Workshops by Jericho Brown and Michael Dylan Welch

April 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

For those who want to sustain their poetry-induced enthusiasm after Saturday’s reading, there will be two excellent workshops by Jericho Brown and Michael Dylan Welch at the Joy Kogawa House the following day. Don’t miss this chance to be inspired and challenged by two remarkable writers.

Jumpstart Your Engines Poetry Workshop (download pdf)

In the Jumpstart Your Engines Poetry Workshop, Jericho Brown helps students generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that keep our ears open and our fingers moving. The workshop engenders new ideas about writing, and as there is a profound relationship between reading poetry and writing it, we participants read, discuss, and even recite the work of several poets whose examples might lead us to a further honing of our craft.

Jericho Brown worked as the speech- writer for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. The recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego.

His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including 100 Best African American Poems. His first book, PLEASE (New Issues), won the American Book Award.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 15

Cost: $35

To register, email

Historic Joy Kogawa House

1450 West 64th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4

Phone: 604-263-6586
Fax: 604-263-6581


Wring Haiku – Myths and Realities (download pdf)

haiku are easy
but sometimes they don’t make sense

Is this a haiku? Actually, no—not by a long shot. Yet many people think it is. Join Haiku Society of America Vice-President Michael Dylan Welch for an in-depth exploration of the myths and realities of haiku as a literary art, including key techniques such as kigo and kireji (season word and cutting word), objective sensory imagery, and more. You’ll learn a brief history of Japanese and English-language haiku, hear classic poems by Japanese masters, participate in writing exercises and critique, and receive copious handouts. Come learn the one thing the preceding poem gets right—and no, the 5-7-5 form isn’t one of them!

This hands-on workshop also explores how haiku techniques can help you improve your longer poetry or fiction. We’ll begin by discussing sample poems in English and build a list of characteristics we observe—these are the possible ―targets that haiku can aim for. We’ll also cover organizations and websites, and touch on related Japanese poetic forms, including senryu, haibun, haiga, renga/renku, and tanka. You’ll come away with an enlarged appreciation for the discipline and benefits of haiku writing, learn to make your haiku hit the target, and maybe even develop the haiku habit.

Michael Dylan Welch is vice-president of the Haiku Society of America and director of the Haiku North America conference (coming to Seattle, August 3–7, 2011). He’s published numerous poetry books, including anthologies and translations, and judged and won numerous haiku contests. He also founded NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month). His website is

When: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 15

Cost: $45
$20 for Vancouver Haiku Group members

Historic Joy Kogawa House

1450 West 64th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4

To register, email
or phone 604-263-6586


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