Michael Dylan Welch explores haiku and longer poetry, as well as his own spirited take on the traditional Japanese haiku. He uses Allen Ginsberg’s haiku-derived form of American Sentences to record his family’s witticisms, and he’s written hundreds of haiku-like “neon buddha” poems as “a surreal sort of personal mythology.”
Welch’s poems have been published in hundreds of publications, including two Norton anthologies, and translated into fourteen languages. Michael is currently Haiku Society of America vice president. He cofounded the Haiku North America conference in 1991, and the American Haiku Archives in 1996. Michael’s small press, Press Here, publishes haiku and tanka books, and he edits Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem. Michael uses his MA in English as a technical writer and editor, and he’s edited 200+ trade books. He curates Redmond’s SoulFood Poetry Night near where he lives with his wife and two children in Sammamish.
This podcast was produced as part of the 2010 Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at www.jackstraw.org. Music in this podcast is performed by the St. Helens String Quartet and was recorded as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.
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