The following publications by Michael Dylan Welch, mostly poetry, are listed in chronological order, with the most recent first. This list does not include 70+ trifolds or broadsides I’ve 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 I’ve designed or produced for Two Autumns Press or Haiku Northwest Press (unless I was an editor or had another prominent role). See my Amazon Author Page, and the listing of my publications on WorldCat. See also Blurbs and Woodnotes.
See Sortable Book List.
Earthworks: 2023 Haiku North America Conference Anthology
Editor with Julie Schwerin. Photography by John E. Hancock. Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, June 2023. Haiku and senryu by 129 attendees of the seventeenth biennial haiku conference, held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read the introduction, selected poems, and contributor list. See the Press Here book page. Available on Amazon.
“Celebrating not only the 2017 Seabeck Haiku Retreat but also retreats from the first ten years, this book is packed with exceptional haiku from poets living in the U.S. and Canada. I especially enjoyed the winning kukai poems at the end of the book. The poems are formatted in a way that is easy to read and enjoy, partly because the book itself has larger dimensions and font size. I also appreciate the dedication page to the late haiku poet Johnny Baranski, with Johnny’s haiku: ‘passing clouds / the silence of those / no longer with us.’” —review on Amazon
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. See the Press Here book page. 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 and haiga selections. See the Press Here book page. 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 introduction, selected poems, and the contributor list. See the Press Here book page. Available on Amazon.
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. + + +
Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku
“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
“What a joy to read the development of English-language haiku over the past 25 years from the Haiku North America conferences. . . . Especially enlightening were the short essays on selected works—this is something we need more of in the haikai world.” —Cyndi Lloyd, on Amazon
“The variety and the quality of haiku in this collection makes it a valuable teaching tool for poets looking for a fuller understanding of the breadth and width of haiku in English today. . . . If you have any interest in haiku, then this book is a must-read for you. A lot of books on haiku are not the ‘real deal,’ but this one is, and is essential to own for any poet or lover of the form.” —Michael Rehling, on Amazon
Becoming a Haiku Poet
“A concise, authoritative, informative, and encouraging guide for anyone interested in writing or just learning about haiku.” —Poets House, New York City
“Michael Dylan Welch weaves the colors of life into a wide-ranging tapestry of surprising juxtapositions. 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
No Longer Strangers: Haiku Northwest 25th Anniversary Anthology
“This is a very fine anthology, a worthy monument to Haiku Northwest and its founder, the late Francine Porad. Because of the strength of the work of the members as well as the good editorial choices and sensible, clear layout, this is about as good as a group haiku anthology can be. In addition to the work of active members, No Longer Strangers contains a section of haiku by past members—a nice touch. We especially enjoyed the beautifully researched and written historical essay by Connie Hutchison.” —from the judges’ commentary by Charles Trumbull and Neal Whitman in awarding No Longer Strangers the second place award in the 2015 Merit Book Awards (for books published in 2014) from the Haiku Society of America
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. See the Press Here book page. Available on Amazon.
With Cherries on Top: 31 Flavors from NaHaiWriMo
“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
“This is a gorgeous, very authentic book.” —review on Amazon
“Wonderful photos, simple and poetic text. Is a pleasure to get lost in its pages.” —review on Amazon
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.
Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola
“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
“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
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends
“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.
“This is a most intriguing work. The physical part is, simply put, superb. Great paper, font, photos, look and feel, all done in Japan. The bilingual texts are something rather particular—you get a haiku [actually, longer poems] and the short version of a Noh story, the two of them being somewhat related. The small batches of photos following the texts appear to illustrate each story with actual show scenes. . . . Noh is an attractive draw into the world of Noh. It makes for an exquisite invite into the subject.” —review on Amazon
Paul Miller, editor. 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.
For a Moment
“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
“Beautiful design and robust translation. . . . I was searching for a translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu . . . that would contain not only the English and original Japanese text but also ideally the romaji or a more literal translation. . . . I love that this edition of the Hyakunin Isshu gives so many paths to interpreting each poem, as well as some nice photographic accompaniments all laid out beautifully and minimally without trying too hard to stylize in both the translation nor the layout. It’s really the perfect book.” —review on Amazon
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.
“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
Haiku and other short poems, edited by LeRoy Gorman. Napanee, Ontario: pawEpress (pawEprint #64), 2003.
Castles in the Sand
“The alchemy of tanka is that this poetry changes us, making us more aware of the mundane and miraculous. Indeed, the practice of writing tanka increases our consciousness of emotions and perceptions, prompting us to build castles of words where others may see only sand. The poets represented in this book—the premier anthology by members of the Tanka Society of America—invite you to explore their poems, which, ultimately, is an exploration of yourself.” [back cover text]
The Nick of Time: Essays on Haiku Aesthetics
“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
On Snails, Sage and AIDS:
An Anthology Commemorating the 2001 Haiku North America Conference
Editor with Claire Gallagher of a small handout collection of haiku and senryu by California poets for the 2001 Haiku North America conference regional reading in Boston, Massachusetts, published by the Haiku Poets of Northern California.
The Haijin’s Tweed Coat
Berries and Cream: Contemporary Haiga in North America
Interview with Jeanne Emrich on haiga, conducted by Michael Dylan Welch. Foster City, California: Press Here, 2000. See the Press Here book page.
“We dob’t know yet what future directions Western haiga will take, because it is still such a young art in this corner of the world. But with books such as Berries and Cream to help point the way, the future looks bright.” —Stephen Addiss, from the book’s introduction
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.
Through the Spirea: The Herb Barrett Award 1998
Judge, editor. Hamilton, Ontario: Hamilton Haiku Press, 1999. Available on Amazon. For the awards celebrated in this book I gave first prize to the following poem by Timothy Russell:
I awarded second and third prizes to A. C. Missias and Ferris Gilli, and honourable mentions to Izak Bouwer and Sandra Fuhringer. At the end of he book, information about me written by the publisher said “Mr. Welch brings to haiku an awareness of the transcendent or spiritual world that lies behind, and informs, our surface reality. His own poetry has been widely published and collected, and he is generally considered a leading authority on English-language haiku.”
Wedge of Light
Editor with Cor van den Heuvel and Tom Lynch of haibun anthology. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1999. Winner of an 2000 Merit Book Award (for books published in 1999) from the Haiku Society of America for best haibun collection (Special Category Honorable Mention). 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. See the Press Here book page.
Shades of Green: 1997 Haiku North America Conference Anthology
Editor. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1997. Read the book’s introduction and selected poems. See the Press Here book page. 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.
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).
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. See the Press Here book page, and see the review by Tom Lynch from Woodnotes.
Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go
“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. See the Press Here book page. Available (sometimes) on Amazon. See “The Mouse’s Tale” parody poem from this book. +
The Gulf Within
Editor with Christopher Herold of an 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. See “Gulf War Poetry Reading” by Kimberly Cortner. See also a review from Woodnotes by Jerry Kilbride, who referred to The Gulf Within as a “book of iron.”
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
“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
John Thompson, editor. 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. +
Epistolary fiction. Riverside, California: n.p., 1988.
Concrete poems. Winnipeg, Manitoba: n.p., 1985.
Collected poetic juvenilia, in three volumes (second volume is either missing or was never completed). Winnipeg, Manitoba: n.p., 1985.
Stories collected from a creative writing class in college. Winnipeg: Manitoba: n.p., 1981.
My poems and essays also appear 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.