JULY 27, TUESDAY AT 7:00 PM ET: Join Michael Dylan Welch as he takes on a pilgrimage in Japan: The Weather-Beaten Jizo: Shikoku Pilgrimage Haiku by Shuji Niwano. This presentation, with photos, maps, haiku, and translations, documents poems written on Japan’s famous Shikoku pilgrimage by a retired salaryman just before his life ended. This talk is part travelog, part cultural/spiritual exploration, and part literary inspiration.
Michael Dylan Welch has been investigating haiku since 1976 and has published his haiku, tanka, longer poems, essays, and reviews in hundreds of journals and anthologies in at least 20 languages. Michael co-founded the Haiku North America conference and the American Haiku Archives, and founded National Haiku Writing Month, the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, and the Tanka Society of America. He served two terms as poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, where he is also president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. His website is http://www.graceguts.com. Contact Jimmy Pappas at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to attend.