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.

…why not take a class? Wherever you may be in the world, the Hugo House catalog for Winter and Spring offers scores of online classes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, mixed genre, reading, writing for performance, etc. Whether you want a multi-week class or a one- or two-session intensive, there’s probably something here to expand your vision and your skills.

And while you’re on the Hugo House site, be sure to browse the list of near-daily events — readings, write-ins, Q & A, and much more.

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.

calendar update

September 20, 2018

If you’re planning a Cascadia-region poetry event or looking for one to attend, be sure to look at the CALENDAR page. A 12-month compendium of readings, workshops, conferences, and other poetry events, the page is updated almost daily. In addition to an “Every Week” section, the calendar now has an “Every Month” section of recurring poetry gatherings.

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

So much poetry going on!

September 18, 2014



Fall isn’t even official yet and the calendar is already fattening up with delicious poetry events. Check the Boynton Blog CALENDAR page for a taste of what’s coming up, starting today.

This 12-month calendar, which focuses primarily on events in Washington State, is updated nearly every day, so check back often. And if you have a poetry event that’s not included (or a correction), please leave a Comment and be sure to include a link where readers can find complete details.



(…and so on…)

Andrea GibsonThe Green Frog Acoustic Tavern in Bellingham will host spoken word poet Andrea Gibson along with special guest Shenandoah Davis on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Watch this. Buy a ticket. Get in line.
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photo of Andrea Gibson

Saturday event: Books & Brews

September 12, 2013

Books & Brews

When you’ve finished your visit to the Bellingham Farmers Market on Saturday, walk right across the street to Boundary Bay Brewery and pay a visit to Books & Brews. Sponsored by Whatcom Writers and Publishers and Chanticleer Book Reviews and Media, this first-annual gathering promises a meet-and-greet with local authors and publishers as well as door prizes and a selection of signature Boundary Bay brews and brats. Admission is free.

busy week!

September 8, 2013


There’s so much going on between today, Sunday, September 8, 2013, and Saturday, September 14!

The 2nd Annual Mazama Festival of Books continues today at the Mazama Community Center in Mazama, Washington.

This afternoon at 4:00pm, Sheila Sondik reads from her new chapbook, Fishing a Familiar Pond, in the Readings Gallery, downstairs at Village Books in Bellingham.

Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00pm, join the VB Writes speculative fiction / science fiction drop-in writing group at Village Books.

Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00pm, poets Richard Widerkher and Sheila Nickerson read their poetry at Village Books.

Also on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00pm, featured poet Jennifer Bullis will read from her new book, Impossible Lessons, followed by an open mic, at the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater at the Firehouse Café in Bellingham.

Also on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00pm, ROCKiT Community Arts sponsors Beacon Bards with featured poets Amber Flame and Anastasia Tolbert followed by an open mic at The Station Bistro, on Beacon Hill in Seattle.

Thursday, September 12 at 6:00pm, it’s the VB Writes Fiction Writing Group at Village Books.

Also on Thursday, September 12 at 6:00pm, It’s About Time Writers Reading Series presents Judith Roche, Sarah Zale, Laura Gamache and Shin Yu Pal, plus an open mic at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

Also on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm, The Northwind Reading Series presents a reading by Laurence Cole and Bill Mawhinney at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.

Friday, September 13 at 7:00pm, The Distinguished Writer Series presents poet Christine Swanberg plus an open mic at King’s Books in Tacoma.

Saturday, September 14, Noon-4:00pm, it’s Books & Brews, the first annual bookfest presented by Whatcom Writers & Publishers at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham.

To see more upcoming events, click on CALENDAR near the top of this page. The 12-month calendar of literary events around Washington state is updated nearly every day. To add your event, leave a comment on any post and include a link where visitors can find additional information.

new page name

August 3, 2013

CALENDAR = NW Lit Events

Looking for a literary event in the Pacific Northwest? Click on CALENDAR in the navigation bar near the top of the screen. Formerly NW Lit Events, the page lists readings, workshops, conferences, contests and more. Updated nearly every day.


Click the links for more info. More events on NW Lit Events page, updated daily.

1-28 – National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

1-28A Month of Letters

3Ish River Poets’ Circle features readings by Tim McNulty, Holly Hughes, Finn Wilcox and Michael Daley, 3pm, Civic Garden Center, La Conner

3 – Marjorie Manwaring and Derek Sheffield read poetry, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

3Intimacy: Poetry and Music, Blindfold Gallery, Seattle

4Striped Water Poets and the Northwest Renaissance present first Monday poetry featuring Carl Palmer plus open mic, Station Bistro, Auburn

6 – Colleen McElroy reads from Here I Throw Down My Heart, Seattle Public Library

7VB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, Village Books, Bellingham

7 – Poetry reading by Deborah Woodard, Open Books, Seattle

8 – Hugo Literary Series presents Strong Female Leads, Richard Hugo House, Seattle

8Kelli Russell Agodon reads, King’s Books, Tacoma

9FREE poetry workshop for Sue Boynton Poetry Contest poets, Fairhaven Public Library, Bellingham

9Reaching for the Other Side of the Wall, a one-day poetry workshop with Patricia Smith, Richard Hugo House, Seattle

9Rose Alley Press presents Linda Beeman, David D. Horowitz and open mic, Green Lake Public Library, Seattle

13Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater monthly open mic, Firehouse Cafe, Bellingham

13 – Poetry reading by Dennis Caswell and Keith Moul, plus open mic, Parkplace Books, Kirkland

13 – Seattle Arts & Lectures presents Nick Flynn: The Intersection of Poetry & Memoir, Benaroya Hall, Seattle

14 – Poetry open mic, every 2nd and 4th Thursday, fogdog gallery, Arlington

14Northwind Arts Center presents poets Anita K. Boyle and Richard Widerkehr, Port Townsend

14 – It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series presents Kay Mullen, Kim Holloway and Bruce Holbert, Ballard Branch, Seattle Public Library

15 – Poetry reading by Melanie Noel, Open Books, Seattle

17SpeakEasy 10: Out of the Box, poetry and more, The Amadeus Project, Bellingham

17Spokane Poetry Slam, third Sunday of the month, Scout, Spokane

19-21 – David Guterson reads from Snow Falling on Cedars as part of Whatcom READS!, various venues, Bellingham

21A Blend of Words and Wine features Carl Palmer, The Blend Wine Shop, Key Center

22Redmond Association of Spokenword presents Dan Raphael, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, Redmond

22-243 Days of Poetry: Poetry and Film, Gallery 1412, Seattle

23Watermark Writers presents a house concert with poet Tammy Robacker and Ari Hest, Vaughn

23Poetry as Performance Art, a workshop with Matthew Brouwer, Coop Connections Building, Bellingham [NOTE: date and location changed to March 2 at Allied Arts]

27poetrybridge presents Thaddeus Gunn and Roberto Ascalon, C & P Coffee, West Seattle

28 – Poetry open mic, every 2nd and 4th Thursday, fogdog gallery, Arlington

28Rose Alley Press presents David D. Horowitz, Cafe Zippy, Everett

28Northwind Arts Center presents poets Richard Kenney and Carol Light, Port Townsend

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