You’re invited to attend the Washington State regional meeting of the Haiku Society of America at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The event is FREE thanks to the Haiku Society of America and the Padilla Bay Reserve. We’ll provide packaged snacks and drinks but please bring your own lunch. This will be a fun time meeting up with folks you haven’t seen in person for a while, particularly in these difficult days.
The theme for this gathering is “The Ecology of Haiku” and the main question for consideration is the following: What is the ecology or interconnection between your haiku and the environment? While many agree that haiku is not always about nature, we will focus on how our beliefs about nature shape the haiku we write when we do create haiku focusing on nature. To facilitate this, the beautiful surroundings of the Padilla Bay, an estuary in the Salish Sea at the edge of the Skagit River delta, will provide us with a rich environment for our discussions on this topic through workshops, presentations, informal chats, a ginko (haiku walk), and haiku readings.
Photos above by Victor Ortiz. See photos by Michael Dylan Welch from another haiku event held at the Padilla Bay Nature Reserve on June 23, 2012.
Rena Priest, a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, and current Washington State poet laureate
Michael Dylan Welch, poet, scholar, editor/publisher, essayist, founder/cofounder and director of many haiku organizations and conferences
Victor Ortiz, Haiku Society of America regional coordinator for Washington state
Schedule (meet at Stevens Center)
9:30 a.m. Set up (we’ll provide snacks, coffee, tea, and water)
10:00 a.m. Introductions, and round of reading (please bring your own or someone else’s nature-themed haiku to share)
10:15 a.m. Padilla Bay Reserve staff: “Overview of Padilla Bay Reserve and Breazeale Interpretive Museum”
10:30 a.m. Victor Ortiz: “Ecology of Haiku Workshop”
10:50 a.m. Break
11:00 p.m. Rena Priest, a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, and current Washington State Poet Laureate:
“Fishing for Salmon Poems Workshop”
11:50 p.m. Group photo
12:00 p.m. Lunch (BYOL—Bring Your Own Lunch)
1:00 p.m. Michael Dylan Welch: “Forest Bathing and the Art of Haiku”
1:50 p.m. Ginko (haiku walk): Explore the Upland Trail (meadow and forest habitat) and/or the Observation Deck / Estuary Mudflat (a low-tide day)—read more about the Upland Trail and Observation Deck
2:50 a.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Haiku readings—share haiku walk poems and other nature-focused haiku
3:45 p.m. Wrap-up
4:00 p.m. Cleanup (out by 4:15)
5:00 p.m. Optional dinner at a nearby restaurant (to be announced)
To help us reserve space at a local restaurant, please let us know if you plan to attend an optional dinner gathering after the event by emailing Victor Ortiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve campus is located at 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Receptionist: 360-428-1558. See map (with directions below).