Haiku Northwest's third annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway took place November 4–7, 2010. For many people, attending usually means a ferry ride, as it did for me. I carpooled with Tanya McDonald, taking the Edmonds to Kingston ferry across Puget Sound. The following pictures show details of the entire weekend.
November 4, 2010 was a mostly sunny day. We had the occasional sunbreak during the rest of the weekend, but mostly we had rain. This is a view from the ferry just leaving Edmonds, Washington.
Across the sound, in the distance, are Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. Mt. Rainier was just out of view to the left, and the Olympic Mountains were out of view to the right.
The Olympic Mountains in the distance, beyond Kitsap Peninsula, viewed from the Edmonds to Kingston ferry.
We had a beautiful sailing across the sound—not too cool or windy.
The view from our ferry back towards Edmonds, Washington.
Haiku Northwest coordinator Tanya McDonald on the ferry, busying herself by folding copies of her latest haiku sheet.
The ferries crossing Puget Sound always have great views. As you can see, the ferry was fairly empty (around lunchtime on Thursday, November 4, 2010).
Michael Dylan Welch on the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, Washington, on our way to the third annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway.
Our ferry, the Walla Walla. All Washington State ferries are named for different Native American tribes in the state.
Arriving in Kingston, Washington, with the Olympic Mountains in the distance.
Tanya McDonald, arriving by ferry at Kingston, Washington.
Tanya McDonald, intrepid Haiku Northwest coordinator.
The Kingston, Washington, ferry dock.
The welcome sign at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington, our haiku home for the weekend.
The Seabeck Conference Center celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015. You can read a history of the town of Seabeck at http://www.seabeck.org/history.html.
The Historic Inn at the Seabeck Conference Center.
Inside the Historic Inn at the Seabeck Conference Center.
Haiku poets starting to gather for the 2010 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, in the lobby of the Historic Inn. Left to right are Billie Dee, Genie Nakano, and first-time attendee Jerry Ball (all three from California), with Tanya McDonald in the background preparing for registration.
Deborah P Kolodji (from California) and first-time retreat attendee Dean Summers (from Seattle).
Priscilla Van Valkenburgh from Utah, and first-time attendee Dorothy Matthews, from Bainbridge Island.
Naia, from California.
Tanya McDonald rechecks registration details and room assignments.
Dean Summers, Charlie Trumbull, Debbie Adams, and Debbie Kolodji. Charlie, editor of Modern Haiku journal, was our featured speaker for the weekend, and he came from Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Debbie Adams.
Charlie Trumbull checks in with Tanya McDonald.
Charlie Trumbull and Tanya McDonald.
Debbie Adams, Charlie Trumbull, and Debbie Kolodji. Free coffee and other hot drinks available behind Charlie.
This leaf on the front steps of the Historic Inn simply begged me to photograph it. This might have been the last of the sunshine we had this weekend.
A closer view. Might just have to come up with a haiku to put in the corner. How about this:
our front steps still wet
with autumn leaves
Charlie Trumbull, Debbie Adams, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Christopher Herold (from Port Townsend), and first-time attendee Jay Gelzer (from Seattle).
Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Jay Gelzer, Christopher Herold, Charlie Trumbull, and Debbie Adams (with Susan Constable in the background).
Genie Nakano and Billie Dee each working on their haiku poem sheets.
It's already dark outside (the sun set at about 4:30 p.m.). In the foreground are Bille Dee, Genie Nakano (facing away), and Dean Summers. Behind are Vicki McCullough, Christopher Herold, Charlie Trumbull, Jay Gelzer, Debbie Addams, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, and first-time attendee Barbara Snow (from Oregon).
Genie Nakano and Billie Dee.
Tanya McDonald, with Dean Summers behind.
Our Thursday activities, after socializing and registering in the lobby, began with dinner in the dining hall. Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Susan Constable, David Constable, and Dean Summers. Susan and David are from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and are wearing poppy pins in the Canadian traditional way of honouring Remembrance Day.
Debbie Adams and Charlie Trumbull. We ate well all weekend.
Billie Dee, Christopher Herold, Tanya McDonald, and Naia.
Billie Dee and Christopher Herold, with another haiku table behind them.
Haiku Northwest is a regional group of the Haiku Society of America, and we're able to hold our retreat at the conference center because of the HSA's nonprofit status (only nonprofit groups can use the facilities).
Gathering in the Colman building, our main meeting place for the weekend. Tanya McDonald, Susan Constable, Naia, and Priscilla Van Valkenburgh. Tanya's working on her haiku poem sheet.
Dean Summers, Jerry Ball, Charlie Trumbull, Vicki McCullough (from Vancouver, British Columbia), and Ida Freilinger (from Bellevue, Washington).
Checking out books for sale on the book table. Billie Dee, Debbie Kolodji, and first-time attendee elehna de sousa (from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia).
Vicki McCullough and Barbara Snow look at poems on a haiku mobile.
Tanya McDonald put together this haiku mobile featuring haiku and senryu by our main guest speaker, Charlie Trumbull.
After a welcome and round of introductions led by Michael Dylan Welch (including a playing of our weekend theme song by Carolyn Ahrends, "Seize the Day"), Charlie Trumbull gave a reading of his poems, titled "Haiku on the Road," mostly written on his road trips between Chicago and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he recently moved. Listening are Christopher Herold, Dean Summers, Jerry Ball, and Genie Nakano.
Dean Summers and Jerry Ball listen to Charlie Trumbull's haiku reading. Charlie gave us each a poem sheet of his "Haiku on the Road" poems.
Debbie Kolodji, Barbara Snow, Christopher Herold, Dean Summers, and Jerry Ball (hidden) listen while Charlie Trumbull reads.
elehna de sousa, Jay Gelzer, Debbie Kolodji, Barbara Snow, and Christopher Herold.
Dean Summers, Jerry Ball, Charlie Trumbull, Genie Nakano, Vicki McCullough, and Ida Freilinger. Alice Frampton was scheduled to make a short presentation on haiku revision at this time but was unfortunately not able to join us for the weekend.
Tanya McDonald, Billie Dee, Susan Constable, Naia, and Priscilla Van Valkenburgh.
What would haiku poets do without a whiteboard? Welcome to the Seabeck Haiku Getaway!
Tanya McDonald leads our Thursday-evening anonymous haiku workshop.
Tanya McDonald at the whiteboard, leading our first anonymous haiku workshop. This year we scheduled at least one such workshop each day of the retreat, as they've been a popular part of past retreats.
Tanya McDonald leading an anonymous haiku workshop. Poems are submitted anonymously on index cards, shuffled, and then written one at a time on the whiteboard for group discussion. The authors of each poem can reveal themselves after the discussion if they want to.
Not everyone had arrived yet on Thursday night, so our circle isn't full, but it filled up the next day! Tanya McDonald leading the anonymous haiku workshop.
Wet leaves on the grass. It's now Friday morning, November 5, 2010, day two of our Seabeck Haiku Getaway.
I think I like this picture a wee bit better than the previous one, but I'm not sure why. Fall colours were mixed this weekend. For some trees, leaves were already down, but other trees were in their prime.
Charlie Trumbull and Debbie Adams on their way to the morning's first activity after breakfast.
We were very grateful to have Charlie Trumbull and Debbie Adams with us for the weekend.
A new addition to the Seabeck Conference Center campus in 2010 was this suspension bridge, which we used as often as we could, as it was on the way from the dining hall to the Colman building where we held most of our activities.
Charlie Trumbull and Debbie Adams on the Seabeck suspension bridge.
Charlie Trumbull and Debbie Adams. What beautiful fall colours we had, even though it was wet and overcast.
Gathering for the morning's first haiku activity in our meeting room. Left to right are Dean Summers, elehna de sousa, Christopher Herold, Billie Dee, Connie Hutchison (from Kirkland), Nancy Dahlberg (from Seattle; hidden), Naia, and Barbara Snow (hidden to the right).
Publications for sale by Haiku Northwest (mostly donated from the collection of our late founder, Francine Porad).
Books published by Haiku Northwest, including "Seeing Stars" and "Wooly Bears & Cedar Flashing," our two retreat anthologies from 2009, and "Unbroken Curve" and "To Find the Words," two of our regional anthologies, the latter of which won first place in the 2000 Merit Book Awards sponsored by the Haiku Society of America.
Vicki McCullough checks out some of the books on display.
"Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends," edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers, was released this weekend. Published by Press Here, it features poems by twelve poets selected by the editors. Three of the poets were present at the retreat. Why the parsnips? Well, the back cover of the book quotes Anna Pavord, who said "Nobody writes poems about parsnips."
More books for sale. We were fortunate to have such a great selection of titles available.
What a spread of great haiku books to view and consider purchasing!
elehna de sousa, with Connie Hutchison behind, looking over the freebie table, where many people had copies of their haiku sheets to give to each other.
Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, with Christopher Herold behind, at the freebie table. In the foreground are tissue holders and potpourri holders, hand-sewn in Japan by Michael Dylan Welch's wife's aunt in Japan—they disappeared quickly.
Christopher Herold folding copies of his innovative Hai-Cootie Catcher. You could pick a number and get a different randomized haiku each time you used it. Christopher facilitated "silent centering" meditation sessions at 7:00 each morning of our retreat.
Debbie Kolodji, Tanya McDonald, Debbie Adams, and Charles Trumbull. We're about to have a reading, led by Tanya, of all the haiku poem sheets everyone brought.
Christopher Herold, Dean Summers (with Naia behind him), Connie Hutchison, Nancy Dahlberg, and Susan Constable.
Barbara Snow, elehna de sousa, and first-time attendee Frank Cole (from Yakima, Washington).
Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Jerry Ball, Genie Nakano, and Vicki McCullough.
First-time attendees Susan Callan (from Bainbridge Island, Washington) and Katharine Hawkinson (from Seattle), Naia, Debbie Kolodji, and Tanya McDonald. If our upright chairs ever got uncomfortable, we could retreat to the couches in the background.
Debbie Kolodji, Tanya McDonald, Debbie Adams, and Charlie Trumbull. Charlie is reading a few more poems from his "Haiku on the Road" poem sheet.
After our "Haiku Handouts" reading, we had a bit of a stretch, led by Genie Nakano (third from the right).
Do we look like a cult or what? Stretching between haiku presentations are Billie Dee, Christopher Herold, Dean Summers (hidden), Connie Hutchison, Nancy Dahlberg, Susan Constable (hidden), and Priscilla Van Valkenburgh.
Stretching led to laughing, which is good just before a serious presentation on haiku. Katharine Hawkinson, Naia, Debbie Kolodji, Tanya McDonald, Debbie Adams, and Charlie Trumbull.
We can stretch down as well as up. Aren't we clever?
Okay, stretching got a little carried away, and now we have to adjust our chakras. Genie Nakano shows us how.
First some centering.
Then more stretching.
Yet more stretching.
Stretching higher. I think my chakra just got realigned.
Our next presenter was Jerry Ball, from California, giving an intriguing talk on "Haiku with Very Few Verbs." He encouraged us to think of times when a haiku might be better without a verb, thus giving us another option whenever we write haiku. His handout included numerous examples.
In a long round-about way, we have Jerry Ball to thank for the existence of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway. At least 25 years ago, Jerry started the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society's annual haiku retreats at the Asilomar Conference Center in California, and I attended for twelve straight years before moving to the Seattle area in 2002. I missed those retreats, and thought for several years that we should have our own haiku retreat in the Seattle area. When Alice Frampton suggested the Seabeck Conference Center, our Seabeck Haiku Getaway was born in 2008—and it has grown each year since then. Thank you for the inspiration, Jerry!
Tanya McDonald about to start her haiku workshop on "Juxtaposition: Taking a Flying Leap."
Lunch time in the dining hall. Clockwise from the far left are Barbara Snow, Billie Dee, Nancy Dahlberg, Ida Freilinger, Connie Hutchison, Katharine Hawkinson, Jay Gelzer, and Terran Campbell (from Seattle).
Clockwise from the left are Dianne Garcia (from Seattle), Carmi Soifer (from Suquamish, Washington), Christopher Herold (who seems eager to have some soup), first-time attendee Nicholas Klacsanzky (from Shoreline, Washington; his father George Klacsanzky was editor of "Haiku Zasshi Zo," one of the first haiku journals in Washington State, before Haiku Northwest started), first-time attendee Jane Boone (from Bainbridge Island), Dean Summers (facing away), and Susan Callan.
Clockwise from the left are Charlie Trumbull, Debbie Adams, Susan Constable, Susan Cutrona (who came with first-time attendee Frank Cole), Priscilla Van Valkenburgh (facing away), and Frank Cole.
Connie Hutchison and Katharine Hawkinson.
Jay Gelzer, Terran Campbell, and Barbara Snow.
Bille Dee, Nancy Dahlberg, and Ida Freilinger.
Carmi Soifer, Christopher Herold, and Nicholas Klacsanzky.
Susan Callan and Dianne Garcia.
Jane Boone and Dean Summers.
Susan and David Constable.
Charlie Trumbull and Debbie Adams. Charlie is wearing a T-shirt from the 2009 Haiku North America conference held in Ottawa, Ontario.
Frank Cole and Susan Cutrona.
Michael Dylan Welch and Priscilla Van Valkenburgh.
Want some potatoes? Tanya McDonald does!
Naia, Jerry Ball, and Genie Nakano.
Naia, Jerry Ball, and Genie Nakano. We were glad to have such a great showing of haiku poets from California.
Vicki McCullough and elehna de sousa. We were glad to have poets from British Columbia, too.
Rocking chairs in front of the Historic Inn.
Rocking chairs in front of the Histoic Inn.
After lunch, we had an hour to write haiku outdoors. The sky was drab and overcast, as this view of Seabeck Bay shows.
Seabeck Bay on a drizzly day.
Rain on floats at the Seabeck Marina.
Rain on floats at the Seabeck Marina. I think I like this photo best of these similar photos.
Or maybe this one . . .
I guess this picture needs to have a haiku added to it. How about this:
a trawler's lights
dimmed by drizzle
A sign in front of the Seabeck lagoon tells something of Seabeck's history.
Seabeck historical sign in front of the lagoon. The conference center is behind the trees beyond the lagoon.
The road by the water at Seabeck Bay. The tide is up.
Tanya McDonald contemplating Seabeck's rain.
Flowers by Seabeck Bay.
Flowers by Seabeck Bay. Tanya McDonald examines a poppy.
Flowers growing beside Seabeck Bay.
Tanya McDonald examines a poppy. Isn't this a California poppy?!?
Tanya McDonald with a roadside poppy at Seabeck Bay.
Oyster shells at the edge of Seabeck Bay.
Oyster shells everywhere!
I could probably think of a haiku to go with this:
wet autumn leaves—
my cellphone and worries
Wet leaves in cedar branches.
More wet leaves.
Loads of leaves.
Fallen leaves everywhere.
A few leaves still on the trees.
Leaf and moss.
Tanya McDonald, Certified Tree Hugger.
Leaves on the lawn, part 1.
Leaves on the lawn, part 2.
Leaves on the lawn, part 3.
Leaves on the lawn, part 4.
More leaves on the lawn. The dark patches in the grass beyond are mushrooms.
The Seabeck Conference Center is a lovely location for a haiku getaway.
The Colman building, where we held most of our activities. We mostly met upstairs, but also enjoyed the downstairs room for craft activities, the silent auction, and haiga displays (more photos of these later).
The Colman building at Seabeck.
Okay, I guess it's really called the Colman Craft Center.
Silent auction items helped to defray expenses for the weekend. As you can see, retreat attendees were very generous with their donations.
Nancy Dahlberg listens to the rattle inside a Japanese temari ball donated to our silent auction.
Jane Boone examines some of the books available for sale. In the foreground on the left is a handmade three-volume haiku book by Jeb Barton that Tanya McDonald brought to show everyone.
Frank Cole, Susan Cutrona, and Genie Nakano discussing a few treasures from nature after our afternoon ginko (haiku walk).
Katharine Hawkinson and Naia.
First-time attendee Sarah Zale (from Port Townsend, Washington), came to a few of our haiku events, in between her primary focus for the weekend, attending the Compassionate Listening retreat also taking place at the conference center.
Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Susan Constable, Frank Cole, Dorothy Matthews, and Haiku Society of America president Ce Rosnow (from Oregon). Ce is giving her workshop, "Prose Is Prose Is Prose Is Prose: Verse Paragraphs, Prose Poems, and Haibun," which compared each of these forms. After this, Ce also read a selection of poems from "Recycled Starlight," Penny Harter's new book, published by Ce's Mountains and Rivers Press. Penny had hoped to be with us this weekend, but couldn't attend at the last minute.
Michael Dylan Welch rings the triangle to get everyone's attention after a short break.
Michael Dylan Welch, first vice president of the Haiku Society of America, and founder/director of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway.
Our next activity was a renku session. We split into two groups, one led by Christopher Herold here in the Colman building, the other led by Michael Dylan Welch in the lobby of The Firs.
Michael Dylan Welch leading one of our two group renku sessions, with Vicki McCullough looking on, in the lobby of The Firs (one of our accommodation buildings).
Nancy Dahlberg and Nicholas Klacsanzky participating in the renku. Both renku started with verses about the "new moon" that happened during the weekend (not that we could see it, mind you, thanks to the cloud cover).
Prior to this session (sorry, no photos to show for it), we had a digital presentation of photo haiga by Susan Constable and several others, then we viewed framed and unframed haiga on display downstairs. Here, Charlie Trumbull is starting his stimulating presentation on "Meaning in Haiku."
Charlie Trumbull's presentation on "Meaning in Haiku."
Tanya McDonald facilitates our evening anonymous workshop, focusing on meaning. She pulled anonymous poems out of the "Haiku Hat."
Okay, the "Haiku Hat" is actually a snake bucket, courtesy of my seven-year-old son. After the anonymous workshop, Michael Dylan Welch led a late-night rengay-writing session for die-hards.
Haiku poets gathering at the Colman building on Saturday morning, November 6, 2010. After a welcome and another round of introductions led by Michael Dylan Welch, here we're enjoying our "Haiku Show and Tell," led by Tanya McDonald. Left to right are Naia, elehna de sousa, Christopher Herold, Billie Dee (partly hidden), first-time attendees Doris Thurston (from Port Townsend, Washington) and Kerry Hamilton (from Kirkland), Genie Nakano, Debbie Adams (by the door), Dianne Garcia, and Dean Summers.
Michael Dylan Welch demonstrates his Haikubes (haiku cubes), a contemplative poetic game published by Chronicle Books.
For her part of "Haiku Show and Tell," Genie Nakano led us in another dance (she was a hit doing this for us last year).
A haiku dance? Clockwise from the left are Carmie Soifer, first-time attendee James Rodriguez (from Washougal, Washington), Debbie Adams, first-time attendee Carmen Sterba (from University Place, Washington), Frank Cole, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Vicki McCullough, Barbara Snow, Ida Freilinger, Debbie Kolodji, Genie Nakano (partly hidden), Naia, and Curtis Manley (facing away).
More haiku dancing. Clockwise from the front are Charlie Trumbull (facing away), elehna de sousa, Billie Dee (partly hidden), Christopher Herold, Doris Thurston, Kerry Hamilton, Dean Summers, Connie Hutchison (behind Dean), Jerry Ball, Nancy Dahlberg, Carmi Soifer, and James Rodriguez.
The frivolity never stops! Debbie Adams, Carmen Sterba, Katharine Hawkinson, Susan Callan, Frank Cole, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Vicki McCullough, Barbara Snow, Ida Freilinger, Debbie Kolodji, Naia, Genie Nakano (in front of Naia), and Curtis Manley (facing away).
Haiku poets doing the Shiki Shake . . .
Vicki McCullough, Barbara Snow, Ida Freilinger, Debbie Kolodji, and Naia follow Genie Nakano's lead (in front).
Genie would have us dancing all day!
I think we're now doing the Haiku Hop . . .
And is this the Kireji Crouch?
Doing the Shiki Shimmy. Barbara Snow, Ida Freilinger, Debbie Kolodji, Genie Nakano, Naia, and Curtis Manley.
Yeehaw! Haiku poets putting their best foot in and shaking it all about.
You see, if I take pictures, I don't have to dance, and thereby embarrass myself . . .
The Basho Bounce . . .
We quickly became a circle of friends. Dancing together didn't hurt!
Time to put the other foot in and shake it all about too.
Dance maniac Charlie Trumbull follows along. Everyone was a good sport (except me, presumably, since I was taking pictures).
Clapping to the rhythm.
Genie leads us in a clap.
Much laughter ensued.
Next, Genie Nakano performed a belly dance.
Genie Nakano's dance for "Haiku Show and Tell." Not much haiku in this show, but we enjoyed the change of pace.
Genie Nakano wraps her scarf around Jerry Ball's neck.
Genie Nakano takes a bow.
Snack time with Susan Constable and Naia. Our facilities in the Colman building included use of the small kitchen shown here. We need to make even better use of it next year!
For those who might be interested, to this point in these photographs, I used a Canon PowerShot SD400 Digital Elph camera (a small point-and-shoot camera). I was having repeated battery problems with it, and gave up at this point, switching to using my Nikon D90 (a digital SLR), which I should have used from the beginning (even though the smaller camera was less obtrusive). The following photos are taken with the D90, and are higher in resolution and have a slightly different aspect ratio.
Next we had Charlie Trumbull's presentation on "The Uses of Haiku: Native American Writers," complete with PowerPoint presentation.
Break time after Charlie's presentation. Joshua Beach (facing away), Jerry Ball, and Carmen Sterba.
Debbie Adams and Jerry Ball in front of the Colman building.
Wet leaves around a tree trunk.
Crossing the Seabeck suspension bridge.
Carmen Sterba and Genie Nakano in front of Debbie Adams and Jerry Ball, crossing the suspension bridge.
Carmen Sterba and Genie Nakano in front of Debbie Adams and Jerry Ball. You really had to hold on sometimes!
Carmen Sterba and Genie Nakano in front of Debbie Adams and Jerry Ball.
Carmen Sterba and Genie Nakano, with Jerry Ball behind.
Debbie Adams and Jerry Ball on the way to the dining hall for lunch on Saturday, November 6, 2010. The white building is Hemlock, where some of us stayed, and the tan building is The Firs, where more of us stayed. You can see a campus map at http://www.seabeck.org/campus%20map.html.
Debbie Adams and Jerry Ball.
Charlie Trumbull, Frank Cole, and Susan Cutrona.
Charlie Trumbull, Frank Cole, Susan Cutrona, Carmen Sterba, and Genie Nakano.
Vicki McCullough in front of the Historic Inn at Seabeck.
Rocking chair in front of the Historic Inn at Seabeck.
Rocking chairs in front of the Historic Inn at Seabeck.
Frank Cole, Susan Cutrona, Debbie Adams, Jerry Ball, and Genie Nakano.
The Seabeck Conference Center office in the Historic Inn. Yes, free Internet access at that computer, in case you didn't bring your own laptop to enjoy the free wifi.
Lunch time, Saturday, November 6, 2010. At the table, clockwise from the left, are David Constable, Susan Constable, Dianne Garcia, Joshua Beach, Curtis Manley (partly hidden), Susan Callan, and Terran Campbell (facing away). Standing behind are Charlie Trumbull, Frank Cole, Susan Cutrona, Genie Nakano, and Carmen Sterba (heading out of the picture).
We were very comfortable in the dining hall at Seabeck. Clockwise from the left front are Ida Freilinger, Dean Summers, Naia, Jay Gelzer, Billie Dee, Ce Rosenow (hidden), and Debbie Kolodji.
Charlie Trumbull, Debbie Adams, and Jerry Ball.
A view of the Seabeck Conference Center dining hall. We had an additional two tables out of view on the left and right.
There's a bit of sabi to this old barrel plant container (near the suspension bridge).
Wet leaves on the Seabeck suspension bridge.
The Seabeck suspension bridge.
A Cape Cod chair in front of the Colman building.
A sign of autumn.
A display of mostly Press Here books published by Michael Dylaln Welch.
Taking a gander at books for sale, from right to left, are James Rodriguez, Dianne Garcia, Kerry Hamilton, and Joshua Beach.
The number of haiku handouts available on the freebie table seems to have grown!
Haiku Society of America president Ce Rosenow.
Ce Rosenow makes a few last-minute adjustments to her presentation, "(Re)Defining the West: Orientalism in American Haiku." I'm sorry I don't have photos of the presentation itself.
Haiku and senryu by Charlie Trumbull, assembled by Tanya McDonald.
Awaiting our next activity. Naia, Susan Constable, Dean Summers, Debbie Kolodji, Connie Hutchison, Kerry Hamilton, Doris Thurston (facing away), Curtis Manley (front), Carmi Soifer, Dianne Garcia (behind), Jay Gelzer, and James Rodriguez.
James Rodriguez, Barbara Snow, Ida Freilinger, Susan Callan, Nancy Dahlberg, Joshua Beach, Christopher Herold, Ce Rosenow, and Vicki McCullough. What a wonderful bunch of haiku talent!
Haiku books for sale, with a view over the Seabeck Conference Center campus.
Our next activity was the announcement of the 2010 Porad Haiku Award winners. Nancy Dahlberg was the contest coordinator for Haiku Northwest this year, and Penny Harter was the judge. We had hoped Penny could have been present, but she was unable to attend at the last minute. Here, Nancy begins announcing the honourable mentions.
Nancy Dahlberg congratuates Dean Summers for his honourable mention.
Nancy Dahlberg reads an honourable mention poem by Seattle poet Ruth Yarrow (Ruth wasn't able to join us for the retreat this year).
Nancy Dahlberg congratuates Curtis Manley for his honourable mention.
Nancy Dahlberg congratuates Dean Summers for another honourable mention. Other honourable mentions went to Seren Fargo and Billie Wilson.
Nancy Dahlberg reads the third place haiku by Ernest J. Berry, of New Zealand. Much thanks to Nancy for coordinating the contest, cosponsored by Haiku Northwest and the Washington Poets Association. If you'd like a copy of the awards flyer in PDF form, please contact Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com.
Nancy Dahlberg congratulates second place winner Carmi Soifer.
Nancy Dahlberg congratulates the first place winner of the 2010 Porad Award for haiku, Susan Constable.
Nancy Dahlberg congratulates the first place winner of the 2010 Porad Award for haiku, Susan Constable. Congratulations, Susan! We were fortunate to have many of the winners of the Porad awards present with us at the retreat. The awards were named after Haiku Northwest founder Francine Porad, who passed away in 2006.
Time for another break (we were really good at that). Naia chats with Susan Constable on the left. Carmen Sterba is facing the camera behind.
Time for the annual ritual of taking a group photo. Fortunately, it wasn't raining.
Getting haiku poets into position for a group photo is like herding cats, but we managed to do it. Unfortunately, I hadn't quite figured out how to use the timer on my new camera, so I took the following photos using James Rodriguez's Nikon D5000 on my tripod. Thanks, James.
Okay, pay attention everyone, time for a group photo!
2010 Seabeck Haiku Getaway attendees, November 6, 2010. I include the names of each attendee in the following photo, which I think is best.
[Note that the date in the metadata for these group photos is incorrect, and should be November 6.]
2010 Seabeck Haiku Getaway attendees, November 6, 2010. Left to right, in front: Genie Nakano, Susan Callan, Dorothy Matthews, Connie Hutchison, Billie Dee, Ce Rosenow, Vicki McCullough, elehna de sousa, Michael Dylan Welch, and Jerry Ball. Behind, left to right, are James Rodriguez, Kerry Hamilton, Debbie Kolodji, Susan Constable, Naia, Tanya McDonald (at the back), Dean Summers, Katharine Hawkinson, Joshua Beach, Charles Trumbull, Dianne Garcia, Doris Thurston, Debbie Adams, Barbara Snow, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Nancy Dahlberg, Ida Freilinger, Carmen Sterba, Curtis Manley, Frank Cole, Christopher Herold, and Carmi Soifer (32 attendees). Not pictured are Jane Boone, Terran Campbell, David Constable, Susan Cutrona, Jay Gelzer, Nicholas Klacsanzky, and Sarah Zale (five additional attendees and two spouses).
2010 Seabeck Haiku Getaway attendees, November 6, 2010. This year was our largest attendance so far.
2010 Seabeck Haiku Getaway attendees, November 6, 2010.
2010 Seabeck Haiku Getaway attendees, November 6, 2010—hamming it up.
Barbara Snow enjoying the autumn leaves.
This weekend, Barbara Snow created a few "weathergrams"—papers with haiku hung on trees around Seabeck. We hope she'll do a workshop for us next year to help us each create our own.
The entrance to one of the many trails in the woods behind the conference center. This trail leads to the Cathedral in the Woods. After our group photo, we all dispersed for ninety minutes to enjoy the woods, the marina, and the lagoon (our second ginko, or haiku walk, of the weekend).
One of the paths along the base of the hills behind the Seabeck Conference Center.
No, this isn't an outhouse, although I'm not sure what it was.
Mossy roof in the woods.
I took the trail out to the cemetery behind the conference center. A few other haiku poets are way ahead of me on the trail.
The four muses: Vicki McCullough, Ida Freilinger, Susan Constable, and Nancy Dahlberg.
Leaves in the woods.
The Seabeck cemetery dates back more than a hundred years. Local citizens are working to preserve and restore it as best they can.
I started the Seabeck Haiku Getaway with haiku poet Alice Frampton, who lives in Seabeck. She was unfortunately not able to attend this weekend. If she had, she could have told me if these are relatives of hers. Almost surely they are (her maiden name is Emel).
You can see how long some of the gravestones have been here!
What kind of mushrooms are these?
elehna de sousa and James Rodriguez discussing camera settings.
elehna de sousa and James Rodriguez.
Another Emel gravestone. Only five days old.
Leaves on the forest floor.
Broken gravestones in the Seabeck cemetery.
Seabeck cemetery sign.
The path back from the cemetery.
The woods in autumn.
The view from the Seabeck Conference Center across Seabeck Bay. On the left is Reeser House, where most of us stayed for our first Seabeck Haiku Getaway in 2008 (and where we had most of our activities). Unfortunately, you can't see the Olympic Mountains through the clouds.
Leaves around a tree trunk #1.
I can't decide which of the following pictures I like best. Help me decide!
Leaves around a tree trunk #2.
Leaves around a tree trunk #3.
Leaves around a tree trunk #4.
Leaves around a tree trunk #5.
Leaves around a tree trunk #6.
Leaves around a tree trunk #7.
Leaves around a tree trunk #8.
Leaves around a tree trunk #9.
Leaves around a tree trunk #10.
Leaves and rocks.
We met at the Colman Craft Center at the Seabeck Conference Center.
Seabeck Haiku Getaway codirector Tanya McDonald takes a moment to check our busy schedule.
Our next event was a book launch and reading for Christopher Herold's new book from Red Moon Press, "Inside Out."
Christopher Herold, holding a copy of his new book, "Inside Out," in his right hand.
Christopher Herold reading from his new haiku book.
Our next presentation was "Exploring Urban Haiku" by Deborah P Kolodji.
Deborah P Kolodji. After Debbie's presentation, Michael Dylan Welch gave a presentation, with an extensive handout, on punctuation in haiku, which was followed by an anonymous haiku workshop that gave special attention to the punctuation used in each haiku. I'm sorry I don't have photos of this, or of the dinner that followed.
After dinner, we had a book launch and reading for "Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends," with poems read by contributors Susan Constable, Deborah P Kolodji, and Tanya McDonald. The book was just released by Michael Dylan Welch, publisher of Press Here books. [Thanks to James Rodriguez for snapping these photos for me during our reading.]
Michael Dylan Welch shares the introduction to "Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends."
Susan Constable, Debbie Kolodji, Tanya McDonald, and Michael Dylan Welch.
Susan Constable, Debbie Kolodji, Tanya McDonald, and Michael Dylan Welch. The parsnips (which also appear on the book's front cover) are because of a quotation from Anna Pavord from the back cover, which says "Nobody writes poems about parsnips."
Susan Constable, Debbie Kolodji, Tanya McDonald, and Michael Dylan Welch. Go parsnips!
Our next presentation, led by Susan Callan, was "Housing Your Haiku: Making a Japanese Stab-Bound Book," a bookmaking and suminagashi Japanese paper-marbling demonstration.
Susan Callan's presentation.
Ce Rosnow and Billie Dee.
We've moved downstairs in the Colman craft building to work on our suminagashi Japanese paper-marbling. Christopher Herold takes a look at some of the samples.
Susan Callan (center) describes how to make suminagashi marbled paper.
While waiting a turn to try making marbled paper, we could enjoy seeing these haiga, poem cards, and other haiku-related displays. On the left are monthly haiku journals that Barbara Snow made for a year of writing haiku. Near the back are photo cards by elehna de sousa.
James Rodriguez brought some of his flutes to display (and yes, he played them for us several times over the weekend).
Dorothy Matthews (center) helps explain the suminagashi Japanese paper-marbling steps.
After dripping special paint onto water, Vicki McCullough blows the paint around to make a marble-like design.
Susan Constable coaxes her paint into creative patterns.
Susan Constable's ink ready for suminagashi paper.
Vicki McCullough gently dips paper into water covered with ink in marbled patterns.
Kerry Hamilton tries her hand at paper-marbling.
elehna de sousa blows the ink around for her marbled paper.
Susan Callan explains the best technique for dipping one's paper onto the water's surface to prevent streaking. Looking on are Carmi Soifer, Billie Dee, and Frank Cole, with elehna de sousa in the background.
Carmi Soifer's first try at tonight's suminagashi Japanese paper-marbling activity.
Carmi Soifer's marbled paper begins to dry.
Tanya McDonald tries red and yellow inks for her suminagashi.
Katharine Hawkinson watches Ida Freilinger.
Susan Constable at work on her next suminagashi masterpiece.
elehna de sousa, Susan Callan, and Curtis Manley, with James Rodriguez behind.
Vicki McCullough's suminagashi is mostly yellow.
Michael Dylan Welch tries his hand at suminagashi. Here he's dripping ink onto small floating circles of paper. This process helps make the ink spread across the surface of the water instead of sinking to the bottom. Behind is Jerry Ball.
Michael Dylan Welch adding a drop of red. Vicki McCullough on the right.
Michael Dylan Welch prepares another ink colour for his first attempt at suminagashi paper marbling.
Michael Dylan Welch adding another ink colour while Vicki McCullough looks on.
A bit too much blue? Michael Dylan Welch and Vicki McCullough.
Susan Callan and Ida Freilinger.
Susan Callan shows Ida Freilinger how to dip the paper in from one corner to the other.
Michael Dylan Welch adds a bit of black. Tanya McDonald and Vicki McCullough are suppressing their laughter.
Michael Dylan Welch uses a toothpick to begin melding colours for his first attempt at suminagashi paper marbling.
Michael Dylan Welch mixing colours.
Michael Dylan Welch adds a bit more ink. Here you can see the small circle of paper on which he is dripping the ink. It's a small circle of paper that you place in the water until it sinks, then you wait for it to rise back to the surface, or help it up with a toothpick. The circle of paper needs to be wide enough to begin dispersing drops of ink horizontally (so that the dripped ink doesn't go straight to the bottom).
Michael Dylan Welch adds a bit of orange.
elehna de sousa washes up her suminagashi tray.
Frank Cole mixing up some of his suminagashi ink.
Genie Nakano mixes yellow and black.
Genie Nakano taking her turn. On the floor behind, you can see some of the earlier attempts set out to dry on the floor.
Michael Dylan Welch uses toothpicks to sink the small circle of paper before he dips his paper into his, ahem, masterpiece.
Michael Dylan Welch swirls the ink around for his first attempt at suminagashi paper-marbling.
Michael Dylan Welch contemplates his composition. Ida Freilinger behind.
Michael Dylan Welch blows a little more of his ink around. Ida Freilinger behind.
Michael Dylan Welch blows his suminagashi ink from a different direction.
Michael Dylan Welch adds a bit more detail to the corner.
Okay, enough blowing already. Isn't it time to dip the paper?
Here we go. Michael Dylan Welch dipping paper into his ink for his first try at making suminagashi.
Michael Dylan Welch carefully rolling the paper from one corner to the other. We'll see more pictures of the finished results later.
After this, we had our weekend kukai, but unfortunately I don't have any pictures of it. Each person contributed two haiku or senryu, and everyone present voted for their favourites. First place went to Debbie Kolodji. After that, we had scheduled a late-night erotic renku, but most folks were too tired. A few die-hards did stay up to write some more rengay, though.
One of the fun ways to participate in the Seabeck Haiku Getaway is in making your own name tag. I didn't get photos of everyone's name tags this year, but I got a lot. Here's Barbara Snow's name tag.
Ce Rosnow's name tag. Like last year, her name tag was the most frugal, but at least this year she upgraded her sticky note to neon. How will she possibly top this next year?!?
Debbie Kolodji's name tag, created by her daughter.
Billie Dee's name tag.
Naia's name tag.
Michael Dylan Welch's name tag, featuring a photograph of a barn a mile or two from where he lives.
Curtis Manley's name tag.
Dianne Garcia's name tag got a little wet in the weekend's rain.
The other side of Dianne Garcia's name tag, featuring Red Fuji.
Susan Constable's name tag.
Vicki McCullough's name tag with an origami bird.
Christopher Herold's name tag echoed the mobius strip cover art on his new haiku book, "Inside Out."
Christopher Herold and his name tag.
Ida Freilinger's name tag.
Susan Callan's colourful name tag.
Dorothy Matthew's name tag.
Katharine Hawkinson's name tag incorporated old typewriter keys.
Terran Campbell's clever name tag.
James Rodriguez's "name tag" was actually a whistle.
Dean Summers' name tag had "Haiku Northwest" in Japanese across the top.
Debbie Adams' name tag.
Charlie Trumbull's name tag was an acrostic of sorts. Charlie explained that all of the poems he used in his name tag were written during the 2005 Haiku North America conference held in Port Townsend, Washington, which was the last time he visited Washington State. He's also wearing a T-shirt featuring a Raymond Roseliep haiku.
A closer view of Charlie Trumbull's name tag.
Kerry Hamilton improvised her name tag. Perhaps this is even more frugal than Ce Rosenow's. Who would have thought that was even possible?
elehna de sousa recycled her name tag from her painter's guild.
Carmi Soifer's name tag.
Sarah Zale's name tag.
A view of the Seabeck antique store across the lagoon from the conference center. It's now Sunday morning, November 7, 2010, the last day of our haiku retreat.
The bridge across the Seabeck lagoon.
It looks like Seabeck is actually having clear skies this morning. Unfortunately it wouldn't last too long.
The Seabeck conference center sign.
The Seabeck conference center sign, with the Historic Inn behind.
The Seabeck sundial wet with rain.
The front steps of Seabeck's Historic Inn.
Wet leaves on porch steps.
Wet autumn leaves.
Our suminagashi marbled-paper creations have been drying overnight. Some of them turned out really nicely.
More suminagashi creations. Before we started, we had pencilled our names on the back of each piece of paper we used, so we could be sure to find our own.
Yet more suminagashi marbled paper.
Which suminagashi is your favourite?
Close-up of suminagashi marbled paper.
Our suminagashi marbled paper creations dried overnight.
On Sunday, after breakfast, our first session was "The Seasons in Kigoless Haiku," a presentation and workshop by Christopher Herold. Here Naia, Dorothy Matthews, and elehna de sousa respond to the checklist Christopher provided, in which he asked us, for example, to assign seasons to words that name emotions.
Debbie Adams, Jerry Ball, Barbara Snow, Genie Nakano, Vicki McCullough, James Rodriguez, and Carmi Soifer.
Doris Thurston, Sarah Zale, Susan Callan, and Carmen Sterba.
Dean Summers and Debbie Kolodji.
Susan Constable, Terran Campbell, Frank Cole, Jay Gelzer, Debbie Adams, and Dianne Garcia.
Katharine Hawkinson, Tanya McDonald, Ida Freilinger, and Charlie Trumbull.
Ida Freilinger, Charlie Trumbull, and Christopher Herold. Christopher had us thinking about seasonal associations even when haiku might not feature season words.
Ahem . . . not a real silent auction bid. Or does Naia owe Haiku Northwest $85?!?
After Christopher's presentation, we had one last chance to make bids in the silent auction. A few bids rose even higher. Money raised from the silent auction helped to pay for retreat expenses like the digital projector rental. Here are elehna de sousa, Naia, and Priscilla Van Valkenburgh.
Our final activity of the weekend was a potpourri presentation by Charlie Trumbull. He talked about his Modern Haiku journal and Deep North Press books, his haiku database, and other projects. Here, with Debbie Adams, he is reading selections from a memoir about Elizabeth Searle Lamb, with selected haiku by Elizabeth.
Charlie Trumbull and Debbie Adams read a haibun-like memoir to us about Elizabeth Searle Lamb.
Charlie Trumbull and Debbie Adams.
Charlie Trumbull talks about Modern Haiku (he had a few sample issues to give away to folks who hadn't yet seen copies).
Debbie Adams was a wonderful surprise addition to our retreat, coming with Charlie from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is related to well-known haiku poet Marian Olson.
Michael Dylan Welch listens to Charlie Trumbull's presentation.
Charlie Trumbull expounding.
As a thank you gift to Charlie Trumbull for being featured speaker for our 2010 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, Michael Dylan Welch presents him with a gift.
Charlie Trumbull opening his thank-you gift.
Charlie pauses to admire the curled paper on his gift package.
As a gift to Charlie, Susan Callan had hand-bound a one-of-a-kind book featuring Charlie Trumbull's haiku and senryu, selected and edited by Michael Dylan Welch, titled "Between the Chimes." Each person present for the weekend had signed the book for Charlie.
Charlie Trumbull beamed when he referred to "Between the Chimes" as "his first book."
Charlie Trumbull starts to read a few pages of his gift book. It features inlaid marbled papers on the end sheets.
Charlie was truly pleased to receive this gift. Susan and I greatly enjoyed making the book for him, but I'm still envious that he got to have it!
Charlie Trumbull holds up "Between the Chimes."
Can you tell that Charlie was happy with his "first book"?
Charlie Trumbull reading more pages of "Between the Chimes."
Charlie Trumbull examining his gift book.
Charlie Trumbull was truly touched by our gift (I think he's just seeing the two pages where we had all signed the book for him).
Charlie Trumbull. If you click to enlarge this picture, you can zoom in and see some of the detail of the wrapped card stock that is hand-stitched together in Charlie's gift book. Susan Callan did a marvelous job in selecting the paper and binding the book.
We have a feeling that Charlie Trumbull will remember his visit to Seabeck!
We're very grateful that Charlie Trumbull could be our featured speaker at the 2010 Seabeck Haiku Getaway.
Michael Dylan Welch, retreat codirector, leads a final round of announcements, poems, and discussion, soliciting feedback on what worked well or not so well during the weekend (we'll do our best to make adjustments for next year).
At each Seabeck retreat, Michael Dylan Welch had chosen a theme song, which he played on CD at the start and finish of the retreat. This year's theme song was "Seize the Day" by Carolyn Ahrends. We sat and listened to the song at the end of this final sharing session before saying our goodbyes.
Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch worked together to plan the entire weekend.
Tanya McDonald holds up a copy of the 2009 Seabeck retreat anthology while encouraging everyone to submit for our 2010 anthology, which Susan Callan agreed to hand-bind for everyone (what a treat!).
Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch listen to feedback about the weekend.
Tanya McDonald is wearing a NaNoWriMo T-shirt. NaNoWriMo is a contest to write a 50,000-word novel in a month, always held in November. Our Seabeck retreat (November 4–7) ate a week away from her writing time this year, but she still managed to finish. In 2011, the fourth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway will be October 13–16, so it won't conflict with NaNoWriMo. A few other Seabeck attendees attempted NaNoWriMo too. Thanks to Tanya McDonald for perservering with Seabeck registrations and other challenges while also still managing to finish her latest novel.
Michael Dylan Welch.
Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch.
Debbie Adams and Charlie Trumbull.
Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch wrap up the last announcements before lunch.
Debbie Adams and Debbie Kolodji at the Seabeck dining hall.
Charlie's angels, Debbie and Debbie.
I think one Debbie didn't want to let the other Debbie take Charlie home . . .
Debbie Adams, Charlie Trumbull, and Debbie Kolodji.
Frank Cole, Susan Cutrona, and Naia in the dining hall.
Debbie Adams, James Rodriguez, and Tanya McDonald.
Carmen Sterba and Charlie Trumbull.
After lunch, checking out of our accommodations, and cleaning everything out of the Colman building, a few of us headed to nearby Scenic Beach State Park. Here are Tanya McDonald and Billie Dee. The clouds had lifted just enough to give us a great view across the sound towards the Olympic Mountains.
A view towards the Olympic Mountains from Seabeck's Scenic Beach State Park.
Foothills of the Olympic Mountains.
Tanya McDonald unwinds after a full, rewarding, yet tiring haiku weekend.
A leaf-strewn path at Scenic Beach State Park.
Scenic Beach State Park.
The Olympic Mountains rise across the sound.
Autumn leaves at Scenic Beach State Park.
Autumn leaves on picnic tables at Scenic Beach State Park.
The view from Emel House at Scenic Beach State Park.
The Olympic view from Emel House at Scenic Beach State Park.
A friend of elehna de sousa's chats with Bille Dee at Scenic Beach State Park.
Billie Dee (right), elehna de sousa, and her friend at Scenic Beach State Park.
A rainbow across the sound!
The view north across the sound from Scenic Beach State Park.
Michael Dylan Welch at Scenic Beach State Park.
The Olympic Mountains.
Ah, some blue sky at last. Maybe next year we'll have perfectly sunny skies all weekend long. The Olympic Mountains across the sound from Scenic Beach State Park.
Scenic Beach State Park, Seabeck, Washington.
San Diego poet Billie Dee at Scenic Beach State Park.
Salt Spring Island poet and artist elehna de sousa at Scenic Beach State Park.
Scenic Beach State Park. What a great haiku weekend it was. After visiting the park here, I carpooled back to Seattle on the ferry from Bainbridge Island with Tanya McDonald and Billie Dee. We look forward to the 2011 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, and hope that you can join us!