Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2014 Schedule

Our theme for this weekend is Sound Haiku. Many presentations explore the role of sound in haiku, whether as a subject or by using sound devices in crafting the poem. Events include writing workshops, anonymous critique sessions, haiku walks, presentations, haiku and renku writing time, and more! All events take place upstairs in the Colman Center at the Seabeck Conference Center unless indicated otherwise. Our featured guest is Alan Pizzarelli, coproprietor of “Haiku Chronicles.” The following schedule is subject to minor adjustments. Hope you can join us!

On display all weekend in the dining hall and Colman Center: “Haiga Adventure” haiga by members of the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, coordinated by Dorothy Matthews.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

3:00 p.m. “Entering the Labyrinth: Making and Walking a Spiral Labyrinth,” facilitated by Margaret D. McGee

   (meet at Historic Inn lobby)

4:00 p.m. Check-in starts at the Historic Inn; before or after check-in, socialize in the lobby of the Historic Inn (dining hall) or explore the lagoon, antique shop, dock, and beachfront

6:00–6:45 p.m. Dinner at the dining hall (all meals here)

7:00 p.m. Welcome, introductions, and round of haiku reading (read from haiku handouts), led by Michael Dylan Welch

7:30 p.m. “Haiku Map,” facilitated by John Stevenson

7:50 p.m. “Frozen Socks: New and Selected Haiku” reading by our featured guest, Alan Pizzarelli

8:10 p.m. “Renkurama” and “Haiku Lanterns” introduced by Michael Dylan Welch

   (activities continue all weekend)

8:20 p.m. Break

8:30 p.m. “Writing Sound Haiku,” workshop led by Susan Constable

9:30 p.m. “A Haiku Trip to Japan” presentation by Michael Dylan Welch

10:00 p.m. Anonymous haiku workshop and “Burning Questions” discussion led by Kathy Munro

Friday, October 17, 2014

7:15 a.m. Morning labyrinth meditation, led by Margaret D. McGee (meet at the labyrinth)

8:00–8:45 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. “Should the First Be Last?” haiku revision workshop led by Deborah P Kolodji

9:45 a.m. “Gift of the Land: Yukon Seasons” by Kathy Munro

10:15 a.m. T’ai chi break led by Michael Dylan Welch

10:25 a.m. “Musicality in Haibun Prose” workshop led by Aubrie Cox

11:10 a.m. “American Haiku: A Personal Perspective from the Late Sixties to Today” by Alan Pizzarelli

Alan Pizzarelli shares his stories about a small grass-roots haiku group that included Harold G. Henderson, Cor van den Heuvel, Anita Virgil, William Higginson, and other poets who have played a major role in the popularity of English-language haiku poetry and its related forms in the West today.

12:00 noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. “Haiku as Poetry” panel discussion led by Aubrie Cox, with Deborah P Kolodji, Alan Pizzarelli, John Stevenson, and Michael Dylan Welch

What is the perception of haiku by the larger poetry community and how has this perception evolved? Have we reached the point of looking at haiku as poetry and not just “the wordless poem” or “images” or shasei? What are the upsides and downsides of this evolution, and what do they mean for haiku in English?

1:50 p.m. Break

2:00 p.m. “Make a Flag Book: An Elegant Haiku Keeper” craft workshop facilitated by Susan Callan

Participants will create a unique “flag book” to decorate with images and fill with haiku. All tools and materials provided, but feel free to bring your own images and specialty papers to decorate your book.

3:30 p.m. Break

3:40 p.m. “Haikuilts” display and talk by master quilter RaNae Merrill

4:00 p.m. Haiku readings by Deborah P Kolodji, Tanya McDonald, and John Stevenson

4:45 p.m. Hokey-Pokey Break

4:50 p.m. “Editor: Gatekeeper and Mentor” workshop, involving a group discussion to produce a reply to a hypothetical haiku submission, led by John Stevenson

5:20 p.m. Break

5:30 p.m. “Celebrating Seabeck’s 100th Anniversary” history presentation and walking tour by Seabeck Conference Center executive director, Chuck Kraining

6:30–7:15 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. “Poems from the Shuswap: Haiku by Laryalee Fraser,” presented by Carole MacRury with a reading of Lary’s best haiku by Susan Constable

8:00 p.m. “Chiyo-ni and Aisatsu: Composing Greeting Haiku” workshop led by Terry Ann Carter

8:30 p.m. Night Ginkō, haiku walk led by Michael Dylan Welch (please bring a flashlight)

9:30 p.m. Showing of “Haiku,” 1995 drama by Kate Snodgrass (28-minute movie); we’ll show the movie whenever the ginkō ends, which might be later than 9:30

10:00 p.m. Anonymous haiku workshop and “Burning Questions” discussion led by Deborah P Kolodji

11:00 p.m. Late-night rengay for die-hards

Saturday, October 18, 2014

7:15 a.m. Morning labyrinth meditation, led by Margaret D. McGee (meet at the labyrinth)

8:00–8:45 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome, introductions, and Haiku Bingo, led by Michael Dylan Welch and Angela Terry

9:30 p.m. “Haiku on Steroids” workshop led by Michael Dylan Welch

10.20 a.m. T’ai chi break led by Michael Dylan Welch

10:30 a.m. “Haiku Chronicles: A Continued Journey into Multimedia and Podcasting” presented by Donna Beaver and Alan Pizzarelli

Haiku Chronicles ( producers and hosts Donna Beaver and Alan Pizzarelli share their audiovisual venture in the world of podcasting. A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio files, much like a radio program. However, unlike radio, in today’s digital age a podcast can be subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device (tablets, smart phones, and more). It’s this evolution and popularization of the Internet that has made social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and podcasting emerge fast and wide in today’s digital media space, and Haiku Chronicles is taking the ride. This PowerPoint presentation gives a brief intro on the history of podcasting, our own discovery of podcasting, and how and why we do it. Topics covered include: the creative and technical challenges in producing each episode (research, permissions, public domain, music, and so on); how poetry is a perfect medium for podcasting; how thousands of listeners have learned and shared their appreciation in gaining a better understanding of the art of haiku and related forms through our podcast series; and how fortunate we have been with all the poets and scholars who have so generously supported us by lending their voices and allowing us to share their work. We will also feature a few audio and visual clips from the podcast, plus some fun outtakes.

12:00 noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. 2014 Porad haiku contest results announced by Richard Tice, judged by John Stevenson, with flute music by James Rodriguez

1:30 p.m. Group photo

1:45 p.m. “Nature Walk: Sounds and Other Senses,” led by naturalist Ruth Yarrow

3:00 p.m. “400 Years of Sound in Japanese Haiku” by Richard Tice

How do Japanese haiku feature sound as the primary image or employ onomatopoeia or other sound devices? We’ll explore poems ranging chronologically from pre-Basho to modern times. We’ll also listen to the sound of the poems and examine the sound arrangements—alliteration, assonance, pacing, echoes, and more.

3:50 p.m. Coffee and tea service

4:00 p.m. 2014 Seabeck Kukai, facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch

5:00 p.m. Break

5:15 p.m. Haiku readings by Aubrie Cox, Christopher Herold, and Karma Tenzing Wangchuk

6:00–6:45 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Reading of Haiku Northwest’s 25th anniversary anthology, No Longer Strangers, coordinated by Michelle Schaefer, with music by James Rodriguez

7:30 p.m. Break and silent auction wrap-up (silent auction ends with this break)


Includes performances by our droll master of ceremonies, Michael Dylan Welch, and YOU! (Let us know if you might have something to perform—music, dance, a poem, whatever! Bring all your musical instruments, drums, and noisemakers to join in the celebration.)

9:30 p.m. “A Gala Roast of Michael Dylan Welch,” hosted by the one and only Joey Clifton

10:15 p.m. Showing of “Haiku: In Basho’s Footsteps” (NHK, 2003; 45-minute movie)

11:00 p.m. Late-night rengay for die-hards, and informal sharing of digital haiga

Sunday, October 19, 2014

7:15 a.m. Morning labyrinth meditation, led by Margaret D. McGee (meet at the labyrinth)

8:00–8:45 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. “Renkurama” reading by everyone

9:30 a.m. “Old Pond Comics: Out of the Woods” by Jessica Tremblay (Seabeck Haiku Getaway cartoonist-in-residence)

9:50 a.m. Break / clean-up

10:00 a.m. “Monkeys Invade the Sacred Palace and Chase Out the Tiger” senryu presentation by Alan Pizzarelli

10:45 a.m. Break / clean-up

11:00 a.m. Round of haiku reading, and reflections on the weekend, led by Michael Dylan Welch

12:00 noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Checkout deadline

Additional Afternoon Activities and Reading

2:00 p.m. Drive to Bainbridge Island Art Museum, 550 Winslow Way E. in Winslow, Bainbridge Island (free parking)

3:00 p.m. Tour the museum informally or meet in the café to join the Ekphrastic Haiku Workshop led by Michael Dylan Welch (write haiku in response to artwork)

4:00 p.m. Reception at Bainbridge Island Art Museum

4:30 p.m. “No Longer Strangers” public poetry reading

Readings from Haiku Northwest’s 25th anniversary haiku anthology, plus featured readings by Donna Beaver, Aubrie Cox, Bob Moyer, Alan Pizzarelli, John Stevenson, and others, followed by an open-mic reading, at Bainbridge Island Art Museum in Winslow, Bainbridge Island.

6:00 p.m. Informal dinner at a nearby restaurant

Go to 2014 registration page