A selection of poetry (and occasionally other literary) events going on in the Cascadia region (Washington state 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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 NEW LOCATION: The Happy Place, 1215 Cornwall, across from the Leopold

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

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 – Bellingham – VB Writes Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – at Village Books, Lynden

third Saturday – KirklandPoetry workshop and reading – at BookTree

August

22 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Art Port Townsend Ekphrastic Evening – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

23 – SeattleJed Myers, Tina Schumann & Heidi Seaborn – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

24 – ConcreteThe Poetic Apothecary: Poems for Healing and Comfort – 3:00pm – at Upper Skagit Library

25 – Walla WallaJoshua Lew McDermott and Dennis Held read their poetry – 6:30pm – at Grandma’s Kitchen

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

29 – Portland, OR – Launch and reading for Cirque 19 – 7:00pm – at Central Lutheran Church

30 – Bellingham – Launch and reading for Holy Ghost Town by Tim Sherry and Cirque 19 – 7:00pm – at Our Savior’s Lutheran

30 – RedmondRedmond Association of Spokenword presents Jack Straw Writers: Dianne Aprile, Josh Axelrad, and Michael Schmeltzer – 7:00pm – at Los Pajaros Studio Gallery

September

1 – everywhereClackamas Literary Review open for submissions through December 31

1 – everywhereWillow Springs open for submissions through May 31

1 – BellinghamSummer Sunday poetry reading at the book box featuring open mic followed by a potluck – 5:00pm – at 1507 Larrabee

1-30 – Whatcom CountyWhatcom Memoir Writing Month (WhaMemWriMo)

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

6-8 – La ConnerPoets on the Coast 2019

8 – BellinghamRebecca Mabanglo-Mayor reads from her new book, Dancing Between Bamboo Poles – 4:00pm – at Village Books

9 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry – 6:00pm – at Multnomah County Library

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin

11 – SeattlePoetry in Translation – Fiestas Patrias – 6:30pm – at Northwest Film Forum

12 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Judith Adams & Sierra Golden – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

12-15 – SeaTacPacific Northwest Writers Association Conference – at DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel

14 – SeattleChildren of Grass: B.A. Van Sise’s Portrait of American Poetry – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

14-15 – Kalispell, MT29th Flathead River Writers Conference

14-15 – Salem, ORFall 2019 Oregon Poetry Association Conference

15 – everywhereBellingham Review open for submissions through December 1

15 – everywhereCrab Creek Review Literary Journal open for submissions through November 15

15 – everywhereCutBank, The Literary Journal of the University of Montana open for submissions through February 1

15 – everywherePoetry Northwest open for submissions through January 15

19 – SeattleSAL Presents: Naomi Shihab Nye – 7:30pm – at Town Hall Seattle

19-22 – Bothell&Now Festival of Innovative Writing – at the University of Washington, Bothell Campus

20 – SeattleBook Launch Reading: Tina Schumann’s Praising the Paradox with Jill McCabe Johnson – 7:00pm – at Open Books

21 – SeattleReading with Francesca Bell & Brian Laidlaw – 7:00pm – at Open Books

21-22 – BellinghamBellingham SeaFeast

22-28 – EverywhereBanned Books Week

24-29 – Vancouver, BCWord Vancouver

25 – Portland, ORMargaret Atwood in conversation with Omar El Akkad – 7:30pm – at Keller Auditorium

26 – BellinghamDavid Guterson, Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest – 7:00pm – at Village Books

27 – Anacortes – Pelican Bay Poetry Reading Series presents LORRAINE HEALEY & JANE ALYNN – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

27-29 – TietonLiTFUSE

SeaChildBookFest2019

28 – SeattleSeattle Children’s Book Festival – 11:00am-3:00pm – at the Greenwood Elementary School

28 – Vancouver – Book Launch for Stella Jeng Guillory’s An Advancing Glacier – 6:00pm – at Angst Gallery

29 – BellinghamJohn Balaban, Empires – 4:00pm – at Village Books

October

1 – everywhereCALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women open for submissions through December 31

2 – SeattleReading with James Arthur, Adèle Barclay, Keetje Kuipers & Ed Skoog – 7:00pm – at Open Books

3 – UKNational Poetry Day

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino, Susan J. Erickson

4-6 – EdmondsWrite on the Sound Writers’ Conference

5 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 26: Reading Bertolino, an evening of poetry written and inspired by Jim Bertolino – 7:00pm – at Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room

7 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry – 6:00pm – at Multnomah County Library

8 – everywhereHomology Lit open for submissions through November 30

10 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Cheryl Merrill – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

12 – SeattleWashington State Book Awards celebration – 7:00pm – Central Library

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

16 – Bellingham – Oliver de la Paz reads from his latest collection – 7:00pm – at Village Books

17 – SeattleSeattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series: Richard Kenney 7:30pm – at Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Performance Hall

18-20 – BellevueEmerald City Writers’ Conference

20 – BellinghamVictoria Doerper reads from her new collection, What If We All Bloomed? – 4:00pm – at Village Books

21-27 – Vancouver, BCVancouver Writers Fest – at various venues, Granville Island

23 – SeattleSeattle Arts & Lectures: Hanif Abdurraqib – 7:30 pm – at Town Hall Seattle

24-27 – SeabeckSeabeck Haiku Getaway with theme “attention” – at Seabeck Conference Center

25 – Anacortes – Pelican Bay Poetry Reading Series presents TESS GALLAGHER & ALICE DERRY – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

25 – SeattleReading with Scott Cairns – 7:00pm – at Open Books

25-27 – Surrey, BCSurrey International Writers’ Conference

26 – Bellingham – Sue Boynton Poetry Contest Autumn Workshops, details to come – at Mindport Exhibits

31 – Nov 3 – Port OrchardNorthwest Writers’ Weekend

November

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

1 – everywhereFloating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition open for submissions through March 15

1 – everywhereWindfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place open for submissions through February 1

1 – SeattleReading with Scott Cairns – 7:00pm – at Open Books

2 – Lummi IslandTLC Writing Workshop

4-10 – Kauai, HIThe Kauai Writers Conference

7 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents A Collaborative Reading with Sheila Bender, Gayle Kaune, Sharon Carter, Linda Robertson & Holly Hughes – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

9 – Portland, ORPortland Book Festival – at the Portland Art Museum

9 – Van ZandtAnnual Poetry Cafe – 7:00pm – at Van Zandt Hall

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

21 – SeattleSeattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series: Mary Ruefle 7:30pm – at Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Performance Hall

29 – Anacortes – Pelican Bay Poetry Reading Series presents Robert Sund Poets House – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

December

1 – everywhereThe Poeming Pigeon open for submissions for Issue 10, Pop Culture, through January 31

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

7 – Bellingham – Sue Boynton Poetry Contest Autumn Workshops, details to come – at Mindport Exhibits

27 – Anacortes – Pelican Bay Poetry Reading Series presents Young Skagit Poets – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

January

1-31 – everywherePsaltery & Lyre open for submissions

2 – BIRTHDAYJimmy Santiago Baca

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

9-19 – Seaside, ORPacific University Residency Writers Conference

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

17 – BIRTHDAYWilliam Stafford

20 – BIRTHDAYBruce Beasley

22 – BIRTHDAYLuther Allen

31 – Anacortes – Pelican Bay Poetry Reading Series presents ED HARKNESS & DONALD KRUSE – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

1 – BIRTHDAYJoannie Stangeland

4 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth Vignali

6 – BIRTHDAYRena Priest

6 – SeattleSeattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series: Paisley Rekdal 7:30pm – at Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Performance Hall

19 – BIRTHDAYRick Barot

25 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth J. Colen

27 – BIRTHDAYOliver de la Paz

28 – Anacortes – Pelican Bay Poetry Reading Series presents Luther Allen and Judy Kleinberg – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

28 – Mar 1 – Astoria, ORFisherPoets Gathering

March

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

1 – BIRTHDAYBrenda Miller

4 – U.S.National Grammar Day

4-7 – San Antonio, TXAWP Conference & Bookfair 2020 – at Henry B. González Convention Center

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

19 – SeattleSeattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series: Rick Barot 7:30pm – at Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Performance Hall

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

27 – Anacortes – Pelican Bay Poetry Reading Series presents JUDITH ROCHE & ART GOODTIMES – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

14 – BIRTHDAYJericho Brown

16 – BIRTHDAYTracy K. Smith

23 – BIRTHDAYColeman Barks

24 – Anacortes – Pelican Bay Poetry Reading Series presents JIM BODEEN & JOSEPH STROUD – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

25 – BIRTHDAYTed Kooser, James Fenton

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

29 – BIRTHDAYYusef Komunyakaa

May

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

1 – everywhereWindfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place open for submissions through August 1

7 – SeattleSeattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series: Natalie Diaz 7:30pm – at Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Performance Hall

9 – BIRTHDAYCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson, Joy Harjo

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

14 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth Austen, Lea Galanter

24 – BIRTHDAYTom Phillips

29 – Anacortes – Pelican Bay Poetry Reading Series presents JIM BERTOLINO & JOHN DELANEY – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

30 – SeattleSeattle Baroque Soloists present “For All Our Sisters” including poetry by Jennifer Bullis – 7:30pm – at Benaroya Hall

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman

June

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

July

2 – BIRTHDAYWisława Szymborska

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

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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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