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.

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 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

2017

November

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

20 – WatervillePresentation by poet laureate Tod Marshall – 2:00pm – at Waterville Public Library

21 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku Meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books

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

26 – SpokanePresentation by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall – 3:00pm – at Shadle Library

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

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

27 – Portland, ORJohn Brehm, Andrea Hollander, Paulann Petersen: The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

28 – SeattleReading with Victoria Chang – 7:00pm – at Open Books

30 – Bellingham – readings from Nine Lives Later: A Dead Cat Anthology – 8:00pm – at Honey Moon

30 – TacomaMichael Magee Poetry Reading – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

December

1 & 2 – Seattle9 Ounces: A One-Woman Show by Anastacia-Renee – 7:00pm – at Open Books

2 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 20: Canada in Five Voices presents three poetry workshops led by visiting Canadian poets Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman, and Terry Ann Carter (visit link to see times and descriptions) – downtown Bellingham location

2 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 20: Canada in Five Voices presents recent poetry by Canadian poets Susan Alexander, Linda Thompson, Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman, and Terry Ann Carter – 7:00pm – at Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room

2 – SeattleWisdom From Alice, Luna and Saraphina: A Workshop with Anastacia-Renee – 10:00am – at Open Books

3 – SeattleAn Evening of Poetry Curated by Anastacia-Renee – 5:00pm – at Open Books

3 – SeattleSeattle’s Cold Moon: A Reading of Poetry and Rituals – 7:00pm – at Pritchard Beach

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

4 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents Linda Ferguson, Carolyn Martin, Claudia F. Savage, plus open mic – 6:00pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northewest Meeting Room

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

6 – Seattle – Hugo House Word Works presents Jess Walter on narrative time – 7:00pm – at venue TBA

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

8 – BellinghamMargot Kahn, Jane Wong, and Elizabeth Eaves read from This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home – 7:00pm – at Village Books

13 – BellinghamWhatcom Writers & Publishers presents monthly writers cross-group holiday meeting – 5:30pm – at Nicki’s Bella Marina

13 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 7:00pm – at the Fairhaven Library, Fireplace Room

13 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Scot Siegel – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

15 – Anacortes – Reading: Robert Sund Poets House, featuring Georgia Johnson and John Brooks – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

19 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku Meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books

20 – BellinghamCreekside Open Mic – signups 6:00pm – at South Whatcom Library

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

10 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Anatoly Molotkov – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

16 – SeattleSherman Alexie Loves: Nikki Giovanni – 7:30pm – at Benaroya Hall Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

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

18 – Portland, ORPortland Arts & Lectures presents Jesmyn Ward – 7:30pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

26 – Anacortes – Reading featuring Jim Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

5 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents featured readers plus open mic – 6:00pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northewest Meeting Room

7 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Gregory Orr – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

8 – Portland, ORPortland Arts & Lectures presents Claudia Rankine – 7:30pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

11 – SeattleSunday After SAL: Discussion on Gregory Orr – 10:00am – at Open Books

14 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Emmett Wheatfall – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

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

16 – Anacortes – Reading featuring Sam and Sally Green – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

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

23 – Seattle – Hugo House Word Works presents Ruth Ozeki on the craft and art of writing – 7:00pm – at venue TBA

March

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

1-31 – everywhereNational Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo)

4 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Tyehimba Jess – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

7-10 – Tampa, FLAWP Conference & Bookfair – at Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

14 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Elizabeth Woody – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

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

29 – Seattle – Hugo House Word Works presents Charles Johnson – 7:00pm – at venue TBA

30 – Anacortes – Reading featuring Bill Porter (Red Pine) – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

7 – EllensburgInland Poetry Prowl: Langston’s Weary Blues – all day – various venues

11 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Ed Skoog – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

13, 14, 15 – Bellingham – Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance present A Night in the Gallery: Dance, Poetry, and Visual Art – at the Western Washington University Fine Arts Gallery

14 – Seattle – Hugo House Word Works presents Ada Limón on excavating loss – 7:00pm – at venue TBA

19 – SeattleEat Read Hugo, annual dinner and live auction to benefit Hugo House – 6:00pm – at 415 Westlake

21 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 21 (details to come) – 7:00pm – at the Mount Baker Theatre

27 – Anacortes – Reading featuring Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

27 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Rachel McKibbens, Benjamin Alire Sáenz & Javier Zamora – 7:30pm – McCaw Hall, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

28 – BellinghamNaomi Shihab Nye delivers the Arbuthnot Honor Lecture – 7:00pm – at Western Washington University

May

8 – Portland, ORPortland Arts & Lectures presents Viet Thanh Nguyen – 7:30pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

9 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Lex Runciman – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

17 – Bellingham – Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony – Bellingham Cruise Terminal

17-20 – La Conner10th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival

21 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Aimee Nezhukumatathil – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

25 – Anacortes – Reading featuring Bob Rose and Rachel Rose – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

June

13 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Judith Arcana – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

22-23 – Bellingham – 8th Annual Chuckanut Writers Conference

July

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

9 – SeattleWord Works: Ben Lerner – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

September

7-9 – La ConnerPoets on the Coast

October

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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. 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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