Join us for readings by Michael Dylan Welch and Tanya McDonald!
Michael Dylan Welch is the founder of NaHaiWriMo, longtime officer of the Haiku Society of America and Haiku Northwest, director of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, and cofounder of the Haiku North America conference and the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library. His haiku, longer poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies in at least twenty languages. They’ve also been performed for the Empress of Japan, chiseled in stone in New Zealand, printed on balloons, read at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and printed on the back of a 150 million United State postage stamps. His website (which also lists his books) is www.graceguts.com. Also visit www.nahaiwrimo.com.
Tanya McDonald is known for her bright plumage. Strangers compliment her handwriting. As a wannabe naturalist/librarian, she is constantly distracted by birds and bookstores. Her haiku have appeared in various journals, including Modern Haiku, Acorn, and The Heron’s Nest. She was one of seventeen poets featured in A New Resonance 7 by Red Moon Press, and in 2014, she was one of four featured readers at the 25th annual Two Autumns haiku reading in San Francisco. Originally from Oregon, she now resides in Woodinville, WA. She is currently serving as president of Haiku Northwest, a longtime Seattle/Eastside haiku group.