get out the calendar!

March 31, 2022

National Poetry Month begins tomorrow, April 1, and the calendar is packed. While we don’t claim comprehensive coverage, the month of April on the CALENDAR page has a pretty good selection of events. While more in-person readings are beginning to show up, there are still plenty of virtual events if you’re not quite ready, or if you’re not nearby. (Please note that recurring weekly and monthly events are listed separately.)

If your Cascadia-region event (April or otherwise) is not on the calendar (please check first!), leave a Comment with the essential details, including a website (required) where readers can find more information.

The CALENDAR page is updated almost daily, so check back!

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

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.

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