A selection of poetry (and occasionally other literary) events going on in the Cascadia region (primarily Washington state) 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. To 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 Bellinghampoetrynight featured poet and open mic (venue change starting April 2018; check Facebook for latest information)

Mondays in EverettPoetry Laboratory open mic at Black Lab Art Gallery

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

Mondays in Vancouver, BCVancouver Poetry Slam (VanSlam) feature plus open mic at Café Deux Soleils; more on Facebook

Tuesdays in SeattleSeattle Poetry Slam presents a featured poet plus open mic and slam at Re-bar

Wednesdays in Bellingham – Acoustic Wednesdays with host JD Falcon Grady featuring local artists and poets – 6:30pm at Greene’s Corner

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

Wednesdays in SeattleRain City Slam: all-ages spoken word open mic, featured poet and poetry slam at Jai Thai on Broadway

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

Wednesdays in VaughnWatermark Writers’ Workshop – on the waterfront

Thursdays in EverettEverett Poetry Night: poetry and acoustic music at Café Zippy

Thursdays in Olympia – the Old Growth Poetry Collective presents the Olympia People’s Mic with featured reader and open mic – at Ben Moore’s Restaurant

Thursdays in Salem, ORThe Salem Poetry Project presents a featured reader followed by open mic – 7:00pm – at Barrel & Keg

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

2018

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

15-21 – everywhere

20 – Port TownsendA Fierce Language: Falling in Love with Poetry – 7:00pm – at Port Townsend Library, Carnegie reading room

20 – SeattleReading with Eric Baus, Noah Eli Gordon & Andrea Rexilius – 7:00pm – at Open Books

21 – Bellingham

SpeakEasy 21 features poets Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest – 7:00pm – at the Mount Baker Theatre

21 – Eugene, ORPoetry for the People’s 3rd Saturday Reading Series featuring Kelly Terwilliger and Michael Schein plus open mic – 5:00pm – at Tsunami Books

21 – Port TownsendAn Evening with Carolyne Wright and Holly J. Hughes – 7:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

21 – Portland, ORThe People’s Poets (Open Mic) – 6:00pm – at Woodlawn MIC

22 – Eugene, ORRiver Road Reading Series presents Keli Osborn, Jeff Staiger, and Emmett Wheatfall – 4:30pm – at the River Road Park Annex

22 – Portland, OR – Poets Shayla Lawson, Dan Kaplan, and Stacey Tran read from new collections – 4:00pm – at Powell’s City of Books

22 – SeattlePoetry y traducción: A Bilingual Reading with Eugenia Toledo & Francisco Aragón – 5:00pm – at Open Books

23 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

23 – SeattleEasy Speak Open Mike features Kelli Russell Agodon – 8:00pm – at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

24 – Bellingham – Reading by Julian Talamantez Brolaski – 6:00pm – at WWU, Viking Union 565

25 – BellinghamThe Write Riot Poetry Slam – 7:00pm – in the Colophon Café

25 – Corvallis, ORAuthor Event with poet Julia Fehrenbacher – 7:00pm – at Grass Roots Books & Music

25 – SeattleNational Poetry Month at Seattle Children’s – Noon – at Seattle Children’s — Ocean Cafeteria

25 – SeattleShankar Narayan: Postcards from the New World Chapbook Launch – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

25 – Washington, DCPoetry Out Loud National Finals – 7:00pm – aat the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University

26 – Portland, ORPoetry Night with Julene T Weaver, Penelope Scambly Schott, and Christopher Luna – 7:00pm – at Another Read Through

27 – Anacortes – Reading featuring Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

27 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Rachel McKibbens, Benjamin Alire Sáenz & Javier Zamora – 7:30pm – McCaw Hall, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

28 – everywhereIndependent Bookstore Day; check local indie bookstores for author appearances, book signings, discounts, etc.

28 – BellinghamNaomi Shihab Nye delivers the Arbuthnot Honor Lecture – 7:00pm – at Western Washington University

28 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Village Books Lynden

28-29 – TacomaWayzgoose, a community letterpress and book arts extravaganza – 11:00am to 4:00pm

29 – BellinghamChristine Kendall reads poetry from Resting in the Familiar – 4:00pm – at Village Books

29 – Portland, ORPoetry Reading by Street Roots Vendors – 2:00pm – at U.S. Bank Room, Central Library

29 – Portland, OR – Poets Anis Mojgani, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, and Derrick C. Brown read from new collections – 7:30pm – at Powell’s City of Books

30 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

30 – BellinghamPoets Anis Mojgani, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, and Derrick C. Brown read from new collections – 7:30pm – at the Sylvia Center

May

1 – BellinghamPeggy Shumaker reads from Cairn and Maurya Simon reads from The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016 – 7:00pm – at Village Books

2 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

3 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books

4 – SeattleReading with Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon – 7:00pm – at Open Books

5 – SeattleReading with Lisa Dordal & Carolyne Wright – 7:00pm – at Open Books

6 – SeattlePoetry in Conversation: Kate Greenstreet’s The End of Something moderated by Rae Armantrout – 10:00am – at Open Books

7 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents Devon Balwit, Margaret Chula, Pattie Palmer-Baker – 6:00pm – at Northwest Library

8 – Corvallis, ORPoems of Transformation and Renewal with Janice Rubin and Leah Stenson – 7:00pm – at Grass Roots Books and Music

8 – Portland, ORPortland Arts & Lectures presents Viet Thanh Nguyen – 7:30pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

9 – BIRTHDAYCharles Simic

9 – BellinghamWhatcom Writers & Publishers dinner meeting – 5:30pm – at Nicki’s Bella Marina

9 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater – 7:00pm – at Lovitt’s Restaurant Atrium

9 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Lex Runciman – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

10 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring Leah Stenson – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

12 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Village Books Lynden

14 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

14 – Portland, ORPenelope Scambly Schott reads from her latest collection of poetry, House of the Cardamom Seed – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

14 – SeattleEasy Speak Open Mike features Holly Hughes – 8:00pm – at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

15 – AnacortesSam Hamill reads work for the last time with Shakuhachi Master Christopher Yohmei Blasdel – 7:00pm – at Depot Arts Center

15 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku Meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books

16 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

17 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books

17 – Bellingham – Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony – Bellingham Cruise Terminal

17 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

17 – RedmondSoulFood Poetry Night featuring the Olympia Poetry Network – 7:00pm – at SoulFood CoffeeHouse and Fair Trade Emporium

17 – SeattleCopper Canyon Press presents a Poetry Reading with Ocean Vuong – 7:00pm – at Canvas Event Space

17-20 – La Conner

10th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival

19 – Eugene, ORPoetry for the People’s 3rd Saturday Reading Series with featured poets plus open mic – 5:00pm – at Tsunami Books

20 – BellevueThe 3rd Annual Erotic Poetry Slam – 7:00pm – at Parlor Billiards & Ultralounge Nightclub

20 – Oak HarborOak Harbor Poetry Project presents The Incredible Poet Chris Jarmick – 3:00pm – at Oak Harbor Library

21 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Aimee Nezhukumatathil – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

24 – BellinghamKai Carlson-Wee and Kristiana Kahakauwila, Rail and This Is Paradise: Stories – 7:00pm – at Village Books

25 – Anacortes – Reading featuring Bob Rose and Rachel Rose – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

26 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Village Books Lynden

28 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

28 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

June

4 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry: open mic followed by Oregon poets reading from their works – 6:00pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Meeting Room

7 – BellinghamHarvey Schwartz reads poems from his new collection, Hampden Road – 7:00pm – at Village Books

13 – BellinghamWhatcom Writers & Publishers dinner meeting – 5:30pm – at Nicki’s Bella Marina

13 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater – 7:00pm – at Lovitt’s Restaurant Atrium

13 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Judith Arcana – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

14 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

14-17 – Toronto, ONCanadian Writers’ Summit

16 – Eugene, ORPoetry for the People’s 3rd Saturday Reading Series with featured poets plus open mic – 5:00pm – at Tsunami Books

19 – Bellingham – Poet Shannon Laws hosts a Honeymoon poetry OPEN MIC followed by her “You Love Me, You Love Me Not” beat poetry program – 8:30pm – at Honey Moon

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

21 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

22-23 – Bellingham – 8th Annual Chuckanut Writers Conference

22 – SeattleReading with Alexandra Mattraw & Amber Nelson – 7:00pm – at Open Books

25 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

26 – SeattleEasy Speak Open Mike features Susan Landgraf – 8:00pm – at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

27 – Eugene, ORRiver Road Reading Series – 4:30pm – at the River Road Park Annex

July

2 – BIRTHDAYWisława Szymborska

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

11 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater – 7:00pm – at Lovitt’s Restaurant Atrium

12 – SeattleA Reading & Reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 26: Last Call – 7:00pm – at the Elliott Bay Book Company

12 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

19 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

21 – Eugene, ORPoetry for the People’s 3rd Saturday Reading Series with featured poets plus open mic – 5:00pm – at Tsunami Books

30 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

5 – BIRTHDAYRon Silliman

9 – SeattleWord Works: Ben Lerner – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

16 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

18 – Eugene, ORPoetry for the People’s 3rd Saturday Reading Series with featured poets plus open mic – 5:00pm – at Tsunami Books

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

27 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

September

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

7-9 – La ConnerPoets on the Coast

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin

20 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

21-22 – BellinghamBellingham SeaFeast presents the 3rd Annual FisherPoets on Bellingham Bay

24 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

28-30 – TietonLiTFUSE

29-30 – Eugene, ORThe Oregon Poetry Association Annual Conference 2018 – at the Valley River Inn

October

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino

5-7 – EdmondsWrite on the Sound Writers’ Conference

5-7 – Oceanside, ORPDX Writers Autumn Retreat

18 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

19-21 – Surrey, BC26th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference

21 – SeattleA Reading & Reception for Stealing Light: A Raven Chronicles Anthology – 2:00pm – at Seattle Central Library

26-28 – BellevueEmerald City Writers’ Conference – at Westin Hotel

29 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

November

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

15 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

26 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

January

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

17 – BIRTHDAYWilliam Stafford

20 – BIRTHDAYBruce Beasley

22 – BIRTHDAYLuther Allen

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

1 – BIRTHDAYJoannie Stangeland

4 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth Vignali

6 – BIRTHDAYRena Priest

19 – BIRTHDAYRick Barot

25 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth J. Colen

27 – BIRTHDAYOliver de la Paz

March

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

1-31 – everywhereNational Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo)

1 – BIRTHDAYBrenda Miller

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

26 – BIRTHDAYPatrick Lane

27 – BIRTHDAYDorothea Lasky

27–30, Portland, ORAWP #19 – at the Oregon Convention Center

April

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

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4 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. 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!


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