2023 Events

Celebrating our 35th anniversary in 2023

Haiku Northwest invites you to attend any of our free monthly and quarterly meetings, which usually focus on rounds of sharing and workshopping our haiku, with occasional presentations and writing exercises. The first few meetings 2023 will be on Zoom (join our mailing list to receive each Zoom link), but we are exploring when and how to resume in-person meetings. Listed here are all our meetings, a few special events, plus significant regional or national events. If you’re giving a haiku workshop or know of another haiku event in the area, please let us know so we can add it. Monthly meetings usually start at 6:30 p.m. with informal socializing, with a more formal start at 7:00 p.m., and occur on the second Thursday of each month, except as indicated. For 2023 we will also have quarterly meetings on selected Saturdays in place of that month’s Thursday meeting, for three hours usually starting at 1:00 p.m. All dates and details are subject to change, and will be confirmed via the Haiku Northwest Mailchimp mailing list (through which you may be provided additional details, such as Zoom links—if you have questions, please email haikunw1988@gmail.com). To suggest regional haiku-related events to add to the following schedule, please contact Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com. We’ll update content as soon as we confirm the details. See you at our next event!

2023 Meetings

All online via Zoom, unless specified otherwise, and all times Pacific Time. Events in green and indented are not Haiku Northwest events, but may be of interest to our members. For more details about events not run by Haiku Northwest, please click the links provided.

January 12

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Zoom

Discussing haiku themed on the topic of social justice, plus an anonymous haiku workshop.


National Haiku Writing Month

Visit the NaHaiWriMo website and Facebook page

Write at least one haiku per day for each day of February

February 11 (Saturday)

Quarterly Meeting, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Zoom

Humor in haiku, with an introduction by Michael Dylan Welch, and featured reader Aaron Barry, followed by a NaHaiWriMo writing prompt and an anonymous haiku workshop.

March 1–31

Enter the fourth annual Mukai Garden Haiku Festival. Results announced April 9, with winners on display around the garden throughout April. Visit the garden at 18017 107th Ave SW, Vashon Island, Washington.

March 9

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Zoom

April 7–9


Washington State Convention Center (including a Haiku Targets presentation by Michael Dylan Welch at 10:30 a.m. on April 9)

April 13

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Zoom

April 1416

Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival

Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington (in person)

April 15–16

Sakura Days Japan Fair

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia

April 17 (Monday)

International Haiku Poetry Day

May 13 (Saturday)

Quarterly Meeting, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Zoom

Featuring Geneviève Wynand and Agnes Eva Savich as guest readers, plus Jonathan Van Harmelen with a presentation on “The Life of Kenneth Yasuda: Kibei Poet, Haiku Translator, and Literary Critic.” We will also have a round of haiku critique if you have haiku to share. Jonathan’s talk presents a new view on the legacy of haiku poet and translator Kenneth Yasuda. A kibei poet originally from rural California, and a graduate of the University of Washington, Yasuda emerged as one of the most prominent Japanese American academics, fashioning himself as a translator of classical haiku, tanka, and waka poetry. During his wartime incarceration in several incarceration camps, Yasuda transformed from a writer of Victorian-style poetry to a haiku expert, and later befriended the famed Southern poet John Gould Fletcher. This talk will conclude with a discussion of his postwar writings, culminating in the publication of his 1957 book The Japanese Haiku and his review of John Okada’s No-No Boy.

Jonathan van Harmelen is a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Santa Cruz. A specialist in U.S. social and political history, he is writing his dissertation on Congress and the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. In addition to his dissertation, he frequently writes about new topics in Japanese American history, and he has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and Seattle Times. He is currently working on a biography of poet and translator Kenneth Yasuda and his legacy in Western haiku studies and Asian American literature.

1:00 Welcome by Michael Dylan Welch / read-around

1:15 Breakout rooms

1:35 Featured readers: Geneviève Wynand and Agnes Eva Savich

1:55 Break

2:00 Jonathan Van Harmelen: “The Life of Kenneth Yasuda: Kibei Poet, Haiku Translator, and Literary Critic” (plus Q&A)

3:00 Break

3:05 Haiku sharing/discussion

4:00 Optional socializing

June 8

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

June 9–10

Mini-Conference for the Haiku Society of America Oregon Region

Newport Art Center / Sylvia Beach Hotel, Newport, Oregon

[for details, email Shelley Baker-Gard at sbakergard@msn.com]

June 28–July 2

Haiku North America

Cincinnati, Ohio

July 3

Tanka Day

Tanka Society of America

Cincinnati, Ohio

July 8–9

Japan Fair

Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue, Washington

(look for more information about their annual haiku contest also)

July 13

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Haiku Northwest meeting at the Lake Forest Park Library, September 27, 2018. Left to right are Cara Izumi, Millie Renfrow, Ron Swanson, Curtis Manley, Arlene Springer, Philaah Jones, Terran Campbell, Tanya McDonald, Dianne Garcia, Gary Evans, and Angie Terry. Photo by Michael Dylan Welch. Please join us!

Haiku Northwest meeting at the Bellevue Regional Library, August 7, 2008. Left to right are Curtis Manley, Helen Russell, William Scott Galasso, Ida Freilinger, Bryson Nitta, Tanya McDonald, Connie Hutchison, Dejah Leger, Susan Miller, Terran Campbell, Joshua Beach, Angela Terry, Marilyn Sandall, and Herb McClees. Photo by Michael Dylan Welch. Please join us!

August 12 (Saturday, in person)

Quarterly Meeting, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Lake Hills Greenbelt Garden Shelter, 15500 SE 16th Street, Bellevue, Washington (see map shown here). Please bring snacks (optional) and a notebook and writing tool for our haiku walk (during which we’ll write haiku to share later). Bring books to give and take on a “free table.” We’ll also make haiku weathergrams to take home and hang in your neighborhood as a way to share haiku.

August 31

Porad Haiku Award Deadline

(received by this date)

See submission guidelines

See 2023 winners

Winners announced at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway on October 28, 2023; the Porad Award celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2023!

September 1 and 2

Moon Viewing Festival, with haiku contest each night, 7:00 p.m.

Seattle Japanese Garden

September 14

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Zoom meeting. Haiku Northwest was founded on September 15, 1988, and at this meeting well start to celebrate our 35th anniversary with Connie Hutchisons presentation, A Reflection of Francine Porad: Visual Artist, Haiku Writer, Founder of Haiku Northwest, and Editor of Brussels Sprout. Watch for more details.

September 15

Today marks the 35th anniversary of Haiku Northwests first meeting in 1988 in Bellevue, Washington.

September 25–30

Japan Week

Sponsored by Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington (public events on September 30)


October 12

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Zoom meeting.


October 26–29

Seabeck Haiku Getaway (our sixteenth annual retreat)

In-person gathering, with a weekend theme of “Gifts of Nature,” welcoming naturalist Jeff Hoagland as our featured guest.

November 4, 2023

Haiku Northwest is staffing a haiku table at Bunka no Hi, sponsored by the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington at 1414 S Weller Street in Seattle. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

November 11 (Saturday, in person)

Quarterly Meeting, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Folio Seattle, a membership library and cultural center at Pike Place Market in Seattle (give yourself a bit of extra time to find the location at 93 Pike Street, #307, Seattle, WA 98101). Free to attend, but please RSVP by email Caroline Cumming at caroline@folioseattle.org.

10:30 a.m. — Welcome, announcements, and a round of haiku reading (on autumn or thankfulness themes)

11:00 a.m. — Featured presentation

Michael Dylan Welch: "Our Endless and Proper Work: Learning Attention from Mary Oliver"

Mary Oliver has been called the poet of attention—especially an attention to nature. Join us on a deep-dive exploration of how her poetry demonstrates and validates close attention for poets of any kind, especially haiku poets, and how our attention to experience and emotion can help us live our wild and precious lives.

12:30 p.m. — Break 

12:45 p.m. — Responsive writing (share if you wish)

1:30 p.m. — End


December 14

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Zoom

January 11, 2024

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Zoom

Presentation by Tanya McDonald

February 10 (Saturday)

Quarterly Meeting, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Zoom

Watch for more details soon on our 2024 meetings!

Please also check the schedule for the Seattle Japanese Garden (see this website also). Several of the garden’s events typically include a haiku component, such as the moonviewing festival, which usually includes a haiku contest.

Click also to see event listings for 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.