A selection of poetry (and occasionally other literary) events going on in the Cascadia region (Washington State and Pacific time except as noted) with links for more information. Some events may involve fees or admission charges. Information is current to the best of our knowledge; please confirm with venues for updates and featured poets.

To make a correction or add your event to the calendar, send an email to thepoetrydepartment at gmail with the following information (required): date, city, brief description, time, venue, link for more information.

Every Week

Mondays in EverettEverett Poetry Night: poetry and acoustic music at the Sister’s Restaurant – 5:00pm

Mondays in SeattleEasy Speak Seattle hosts a featured reader and open mic the 2nd and 4th Monday

Mondays in SeattleThe Magic Hat – 7:00pm – the basement of The Rendezvous [October 2022 still on hiatus]

Mondays in Vancouver, BCVancouver Poetry Slam (VanSlam) feature plus open mic – 7:00pm

Wednesdays in Eugene, ORLane Writers Network Page 5 All Poetry Open Mic – at Alluvium – 7:00pm

Wednesdays in SeattleWrite Time Poetry, a weekly drop-in writing circle for teens at Hugo House (meets during the school year)

Wednesdays in SeattleOpen Mic Night: music, poems, dance, comedy, stories – 7:00pm – at Couth Buzzard Books

Wednesdays in SeattlePoetryBridge LIVE! – email info@poetrybridge.net for weekly Zoom links

Wednesdays in SpokaneBroken Mic featured poet plus open mic at Neato Burrito

Thursdays in Salem, ORThe Salem Poetry Project presents a featured reader followed by open mic – 7:00pm – at IKE Box Coffee Shop

Fridays in Victoria, BCPlanet Earth Poetry featured poets plus open mic – 7:30pm – at Hillside Coffee and Tea

Confirm specific dates and featured poets with organization or venue; schedules may shift on short notice or be adjusted around holidays.

first Monday – AuburnStriped Water Poets: featured poet(s) plus open mic – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

second and fourth Mondays – Bellingham – VB Writes Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books, Fairhaven

third Monday – Camas – Poetry Open Mic Gathering – doors 6:15pm – at Camas Public Library

third Monday – Lake Forest Park – open mic night for Washington writers – 7:00pm – at Third Place Books

third Monday – TacomaCreative Colloquy presents featured readers plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Pint & Pie

last Monday – BellinghamOpen mic night – 7:00pm – in the Readings Gallery at Village Books

second Tuesday – Edmonds – free, public, EPIC Poetry Group meets monthly to express and improve poetry writing skills – 6:00-7:45pm – at the Edmonds Library

first and third Wednesdays – Bellingham – VB Writes Poetry II – 10:15am – at Village Books, Fairhaven

first Wednesday – DuvallDuvall Poetry, open mic plus featured poet – open mic 7:00pm, feature 7:30pm – at Duvall Library

second Wednesday – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater Open Mic – signups 6:30pm, readings 7:00pm – at The Happy Place

third Monday – CamasCamas Library poetry open mic and featured reader

third Wednesday – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm, readings 6:30pm – at Creekside Cafe, Sudden Valley Community Center

third Wednesday – LaGrange, OR – Art Center East Writing Project featured author plus open mic – 6:45pm

third Wednesday – OlympiaThe Olympia Poetry Network monthly reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:00pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

last Wednesday – BellinghamWhatcom Writers and Publishers – 5:30pm – at Brandywine Kitchen

first Thursday – Pendleton Center for the Arts First Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm

first and third Thursdays – Bellingham – VB Writes Poetry I – 5:30pm – at Village Books, Fairhaven

second Thursday – Seattle (Ballard)It’s About Time Writers Reading Series, featured readers, open mic, presentation on the writer’s craft – 6:00pm – at Ballard Branch of The Seattle Public Library

second Thursday – SeattleAfrican American Writers Alliance (see website for additional dates and locations) – 7:00pm – at Third Place Books, Seward Park

second Thursday (with occasional exceptions) – Haiku Northwest

second Thursday – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic with featured reader – signup 6:30pm – at Angst Gallery

third Thursday – Pendleton, OR – First Draft Writers’ Series: feature plus open mic – 7:00pm

third Thursday – RedmondSoulFood Poetry Night, with featured reader and open mic – 7:00pm – at SoulFood Coffee House

last Friday – RedmondRASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword, open mic plus feature – signup 6:30pm, reading 7:00pm – online

first Saturday – BellinghamRed Wheelbarrow Writers: Writers’ Happy Hour – 4:00pm – on Zoom

second and fourth Saturdays – Lynden – VB Writes Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – at Village Books, Lynden

last Saturday, September through May – River Road Reading Series – 4:30pm

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

2 – Seattle – Hugo Lit Series | Unearthing: Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Matthew Olzmann, Arianne True, Zoser Dunbar – 7:00pm

2 – Seattle & online – Patti Smith – 7:30pm

3 – Seattle – A poetry reading and book signing by Katy E. Ellis amd Sati Mookherjee – 3:00pm

3 – Bellingham – Red Wheelbarrow Writers Collective Novel Reading – 4:00pm

6 – online – Poetry with Alice Derry, Tess Gallagher, Gary Copeland Lilley, and Kathryn Hunt – 6:00pm

7 – Bellingham – Youth Peace Poetry Reading – 6:00pm

7 – Seattle – Jenny Liou and Shin Yu Pai – 7:00pm

8 – Salem, OR – Salem Poetry Project Featuring Rachel Barton – 7:00pm

8 – Seattle – Eileen Myles with Rae Armantrout, Rebecca Brown, and Matthew Stadler – 7:00pm

8 – Vancouver – Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring Sam Preminger – 7:00pm

8 – Bellingham – Poetry at the Honey Moon with Kevin Murphy and Leslie Wharton – 8:00pm

10 – online – The Poetry Box LIVE Book Launch Celebration for The Poeming Pigeon–Part 2 – 4:00pm

15 – Salem, OR – Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jan Taylor – 7:00pm

22 – Salem, OR – Salem Poetry Project Featuring Favorite Holiday Poems – 7:00pm

January

2 – BIRTHDAYJimmy Santiago Baca

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

17 – BIRTHDAYWilliam Stafford

17 – Seattle & online – Jenny Xie – 7:30pm

20 – BIRTHDAYErnesto Cardenal, Edward Hirsch, Bruce Beasley

22 – BIRTHDAYLuther Allen

31 – BIRTHDAYAlbert Goldbarth

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

1 – BIRTHDAYJoannie Stangeland

4 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth Vignali

6 – BIRTHDAYRena Priest

9 – Seattle & online – Reginald Dwayne Betts – 7:30pm

15-19 – Birmingham, England – VERVE Poetry Festival

19 – BIRTHDAYRick Barot

19 – Lynden – Whatcom WRITES group reading – 2:00pm

25 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth J. Colen

26 – Bellingham – Whatcom WRITES group reading – 2:00pm

27 – BIRTHDAYOliver de la Paz

March

1-31 – Whatcom County – Submissions open for Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

1 – BIRTHDAYBrenda Miller

2 – Seattle & online – Kate Baer – 7:30pm

5 – BIRTHDAYLeslie Marmon Silko

8-11 – Seattle – AWP Conference

11 – Poetry Out Loud Washington State finals

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

April

1-30National Poetry Month U.S., National Poetry Month Canada, and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

7 – everywhere – Poet in a Cupcake Day (yep, it’s a thing)

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

14 – BIRTHDAYJericho Brown

16 – BIRTHDAYTracy K. Smith

20 – Portland, OR – Portland Arts & Lectures presents Ada Limón – 7:00pm

20-23 – McAllen, TX – Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival

23 – BIRTHDAYSColeman Barks, Halldór Laxness

25 – BIRTHDAYSTed Kooser, James Fenton

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

28 – Seattle – Hugo Lit Series | Second Chances: Danez Smith, Rachel Khong, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Zan Fiskum – 7:00pm

29 – BIRTHDAYSC.P. Cavafy, Yusef Komunyakaa

30 – EverywherePoem in Your Pocket Day

May

2 – BIRTHDAY – Rob Lewis

8 – BIRTHDAYS – Nora Marks Keixwnéi Dauenhauer, Phillis Wheatley

8-10 – Poetry Out Loud National Finals

9 – BIRTHDAYSCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson, Joy Harjo

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

14 – BIRTHDAYSElizabeth Austen, Lea Galanter

24 – BIRTHDAYSTom Phillips; Lorna Crozier

30 – BIRTHDAYCountee Cullen

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman

June

2 – Seattle – Hugo Lit Series | Conversion: Jos Charles, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Putsata Reang, Lucia Flores-Wiseman – 7:00pm

3 – BIRTHDAYAllen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997); Kat Smith (b. June 3, 1977)

5 – BIRTHDAYSFederico García Lorca (June 5, 1898 – August 18, 1936), David Wagoner (June 5, 1926 – December 18, 2021)

7 – BIRTHDAYSGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

16 – Ireland & elsewhereBloomsday

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

28 – July 2 – Cincinnati, OH – Haiku North America

July

2 – BIRTHDAYSWisława Szymborska, Carolyne Wright, Lee Maracle

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

16-22 – Port Townsend – Port Townsend Writers Conference

19 – BIRTHDAY – Alice Dunbar Nelson

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio

August

1-31Poetry Postcard Fest

1-31 – The Sealey Challenge

2 – BIRTHDAYJames Baldwin

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

5 – BIRTHDAYSWendell Berry, Ron Silliman; José Garcia Villa

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

September

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin, Michael Schmeltzer

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino, Susan J. Erickson

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

1-30 – everywhere – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

December

6 Responses to “CALENDAR”

  1. ML Says:

    Hi: I’m with the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. How do we submit events to your calendar? Thanks!

  2. Christina Butcher Says:

    Hi, I would love to submit a few events on behalf of Creative Colloquy, a literary journal based out of Tacoma, WA. Is it possible to get our Creative Colloquy call for submissions and upcoming events added?

    • jik Says:

      Be delighted to include Creative Colloquy — and have in the past when I’ve happened across your events. Please check your email. I’ve sent you a note with details. Thanks!


  3. 2nd Fridays every month in Tacoma…
    Puget Sound Poetry Connection – Distinguished Writer Series.
    New location, quieter, roomier, plenty of parking, easy to find.
    We’re at http://www.pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org with links on the pages to Instagram, Twitter, FaceBook & driving directions. Plus we have monthly themed open mic contests with prizes!


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