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 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

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

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

third Wednesday – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Company

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 – 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

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 – (venue changing; check website for latest info)

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

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

22 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Michael Daley and Jeremy Voigt – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

22 – SeattleKathleen Alcalá, Casandra López, and Isabel Quintero – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

22-24 – Astoria, OR – 22nd Annual FisherPoets Gathering – various venues

22-24 – Astoria, ORFisherPoets Gathering

23 – BellinghamChildren’s Literature Conference – 9:00am – 3:30pm – at Western Washington University, Performing Arts Center

23 – Portland, ORPortland Book Launch for Message from the Vessel in a Dream by Christopher Luna, with special guests Judith Arcana and Dan Raphael – 7:00pm – at Like Nobody’s Business

24 – BellinghamGroup Reading from Clover, A Literary Rag Volume XVI – 4:00pm – at Village Books

24 – SeattleReading with Michele Bombardier, Susan Landgraf, and Gary Copeland Lilley – 5:00pm – at Open Books

25 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth J. Colen

27 – BIRTHDAYOliver de la Paz

March

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

1-31 – everywhereNational Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo)

1 – BIRTHDAYBrenda Miller

2 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 23: Poetry & Democracy, with special guest, poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna – 7:00pm – at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

3 – Seattle – Portland poet Peg Edera – 3:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

3 – SeattleBook Launch: Gravity Assist by Martha Silano, feat. Rick Barot & Molly Tenenbaum – 5:00pm – at Open Books

5 – Portland, ORWendy Willis and David Biespiel read from their new books and talk about writing in multiple genres – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

7 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Joanne Clarkson & Patrick Dixon – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

9 – Bellingham – Mixing Poetry and Politics: Two Poetry Writing Workshops with Raúl Sánchez and Jed Myers – 1:00–3:00pm and 3:30–5:30pm – at Egress Studio

9 – SeattleReading with Kimberly Burwick, Kevin Goodan & Emily Holt – 7:00pm – at Open Books

10 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Tom Jay and Holly J. Hughes – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

10 – SeattleReading with Sierra Golden & Laura Da’ – 5:00pm – at Open Books

11 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents dan raphael, Benjamin Schmitt, Kelly Terwilliger, plus open mic – 6:00pm – at Northwest Library

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

14 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Nastashia Minto – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

15-17 – Manzanita, OR – The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents PoetryFest 2019 – at Hoffman Center for the Arts

17 – Oak HarborOak Harbor Poetry Project presents poet Heidi Seaborn – 3:00pm – at Oak Harbor Library

17 – SeattleReading with Genève Chao, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Sarah Mangold & Jane Wong – 7:00pm – at Open Books

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

20 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

22 – SeattleReading with S. Brook Corfman & Malcolm Friend – 7:00pm – at Open Books

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

23 – SeattleReading with Catherine Bresner, Sarah A. Chavez & Heather June Gibbons – 7:00pm – at Open Books

24 – SeattleReading with Adam Giannelli & Donna Stonecipher – 5:00pm – at Open Books

25 – SeattleBook Launch: All Its Charms by Keetje Kuipers, feat. Erika Meitner & Geffrey Davis – 7:00pm – at Open Books

26 – BIRTHDAYPatrick Lane

26 – BellinghamKeetje Kuipers, Geffrey Davis, and Erika Meitner, read from All Its Charms, Night Angler, & Holy Moly Carry Me – 7:00pm – at Village Books

27 – BIRTHDAYJulia Álvarez, Dorothea Lasky

27–30, Portland, ORAWP #19 – at the Oregon Convention Center

29 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Kevin Miller and Georgia Johnson – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

31 – SeattleEquivox: Hedgebrook’s annual brunch and fundraiser – details TBA

31-April 2 – Vancouver – Travel and Words Northwest Travel and Lifestyle Writers Conference – at Heathman Lodge

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

2 – SeattleReading with Laura Eve Engel & Bill Carty – 7:00pm – at Open Books

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

4 – SeattleReading with Spencer Reece, Kimberly Kruge & Jeremy Voigt – 7:00pm – at Open Books

5 – SeattleReading with Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs – 7:00pm – at Open Books

6 – EllensburgInland Poetry Prowl: “Sylvia’s Tulips” – various downtown venues

5-7 – OrcasOrcas Island Literary Festival

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

11 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Barry Fruchter & Paul S. Nelson – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

12-14 – Vashon – Vashon Literary Conference (info to come) – Vashon Center for the Arts

17 – everywhereInternational Haiku Poetry Day

17 – West SeattleWords West Literary series with Ilya Kaminsky & Mark Doty – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

23 – BIRTHDAYColeman Barks

25 – BIRTHDAYTed Kooser

25 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Poems for the Planet, feat. Francisco Aragón & Kimiko Hahn – 7:30pm – at Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall

25 – May 5 – Vancouver, BCVerses Festival of Words – at various venues

26 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Larry Laurence and Jourdan Imani Keith – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

29 – BIRTHDAYYusef Komunyakaa

30 – May 1 – Washington, DCPoetry Out Loud National Finals

May

9 – BIRTHDAYCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson

9 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Lorraine Ferra & Sally Green – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

9-12 – AnacortesCascadia Poetry Festival: A Tribute to Sam Hamill – at the Croatian Cultural Center

11 – SeattleReading with Michael Collier & Matt Nienow – 7:00pm – at Open Books

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

15 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

16 – BellinghamSue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony – at Bellingham Cruise Terminal

16 – SeattleEat Read Hugo annual fundraising dinner and auction for Hugo House – 6:00pm – at Sodo Park

17 – Mt VernonBeats, Peaks, & Fishtown Poets, literacy and poetry fundraiser to support the Skagit River Poetry Foundation – 7:00pm – at Hillcrest Lodge

17-19 – Vancouver, BCHaiku Canada Weekend – at the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus

21 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Jericho Brown – 7:30pm – at Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Performance Hall

24 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Gary Thompson and Alicia Hokanson – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman

June

7 – BIRTHDAYGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

13-23 – Forest Grove, ORPacific University Residency Writers Conference

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Risa Denenberg & Sally Albiso – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

16 – Ireland & elsewhereBloomsday

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

21-22 – BellinghamChuckanut Writers Conference – at Whatcom Community College

July

2 – BIRTHDAYWisława Szymborska

4 – everywhere – Registration opens for the 2019 August Poetry Postcard Fest

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

14-21 – Port TownsendThe Port Townsend Writers’ Conference – at Centrum

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

17 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Writers’ Conference Faculty – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

20 – RedmondPoets in the Park – 11am-6pm – at Anderson Park

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

2-4 – Portland, ORWillamette Writers Conference – at the Airport Sheraton Hotel

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman

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

7-11 – Winston-Salem, NCHaiku North America – at the Hawthorne Inn

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

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

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

September

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin

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

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

27-29 – TietonLiTFUSE

October

3 – UKNational Poetry Day

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino, Susan J. Erickson

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

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

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

November

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

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

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

January

2 – BIRTHDAYJimmy Santiago Baca

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

17 – BIRTHDAYWilliam Stafford

20 – BIRTHDAYBruce Beasley

22 – BIRTHDAYLuther Allen

February

1 – BIRTHDAYJoannie Stangeland

4 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth Vignali

6 – BIRTHDAYRena Priest

19 – BIRTHDAYRick Barot

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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. 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!


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