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.

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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 Bellinghampoetrynight featured poet and open mic at the Bellingham Alternative Library

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 SeattleThe Magic Hat – 7:00pm – the basement of The Rendezvous

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

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

Wednesdays in VaughnWatermark Writers’ Workshop – on the waterfront

Thursdays in EdmondsEvery Writer’s Writing Group – 10:00am-Noon – at the Edmonds Library

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

Thursdays in OlympiaCascadia Poetry Group with featured reader and open mic – 6:00pm – at 3 Magnets

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

Saturdays in Portland, ORWordlights poetry hosted by Igor Brezhnev and presented by NovaPDX – signups 5:30pm, show 6:00pm – at The Rocking Frog Cafe

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

first Sunday – Eugene, ORPoetry for the People – 4:00pm – at rye on 3rd

first Sunday (January thru May) – Portland, ORThe Voice of Empathy Sunday Salon Series – 4:00pm – at The Tiny Theater PDX

second Sunday – BellinghamSecond Sundays: Literary Open Mic – 2:30pm – at Make.Shift

second Sunday – Eugene, ORBurnin’ Down the Barnes feature plus open mic – 3:00pm – at Barnes & Noble Bookstore

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

first Monday – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry Series – 6:00pm – at Northwest Library

first and third Mondays – SeattleSH*T GOLD Open Mic Performance Night – 8:00pm – at Velocity Dance Studio

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

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

third Monday – TacomaCreative Colloquy presents featured readers plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Honey at Alma Mater

fourth Monday – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku – 5:00pm – at King’s Books

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

third Tuesday – Eugene, ORWindfall Reading Series – 6:00pm – at Downtown Eugene Public Library

third Tuesday – Port TownsendPoetry & Short-Shorts: An evening of 5-Minute Readings – signups 6:30pm – at Better Living Through Coffee

last Tuesday – VancouverLast Tuesdays poetry group with feature plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Barnes and Noble bookstore

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

first Wednesday – SeattleAssembly Literary Open Mic – 7:30pm – at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar

second Wednesday – BellinghamWhatcom Writers and Publishers – 5:45pm – at Nicki’s Bella Marina

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

second Wednesday – Portland, ORComma Reading Series, featured poets – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

second Wednesday – Tillamook, ORMonthly Writers Meet-up – 6:00pm – at Art Accelerated

third Wednesday – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm, readings 6:30pm – at South Whatcom Library

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

third Wednesday – SeattleWord Chaser – 7:00pm – at Cafe Racer

fourth Wednesday – ChimacumFinnriver Open Mic Spoken Word – signups 6:00pm – at Finnriver Farm & Cidery

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

third Thursday – OlympiaModern Poetry Book Club – 7:00pm – at Browsers Bookshop

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

fourth Thursday – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents readings by local and guest authors, featuring both poets and prose writers (check calendar for additional events) – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

first Friday – Portland, ORFridays on the Boulevard open mic – 7:00pm – at the Attic Institute

second Friday – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection (PSPC) Distinguished Writer Series with feature plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

last Friday – RedmondRASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword, open mic plus feature – signup 6:30pm, reading 7:00pm – at Los Pajaros Studio Gallery

first Saturday – BellinghamRed Wheelbarrow Writers: Writers’ Happy Hour – 4:00pm – at Brandywine Restaurant

first Saturday – PoulsboArmchair Poetry Reading – 7:00pm – at Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse

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

second Saturday – BellinghamHaiku Komo Kulshan (may be listed as Haiku Sudden Valley) drop-in writing group on Japanese-form poetry – 1:00-3:00pm – at South Whatcom Library

second Saturday – Ocean ShoresThe Lighthouse Poetry Society of Ocean Shores – 5:00pm – at The Lighthouse

third Saturday – KirklandPoetry workshop and reading – at BookTree


1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

10 – onlineThe Whiting Foundation Presents Aria Aber, Diannely Antigua, Jake Skeets & Genya Turovskaya – 4:00pm

13 – onlineGhost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring Maw Shein Win – 7:00pm

16 – Oak HarborCANCELLEDOHPP – Oak Harbor Poetry Project presents Emily Paige Wilson – 3:00pm – at Oak Harbor Library

19 – online – Terrain.org presents Dear America Virtual Town Hall and Reading – 5:00pm

19 – on Zoomvirtual poetry reading featuring Yvonne Blomer and Sarah de Leeuw plus Jenna Butler and Tanis MacDonald – 7:30pm

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

20 – onlineSoulFood Poetry Night features MFA Poets from University of Washington Bothell: Scott Bentley, Greg Buck, Annika Bunney, and Cliff Watson – 7:00pm

20 – onlineAnnie Bloom’s Streaming Event FEATURING Rebecca Smolen, Christopher Luna, and Joann Boswell – 7:00pm

24 – on ZoomEasy Speak Open Mic and Theresa Whitehill – 7:30pm

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

29 – everywhereIndependent Bookstore Day (rescheduled from April)


4-6 – BellinghamRESCHEDULED from April Chanticleer Authors Conference 2020 – at Hotel Bellwether

4 – SeattleSeattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Mayor’s Arts Awards – at Seattle Center

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

5 – everywhereModern and Contemporary American Poetry 2020 (ModPo) begins

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

10 – onlineLivestream Poetry Reading: Megan Alpert, Amelia Diaz Ettinger, Jennifer Perrine – 7:00pm

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin

15 – everywhereBellingham Review is open for submissions from September 15th through December 1st

20 – Oak HarborOHPP – Oak Harbor Poetry Project presents Mark Simpson – 3:00pm – at Oak Harbor Library

23 – online – Terrain.org presents Dear America Virtual Town Hall and Reading – 5:00pm

25-27 – TietonLiTFUSE

29-Oct 2 – onlinePacific Northwest Booksellers Association 2020 virtual tradeshow

30-Oct 4 – onlineVictoria Festival of Authors


1-4 – La ConnerSkagit River Poetry Festival

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino, Susan J. Erickson

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

18 – Oak HarborOHPP – Oak Harbor Poetry Project featuring Tara Hardy – 3:00pm – at Oak Harbor Library

21 – online – Terrain.org presents Dear America Virtual Town Hall and Reading – 5:00pm

22 – Bellingham – (rescheduled from May) Awards ceremony: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – 7:00pm – Bellingham Cruise Terminal

29 – Nov 1 – SeabeckSeabeck Haiku Getaway – at the Seabeck Conference Center

30 – RedmondRESCHEDULED from March RASP presents featured poet Daniel Edward Moore plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Centro Cultural Mexicano


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

1 – Portland, ORLilla Lit reading series – 4:00pm – at Leach Botanical Garden

6-8 – BainbridgePoetry in the Woods (rescheduled from March) – at IslandWood


2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green


2 – BIRTHDAYJimmy Santiago Baca

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

17 – BIRTHDAYWilliam Stafford

18-23 – online17th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

20 – BIRTHDAYErnesto Cardenal, Edward Hirsch, Bruce Beasley

22 – BIRTHDAYLuther Allen

31 – BIRTHDAYAlbert Goldbarth


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


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

1 – BIRTHDAYBrenda Miller

4 – U.S.National Grammar Day

5 – BIRTHDAYLeslie Marmon Silko

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

21 – everywhereWorld Poetry Day

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

31 – SeattleBagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry features Douglas Kearney – details TBA


1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

14 – BIRTHDAYJericho Brown

16 – BIRTHDAYTracy K. Smith

23 – BIRTHDAYColeman Barks

25 – BIRTHDAYSTed Kooser, James Fenton

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

29 – BIRTHDAYSC.P. Cavafy, Yusef Komunyakaa

30 – EverywherePoem in Your Pocket Day

30 – May 2 – San Juan Island – Cascadia Poetry Festival


9 – BIRTHDAYSCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson, Joy Harjo

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

14 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth Austen, Lea Galanter

24 – BIRTHDAYTom Phillips; Lorna Crozier

30 – BIRTHDAYCountee Cullen

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman


3 – BIRTHDAYAllen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997)

5 – BIRTHDAYFederico García Lorca (June 5, 1898 – August 18, 1936)

7 – BIRTHDAYGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

16 – Ireland & elsewhereBloomsday

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

25-26 – BellinghamChuckanut Writers Conference 2021 – at Whatcom Community College


2 – BIRTHDAYWisława Szymborska

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio


1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

2 – BIRTHDAYJames Baldwin

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman

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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