold Henderson's Grammar Haiku” for the monthly meeting of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. Free. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • 30 March 2022: Featured poem on Triveni India’s “Tanka Take-Home” page: autumn rain / begins to fall . . . / an eviction notice / blows from somewhere / down the street.

  • 16 April 2022: “Jujutsu Kaisen: Haiku Training” workshop in-person at the 2022 Sakura-Con anime festival at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (room 4C-4). Can Itadori and Nobara from the Jujutsu Kaisen anime series (played in cosplay by my daughter and her friend) pass their haiku exam and reach their next level of training at Jujutsu High? Learn more about haiku poetry with Michael Dylan Welch, founder of National Haiku Writing Month, as he teaches Itadori and Nobara—and you—about haiku poetry. Channel your cursed energy and learn to write your own haiku too! Free with Sakura-Con admission. See the complete Sakura-Con schedule. In addition, at 2:00 p.m., my daughter will be giving a presentation on “Dressing Up Green: Being Eco-Friendly in Cosplay” (room 4C-1).

  • 19 April 2022: Spotlight tanka on the Triveni Haikai India website (with commentary): “old enough now / to refuse my hugs, / my daughter tells me / that she loves me / that she always will.”

  • 19 April 2022: ONLINE. “How to Haiku” free public workshop, sponsored by the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Pacific time. Click to register (Zoom meeting details provided in confirmation email after you register).

  • 20 April 2022: ONLINE. “How to Haiku” free public workshop, sponsored by the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Pacific time. Click to register (Zoom meeting details provided in confirmation email after you register).

  • 21 April 2022: One of my senryu featured on the Merriam-Webster Words at Play blog. It appears (in an earlier version) as his favourite deli— / the bald man finds a hair / in his soup,but the correct version should be “at his favourite deli / the bald man finds a hair / in his soup.

  • 23 April 2022: ONLINE. Epiphanies of a Landscape: Miłosz on Haiku and “Forgiveness” animated haiku sequence presentation for the Poetry Junkies private group. 11:00 a.m., for members only, on Zoom.

  • 30 April 2022: “Test Your Haiku IQ” and instant haiku writing as a volunteer for Independent Bookstore Day at Brick and Mortar Books, 7430 164th Ave NE, Suite B105, Redmond, Washington. Free! 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

  • 7 May 2022: Featured “Per Diem” poem on the Haiku Foundation website: winter squall— / my daughter tells me / her doll wont sleep.

  • 12 May 2022: ONLINE. Presentation on deja-ku for monthly Haiku Northwest meeting, 7:00 p.m. Zoom details sent to members.

  • 14 May 2022: ONLINE. “Haiku Checklist” anonymous critique session for Poets & Patrons and the Illinois State Poetry Society, Chicago, Illinois, via Zoom. 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (1:00 p.m. Chicago time).

  • 17 May 2022: ONLINE: Reading “Forgiveness” animated haiku sequence for Haiku Canada week. 4:00 p.m.

  • 31 May 2022: ONLINE. Free “Haiku Targets” workshop for Bellevue, Washington’s 2022 Japan Fair, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Click here to register. See Facebook event.

  • 1 June 2022: Featured reader for Duvall Poetry Night at Pho Thailand, 15820 Main Street NE, Suite A, Duvall, Washington. Free, 7:00 p.m. See Facebook event.

  • 4 June 2022: Free “Habits of Scrutiny” workshop and featured reading with Lucien Zell (visiting from Prague) at BookTree, 609 Market Street, Kirkland, Washington. Workshop at 5:15 p.m., with featured reading (followed by open-mic reading) at 7:05 p.m. Facebook event to come. Workshop description: How do you scrutinize your poems in order to improve them? What habits do you have, or can you learn, to scrutinize your writing in deeper and more thorough ways? Join Prague-based poet Lucien Zell and local poet Michael Dylan Welch as they team up for an insightseeing exploration of buried cities of language, pointing out habits of scrutiny aimed to help startle awake your vivid words that waken others.

  • 7 June 2022: Exiled Home featured poetry reading with Lucien Zell (visiting from Prague), introduced by Heidi Seaborn, at Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue in Seattle. Free, 7:00 p.m.

  • 19 June 2022: Submission deadline for Bellevue, Washington’s second annual Japan Fair community haiku contest that I’m judging. Read submission instructions and enter your haiku here. Free to enter. Winners announced on 9 July 2022 during the Virtual Japan Fair.

  • 27 August 2022: “Forest Bathing and the Art of Haiku” presentation as part of the annual Washington state Haiku Society of America regional meeting, Breazeale Interpretive Center at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Preserve. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., free. More details to come.

  • 31 August 2022: Submission deadline for the fourth annual Morioka International Haiku Contest in Morioka, Japan, which I’m cojudging with Toru Kiuchi. The award ceremony will be held in Morioka on November 20. See the 2019, 2020, and 2021 results and commentary, with Japanese translations.

  • 13 September 2022: Introductory haiku workshop for YMCA meeting at the Seabeck Conference Center, Seabeck, Washington. Private event.

  • 6 October 2022: ONLINE. Haiku Targets introductory workshop for the Haiku Down Under conference. 8:00 to 9:35 p.m. (Pacific Time). Free. Registration details to come.

  • 7 October 2022: ONLINE. Rengay Riot workshop for the Haiku Down Under conference, with assistance from Sherry Grant. 10:00 to 10:55 p.m. (Pacific Time). Free. Registration details to come.

  • 8 October 2022: ONLINE. Haiku on Steroids writing workshop for the Haiku Down Under conference. 5:30 to 6:25 p.m. (Pacific Time). Free. Registration details to come.

  • 27–30 October, 2022: Directing Haiku Northwest’s fourteenth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway in-person at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington. Our featured guest is Janine Beichman and our weekend theme is [to be announced].

  • 20 November 2022: Award ceremony for the fourth annual Morioka International Haiku Contest in Morioka, Japan, which I’m cojudging with Toru Kiuchi. August 31 is the submission deadline. See the 2019, 2020, and 2021 results and commentary, with Japanese translations.

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.