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 Bellingham – Acoustic Wednesdays with host JD Falcon 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

2017

September

19 – Port TownsendPort Townsend Launch: The Authenticity Experiment by Kate Carroll de Gutes – 7:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

19 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku Meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books

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

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

21 – Portland, ORThird-Thursday COMMA Reading Series – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

21 – Portland, OR – Fo Po Poetry presents featured readers Gary Aker, Tricia Knoll, and Jac Nelson – 7:00pm – at Backstory Books

21 – Portland, ORSilk Flowers: a reading of poetry//fiction//other – 7:00pm – at Passages Bookshop

21 – SeattleMargin Shift Presents: Lashley, Perez, Bright, Brazil & Larsen – 6:30pm – at Common AREA Maintenance

22 – Anacortes – Finn Wilcox, poet, and Chuck Easton, jazz guitarist – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

22 – BellinghamFisherPoets on Bellingham Bay – 7:00pm – at various venues

22 – SeattleReading with Amber Flame, Elaina Ellis & Roberto Ascalon – 7:00pm – at Open Books

22-24 – TietonLiTFUSE

23 – SeattleBook Launch: E. J. Koh’s A Lesser Love – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

24 – SeattlePoetry in Conversation on W. S. Merwin’s The Lice – 4:00pm – at Open Books

25 – SeattleEasy Speak Seattle: open mic plus featured performer – 8:00pm – at Wedgwood Ale House and Cafe

26 – Portland, OR – Reading by contributors to The Timberline Review – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

26 – SeattleReading with Mark Tardi & Ryo Yamaguchi – 7:00pm – at Open Books

27 – Oct 1 – Victoria, BCVictoria Festival of Authors

29 – SeattleReading with Meghan McClure & Michael Schmeltzer – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

30 – Portland, ORSpare Room reading: Larsen, Lawson & Sutter – 7:00pm – at Passages Bookshop

30 – SeattleLaunch Party for Hailey Higdon’s Rural (Drop Leaf Press) – 7:00pm – at Open Books

October

1 – BowWriting Matters: Generating New Work & Publishing Salon with Susan Rich – 2:00 – 5:00pm – at Harmony Fields

1 – SeattleUW Bothell Fall Convergence Reading featuring Christian Bök, Jo Cook, and Joe Milutis – 2:00pm – at Open Books

1 – TacomaGlenna Cook Poetry Event celebrating the release of her new book, Thresholds – 2:00pm – at King’s Books

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

3 – Springfield, ORThe Springfield Poetry Series features poets Shelly Krehbiel, Michael Spring, and Amy Miller – 7:00pm – at Emerald Art Center

3 – TacomaCreative Colloquy Crawl: poetry and more – 6:00-9:00pm – various venues

4 – Bellingham – Reading with Kate Carroll de Gutes & Brenda Miller, The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons from the Best & Worst Year of My Life and An Earlier Life – 7:00pm – at Village Books

5 – Eugene, ORLane Community Writers Series – 5:30pm – at LCC Downtown campus

5 – Portland, ORMarc Olmsted: Beat Poet Recollections – 7:00pm – at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop

5 – Portland, ORArn Strasser reads from his new collection, Incidental Longing – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

5 – SeattleWA129 Anthology Reading – 7:00pm – at Open Books

5 – TacomaPenelope Scambly Schott & Julene Tripp Weaver Poetry Event – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

6 – SeattleReading: Lindsay Hill & Nathaniel Tarn – 7:00pm – at Open Books

8 – Portland, OR – The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Tricia Knoll and Amanda Turner – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

8 – SeattleReading with Julie Carr & Lisa Olstein – 7:00pm – at Open Books

9 – BellinghamPoetry Postcards: a panel and conversation – 7:00pm – at Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

9 – SeattleEasy Speak Seattle: open mic plus featured performer – 8:00pm – at Wedgwood Ale House and Cafe

11 – BellinghamWhatcom Writers & Publishers presents monthly dinner & speaker meeting – 5:30pm – at Nicki’s Bella Marina

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

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

11 – Portland, ORRichard Tillinghast reads from Journeys Into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

12 – Portland, ORPortland Arts & Lectures presents George Saunders – 7:30pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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

12 – TacomaAugust Postcard Poetry Festival book launch for 56 Days of August – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

13-15 – Portland, OROregon Poetry Association 2017 Conference – at University Place Hotel

13 – Seattle – Hugo House Word Works presents Mary Ruefle on imagination – 7:00pm – at The Frye Art Museum Auditorium

13 – SeattleReading with Robert Wrigley – 7:00pm – at Open Books

14 – Seattle2017 Washington State Book Awards – 7:00pm – at the Seattle Public Library, Central Library

17 – SeattleReading with CA Conrad & Dara Wier – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

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

20 – Anacortes – Clem Starck, poet, and Brad Killion, acoustic guitarist – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

20 – Eugene, ORLeft Coast Poetry with CA Conrad, Dara Wier, Ty Conner – 7:30pm – at Slightly Coffee

20-22 – Portland, OR3rd Annual Airstream Poetry Festival – at the Sou’wester

20 – SeattleWorkshop with Anne Tardos – 6:30pm – at Open Books

23 – SeattleEasy Speak Seattle: open mic plus featured performer – 8:00pm – at Wedgwood Ale House and Cafe

25 – Portland, ORpoetry with David Biespiel and Wendy Willis – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

26 – SeattleReading with Svetlana Beggs, Paula Cisewski & Matthew Minicucci – 7:00pm – at Open Books

26-29 – SeabeckSeabeck Haiku Getaway – at Seabeck Conference Center

28 – Ashland, ORAshland Literary Arts Festival – 10:00am-4:00pm – at Hannon Library, SOU

28 – Bellingham – 6th Annual International Peace Poets pot luck dinner and Read-In – 5:00pm – 910 14th Street

28 – SeattleReading with Bruce Beasley – 7:00pm – at Open Books

29 – SeattleReading with David Biespiel & Wendy Willis – 7:00pm – at Open Books

November

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

1 – SeattleValerie Hsiung with Don Mee Choi, Jane Wong & Amaranth Borsuk – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

3 – SeattleBook Launch Reading: Aaron Shurin’s Flowers & Sky – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

8 – BellinghamWhatcom Writers & Publishers presents monthly dinner & speaker meeting – 5:30pm – at Nicki’s Bella Marina

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

8 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Amy MacLennan – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

8 – Portland, ORpoetry with Carlos Reyes and William O’Daly – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

9 – SeattleBook Launch Reading: Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts featuring poets Maya Jewell Zeller and Ellen Welcker, as well as the screening of a film by Rebecca Starkey – 7:00pm – at Open Books

13 – SeattleEasy Speak Seattle: open mic plus featured performer – 8:00pm – at Wedgwood Ale House and Cafe

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

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

16 – Portland, ORPortland Arts & Lectures presents Reza Aslan – 7:30pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

17 – Anacortes – poets Tim McNulty and Lorraine Healy – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

December

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

6 – Seattle – Hugo House Word Works presents Jess Walter on narrative time – 7:00pm – at venue TBA

13 – BellinghamWhatcom Writers & Publishers presents monthly writers cross-group holiday meeting – 5:30pm – at Nicki’s Bella Marina

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

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

15 – Anacortes – Robert Sund Poets House, readers to be announced – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

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

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

10 – Milwaukie, ORMilwaukie Poetry Series presents Anatoly Molotkov – 7:00pm – at Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library

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

18 – Portland, ORPortland Arts & Lectures presents Jesmyn Ward – 7:30pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

8 – Portland, ORPortland Arts & Lectures presents Claudia Rankine – 7:30pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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

15 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series presents Ruby Hansen Murray – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts

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

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

March

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

1-31 – everywhereNational Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo)

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

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

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

29 – Seattle – Hugo House Word Works presents Charles Johnson – 7:00pm – at venue TBA

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

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

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

27 – SeattlePoetry Series: McKibbens, Alire Sáenz, Zamora – 7:30pm – McCaw Hall

May

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

17-20 – La Conner10th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival

June

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

July

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

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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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