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, brief description, time, venue, link for more information.

Every Week

Mondays in Bellinghampoetrynight featured poet and open mic (new venue starting June 2018; check Facebook for latest information)

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 Bellingham – Acoustic Wednesdays with host JD Falcon Grady featuring local artists and poets – 6:30pm at Greene’s Corner

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

2018

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

18 – Eugene, ORPoetry for the People’s 3rd Saturday Reading Series with featured poets plus open mic – 5:00pm – at Tsunami Books

18 – SeattleAnnual Bradner Gardens Concert and Poetry Reading – 6:30pm – at Bradner Gardens

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

21 – Port TownsendThird-Tuesday Poetry + Short-Shorts: an evening of 5-minute readings – 6:30pm – at Better Living Through Coffee

25 – Kent – 5th Annual Poets on the Farm – 1:00-4:00pm – at the Mary Olson Farm

25 – Portland, ORSpare Room presents Eliza Rotterman, Liv Veazey, and Jules Boykoff – 7:00pm – at Passages Bookshop

25 – SeattleReading from the 2018 Best American Experimental Writing – 7:00pm – at Open Books

27 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

27 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku Meeting – 5:00pm – at King’s Books

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

28 – BellinghamReading for Cirque Journal – Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

September

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

6 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

7-9 – La ConnerPoets on the Coast

9 – Portland, ORPoetry Reading at Lents Farmers Market – 9:30 – 10:15am – at Lents International Farmers Market

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

10 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents Judith Barrington, Francis Opila, and Leah Stenson – 6:00pm – at Northwest Library

10 – Seattle – African-American Writers’ Alliance Poetry Reading – 7:00pm – at Third Place Books, Seward Park

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin

12 – Portland, ORJoshua Beckman: On The Porous Experience of Poems In Physical and Imaginative Space – 7:00pm – at Literary Arts

13 – Portland, ORSlamlandia – 6:30pm – at Literary Arts

13 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring Connecticut poet Reggie Marra – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

14 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

15 – SeattleReading with Quenton Baker, Lily Baumgart, and Claudia Castro Luna – 7:00pm – at Open Books

16 – SeattlePoetry Book Launch for An Undercurrent of Jitters by Carol Levin – 3:00pm – at the Nordic Museum

18 – Port TownsendThird-Tuesday Poetry + Short-Shorts: an evening of 5-minute readings – 6:30pm – at Better Living Through Coffee

19 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – doors 6:00pm, poetry 6:30pm – at South Whatcom Library

19 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network monthly featured poet and open mic, this month featuring Glenna Cook – at 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

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

20 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

21-22 – BellinghamBellingham SeaFeast presents the 3rd Annual FisherPoets on Bellingham Bay

22 – SeattleGrand Opening celebration for Hugo House – at Hugo House

22 – SeattleReading from They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing – 7:00pm – at Open Books

23 – SeattleReading with Norman Fischer, Joshua Edwards, and Catherine Bresner – 5:00pm – at Open Books

24 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

27 – SeattleReading with Kevin Prufer & Megan Snyder-Camp – 7:00pm – at Open Books

28-30 – TietonLiTFUSE

29 – Everywhere100 Thousand Poets for Change

29-30 – Eugene, ORThe Oregon Poetry Association Annual Conference 2018 – at the Valley River Inn

October

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino

4 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

5 – SeattleHumanities Washington presents the 20th Anniversary of Seattle Bedtime Stories – 6:00pm – in the Spanish Ballroom at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel

5-7 – EdmondsWrite on the Sound Writers’ Conference

5-7 – Oceanside, ORPDX Writers Autumn Retreat

8 – Seattle – African-American Writers’ Alliance Poetry Reading – 7:00pm – at Third Place Books, Seward Park

11 – Portland, ORSlamlandia – 6:30pm – at Literary Arts

12 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

13 – SeattleDouble Book Launch Reading with Rae Armantrout & Graham Foust – 7:00pm – at Open Books

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

16 – Port TownsendThird-Tuesday Poetry + Short-Shorts: an evening of 5-minute readings – 6:30pm – at Better Living Through Coffee

16 – Seattle – [fee workshop] Merging Text and Image: Creating an Erasure Page – 6:30pm – at Open Books

17 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – doors 6:00pm, poetry 6:30pm – at South Whatcom Library

17 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network monthly featured poet and open mic, this month featuring Glenna Cook – at 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

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

18 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

19 – Bellingham – SpeakEasy 22 – 7:00pm – at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

19-21 – Surrey, BC26th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference

20 – SeattleNew England Review at 40: An Anniversary Reading – 7:00pm – at Open Books

21 – SeattleA Reading & Reception for Stealing Light: A Raven Chronicles Anthology – 2:00pm – at Seattle Central Library

26-28 – BellevueEmerald City Writers’ Conference – at Westin Hotel

29 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

November

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

1 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

8 – Portland, ORSlamlandia – 6:30pm – at Literary Arts

9 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

10 – Portland, ORPortland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock) – Portland Art Museum and other venues

12 – Seattle – African-American Writers’ Alliance Poetry Reading – 7:00pm – at Third Place Books, Seward Park

15 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

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

26 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

6 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

10 – Seattle – African-American Writers’ Alliance Poetry Reading – 7:00pm – at Third Place Books, Seward Park

13 – Portland, ORSlamlandia – 6:30pm – at Literary Arts

14 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

January

2 – BIRTHDAYJimmy Santiago Baca

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

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

17 – BIRTHDAYWilliam Stafford

20 – BIRTHDAYBruce Beasley

22 – BIRTHDAYLuther Allen

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

1 – BIRTHDAYJoannie Stangeland

4 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth Vignali

6 – BIRTHDAYRena Priest

19 – BIRTHDAYRick Barot

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

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 – 7:00pm – at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

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

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

26 – BIRTHDAYPatrick Lane

27 – BIRTHDAYJulia Álvarez, Dorothea Lasky

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

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

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

23 – BIRTHDAYColeman Barks

25 – BIRTHDAYTed Kooser

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

29 – BIRTHDAYYusef Komunyakaa

May

9 – BIRTHDAYCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

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

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman

June

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

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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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