Haiku Northwest

Check our schedule of upcoming activities, including monthly, quartlerly, and special events.

For 2021 our judge is Susan Antolin. See 2021 submission guidelines. Read results and commentary from all contests since 2004, including 2021 results judged by Susan Antolin.

Haiku Northwest’s annual haiku retreat every autumn is the highlight of our year. Our fourteenth annual retreat is scheduled IN-PERSON for October 28–31, 2021. Our weekend theme is “togetherness,” with Chuck Brickley as our special guest. See the information page, registration page, schedule, and attendee list.

Celebrating our 33rd Anniversary in 2021

Poems by Haiku Northwest Members

Read poems by our members, with short biographies.

Meeting Reports

Read about our recent and older meetings.

Haiku Northwest Officers

Lean about and connect with our Haiku Northwest officers.

No Longer Strangers, 25th Anniversary Anthology

Learn more about the book, read sample poems, and more.

Past Event Calendars

Learn more about past Haiku Northwest events by year from 2009 to the present.

More to Explore

Check out these additional pages with further information.

Other Local Haiku Groups

Learn about nearby haiku organizations.

Haiku Links

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Welcome to Haiku Northwest

Haiku Northwest was founded in 1988 by Francine Porad. Our friendly group loves to share and discuss haiku and related poetry, including senryu, haibun, haiga, and linked forms such as renku and rengay. We hold monthly meetings in the Seattle area on the second Thursday evening of most months, plus quarterly weekend meetings, typically host an annual meeting in late spring, and gather for our annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway in October. We also publish occasional member anthologies, sponsor the annual Porad Haiku Award, and more. And we would love to have you join us, especially if you’re new to haiku! To get involved, check out our Events page. Please also join our Mailchimp email list (about two or three messages per month, including meeting announcements). If you have questions, please email haikunw1988@gmail.com.

Our Mission

Haiku Northwest educates and enriches the public by celebrating and sharing the art of haiku poetry of the Pacific Northwest.

“In our poems and discussions, the group tries to get beyond the cloud of surface facts, to see the deep stillness within the everyday.”

—Anne Voegtlen

Email List

Haiku Northwest has a private Mailchimp email list, which we encourage you to join to receive our monthly email newsletter and other announcements. We welcome your participation and input, and invite you to get involved. If you have questions, please contact haikunw1988@gmail.com.


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About Haiku Northwest, Founded in 1988

Haiku Northwest is an enthusiastic and friendly group of poets from the greater Puget Sound area of Washington state, meeting monthly usually in Bellevue (just east of Seattle). We are dedicated to writing, studying, and appreciating haiku and related genres of poetry written in English. Our members include both new and established haiku writers, many of whom have had their work published in journals and anthologies throughout the world (the group won the first place Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America for its anthology, To Find the Words, published in 2000). We also welcome beginners.

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 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.

Original site established on AOL Hometown on February 14, 2004.

Site established on Google Sites on October 8, 2008.

Site migrated to New Google Sites on October 4, 2021.

Web Manager: Michael Dylan Welch (WelchM@aol.com).

Original monochrome Haiku Northwest logo: Susan K. Miller.

Current color logo: Dejah Léger.

All poems appearing on this site are the copyright of their respective authors.

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