Michael Dylan Welch

22230 NE 28th Place
Sammamish, WA 98074-6408
(425) 836-8875

Author's Bio

Poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, 2013-2015. Founder of National Haiku Writing Month (www.nahaiwrimo.com), 2010. Longtime vice president of the Haiku Society of America. Cofounded Haiku North America conference, 1991, and American Haiku Archives, 1996. Founded Tanka Society of America, 2000, president for 5 years, currently webmaster. Founder and director of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, since 2008. Former editor of Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem, Cascade, and Woodnotes journals, and current editor/publisher of and Press Here haiku and tanka books. Board member of Washington Poets Association for ten years. Contributing editor to Spring: The Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society. Curates monthly SoulFood Poetry Night and Redmond Association of Spokenword readings. Formerly coordinator of Seattle's Haiku Northwest group. Focuses on haiku, but also writes longer poetry, translations, essays, and book reviews. Presented papers for American Literature Association, American Literary Translators Association, Haiku North America, Lewis Carroll Society. Keynote speaker for Haiku International Association convention in Tokyo, 2013. Gives frequent readings and workshops. Poetry translated into twenty languages. Latest books are "Seven Suns / Seven Moons" (in collaboration with Tanya McDonald), "Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku," "Becoming a Haiku Poet," and "Fire in the Treetops."

Publications and Prizes

Acorn Book of Contemporary Haiku
(Acorn Book Company, 2000)
, Carpe Diem: Canadian Anthology of Haiku
(The Borealis Press, 2008)
, Global Haiku
(Iron Press, 2000)
, Haiku in English
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2013)
, Haiku Poetry Ancient and Modern
(MQ Publishing Limited, 2002)
, No Longer Strangers
(Vandina Press, 2014)
, The Haiku Anthology
(W. W. Norton & Company, 1999)
, The New Haiku
(Snapshot Press, 2001)
, The Tanka Anthology
(Red Moon Press, 2003)
, With Cherries on Top: 31 Flavors from NaHaiWriMo
(Press Here, 2012)
Floating Bridge Review, Modern Haiku, Poetry Kanto, Pontoon, Rattle, Stringtown, Tundra
Prizes Won: 
First place in the Henderson, Brady, Tokutomi, and Drevniok contests, among many others. Winner of a Museum of Haiku Literature Award and several Merit Book Awards from the Haiku Society of America, among many other poetry prizes.

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Last updated: Nov 30, 2016