best selling

September 3, 2021

Nice to see two Cascadia-region publishers (Empty Bowl and Fonograf) and five titles among the top twenty poetry bestsellers for August from Small Press Distribution! All available through your favorite independent bookseller.

Eat this Poem

August 15, 2021

Eat this Poem is a website that pairs food and poetry, one city at a time, along with musings on writing, cooking, creativity, motherhood, and embracing the simple things. The site’s Literary City Guides, A travel resource for bookworms who love to eat, feature a number of communities in Cascadia, including Ashland, Bellingham, Boise, Corvallis, Missoula, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver and Victoria, BC.

face to face?

July 8, 2021

(NOTE: this post has been updated since it was published on July 8, 2021.)

We were curious about the prognosis for in-person poetry readings, so we contacted a bunch of event organizers from around Cascadia. There are certainly some missing and a few didn’t reply (perhaps they’ll Comment with current info), but here’s what we’ve found out so far (locations are Washington unless otherwise noted):

  • BookTree (Kirkland) will probably resume in-store readings in September and may have a couple of special events with visiting poets before then… like in August.
  • Broken Mic (Spokane) weekly in-person open mics resumed on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
  • Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater (Bellingham) continues on Zoom on the second Wednesdays in July and August. Starting in September: second-Wednesday live readings at an indoor location TBA and fourth-Wednesday Zoom open mic readings; the two may later merge into a hybrid.
  • Couth Buzzard (Seattle) weekly in-person Wednesday Open Mics resumed on July 7. Seating is limited so reserve by calling 206-436-2960.
  • Creative Colloquy (Tacoma) MAY be back in action in July but no firm answer quite yet; will continue to host The Writer’s Workshop Series virtually for the time being.
  • Creekside (Bellingham) will not gather in person or Zoom for the summer months but hopes to resume on Zoom in the fall, perhaps October.
  • Duvall Poetry (Duvall) at some point will meet again in person at the Duvall Library, but no definite date has been set.
  • Easy Speak (Seattle)
  • Edmonds Bookshop (Edmonds) has no immediate plans for in-person readings, but hopes to be ready for a National Poetry Month gathering in April 2022.
  • Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle) expects to start hosting some in-person readings in October (Teresa K Miller will appear in person on October 10), while still hosting some Zooms. Elliott Bay has just announced its first in-person event in a year and a half: a ticketed outdoor benefit reading with Molly Wizenberg.
  • Empty Bowl (Anacortes) is still publishing and plans to send out a schedule of live, in-person readings to begin in September.
  • Everett Poetry Night (Everett) has two weekly in-person readings: Sundays at Legion Park (open mic, weather dependent) and Thursdays at Café Zippy (open mic plus feature, in covered patio)
  • 49 Writers (Anchorage, AK)
  • Gelato & Poetry Night (new in Bellingham) meets in person, in the patio, with a featured reader and open mic, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 6:00pm at All That Jazz Boutique Gallery, downtown. In October 2021, Poetry Night will move indoors on a new schedule: the 2nd and 4th Saturday, starting at 6:00pm, with masks and vaxx required. More on Instagram @allthatjazzgallery.
  • Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic (Vancouver) hopes to return to in-person readings in a new location before the end of the year. Also hoping to find $upport for continued Zoom coverage.
  • Haiku Komo Kulshan (Bellingham) is on hiatus for the summer. Will Zoom in September with a kukai.
  • Haiku Northwest will continue to meet via Zoom through the summer and will meet in person for the annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway, October 28-31, 2021.
  • Hugo House (Seattle) is still working out the details, with the first in-person Scribes summer camp in August, select in-person adult classes beginning in September, and other in-person events and classes phased in slowly this fall.
  • It’s About Time (Seattle) reports that the Seattle Public Library will not host public events through the end of the year, so plans for resumption of in-person readings at the Ballard branch remain in the works.
  • Lilla Lit (Portland, OR)
  • Margin Shift: Friends in Poetry (Seattle) isn’t quite ready to declare an in-person, indoors schedule, but will celebrate with the first live reading in 15 months on Thursday, July 15, at Volunteer Park at 6:30pm. This and future events will also livestream.
  • Milwaukie Poetry Series (Milwaukie, OR) hopes to host the 15th Season in person starting this Fall. Meanwhile, the 14th Season continues online.
  • Northwest Renaissance Poets (Auburn) does not have plans to resume in-person readings but hopes to start looking at options soon.
  • Olympia Poetry Network (Olympia) venue, New Traditions Café, has not yet opened for live events, but OPN is looking at September or soon after as a dream date for normalizing the monthly series.
  • Open Books (Seattle) is optimistic and the all-volunteer event staff is discussing plans, but there’s no definitive answer yet.
  • Planet Earth Poetry (Victoria, BC) is currently venue hunting; hopes to be able to resume face-to-face readings in the fall and also hoping to do a hybrid Zoom/in-person format.
  • PoetryBridge (West Seattle) on August 15, 2021, Leopoldo announced that in-person sessions would be postponed “until the situation regarding Covid improves significantly. My new plan is to have the next event be a ‘pop up’, meaning that I will provide fairly short notice based on improved conditions.” To receive updates by email, send a note to info@poetrybridge.net.
  • poetrynight (Bellingham) is talking about restarting but uncertain about the timing and location as their venue, the Alternative Library, is moving.
  • Puget Sound Poetry Connection (Tacoma) will meet live on Friday, September 10, at 7:00pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church for the first live meeting after nine months of Zoom.
  • RASP (Redmond) awaits word from the venue on renovations and whether/when in-person sessions may be possible.
  • Red Wheelbarrow Writers (Bellingham) intends to begin in-person first-Saturday gatherings in August, including an open mic for ten readers as part of each meeting, newcomers welcome.
  • Salon of Shame (Seattle) is not sure when in-person will resume, but is putting together an outreach strategy to ensure they’ve got plenty of readers once they do.
  • SoulFood Poetry Night (Redmond) plans to resume its in-person events with the September 16, 2021, reading and meanwhile, continues on Zoom with the July 15, 2021, reading marking SoulFood Poetry Nights’s 15th anniversary, with features Jeannine Hall Gailey and Annette Spaulding, who were the very first readers on July 18, 2006.
  • Striped Water Poets (Auburn)
  • Valley Writers (Bellingham) will continue meeting on Zoom, 1:00-3:00pm on the last Friday of the month until further notice.
  • Village Books (Bellingham) in-person open mics with Seán Dwyer will resume in July (both Spanish-language, 6:00pm, and English-language, 7:00pm) with simultaneous Zoom for off-site readers.
  • Whatcom Writers & Publishers (Bellingham) is on hiatus for the summer following a celebratory in-person picnic. Watch the site to see if the second-Wednesday meetings will resume in person or online.
  • Windfall (Eugene, OR) will resume in September; the hope is that Windfall will continue in a hybrid fashion, with authors at the library proper, but streaming the readings so folks can tune in from anywhere in the known universe.

Meanwhile, in related news: Pacific Northwest Writers Conference will remain 100% online for 2021 as will Write on the Sound writers’ conference, while Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association will hold their regular tradeshow, in person.

Please be sure to check web links for the latest information.

HUGE thanks to the determined organizers who have kept on in spite of the odds and who responded so quickly to my pleas for information.

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Photo by Joe Mabel

busy times

March 30, 2021

As we navigate into National Poetry Month, the calendar gets busier and busier. This is just a reminder that The Poetry Department maintains a 12-month CALENDAR of events throughout Cascadia.

While many of our favorite reading series have gone dark in the last year, we’ve held on to their weekly and monthly calendar listings if there is still a website available and hope they may eventually be revived. Many programs have moved onto Facebook and we include those links where available.

The information provided is very limited: a date, brief description, time (Pacific unless otherwise noted), and, importantly, a link where you’ll find more information.

To add your local event, leave a Comment on any post or send a note to thepoetrydepartment AT gmail.com.

Check back often; the calendar is updated almost every day.

calendar page

May 30, 2019

Just a reminder that the CALENDAR page is loaded with poetry events and updated almost daily. It covers the Cascadia region and extends 12 months into the future.

We’ve added sections for events that happen Every Week and Every Month, and we’ve also added poetry/writing conferences and the dates that submissions open for publications that are based in the region.

To make a correction or add your event to the calendar, send an email to thepoetrydepartment at gmail dot com with the following information (required): date, city, brief description, time, venue, valid link for more information.

Click on CALENDAR, near the top of this page. Add your event. Visit often.

what’s goin’ on…

April 3, 2018

It’s National Poetry Month and there’s waaaaay too much going on to feature everything on the front page. But The Poetry Department CALENDAR page is updated almost every day and while it doesn’t include everything, it lists a lot more events throughout Cascadia…and throughout the year!

To add your Cascadia event, leave a Comment or send an email to thepoetrydepartment AT gmail.com (you know the drill), listing the date, the city/state, a brief description, the time, the venue, and a LINK to a website where readers can find more information.

Check back often and mark your calendar!

O, pen

February 18, 2018

Now and then we like to update you on poetry submission deadlines for Cascadia-based publications.
NOTE 1: This list does not include contests.
NOTE 2: This is not a list of all the literary publications in the region, only those with open or nearly-open submissions. To see more, see the NW lit scene links in the sidebar at right.
NOTE 3: Read the publication and read the guidelines before submitting. Please.

Here’s the latest:

Looking ahead

July 26, 2017

If an autumn 2017 writing retreat or conference strikes your fancy, here are a number of events coming up in Cascadia and beyond.

meet and retreat

April 17, 2017

Here are a number of conferences, retreats and other events in the greater Cascadia area (and beyond) that merit some planning for the coming months (all 2017).

For readings and other events, see the Calendar page.

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Poet, submit!

January 28, 2017

open sign with snowIt may still be winter, but deadlines are busting out all over. This list includes Cascadia-region publications that have current/ongoing submissions calls. There are many other fine journals in the region, but if they are not accepting submissions, they are not included here. Dates are 2017. Follow the links for details.

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