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

August

1-31Poetry Postcard Fest

1-31 – The Sealey Challenge

8 – Portland, OR – Airlie Press presents Brittney Corrigan with Jessica Pierce at Annie Bloom’s Books – 7:00pm

11 – Vancouver – Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Caroline Holm – 7:00pm

11 – Portland, OR – Reading: Noch Ein at the Stein: A Poetic Essay on Beer, Conversation, and Hippycrits – 7:30pm

11-14 – Sechelt, BC, Canada – Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

12 – Seattle – Kate Gale, Cai Emmons, and Ra Malika Imhotep—’The Loneliest Girl: Poems,’ ‘Sinking Islands,’ and ‘gossypiin’ – 7:00pm

13 – online – The Poetry Box LIVE – 4:00pm

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

15 – online – Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Craig Santos Perez – 6:00pm

17 – Seattle – Claire Schwartz, Gabrielle Bates, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha – 7:00pm

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

22 – Seattle – Jack Straw Writers 2022 Group Reading Hosted by Kathleen Flenniken – 7:00pm

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

29 – Portland, OR – Airlie Press presents A. Molotkov with Susan Leslie Moore at Annie Bloom’s Books – 7:00pm

September

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

8 – Portland, OR – In-Store Poetry Reading: Jennifer Reimer and Connie Soper – 7:00pm

8 – Vancouver – Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic – 7:00pm

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin, Michael Schmeltzer

11 – online – Ellen Bass talks about the craft of poetry, her creative process, influences, and recurring themes – 1:00pm

12 – Portland, OR – In-Store Poetry Reading: Kristin Berger, Cathy Cain, John Miller – 7:00pm

18 – Bellingham – SpeakEasy 29 – 4:00pm (watch for details)

19 – Camas – Poetry reading by Brittney Corrigan plus open mic – 6:30pm

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

13 – Vancouver – Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic – 7:00pm

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

29 – BIRTHDAY – Robert Sund (November 29, 1929 – September 29, 2001)

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

8 – Vancouver – Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic – 7:00pm

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

15-19 – Birmingham, England – VERVE Poetry Festival

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

7 – everywhere – Poet in a Cupcake Day (yep, it’s a thing)

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

14 – BIRTHDAYJericho Brown

16 – BIRTHDAYTracy K. Smith

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

20-23 – McAllen, TX – Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival

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

30 – BIRTHDAYCountee Cullen

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman

June

3 – BIRTHDAYAllen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997); Kat Smith (b. June 3, 1977)

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

7 – BIRTHDAYSGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

16 – Ireland & elsewhereBloomsday

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

July

2 – BIRTHDAYSWisława Szymborska, Carolyne Wright, Lee Maracle

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

19 – BIRTHDAY – Alice Dunbar Nelson

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio

August

1-31Poetry Postcard Fest

1-31 – The Sealey Challenge

2 – BIRTHDAYJames Baldwin

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman; José Garcia Villa;

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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