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!

In addition to the following events, the Washington region of the Haiku Society of America plans to have an annual regional meeting on a summer date to be announced, and may have additional events. For more information, please contact the HSA regional coordinator for 2023, Richard Tice. Haiku Northwest is independent of the HSA Washington state region.

2023 Meetings

All online via Zoom, unless specified otherwise, and all times Pacific Time.

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 9

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

April 79?

Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival

Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington (in person)

April 13

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

April 15–16

Sakura Days Japan Fair

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia

April 7–9


Washington State Convention Center

April 17

International Haiku Poetry Day

May 13 (Saturday)

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

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.

August 12 (Saturday)

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

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.

September 20?

Porad Haiku Award Deadline

(received by this date)

See submission guidelines [to come]

See 2022 winners

Winners announced at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway on October 28, 2023

September 23–29?

Japan Week

Sponsored by Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington

October 12

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

October 26–29

Seabeck Haiku Getaway (our fifteenth annual retreat)

In-person gathering, with a weekend theme to be announced, welcoming [to be announced] as our featured guest.

November 11 (Saturday)

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

December 14

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!

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.