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.

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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 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

Thursdays in EdmondsEvery Writer’s Writing Group – 10:00am-Noon – at the Edmonds Library

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

Saturdays in Portland, ORWordlights poetry hosted by Igor Brezhnev and presented by NovaPDX – signups 5:30pm, show 6:00pm – at The Rocking Frog Cafe

Confirm specific dates and featured poets with organization or venue; schedules may shift on short notice or be adjusted around holidays.

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

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 – 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

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

first Wednesday – SeattleAssembly Literary Open Mic – 7:30pm – at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar

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

second Wednesday – Portland, ORComma Reading Series, featured poets – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

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 – SeattleWord Chaser – 7:00pm – at Cafe Racer

fourth Wednesday – ChimacumFinnriver Open Mic Spoken Word – signups 6:00pm – at Finnriver Farm & Cidery

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 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic with featured reader – signup 6:30pm – at Angst Gallery

third Thursday – OlympiaModern Poetry Book Club – 7:00pm – at Browsers Bookshop

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

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 – 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

third Saturday – KirklandPoetry workshop and reading – at BookTree

March

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

4 – U.S.National Grammar Day

5 – BIRTHDAYLeslie Marmon Silko

6 – online – Village Books presents Susanne Paola Antonetta and Brenda Miller – 4:00pm

9 – online – Stubborn Praise, featuring Ellen Bass – 5:00pm

11 – online – Artsmith / Darvill’s Bookstore Salon Series – 5:00pm

11 – online – Kazim Ali and Danielle Geller – 6:00pm

11 – online – Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring Morgan Paige – 7:00pm

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

14 – online – AQR Benefit Reading Series featuring Jesse Lee Kercheval, Sara Eliza Johnson & Victoria Kelly – 3:00pm Alaska / 4:00pm Pacific

17 – online – Kim Addonizio and Martín Espada – 6:00pm

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

18 – online – Spencer Reece and Kathleen Flenniken – 6:00pm

18 – onlineMargin Shift: Friends in Poetry presents Sonora Jah, Jane Wong, Arlene Naganawa, and 1 more TBA – 6:30pm

18 – online – SoulFood Poetry Night featuring Raven Chronicles Press: Art Against Hate – 7:00pm

18 – online – Poetry Center San Jose presents Ellen Bass and Barbara Ras – 7:00pm

19-20 – online – Ravensun presents Power of Poetry 2021

21 – everywhereWorld Poetry Day

22 – online – Terrain.org Reading Series: Arthur Sze + Contest Winners Susan Cohen, Kristina Moriconi + Cameron Walker – 5:00pm

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

26 – onlineRASP presents J.I. Kleinberg – 7:00pm

27 – online – WORKSHOP – Beyond the Mask: Possibilities and Pitfalls of Persona with Alexandra Teague – 2:00-4:00pm

28 – online – AQR Benefit Reading Series featuring Lee Conell, Debbie Urbanski & Jerome Charyn – 3:00pm Alaska / 4:00pm Pacific

NOTE NEW DATE: 28 – online – SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread, audience-response round – 7:00pm

31 – SeattleBagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry features Douglas Kearney – details TBA

April

 

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

7 – online – University of Virginia presents Brenda Hillman Poetry Reading – 4:00pm

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

11 – online – AQR Benefit Reading Series featuring Sophie Klahr, Victoria Chang & Kimiko Hahn – 3:00pm Alaska / 4:00pm Pacific

11 – online – readings from Solstice Light and the Dark of the Salish Sea – 7:00pm

14 – BIRTHDAYJericho Brown

15 – online – Artsmith / Darvill’s Bookstore Salon Series – 5:00pm

16 – BIRTHDAYTracy K. Smith

17 – online – Poetry Share for National Poetry Month – 3:00pm

18 – online – AQR Benefit Reading Series featuring Nicky Beer, Mary Peelen & Alexandra Teague – 3:00pm Alaska / 4:00pm Pacific

23 – BIRTHDAYColeman Barks

24 – online – SpeakEasy 28 presents a rousing welcome to the new Washington State Poet Laureate (details to follow) – 7:00pm

25 – BIRTHDAYSTed Kooser, James Fenton

25 – online – AQR Benefit Reading Series featuring Virginia Konchan, Heather Treseler, Alyse Knorr & Kate Partridge – 3:00pm Alaska / 4:00pm Pacific

26 – online – Terrain.org Reading Series: Alison Hawthorne Deming with Jane Hirshfield, J. Drew Lanham, and Derek Sheffield – 5:00pm

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

29 – BIRTHDAYSC.P. Cavafy, Yusef Komunyakaa

30 – EverywherePoem in Your Pocket Day

30 – May 2 – San Juan Island – Cascadia Poetry Festival

May

9 – BIRTHDAYSCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson, Joy Harjo

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

14 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth Austen, Lea Galanter

24 – BIRTHDAYTom Phillips; Lorna Crozier

30 – BIRTHDAYCountee Cullen

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman

June

3 – BIRTHDAYAllen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997)

5 – BIRTHDAYFederico García Lorca (June 5, 1898 – August 18, 1936)

7 – BIRTHDAYGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

16 – Ireland & elsewhereBloomsday

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

25-26 – BellinghamChuckanut Writers Conference 2021 – at Whatcom Community College

July

2 – BIRTHDAYWisława Szymborska

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

2 – BIRTHDAYJames Baldwin

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

September

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler DustinMichael Schmeltzer

24-26 – TietonLiTFUSE 2021

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino, Susan J. Erickson

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

15-17 – online – Haiku North America 2021

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

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

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

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

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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