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Haiku is more than counting syllables, and you can apply its refined techniques as a literary art to other kinds poetry and prose. Haiku can teach you how to control the sharp image, an emphasis on now, implication vs. explanation, seasonal awareness, objectivity vs. subjectivity, and more. This interactive class will dig into haiku to generate common "targets" (not rules) for haiku in English, and help you improve your haiku or apply haiku strategies to all your writing. We'll also cover some of the history of haiku in Japanese and English, and end with writing exercises plus optional sharing and discussion.
Michael Dylan Welch is president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword, and for 15 years has also curated Redmond's monthly SoulFood Poetry Night. He has served two years as Redmond poet laureate. Michael is also cofounder of the Haiku North America conference (1991) and the American Haiku Archives (1996), founder of the Tanka Society of America (2000), the Seabeck Haiku Getaway (2008), and National Haiku Writing Month (2010).
He currently coedits First Frost, a new haiku journal. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, anthologies, and his own books, in at least 20 languages, and he was won first place in numerous haiku contests. In 2012, one of his waka translations from the Japanese was printed on the back of 150 million U.S. postage stamps, and in 2013 he was keynote speaker for the Haiku International Association conference in Tokyo. Michael's website, devoted mostly to haiku and other poetry, is www.graceguts.com.