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

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

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

1-28 – everywherePEACE POetry Postcard Month

23 – SeattleReading with Carmine Chickadel, Frances McCue & Jan Wallace – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

23-25 – Astoria, ORFisherPoets

23-25 – Silverton, OR – 18th Annual Silverton Poetry Festival

24 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Village Books Lynden

25 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth J. Colen

25 – SeattleAndrew Schelling & Paul Nelson – 3:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

25 – SeattlePoetry in Conversation: Solmaz Sharif’s Look moderated by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha – 4:30pm – at Open Books

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

26 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

26 – Portland, ORAn Evening of Poetry with Paul Merchant: National Advisor to the Friends of William Stafford – 6:00pm – at Frank Manor House, Lewis & Clark College

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

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

2 – SeattleReading with Paul Hunter & Finn Wilcox – 7:00pm – at Open Books

3 – Portland, ORAnother Read Through presents Heather Jane, reading from her new book, Potential, along with Jove Belle, Ila Suzanne, Linda Vogt, and Lee Lynch – 1:30pm – at Another Read Through

3 – Portland, ORAnnie Lightheart Poetry Celebration and Reading from Lantern – 7:00pm – at Taborspace

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

5 – Portland, ORSherri Levine and Dale Champlin, plus open mic – 6:00pm – at Northwest Library

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

7 – DuvallRaúl Sánchez reading plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Duvall Library

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

10 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Village Books Lynden

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

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

12 – Portland, ORPoets on Broadway presents Jane Wong with Shayla Lawson – 7:30pm – at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda

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

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

21 – everywhereWorld Poetry Day

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

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

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

23 – SeattleReading with Tess Gallagher & Lawrence Matsuda – 7:00pm – at Open Books

24 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Village Books Lynden

25 – SeattleReading with Rebecca Eland & Andrew Schelling – 5:00pm – at Open Books

26 – BIRTHDAYPatrick Lane

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

26 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

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

30 – SeattleReading with Stephen Corey – 7:00pm – at Open Books

31 – SeattleReading with Dan Kaplan, Bill Carty & Kary Wayson – 7:00pm – at Open Books

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

1 – SeattleReading with Zeina Hashem Beck & Chelsea Jennings – 7:00pm – at Open Books

2 – Portland, ORAn open mic in honor of Ursula K. Le Guin – 6:00pm – at Northwest Library

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

4 – DuvallChris Jarmick reading plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Duvall Library

6 – SeattleReading with Amy Glynn & Garrett Hongo – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

9 – Portland, ORPoets on Broadway presents Forrest Gander and Joe Wilkins – 7:30pm – at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

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

12 – BellinghamWhatcom Women Words and Work, a presentation by artists and poets Anita Boyle, Judy Kleinberg, Sheila Sondik, and Nancy Canyon – 11:30am – Old City Hall Rotunda Room

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

13-15 – Orcas IslandOrcas Island Lit Fest – at Orcas Center, Eastsound

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

15 – BellinghamMaya Zeller, Jennifer Bullis, & Kathryn Smith, Alchemous Resistance: a night of poetry exploring themes of resistance, solitude, and ecofeminism – 4:00pm – at Village Books

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

20 – SeattleReading with Eric Baus, Noah Eli Gordon & Andrea Rexilius – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

22 – SeattlePoetry y traducción: A Bilingual Reading with Eugenia Toledo & Francisco Aragón – 5:00pm – at Open Books

25 – Washington, DCPoetry Out Loud National Finals – 7:00pm – aat the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University

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

30 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

May

4 – SeattleReading with Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon – 7:00pm – at Open Books

5 – SeattleReading with Lisa Dordal & Carolyne Wright – 7:00pm – at Open Books

6 – SeattlePoetry in Conversation: Kate Greenstreet’s The End of Something moderated by Rae Armantrout – 10:00am – at Open Books

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

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

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

17 – SeattleCopper Canyon Press presents a Poetry Reading with Ocean Vuong – location TBA

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

28 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

June

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

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

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

22 – SeattleReading with Alexandra Mattraw & Amber Nelson – 7:00pm – at Open Books

25 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

July

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

30 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

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

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

September

7-9 – La ConnerPoets on the Coast

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

24 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

28-30 – TietonLiTFUSE

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

October

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino

5-7 – EdmondsWrite on the Sound Writers’ Conference

5-7 – Oceanside, ORPDX Writers Autumn Retreat

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

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

29 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

November

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

26 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Andrew McBride – 7:00pm – at Village Books

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

January

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

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

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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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