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.

For additional listings in the region, please visit these reliable (i.e., frequently updated) lists:
PoetsWest ~ Live Poetry Venues
Village Books, Bellingham ~ offers a variety of writing groups and writers’ workshops and classes (in collaboration with Chuckanut Writers) each month

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 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

March

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

1-31 – everywhereNational Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo)

30 – Salem, ORSalem Poetry Project presents Ada Molinoff – 7:00pm – at Barrel & Keg

31 – April 2 – Manzanita, ORPoetryFest 2017

31 – SeattleReading with Kimberly Burwick and Kevin Goodan – 7:00pm – at Open Books

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

1 – Port TownsendPoetry reading with Gary Lilley and Matthew Nienow – 7pm – at Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

1 – SeattleReading with Tom Aslin and Michael Spence – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

3 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents open mic plus featured readers – 6:30pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Reading Room

4 – SeattleReading with Jenny Johnson and JM Miller – 7:00pm – at Open Books

4 – Springfield, ORSpringfield Library Foundation presents a reading by poets Elizabeth Woody, Joe Wilkins, and A. Molotkov – 7:00pm – at Springfield Public Library

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

5 – BellinghamMary Pneuman reads from her collection of poems, Nature of Things – 7:00pm – at Village Books

5 – DuvallDuvall Poetry presents Jenessa Hope, Ginna Luck, and Kara Simon – 7:00pm – at Duvall Library

5 – Seattle – Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Alice Notley – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall

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

7 – Corvallis, ORA reading by poet and nonfiction writer Ellen Bass – 7:30pm – at Oregon State University, Valley Library Rotunda

7 – SeattleLiterary Series: Anis Mojgani, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Rick Barot – 7:30pm – at Fred Wildlife Refuge

8 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness, Poems of Light – 7:00pm – Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

8 – BellinghamGroup Reading by World Peace Poets, Peace Poems: Vol. 2 – 7:00pm – at Village Books

8 – EllensburgInland Poetry presents “Edna’s Second April,” a poetry prowl – all day – in downtown Ellensburg

8 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

9 – EdisonNational Poetry Month Group Reading with Georgia Johnson and Jessico Gigot – 5:00pm – at i.e.gallery

9 – Portland, ORThe Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

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

10 – SeattleHugo House Ask the Oracle with Jordan Scott, Doug Nufer, & Megan Snyder-Camp – 7:30pm – at Hotel Sorrento in the Fireside Room

10 – SeattleEasy Speak Wedgwood presents featured poet Erin Fristad plus open mic – open mic at 8 (signup prior), featured performer around 8:40 – at Wedgwood Ale House

11 – Redmond – Joannie Stangeland facilitates this month’s Poetry and Prose Circle – 6:30pm – at Redmond Regional Library

12 – Bellingham – Open Writer’s Studio session — bring something you’re working on or start something new; free; sign up by emailing Carla Shafer at chuckanutsandstone@gmail.com – 3:30-5:45pm – at St. James Presbyterian Church, Horizon Room

12 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

12 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Lois Rosen – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

12 – TacomaPoetry Book Club – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

13 – Bellingham – Poet Rick Hermann reads from his new collection, Nooksack: Poems and Prose – 7:00pm – at Village Books

13 – OlympiaCelebrate a New Washington Poetry Anthology: Washington 129 – 5:00pm – Washington State Capitol

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with TWO SYLVIAS PRESS: Natasha Moni and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

13 – SeattleIt’s About Time Writers Reading Series (every second Thursday) with featured readers and open mic – 6:00pm – at the Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

13 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring April Bullard and Ian Frederick Caton – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

14 – Portland, ORJohn Beer and Gabe Urza: Faculty Reading – 6:30pm – Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294

14 – SeattleBook Launch: Molly Tenenbaum’s Mytheria – 7:00pm – at Open Books

14 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet Rick Barot and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

15 – Bellingham – Poet Bernice Lever conducts a workshop: Increase your poetry submission techniques and results; sliding scale $5 – $30; for details and signup, contact Carla Shafer at chuckanutsandstone@gmail.com – 2:00-4:00pm – at St. James Presbyterian Church

15 – KirklandRobert Lashley – 3rd Saturday Workshop & Reading – workshop 4:30pm, reading/open mic 6:15pm – at BookTree

15 – Manzanita, OR – The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop taught by John Sibley Williams – Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays – 10:00am – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

15 – Port TownsendPriscilla Long leads a one-day workshop, Becoming a More Effective Creator – 10:00am-4:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe

15 – SeattleBook launch for Vancouver poet, composer, musician Leanne Dunic’s new book of short prose pieces, To Love the Coming End – 3:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

15 – SeattleReading by poet Gabriel Jesiolowski and C. Davida Ingram – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

16 – BellinghamDaniel Edward Moore reads poems from Confessions of a Pentcostal Buddhist – 4:00pm – at Village Books

17-23 – SpokaneGet Lit! Festival

18 – Eugene, OR – Poets Deborah Akers and Darlene Pagán read – 6:00pm – at Eugene Public Library

18 – SeattleWord Works: Terrance Hayes – 7:00pm – at Washington Hall

18 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books

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

19 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

19 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series, featuring Terrance Hayes and Jane Wong – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Company

19 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

20 – Anchorage, AKReading & Craft Talk Series presents Julie LeMay, An Alchemy of Words: Mystery and Clarity in a Poem – 7:00pm – at Indigo Tea Lounge

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

20 – Portland, OR – Third-Thursday Comma series presents Melissa Madenski and Christine Colasurdo – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

20 – RedmondSoulFood Poetry Night presents readers from Two Sylvias Press: Jeannine Hall Gailey, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Michael Schmeltzer, and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at SoulFood Coffee House

21 – SeattleBook Launch: Jason Whitmarsh’s The Histories – 7:00pm – at Open Books

22 – Everywhere – Earth Day

22 – BellinghamSusan J. Erickson reads poems from Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine – 7:00pm – at Village Books

22 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

22 – SeattleLena Khalaf Tuffaha celebrates publication of her first full-length collection, Water & Salt – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

23 – BellinghamSandra Noel reads poems from Into the Green – 4:00pm – at Village Books

23 – LangleyPoetry Month Celebration with Matt Gano: TWO events: Poetry workshop 1:00-3:00pm, Special reading and interview 7:30pm – at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

23 – SeattleReading & Conversation with Katie Ford – 6:00pm – at Open Books

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

24 – BellinghamOpen Mic with Laurel Leigh, 7:00pm – at Village Books

24 – SeattlePoetry on Buses Launch Party – 6:30pm – at Moore Theatre

27 – EverywherePoem in Your Pocket Day

27 – Anchorage, AKSavor the Rising Words broadside invitational reading – 7:00pm – at Great Harvest Bread Co.

27 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Sibyl James and Judith Roche – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

27 – Portland, ORVerselandia! the annual citywide youth poetry slam – 7:00pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

28 – RedmondRASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword featured poet plus open mic – 7:00pm – at at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center

28 – SeattleReading with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lauren K. Alleyne & Jamaica Baldwin – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

29 – NationwideIndependent Bookstore Day (check your local indie store for scheduled events and author appearances)

29 – SeattleA reading by poets Gary Lemons and Felicia Gonzalez – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

30 – SeattleAfrican-American Writers’ Alliance Reading – 4:30pm – at Open Books

May

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

2 – Seattle – Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Carl Phillips – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall

10 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

10 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Penelope Scambly Schott – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

11 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Richard Lloyd and Tito Titus – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

12 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

17 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

17 – Portland, OR – Third-Thursday Comma series presents voices from different literary genres – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

17 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

17 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

18 – Bellingham – Sue Boynton Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony – Ferry Terminal

18 – SeattleEat Read Hugo, Hugo House’s annual fundraising dinner and auction – at Palace Ballroom

25 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Claudia Castro Luna and Samar Abulhassan – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

29 – BellinghamOpen mic with Laurel Leigh – 7:00pm – at Village Books

June

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

8 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Peter Ludwin and Lisa Schmidt – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

9 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

14 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

14 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Joe Wilkins – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

21 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

21 – Portland, OR – Third-Thursday Comma series presents voices from different literary genres – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

21 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

21 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

26 – BellinghamOpen mic with Laurel Leigh – 7:00pm – at Village Books

July

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

12 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Daniel Moore and Paul S. Nelson – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

16 – Portland, ORJohn Brehm reads from his newest anthology, The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy – 3:00pm – at Lan Su Chinese Garden

19 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

19 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Writers’ Conference Faculty – Dan Chaon and Jourdan Imani Keith – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

19 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

19 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

27 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with Jerry Martien – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

5 – everywhereThe Poetry Marathon

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

9 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

16 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

16 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

16 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

September

8-10 – Cumberland, BCCascadia Poetry Festival

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

13 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

20 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

20 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

20 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

22-24 – TietonLiTFUSE

30 – everywhere100,000 Poets for Change (also on Facebook)

October

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

11 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

12-15 – Tacoma – 5th Annual Cascadia Poetry Festival – various venues

18 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

18 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

18 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

November

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

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

8 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

15 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

15 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series – 7:00pm – C & P Coffee

15 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

December

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

13 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

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

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

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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