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.

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 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

Wednesdays in SeattleWrite Time Poetry, a weekly drop-in writing circle for teens at Hugo House (meets during the school year)

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

Wednesdays in SeattlePoetryBridge LIVE! – email info@poetrybridge.net for weekly Zoom links

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

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

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

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 – Camas – Poetry Open Mic Gathering – doors 6:15pm – at Camas Public Library

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

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

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 The Happy Place

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

third Wednesday – LaGrange, OR – Art Center East Writing Project featured author plus open mic – 6:45pm

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

first Thursday – Pendleton Center for the Arts First Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm

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 (with occasional exceptions) – Haiku Northwest

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

third Thursday – Pendleton, OR – First Draft Writers’ Series: feature plus open mic – 7:00pm

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

last Friday – RedmondRASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword, open mic plus feature – signup 6:30pm, reading 7:00pm – online

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

last Saturday, September through May – River Road Reading Series – 4:30pm

May

28 – online – Brownstone Poets: Megha Sood, Juan Pablo Mobili, Carolyne Wright – 11:00am

30 – BIRTHDAYCountee Cullen

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman

June

2 – Tacoma – Reading and Reception with Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest – Noon

2 – online – What The Universe Is: Tommye Blount and Sean Singer – 4:30pm

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

3 – Seattle – Gemini Calling: A Poetry Reading by Woogee Bae – 6:00pm

3 – Seattle – Laureate Duet Featuring Claudia Castro Luna & Rena Priest (& Friends) – 7:00pm

3-5 – Orcas Island – Orcas Island Literary Festival

4 – Bellingham – Kami Westhoff reads from her new book, The Criteria – 7:00pm

5 – BIRTHDAYSFederico García Lorca (June 5, 1898 – August 18, 1936), David Wagoner (June 5, 1926 – December 18, 2021)

5 – online – Poetry Out Loud National Finals – 4:00pm

7 – BIRTHDAYSGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

8 – online – The Milwaukie Poetry Series presents Jennifer Perrine – 6:30pm

9 – online – Reading with Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest – noon

9 – Vancouver – Ghost Town Poetry Guest Poet Jennifer Dorner and open mic – 7:00pm

11 – Tacoma – Poetry Picnic: A Celebration of Poetry and Community – 11:00am-3:00pm

12 – online – Event with the Washington State Poet Laureate – 10:30am

12 – online – Reading with Jeffrey Bean, Chapbook Contest Winner selected and hosted by hosted by Naomi Shihab Nye – 1:00pm

16 – Ireland & elsewhereBloomsday

16 – Portland, OR – Broadway Books presents Brittney Corrigan, Paulann Petersen, and John Sibley Williams – 6:30pm

16 – Seattle – Margin Shift presents Lorna Dee Cervantes, Christopher Siders, and Paul E. Nelson – 7:00pm

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

25 – wherever you are – The Poetry Marathon 2022

25 – Portland, OR – Poetry reading by Lynn Xu, Joshua Edwards, and Stacey Tran – 7:00pm

July

2 – BIRTHDAYSWisława Szymborska, Carolyne Wright, Lee Maracle

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

13 – online – The Milwaukie Poetry Series presents Ann Staley – 6:30pm

14 – Portland, OR – Poetry reading by John Sibley Williams, Emmett Wheatfall, and Kelli Russell Agodon – 7:00pm

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

17-23 – Port Townsend and online – Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers Conference 2022

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio

August

1-31Poetry Postcard Fest

1-31 – The Sealey Challenge

2 – BIRTHDAYJames Baldwin

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman

13 – Portland, OR – Poetry reading by Zack Rogow and Judith Barrington – 7:00pm

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

September

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin, Michael Schmeltzer

22-25 – Freeland – Hedgebrook Writers Conference 2022

23-25 – Tieton – LiTFUSE 2022

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino, Susan J. Erickson

6-9 – La Conner – 11th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

20-23 – Newark, NJ – Dodge Poetry Festival

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

5 – Portland, OR – Portland Book Festival (watch for details)

10 – Portland, OR – Poetry reading by Garrett Hongo and Richard Tillinghast – 7:00pm

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

January

2 – BIRTHDAYJimmy Santiago Baca

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

17 – BIRTHDAYWilliam Stafford

20 – BIRTHDAYErnesto Cardenal, Edward Hirsch, Bruce Beasley

22 – BIRTHDAYLuther Allen

31 – BIRTHDAYAlbert Goldbarth

February

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

March

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

1 – BIRTHDAYBrenda Miller

5 – BIRTHDAYLeslie Marmon Silko

8-11 – Seattle – AWP Conference

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

April

1-30National Poetry Month U.S., National Poetry Month Canada, and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

14 – BIRTHDAYJericho Brown

16 – BIRTHDAYTracy K. Smith

20 – Portland, OR – Portland Arts & Lectures presents Ada Limón – 7:00pm

23 – BIRTHDAYSColeman Barks, Halldór Laxness

25 – BIRTHDAYSTed Kooser, James Fenton

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

29 – BIRTHDAYSC.P. Cavafy, Yusef Komunyakaa

30 – EverywherePoem in Your Pocket Day

May

2 – BIRTHDAY – Rob Lewis

8 – BIRTHDAYS – Nora Marks Keixwnéi Dauenhauer, Phillis Wheatley

9 – BIRTHDAYSCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson, Joy Harjo

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

14 – BIRTHDAYSElizabeth Austen, Lea Galanter

24 – BIRTHDAYSTom Phillips; Lorna Crozier

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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