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 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

July

22 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Waples Room at the Inn at Lynden

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

24 – Corvallis, ORThe Art of the Submission, presented by Laura Stanfill – 6:30pm – at First Presbyterian Church, Allison Room

24 – Seattle – Poet Alexandra Teague reads from her debut novel, The Principles Behind Flotation (Skyhorse) – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

25 – SeattleAnastacia-Reneé celebrates the publication of Forget It with Jane Wong, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore & Shankar Narayan – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

27 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with Jerry Martien – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

27 – Portland, ORPoets Sarah Bokich, Vargus Pike, and Tricia Knoll – 7:00pm – at Another Read Through

28 – Portland, ORGobshite Quarterly Launch – 7:00pm – at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop

28 – Salem, ORLast Friday Poetry Group presents John Sibley Williams – 7:00pm – at The Book Bin

29 – BainbridgeThe Written Image: Blending Poetry with the Visual Arts – 11:00am – at Bainbridge BARN

31 – BellinghamOpen Mic with Laurel Leigh, 7:00pm – at Village Books

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

4-6 – Portland, ORWillamette Writers Conference – at Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

4 – Seattle – Reading by poet Camille Dungy – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

5 – everywhereThe Poetry Marathon

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

CANCELLEDsee note – 8 – BellinghamBooked at the Baker presents Sherman Alexie, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – 7:00pm – at Mount Baker Theatre – EVENT CANCELLED

8 – SeattleReading with Melissa Dickey, Andy Stallings & Jay Thompson – 7:00pm – at Open Books

9 – BellinghamWhatcom Writers and Publishers monthly dinner meeting with speaker – 5:30pm – at Nicki’s Bella Marina

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

12 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Waples Room at the Inn at Lynden

13 – Portland, ORStudio Series: Poetry Reading & Open Mic presents Christopher Luna, Toni Partington, and Tiffany Burba – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

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

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

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

16 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

16 – SeattleMatthew Zapruder reads from Why Poetry – 7:00pm – at Hotel Sorrento

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

16 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

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

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

18 – SeattleAnastacia Reneé Tolbert Reading – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

20 – SeattleReading with T’ai Freedom Ford, Imani Sims & Samiya Bashir – 7:00pm – at Open Books

26 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – Waples Room at the Inn at Lynden

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

28 – BellinghamOpen Mic with Laurel Leigh, 7:00pm – at Village Books

31 – SeattleReading with Hoa Nguyen – 7:00pm – at Open Books

September

8-10 – Cumberland, BCCascadia Poetry Festival

10 – Portland, ORStudio Series: Poetry Reading & Open Mic presents Constance Hall and Judith Arcana – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

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

15 – SeattleReading with Carolina Ebeid & Charif Shanahan – 7:00pm – at Open 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

22-24 – TietonLiTFUSE

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

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

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

October

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

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

9 – Bellingham – Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation (details to come) – 7:00pm – at Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

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

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

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

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

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

November

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

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

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

December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

May

8 – Portland, ORPortland Arts & Lectures presents Viet Thanh Nguyen – 7:30pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

June

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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