Michael Dylan Welch has been an HSA member since 1988, serving for numerous years as first vice president. He cofounded the Haiku North America conference (1991) and the American Haiku Archives (1996), which houses the HSA archives. In 2000, he also founded the Tanka Society of America, and served as president for five years.
He has won first place in each of the Henderson, Brady, Drevniok, and Tokutomi contests, and has won Museum of Haiku Literature and Merit Book Awards. His poetry has appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies in at least fourteen languages.
He directs the Seabeck Haiku Getaway for Haiku Northwest, and his personal Web site is titled Graceguts. Michael is also a board member of the Washington Poets Association and is a fellow in Seattle’s 2010 Jack Straw Writers Program.