September 16, 2018



N O T I C E S – 2019

In Search of the Dragonfly: Four Workshops
on the Haiku Writing Process

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society is offering four one-day workshops conducted by Patricia J. Machmiller spread over the four seasons that will focus on the haiku writing process.

  1. Summer Workshop (6/22/2019): The writing process—getting words on paper
  2. Autumn Workshop (9/21/2019): Elements of haiku—kigo and image
  3. Winter Workshop (1/25/2020): Elements of haiku—sound and form
  4. Spring Workshop (3/28/2020: The revision process

The workshops are fundraisers for YTHS. Attendance will be limited to 12. They will be held at Monterey Dunes Colony in Moss Landing CA. Although the workshops are designed to cover the complete writing process, a person can register for a single workshop if desired.
Suggested donation per workshop: $60. To register contact Patricia at:

2019 Asilomar Retreat Details

Detailed program and registration information has been posted here. We hope many of you can come.

N O T I C E S – 2018

Meet Dyana Basist, Yuki Teikei’s Haiku Greeter

In the spirit of it taking a village, Yuki Teikei has many people who contribute to our continued success. New this year is Yuki Teikei Greeter, Dyana Basist. Dyana welcomes and talks to newcomers at meetings, but she would also like your help. If you know any haiku enthusiasts (or haiku “curious”) who may be interested in YTHS, please consider sending their email, home address, or phone number to Dyana at (Subject Line: YT Greeter). She would then reach out and, if appropriate, send a packet of haiku tip cards, newsletters, and/or haiku brochures to their home address. Let’s spread our love for haiku.

The Society’s 2018 Annual Membership Meeting

This meeting was held on Sunday, September 16, at the  Cliffwood Estates Mobile Home Park clubhouse, 3200 Cliffwood Drive, (off Soquel drive) Soquel, beginning at 11 am, ending no later than 3 pm. Please park in the lot next to clubhouse, or on the street directly before the clubhouse on the bottlebrush side of the road, opposite of homes.

Members brought potluck offerings for a midday meal.  The agenda  included:

State of the Society message

Business, including proposals from the floor

Planning of 2019 events

N O T I C E S – 2017

Okayama – San Jose Friendship Anniversary

On Friday, April 21, 2017 over one hundred special guests from the City of Okayama, Japan, including the mayor and council members visited Kelley Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden. The visit was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the San Jose – Okayama sister city relationship. The Friendship Garden is a living symbol of that special bond.

On their arrival the guests were given a bilingual haiku brochure themed to the garden. The brochure was developed by Roger Abe, Betty Arnold and Patricia Machmiller, haiku translations by Mariko Kitakubo, and finished and printed by the City of San Jose, PRNS marketing team and Kelley Park. Poets contributing to the fifteen haiku in the brochure: Kyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi, Dyana Basist, Patricia Machmiller, Alison Woolpert, Eleanor Carolan, Judith Schallberger, Mimi Ahern, Patrick Gallagher, Marcia Behar, Betty Arnold, Roger Abe and Joan Zimmerman.

From all accounts the haiku were well received! Among the guests was Midori Teramoto of the Kibi no Haiku Group. This project was conceived as a thank you to the park from the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society for many years of use of the garden and the Teahouse, as well as a commemorative gift.

Yuki Teikei and the American Haiku Archives

Two podcasts featuring  Yuki Teikei contributions to the Haiku Archives at the California State Library are now available. Both podcasts were recorded on April 13, 2017 at the California State Library, and can be found at this link. One recording features Gary Gay, one of the founders of the Haiku Archives, speaking  with Patricia Machmiller of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, and Gene Larsen of the California State Library staff.

In the second recording, members of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society of San Jose, Patricia Machmiller, Alison Woolpert and Carole Steele—discuss their work with the American Haiku Archives, housed at the California State Library. They, together with Patrick Gallagher of the Society, read from the letters and haiku of Kiyoshi and Kiyoto Tokutomi, founders of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, and they read a selection of haiku from Cherry Blossom Light, an anthology of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, published in 2016. This podcast was recorded on April 13, 2017 at the California State Library.

N O T I C E S – 2015

The 40th Anniversary of YTHS

The year 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (YTHS). There were many celebrations and events honoring this occasion. Patricia Machmiler created a one-page calendar of the special events, beautifully illustrated with one of her pen-and-ink drawings.   Here is a link to it.

One of our members, June Hymas, undertook the authoring of a pictorial daily blog to celebrate each day of 2015 in pictures and poetry of YTHS.  A link to her blog is here.

N O T I C E S – 2012

Cherry Blossom Stamp

From Michael Dylan Welch on Facebook March 24, 2012
“Well, here it is — the U.S. postage stamp that was released today, March 24, featuring a waka (tanka) translation I did with Emiko Miyashita, from our 2008 artbook: 100 Poets: Passions of the Imperial Court. You can read more about the book here.
The poem on the stamp (back) is:
keki harunohi ni shizugokoro naku hana no chiruran 紀友則
Ki no Tomonori (c.850–c.904)
the light filling the air
is so mild this spring day
only the cherry blossoms
keep falling in haste—
why is that so?
Translated by Emiko Miyashita and Michael Dylan Welch.

If you’re in the United States, rush to your post office to buy some of these stamps!” The stamps may be purchased online.