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 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 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

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 Poetry Reading – 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

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

2018

October

1-31 – TacomaTacoma Arts Month

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

20 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 22: Animal Beast Creature – 7:00pm – at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

20 – SeattleNew England Review at 40: An Anniversary Reading – 7:00pm – at Open Books

21 – Oak HarborOak Harbor Poetry Project presents Joanne Clarkson – 3:00pm – at Oak Harbor Library

21 – Seattle[Workshop] The Personal & the Political with Rick Barot – 10:00am – at Open Books

21 – SeattleA Reading and Reception for Stealing Light: A Raven Chronicles Anthology – 2:00pm (with reception following) – at Seattle Central Library

21 – SeattleFloating Bridge Press Chapbook Award winners Natasha Moni and Rena Priest read – 3:00pm – at the Elliott Bay Book Company

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

25-28 – Seabeck11th annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway, featuring Abigail Friedman – at Seabeck Conference Center

25 – SeattleSierra Golden with Chelsea Werner-Jatzke – The Slow Art – 7:00pm – at Third Place Books Ravenna

26 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Jessica Gigot and Bill Ransom – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

26 – Portland, ORSpare Room presents Joel Bettridge, Tom Fisher, and Jamondria Marnice Harris – 7:00pm – at Passages Bookshop

26 – SeattleBook Launch Reading: Mia Ayumi Malhotra’s Isako Isako – 7:00pm – at Open Books

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

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

27 – SeattlePriscilla Long – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

29 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

30 – Portland, OROregon Jewish Voices – 7:30pm – at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

November

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

1 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

2 – SeattleBook Launch Reading for Sierra Nelson – 7:00pm – at Open Books

3 – SeattleMoonPath Press Reading, Curated by Risa Denenberg – 7:00pm – at Open Books

8 – Bellingham2018 Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl – 7:00am – at Bellingham Technical College Settlemyer Hall

8 – Portland, ORSlamlandia – 6:30pm – at Literary Arts

9 – SeattleReading with Ravenna Press – 7:00pm – at Open Books

9 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

10 – Portland, ORPortland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock) – Portland Art Museum and other venues

10 – Portland, ORLit Crawl Portland – 6:00pm – various venues

11 – SeattlePart 1 of 2: List Poems with Rachel Edelman – 10:00am – at Open Books

11 – SeattleBook Launch Reading for Subjective Geography: A Poet’s Thoughts on Life and Craft by Madeline DeFrees 5:00pm – at Open Books

12 – Seattle – African-American Writers’ Alliance Poetry Reading – 7:00pm – at Third Place Books, Seward Park

15 – Pendleton, ORFirst Draft Writers’ Series – 7:00pm – at Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pearson Auditorium

16 – SeattleBook Launch Reading for Jessica Rae Bergamino’s UNMANNED – 7:00pm – at Open Books

17 – SeattleReading with Susan Rich, Valerie Wallace & Lisa Wells – 7:00pm – at Open Books

18 – Portland, ORSpare Room presents Deborah Woodard, Rodney Koeneke, and Jen Denrow – 7:00pm – at Passages Bookshop

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

26 – BellinghamOpen Mic Night with Sean Dwyer – 7:00pm – at Village Books

30 – Anacortes – Robert Sund Poets House Annual Reading (info to come)

30 – Seattle – reading features 2018 Jack Straw Writers Kamari Bright, Jalayna Carter, Bryan Edenfield, Corbin Louis, and Dujie Tahat – 7:00pm – at Open Books

December

2 – BIRTHDAYSamuel Green

6 – TulalipFirst Thursday Poetry Series with featured poets and open mic – 6:00pm – at Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room

10 – Seattle – African-American Writers’ Alliance Poetry Reading – 7:00pm – at Third Place Books, Seward Park

13 – Portland, ORSlamlandia – 6:30pm – at Literary Arts

14 – TacomaPuget Sound Poetry Connection presents the Distinguished Writer Series, with featured writer plus open mic – 7:00pm – at Immanual Presbyterian

28 – Anacortes – Cheri Shaver & Skagit County Young Poets (info to come)

January

2 – BIRTHDAYJimmy Santiago Baca

9 – BIRTHDAYKelli Russell Agodon

10-20 – Seaside, ORPacific University Residency Writers Conference

13 – BIRTHDAYMegan Snyder-Camp

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

17 – BIRTHDAYWilliam Stafford

20 – BIRTHDAYBruce Beasley

22 – BIRTHDAYLuther Allen

25 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Elizabeth Austen and Ed Harkness – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

February

1-28 – everywhereNational Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

1 – BIRTHDAYJoannie Stangeland

4 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth Vignali

6 – BIRTHDAYRena Priest

8 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Clemens Starck – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

19 – BIRTHDAYRick Barot

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

22 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Michael Daley and Jeremy Voigt – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

22-24 – Astoria, ORFisherPoets Gathering

25 – BIRTHDAYElizabeth J. Colen

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

2 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 23 – 7:00pm – at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

10 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Tom Jay and Holly J. Hughes – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

12 – BIRTHDAYNaomi Shihab Nye

18 – BIRTHDAYWilfred Owen

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

23 – BIRTHDAYLana Hechtman Ayers

26 – BIRTHDAYPatrick Lane

27 – BIRTHDAYJulia Álvarez, Dorothea Lasky

27–30, Portland, ORAWP #19 – at the Oregon Convention Center

29 – Anacortes – Poetry reading featuring Kevin Miller and Georgia Johnson – 7:00pm – at Pelican Bay Books

31 – SeattleEquivox: Hedgebrook’s annual brunch and fundraiser – details TBA

April

1-30National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo

4 – BIRTHDAYAnita K. Boyle

6 – EllensburgInland Poetry Prowl: “Sylvia’s Tulips”

5-7 – OrcasOrcas Island Literary Festival

11 – BIRTHDAYMaria McLeod

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

23 – BIRTHDAYColeman Barks

25 – BIRTHDAYTed Kooser

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

28 – BIRTHDAYSCarolyn Forché, Roberto Bolaño

29 – BIRTHDAYYusef Komunyakaa

May

9 – BIRTHDAYCharles Simic, Dan Chiasson

12 – BIRTHDAYBernadette Mayer

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

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

31 – BIRTHDAYWalt Whitman

June

7 – BIRTHDAYGwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni

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

16 – Ireland & elsewhereBloomsday

21 – BIRTHDAYSheila Sondik

July

2 – BIRTHDAYWisława Szymborska

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

9 – BIRTHDAYSusan Rich

16 – BIRTHDAYRobert Lashley

31 – BIRTHDAYKim Addonizio

August

1-31August Poetry Postcard Fest

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

3 – BIRTHDAYDiane Wakoski

5 – BIRTHDAYWendell Berry, Ron Silliman

20 – BIRTHDAYHeather McHugh

28 – BIRTHDAYRita Dove

September

5 – BIRTHDAYNicanor Parra

10 – BIRTHDAYMary Oliver

11 – BIRTHDAY – Ryler Dustin

October

3 – BIRTHDAYBill Porter (Red Pine)

4 – BIRTHDAYJames Bertolino, Susan J. Erickson

14 – BIRTHDAYOcean Vuong

15 – BIRTHDAYKim Stafford

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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. 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!


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