A selection of poetry (and occasionally other literary) events going on in the Cascadia region (Washington state 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.

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 Bellinghampoetrynight featured poet and open mic at the Bellingham Alternative Library

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 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

Wednesdays in VaughnWatermark Writers’ Workshop – on the waterfront

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

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

first Sunday – Eugene, ORPoetry for the People – 4:00pm – at rye on 3rd

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

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

third Tuesday – Eugene, ORWindfall Reading Series – 6:00pm – at Downtown Eugene Public Library

last Tuesday – VancouverLast Tuesdays poetry group with feature plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Barnes and Noble bookstore

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 NEW LOCATION: The Happy Place, 1215 Cornwall, across from the Leopold

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

second Wednesday – Tillamook, ORMonthly Writers Meet-up – 6:00pm – at Art Accelerated

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

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 – 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

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 – (venue changing; check website for latest info)

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 – Bellingham – VB Writes Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – at Village Books, Lynden

third Saturday – KirklandPoetry workshop and reading – at BookTree


1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

24 – BellinghamWrite Riot Poetry Slam – 7:00pm – at Colophon Café

25 – BIRTHDAYTed Kooser

25 – BellinghamYouth Poetry Workshop: Kids for Peace Write Now – 4:00pm – at Village Books

25 – Portland, OR – eighth annual Verselandia youth poetry slam – 7:00pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

25 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Poems for the Planet, feat. Francisco Aragón & Kimiko Hahn – 7:30pm – at Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall

25 – SeattleRajaa Gharbi reads from a new poetry book titled Men Aghani Aljousoor (Songs of Bridges) – 6:00pm – at Rajaa Gharbi’s Gallery

25 – TacomaSarah A. Chavez & Wendy Oleson Reading – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

25 – May 5 – Vancouver, BCVerses Festival of Words – at various venues

26 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Larry Laurence and Jourdan Imani Keith – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

27 – BellinghamSierra Golden and Elaina Ellis read from The Slow Art and Write About an Empty Birdcage – 7:00pm – at Village Books

27-28 – TacomaWayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza – 11:00am-4:00pm – at King’s Books

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

29 – BIRTHDAYYusef Komunyakaa

30 – May 1 – Washington, DCPoetry Out Loud National Finals


1 – SeattleCephalopod Appreciation Society – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

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3 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 24: For Love of Orcas – 7:00pm – at Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room

6 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents Kristin Berger, Joannie Stangeland, and Carey Taylor, plus open mic – 6:00pm – at Northwest Library

9 – BIRTHDAYCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson

9 – BellinghamLaura Da’ reads from Instruments of the True Measure and Martha Silano reads from Gravity Assist – 7:00pm – at Village Books

9 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Lorraine Ferra & Sally Green – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

9 – Portland, ORPoets on Mothers: Kevin Sampsell, Penelope Scambly Schott, Suzanne Sigafoos, Tim Barnes, Donna Prinzmetal, Nikki Schulak, and Leanne Grabelshare poems that celebrate, explain, criticize, illuminate and mourn their mothers – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

9 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry presents John Burgess plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

9-12 – AnacortesCascadia Poetry Festival: A Tribute to Sam Hamill – at the Croatian Cultural Center

10 – SeattleKelli Russell Agodon, Mary Peelen & Susan Rich – 7:00pm – at Open Books

11 – SeattleReading with Michael Collier & Matt Nienow – 7:00pm – at Open Books

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

12 – BellinghamWilliam O’Daly reads from Book of Twilight and Yarrow & Smoke – 4:00pm – at Village Books

15 – West SeattleWords West Literary series – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Co

16 – BellinghamSue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony – at Bellingham Cruise Terminal

16 – SeattleEat Read Hugo annual fundraising dinner and auction for Hugo House – 6:00pm – at Sodo Park

17 – Mt VernonBeats, Peaks, & Fishtown Poets, literacy and poetry fundraiser to support the Skagit River Poetry Foundation – 7:00pm – at Hillcrest Lodge

17-19 – Vancouver, BCHaiku Canada Weekend – at the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus

19 – Portland, ORLilla Lit reading series – 4:00pm – at Leach Botanical Garden

21 – SeattleSAL Poetry Series: Jericho Brown – 7:30pm – at Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Performance Hall

24 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Gary Thompson and Alicia Hokanson – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

24 – SeattleHugo Literary Series: Domingo Martinez, Terese Marie Mailhot, Rebecca Brown, and Bryan John Appleby – 7:30pm – at Hugo House

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman


1 – SeattleReading with Shankar Narayan, Doyali Islam & Azura Tyabji – 7:00pm – at Open Books

7 – BIRTHDAYGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

8 – Port TownsendAn Evening with Claudia Castro Luna and Gary Copeland Lilley – 7:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

13-23 – Forest Grove, ORPacific University Residency Writers Conference

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Risa Denenberg & Sally Albiso – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

16 – Ireland & elsewhereBloomsday

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

21-22 – BellinghamChuckanut Writers Conference – at Whatcom Community College


2 – BIRTHDAYWisława Szymborska

4 – everywhere – Registration opens for the 2019 August Poetry Postcard Fest

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

14-21 – Port TownsendThe Port Townsend Writers’ Conference – at Centrum

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

17 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Writers’ Conference Faculty – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

20 – RedmondPoets in the Park – 11am-6pm – at Anderson Park

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio


1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

2-4 – Portland, ORWillamette Writers Conference – at the Airport Sheraton Hotel

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman

6 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Art Port Townsend Ekphrastic Evening – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

7-11 – Winston-Salem, NCHaiku North America – at the Hawthorne Inn

18 – Portland, ORLilla Lit reading series – 4:00pm – at Leach Botanical Garden

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

22 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Art Port Townsend Ekphrastic Evening – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove


5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin

12 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Judith Adams & Sierra Golden – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

12-15 – SeattlePacific Northwest Writers Association Conference – at DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel

22-28 – EverywhereBanned Books Week

27-29 – TietonLiTFUSE


3 – UKNational Poetry Day

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino, Susan J. Erickson

10 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Cheryl Merrill – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

24-27 – SeabeckSeabeck Haiku Getaway with theme “attention” – at Seabeck Conference Center


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

7 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents A Collaborative Reading with Sheila Bender, Gayle Kaune, Sharon Carter, Linda Robertson & Holly Hughes – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

9 – Portland, ORPortland Book Festival – at the Portland Art Museum

17 – Portland, ORLilla Lit reading series – 4:00pm – at Leach Botanical Garden


2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green


2 – BIRTHDAYJimmy Santiago Baca

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

17 – BIRTHDAYWilliam Stafford

20 – BIRTHDAYBruce Beasley

22 – BIRTHDAYLuther Allen


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

4 – U.S.National Grammar Day

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers


1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

23 – BIRTHDAYColeman Barks


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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