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

May

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

25 – TacomaPoetry Reading with Kendra Tanacea & Jeannine Hall Gailey – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

25 – Vashon – Sandra Noel reads from her new chapbook, Into the Green – 6:00pm – at Vashon Bookshop

26 – SeattleReading with Robert Lashley & Gary Copeland Lilley – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

30 – Victoria, BCBook Launch: Lorna Crozier and Rhonda Ganz – 7:30pm – at Munro’s Books

June

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

3 – SeattleHaiku Northwest Annual Meeting – 10:00am – 5:00pm – at Discovery Park

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

5 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents featured poets plus open mic – 5:45pm – at Northwest Library

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

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

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

10 – KirklandKirkland celebrates the 6th annual Bloomsday – 11:00am – 2:00pm – at BookTree

10 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Waples Room at the Inn at Lynden

11 – Portland, OR – Judy Rowe Michaels and Dr. Lois Leveen discuss Cancer’s Real Toads: Using Poetry to Reflect on the Hardest Things – 2:00pm – at American Cancer Society

11 – Portland, ORThe Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic with Judy Rowe Michaels and Elizabeth Woody – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

11 – Tacomacelebrate the release of Brendan McBreen’s first book of poetry, Cosmic Egg – 1:00pm – at King’s Books

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

14 – BellinghamWhatcom Writers and Publishers monthly dinner meeting with speaker – 5:30pm – at Nicki’s Bella Marina

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

14 – Portland, ORMountain Writers presents a Book Launch & Reading featuring Christopher Howell & Joseph Millar – check website for details

14 – Victoria, BCBook Launch: Yvonne Blomer & Karen Enns – 7:30pm – at Munro’s Books

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

15 – Portland, ORThird-Thursday COMMA Reading Series – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

15 – SeattleWriters & Poets of Washington State Group Reading with Gary Copeland Lilley, Ann Tweedy, Sharma Shields & Erin Pringle – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

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

21 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community Center

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

21 – Portland, OR – Third-Thursday Comma series presents voices from different literary genres – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

21 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

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

23 – LyndenDaniel Edward Moore, Confessions of a Pentcostal Buddhist – 6:00pm – at Village Books

24 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Waples Room at the Inn at Lynden

24 – SeattleReading with Kelle Grace Gaddis & Tammy Robacker – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

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

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

15 – RedmondPoets in the Park 2017 – 11:00am-6:00pm – at Anderson Park

16 – Portland, ORJohn Brehm reads from his newest anthology, The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy – 3:00pm – at Lan Su Chinese Garden

19 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community 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 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

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

20 – Portland, ORThird-Thursday COMMA Reading Series – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

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

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

16 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community Center

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

16 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

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

17 – Portland, ORThird-Thursday COMMA Reading Series – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

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 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community Center

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

20 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

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

21 – Portland, ORThird-Thursday COMMA Reading Series – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

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

9 – Bellingham – Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation (details to come) – 7:00pm – at Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

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

13-15 – Portland, OROregon Poetry Association 2017 Conference – at University Place Hotel

18 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community Center

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

18 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

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

26-29 – SeabeckSeabeck Haiku Getaway – at Seabeck Conference Center

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 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community Center

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

15 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

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 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community Center

20 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

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

2018

January

17 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community Center

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

15 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series presents Ruby Hansen Murray – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts

21 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community Center

March

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

1-31 – everywhereNational Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo)

21 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at Creekside Cafe in the Sudden Valley Community Center

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

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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