1:20 p.m. Assemble at the Scenic Beach State Park picnic shelter; orientation by Michael Dylan Welch and park ranger Valerie Spreadborough
1:30 p.m. Jeff Hoagland: “Surrendering to Wonder” nature walk
Guided by our collective curiosity, we will discover some of the residents—plant, animal, and other—of Scenic Beach State Park. Enjoy natural gardens, a wooded walk, and the small oyster beach at Hood Canal, with views of the Olympic mountains. Low tide is at 10:11 a.m., high tide at 4:11 p.m. Rain or shine (bring umbrellas just in case).
2:40 p.m. Break
2:50 p.m. Haiku Readings (at picnic shelter) (10 minutes each for each set)
Peter Fischer, Aidan Castle (The Gossamer), and Annette Makino
Rengay from Nothing Gold Stays: A Year in the Garden by Cheryl Berrong, Angela Terry, and Sharon Young, with Sharon’s verses read by Tanya McDonald
3:30 p.m. Depart for Seabeck (or depart later if you want to take the following break at the park)
4:00 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. David Lasky: “Dipping Your Toe into Haiku Comics”
This craft workshop combines haiku and comic strips, for poets and artists (or nonartists) of all skill levels. We will look at examples of haiku on a certain theme, then write our own haiku on that theme. Instructor David Lasky will demonstrate how to draw some basic cartoon characters and forms and will provide guidance in creating a simple comic strip adaptation of your haiku poem in pencil. David will also demonstrate how you might (later) continue your haiku comic in ink and color.
6:00 p.m. Kukai submissions due
Submit up to two haiku anonymously, on index cards (provided).
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. 2023 Seabeck Kukai, plus silent auction and bookfair breaks
Vote on your favorite haiku. Wooden flute music provided by Rodney Jones.
9:30 p.m. Late-Night Rengay
Saturday, October 28, 2023
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome by Michael Dylan Welch
9:10 a.m. Haiku Read-Around (one haiku each, for video recording)
9:30 a.m. Write Now — Connie Hutchison: “The Garden: Two Views” [gardens]
9:45 a.m. Anonymous Workshop, led by Jacquie Pearce
Contribute an anonymous poem into either of two hats, one for folks who have never done this before, the other for everyone else.
11:00 a.m. Jeff Hoagland: “Finding Yourself on the Web of Life”
Celebrate biodiversity and our place in the web of life through this unique presentation—part ecology lesson, part reading, and part hands-on workshop.
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Porad Award Twentieth Anniversary Retrospective by Michael Dylan Welch
1:10 p.m. 2023 Porad Awards announced by contest coordinator Angela Terry,
judged by Billie Wilson (not present), with flute music by Terry Ann Carter
1:30 p.m. Group Photo (plus individuals/small groups)
1:45 p.m. Free time!
Balance rocks at Salmon Bake Beach with Michelle Schaefer, or consider visiting the newly refurbished historic cemetery, exploring the wooded trails up the hill, finding all 20 of the haiku plaques around the campus, or exploring the lagoon and waterfront. Come back with discoveries (leaves, shells, driftwood, poems?) to display up front in our meeting space.