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

June

17 – Seattle“Power And”: A Roundtable Discussion About Why The Powers That Be, Are (free, but reservations required) – 5:00pm – at Open 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

19 – Port TownsendThird-Tuesday Poetry + Short-Shorts: an evening of 5-minute readings – 6:30pm – at Better Living Through Coffee

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

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

20 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series presents Judith Arcana – 7:00pm – at the Ledding Library Pond House

20 – OmakA Fierce Language: Falling in Love with Poetry – 6:30pm – at Omak Public Library

20 – SeattleWords West Literary series featuring Suzanne Selfors and Dana Claire Simpson – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

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

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

21 – Portland, OR – Summer solstice with poets Dan Raphael, Paul Maziar, and Suzanne Sigafooson – 7:00pm – at Backstory Books

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

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

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

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

25 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

25 – Corvallis, ORWillamette Writers on the River open mic – 6:30pm – at First Presbyterian Church

25 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku meeting – 5:00pm – at King’s 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

27 – SeattleTerrance Hayes reads from his latest collection, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin – 7:00pm – at The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

28 – Manzanita, OR – Book Launch for Bitterbrush by poet Phyllis Mannan – 6:00pm – at Cloud & Leaf Bookstore

29 – SeattleA Storytelling Event Featuring Cave Canem, Kundiman, and CantoMundo Poets – 7:00pm – at Open Books

July

1 – Portland, ORPoetry Reading at Lents Farmers Market – 9:30 – 10:15am – at Lents International Farmers Market

2 – BIRTHDAYWisława Szymborska

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

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

6 – BellinghamSusan Chase-Foster celebrates the launch of her books of poems and photographs, Xie Xie Taipei – 7:00pm – at Village Books

7 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

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

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

13 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

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

14 – Port TownsendWorkshop: PoemLab – techniques for objective revision, with Peter Quinn – 10:00am-4:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

17 – Port TownsendThird-Tuesday Poetry + Short-Shorts: an evening of 5-minute readings – 6:30pm – at Better Living Through Coffee

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

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

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

20 – BellinghamA Poetry Celebration with Egress Studio Press as Jed Myers reads from Between Dream and Flesh – 7:00pm – at Village Books

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

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

23 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku Meeting – 5:00pm – at King’s Books

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

30 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

2 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

3 – SeattleMaster Class: Poetry and the News with Hilary Plum & Zach Savich – 6:30pm – at Open Books

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman

5 – Portland, ORPoetry Reading at Lents Farmers Market – 9:30 – 10:15am – at Lents International Farmers Market

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

10 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

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

21 – Port TownsendThird-Tuesday Poetry + Short-Shorts: an evening of 5-minute readings – 6:30pm – at Better Living Through Coffee

25 – Kent – 5th Annual Poets on the Farm – 1:00-4:00pm – at the Mary Olson Farm

27 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

September

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

6 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

7-9 – La ConnerPoets on the Coast

9 – Portland, ORPoetry Reading at Lents Farmers Market – 9:30 – 10:15am – at Lents International Farmers Market

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin

14 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

18 – Port TownsendThird-Tuesday Poetry + Short-Shorts: an evening of 5-minute readings – 6:30pm – at Better Living Through Coffee

19 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

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 Sean Dwyer – 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

4 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

5 – SeattleHumanities Washington presents the 20th Anniversary of Seattle Bedtime Stories – 6:00pm – in the Spanish Ballroom at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel

5-7 – EdmondsWrite on the Sound Writers’ Conference

5-7 – Oceanside, ORPDX Writers Autumn Retreat

12 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

16 – Port TownsendThird-Tuesday Poetry + Short-Shorts: an evening of 5-minute readings – 6:30pm – at Better Living Through Coffee

17 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

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

19 – Bellingham – SpeakEasy 22 – 7:00pm – at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

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

20 – SeattleNew England Review at 40: An Anniversary Reading – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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 Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

November

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

1 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

9 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

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

21 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

26 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

6 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

14 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

January

2 – BIRTHDAYJimmy Santiago Baca

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

16 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

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

20 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

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

20 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

26 – BIRTHDAYPatrick Lane

27 – BIRTHDAYJulia Álvarez, Dorothea Lasky

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

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

17 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

23 – BIRTHDAYColeman Barks

25 – BIRTHDAYTed Kooser

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

29 – BIRTHDAYYusef Komunyakaa

May

9 – BIRTHDAYCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

15 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman

June

7 – BIRTHDAYGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

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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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