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, description, venue, link for more information.

For additional listings in the region, please visit these reliable (i.e., frequently updated) lists:
PoetsWest ~ Live Poetry Venues
Village Books, Bellingham ~ offers a variety of writing groups and writers’ workshops and classes (in collaboration with Chuckanut Writers) each month

Every Week

Mondays in Bellinghampoetrynight featured poet and open mic

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 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

2017

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

1-28 – everywherePeace Poetry Postcard Month

24 – RedmondRASP: Redmond Association of Spoken Word presents featured Kate Walton, storyteller, plus open mic – at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center

24-26 – Silverton, ORThe Silverton Poetry Festival – various venues

25 – Bellingham – 14th Annual Children’s Literature Conference – 9:00am – 3:30pm – at WWU Performing Arts Center

25 – BellinghamWhatcom Writes group reading – 4:00pm – at Village Books

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

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

27 – BellinghamOpen mic with Laurel Leigh – 7:00pm – at Village Books

28 – Seattle – Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Ellen Bass – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall

March

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

1-31 – everywhereNational Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo)

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

1 – SeattleContagious Exchanges: Sarah Dowling and Imani Sims – 7:00pm – at at Hugo House

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

3 – Bellingham – Poet, fiction writer and founding editor of StringTown Press, Polly Buckingham discusses her new short story collection, The Expense of a View – 7:00pm – at Village Books

3 – Eugene, OR2017 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium: featuring Ayana Mathis – see link for times/venues

3 – SeattleBook Launch for Christopher Howell’s latest collection, Love’s Last Number – 7:00pm – at Open Books

4 – BellinghamChristopher Howell reads from his latest collection, Love’s Last Number: Poems – 7:00pm – at Village Books

4 – SeattleReading with Rosalie Moffett, Keetje Kuipers, and Elyse Fenton – 7:00pm – at Open Books

5 – SeattlePoetry in Conversation: A discussion on Yannis Ritsos’s Diaries of Exile, moderated by Bill Carty – 4:30pm – at Open Books

6 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

6 – PortlandFree Range Poetry presents open mic plus featured readers – 6:30pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Reading Room

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

8 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

8 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Jennifer Richter – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

8 – Seattle – Morgan Parker reads from There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé – 7:00pm – at Fred Wildlife Refuge

8 – TacomaPoetry Book Club – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

9 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with FLOATING BRIDGE PRESS: Kate Peterson, Arlene Naganawa, and Lydia Swartz – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

9 – SeattleIt’s About Time Writers Reading Series (every second Thursday) with featured readers – 6:00pm – at the Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

9 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Sam Roxas-Chua – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

10 – SeattleBook Launch for Kevin Craft’s latest collection, Vagrants & Accidentals – 8:00pm – at Open Books

10 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with Michael Spence – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

11 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

11 – SeattleChapbook Launch for Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s Arab in Newsland, winner of the Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize, chosen by January Gill O’Neil – 7:00pm – at Open Books

11 – SpokaneLiTFUSE @ 10 Anthology, Poets Unite! book release reading – 6:00pm – at Auntie’s Bookstore

12 – Portland, OR – Poetry Reading and Open Mic, held on second Sundays – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

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

13 – SeattleEasy Speak Wedgwood presents a featured poet plus open mic – open mic at 8 (signup prior), featured performer around 8:40 – at Wedgwood Ale House

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

15 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

15 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

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

16 – Mount Vernon – Skagit River Poetry Foundation presents a literary St. Paddy’s Eve with Dublin poet Tony Curtis, storyteller Will Hornyak, Irish fiddler Dale Russ, and guitarist Jan Peters – 7:30pm – at the Lincoln Theatre

17 – SeattleLiTFUSE @ 10 Anthology, Poets Unite! book release reading – 7:00pm – at Open Books

23 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with Bill Porter, book reading and slide show – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

25 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

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

27 – BellinghamOpen mic with Laurel Leigh – 7:00pm – at Village Books

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

3 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

3 – PortlandFree Range Poetry presents open mic plus featured readers – 6:30pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Reading Room

5 – Seattle – Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Alice Notley – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall

8 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness, Poems of Light – 7:00pm – Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

8 – EllensburgInland Poetry presents “Edna’s Second April,” a poetry prowl – all day – in downtown Ellensburg

10 – SeattleEasy Speak Wedgwood presents featured poet Erin Fristad plus open mic – open mic at 8 (signup prior), featured performer around 8:40 – at Wedgwood Ale House

12 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

12 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Lois Rosen – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

12 – TacomaPoetry Book Club – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

13 – Bellingham – Poet Rick Hermann reads from his new collection, Nooksack: Poems and Prose – 7:00pm – at Village Books

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with TWO SYLVIAS PRESS: Natasha Moni and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

13 – SeattleIt’s About Time Writers Reading Series (every second Thursday) with featured readers – 6:00pm – at the Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

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

14 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

18 – Eugene, OR – Poets Deborah Akers and Darlene Pagán read – 6:00pm – at Eugene Public Library

19 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

19 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

24 – BellinghamOpen mic with Laurel Leigh – 7:00pm – at Village Books

27 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Sibyl James and Judith Roche – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

27 – Portland, ORVerselandia! the annual citywide youth poetry slam – 7:00pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

May

1 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

2 – Seattle – Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Carl Phillips – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall

10 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

10 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Penelope Scambly Schott – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

11 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Richard Lloyd and Tito Titus – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

12 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

17 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

17 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

18 – Bellingham – Sue Boynton Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony – Ferry Terminal

18 – SeattleEat Read Hugo, Hugo House’s annual fundraising dinner and auction – at Palace Ballroom

25 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Claudia Castro Luna and Samar Abulhassan – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

29 – BellinghamOpen mic with Laurel Leigh – 7:00pm – at Village Books

June

5 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

8 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Peter Ludwin and Lisa Schmidt – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

9 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

14 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

14 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Joe Wilkins – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

21 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

21 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

26 – BellinghamOpen mic with Laurel Leigh – 7:00pm – at Village Books

July

3 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

12 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Daniel Moore and Paul S. Nelson – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

19 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

19 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Writers’ Conference Faculty – Dan Chaon and Jourdan Imani Keith – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

19 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

27 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with Jerry Martien – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

5 – everywhereThe Poetry Marathon

7 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

9 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

16 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

16 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

September

8-10 – Cumberland, BCCascadia Poetry Festival

4 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

13 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

20 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

20 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

22-24 – TietonLiTFUSE

30 – everywhere100,000 Poets for Change (also on Facebook)

October

2 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

11 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

12-15 – Tacoma – 5th Annual Cascadia Poetry Festival – various venues

18 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

18 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

November

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

6 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

8 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

15 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

15 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

December

4 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

13 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

20 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

2018

January

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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