About Haiku Northwest, Founded in 1988
Haiku Northwest began in 1988 under the leadership of Francine Porad (who passed away in September of 2006) to foster haiku writing in the Pacific Northwest and to provide local writers with current information about the local, national, and international haiku community and its publications. Haiku Northwest is within the Washington region of the Haiku Society of America (HSA), but functions as an independent group. Haiku Northwest holds monthly meetings, runs the annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway retreat, and publishes regional anthologies of haiku and related poetry. Most of the group’s members live in the Seattle area, but many haiku poets from the Puget Sound area and farther afield also attend Haiku Northwest meetings. The Haiku Northwest group has no membership dues, and visitors are always welcome to attend all events.
Haiku Northwest received official status as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Washington on December 13, 2021.