Haiku Society of America National Meeting, June 2008

Hosted by Haiku Northwest

Cosponsored by Richard Hugo House and the Washington Poets Association

Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29, 2008

Richard Hugo House, Seattle, and at Seattle's Japanese Garden

You’re invited to a FREE weekend of haiku readings, workshops, and presentations sponsored by the Haiku Society of America June 27 through 29, 2008, in Seattle. Everyone is welcome—and feel free to bring some of your own haiku to share (if you bring copies on printed sheets, such as in a tri-fold brochure, you can give or trade them with others).

Presenters, with talks, workshops, or readings, include Connie Hutchison, Lenard D. Moore, Ce Rosenow, Carmen Sterba, Michael Dylan Welch, and Ruth Yarrow. We will also enjoy two performances of haiku set to music by Dejah Léger (“Music and Sound Haiku”) and Elizabeth and John Falconer (“Wind in the Bamboo: Four Seasons of Haiku and Music”). For more information, please contact Michael Dylan Welch at welchm@aol.com or 206-240-0871.

Displayed at this meeting were the Haiku Northwest History Posters.

Schedule for Friday, June 27, 2008

4:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Haiku Broadcast on KSER Radio

Listen to Haiku Northwest, featured on the KSER radio poetry show hosted by PoetsWest. To listen, tune your radio to 90.7 FM in the Seattle area, or listen online by visiting http://www.kser.org/ (click Listen Live). You may need to install plug-in software to listen online, so allow extra time before the broadcast to do that.

5:00 p.m.    No-host dinner at Boom Noodle restaurant at 1121 E Pike Street (near Hugo House), phone 206-701-9130

7:00 to 10:00 p.m.


Hugo House Cabaret, Richard Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Seattle

Cosponsored by Richard Hugo House and the Washington Poets Association

Directions at http://www.hugohouse.org/house/map/

(park behind building or along the street; parking is limited, so please carpool if you can)

7:00 p.m.    Welcome and introductions, Michael Dylan Welch, with a round of open haiku reading

7:30 p.m.    Memorial reading for Robert Major, 1920–2008, presented by Alice Frampton, Marilyn Sandall, and Ruth Yarrow

7:45 p.m.    Results of the Francine Porad Haiku Contest sponsored by the Washington Poets Association, Margaret Chula, judge, announced by Angela Terry, contest coordinator

8:00 p.m.    “Music and Sound” haiku performance by William Scott Galasso, Connie Hutchison, Curtis Manley, and Marilyn Sandall, with Dejah Léger on guitar

8:30 p.m.    "Details of Japan" slideshow by Michael Dylan Welch

8:40 p.m.    “Wind in the Bamboo: Four Seasons of Haiku and Music” with Elizabeth and John Falconer on koto and shakuhachi

9:30 p.m.    Open-mike haiku reading

Schedule for Saturday, June 28, 2008

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Hugo House Cabaret, Richard Hugo House, Seattle

(see address and directions above)

Cosponsored by the Washington Poets Association

Note: Because of Seattle Pride events (http://www.seattlepride.org/) taking place near Hugo House, please carpool wherever possible, because parking is likely to be limited.

9:00 a.m.     Welcome and introductions, round of open-mike haiku reading

10:00 a.m.   Haiku Society of America business meeting and announcements, led by Lenard D. Moore, society president

10:30 a.m.   Connie Hutchison: “Haiku Northwest: Celebrating 20 Years”

11:30 a.m.   Break for lunch at nearby restaurants (on your own)

1:00 p.m.     Announcements, another round of open-mic haiku reading

1:30 p.m.     Ce Rosenow: “‘Precious Records of Human Beings’: The Senryu Tradition in America”

2:20 p.m.     Break

2:30 p.m.     Michael Dylan Welch: “Cracking You Open: The Joy of Haiku”

3:30 p.m.     Break

3:45 p.m.     Ruth Yarrow: “Emotion in a Moment: Painting Watercolors and Writing Haiku”

4:40 p.m.     Announcements and clean-up

5:00 p.m.     End

5:30 p.m.     No-host dinner at Cafe Stellina restaurant at 1429 12th Avenue (near Hugo House), phone 206-322-2688

Schedule for Sunday, June 29, 2008

10:00 a.m.


1075 Lake Washington Boulevard East, Seattle (in Washington Park Arboretum)

Directions at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/JapaneseGarden/directions.htm

$5.00 admission  to the garden

10:00 a.m.    Ginkō talk by Michael Dylan Welch, then a ginkō (haiku-writing walk)

11:30 a.m.    Kukai talk by Carmen Sterba, then a kukai (poem-selection party)

12:30 and 2:30 p.m.    Optional guided tours of garden

1:00 p.m.      Lunch at Cafe Flora, 2901 E. Madison Street (near the Japanese Garden), phone 206-325-9100

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.    Koto and shakuhachi performance by Elizabeth and John Falconer

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