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.

NOTE: In early July, we checked with event organizers on plans for resuming in-person readings. You can find the post here.

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 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 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 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

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

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 (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

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

second & fourth Sundays – BellinghamGelato and Poetry Night – 6:00pm

last Sunday, September through May – River Road Reading Series – 4:30pm


31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio


1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

2 – BIRTHDAYJames Baldwin

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

3 – online – Writing as Self-Love with Chelsey Richardson – 2:00pm

3 – online – Tell Your Story: The Power of the Personal Essay with Kristen Millares Young – 4:00pm

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman

8 – Lopez Island – Event with the Washington State Poet Laureate – 1:00pm

9 – Lopez Island – Event with the Washington State Poet Laureate – 3:00pm

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

21 – online – Event with the Washington State Poet Laureate – 10:00am

26 – online – Writing as Self-Love with Chelsey Richardson – 5:00pm

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove


5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

10 – Toledo – Event with the Washington State Poet Laureate – 7:00pm

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler DustinMichael Schmeltzer

15-19 – online – Pacific Northwest Writers Virtual Conference

22 – online – The Sacrifice Zone: A Film Screening Followed by Poetry & Conversation about Environmental Justice – 4:00pm

24-26 – TietonLiTFUSE 2021

1-3 – online – Write on the Sound

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino, Susan J. Erickson

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

15-17 – online – Haiku North America 2021

28-31 – Seabeck – Seabeck Haiku Getaway

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

2 – online – Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl – 8:00am

5 – online – Event with the Washington State Poet Laureate – 8:00am


2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green


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


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


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

1 – BIRTHDAYBrenda Miller

5 – BIRTHDAYLeslie Marmon Silko

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

21 – everywhereWorld Poetry Day

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

23-26 – Philadelphia – AWP Conference and Bookfair


1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

14 – BIRTHDAYJericho Brown

16 – BIRTHDAYTracy K. Smith

17 – everywhere – International Haiku Poetry Day

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


2 – BIRTHDAY – Rob Lewis

8 – BIRTHDAY – Nora Marks Keixwnéi Dauenhauer

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


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

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

7 – BIRTHDAYSGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

16 – Ireland & elsewhereBloomsday

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik


2 – BIRTHDAYWisława Szymborska

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

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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