Saturday(s) in Ellensburg

August 7, 2021

If you happen to be in Ellensburg, Washington, today, Saturday, August 7, 2021, or the first Saturday of September or October, stop by Open Mic Saturday, by the Ellensburg Farmers Market, 4th and Pearl Street. Join local and visiting poets between 10:00 and 11:30am to read, listen, or chat with the Inland Poetry team and various other poetry dignitaries.

It’s back!

May 29, 2021

The park may look a little more like your computer monitor than usual, but don’t let that fool you: Poets in the Park is back for a rollicking weekend of readings, performances, workshops, and open mics. It’s all happening on Zoom next weekend, Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, 2021, and it’s all FREE as long as you register.

Michael Dylan Welch has lined up an impressive schedule, with a pretty dazzling array of events and participants.

Have a look, sign up now, then prep your picnic and your poems and enjoy Poets in the Park right in your own back yard.

Everett Poetry Night (Everett, Washington), home of weekly spoken words since 2006, is taking poetry to the park. Ghost Mic happens every Thursday at American Legion Memorial Park. See the schedule on Facebook. Here’s the rundown:

Ghost Mic is poetry without a mic (less germs)
Ghost mic is held in a park (fresh air, less germs)
Ghost mic encourages safe distancing 8 to 10 feet (less germs)

It has gotten cold twice during Ghost Mic… each time we wrapped up by 7:30pm. The hour or so of poetry was well worth coming out for. But, if you are running late, there might be a chance that we are wrapping by the time you arrive.

If you come to Ghost Mic:
Wear masks
Bring a chair or a blank to sit on
Bring extra clothes or blanket…it can get chilly
Take precautions
If you feel ill or been around someone ill, PLEASE STAY HOME
Plan well
I don’t want anyone dying….
remember we need your vote in November.
Bring blankets and or chairs (worth saying twice.)
There will be NO MIC… hence Ghost Mic… so prepare to evoke.

Start mingling at 6:00 pm
Poetry will begin at 6:30 and go to dusk…around 8:30 or so

We are NOT doing the usual 30-minute music opening.
Musicians are encouraged to participate in the open mic or play during the mingling.
We do not plan on having any features for the remainder of 2020, just pure open Ghost Mic. It will be safer that way.

Support Café Zippy by picking up a boxed dinner… order early. See ordering information and Marilyn’s special offer on each Ghost Mic event page on Facebook.


Wednesday Night Poetry’s Virtual Open Mic, hosted by Kai Coggin, was physically held each week at Kollective Coffee+Tea in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, but is now held virtually to poets all over the world. Founded by the late Bud Kenny, WNP is the longest running consecutive weekly poetry open mic series in the country, never missing a single week of poetry since February 1, 1989. Kai curates and shares each week’s open mic.

To participate, send a video poem or song (3 minutes or less) to Kai Coggin on Facebook messenger, or to kaicoggin (AT) To watch, visit Wednesday Night Poetry on Facebook, 5:00pm Pacific, 7:00pm Central.

new at Village Books

February 11, 2020

You may be aware that Village Books in Bellingham hosts an open mic at 7:00pm on the last Monday of the month. Starting on Monday, February 24, 2020, Village Books will augment the open mic program with a Spanish-language open mic starting at 6:00pm. Writers are welcome to share Spanish-language fiction, essays, and poetry. Sign up at the main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626.

On the second Thursday of every month, Angst Gallery in Vancouver, Washington, opens its doors to poetry. Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic offers an evening of featured readers, open mic, plus food and libations provided by Niche Wine Bar.

On Thursday, January 9, 2020, Luther Allen and J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg will share the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic feature spot. Open mic signups: 6:30-7:00pm.

On the gallery walls: Ninth Annual Celebration of the Male Form.

Lots to enjoy. Hope to see you there.

are you listening?

November 6, 2019

In case it has escaped your notice, Rattle now has a weekly livestreaming poetry reading and podcast: Rattlecast. Each podcast (Tuesday nights at 9:00pm EDT / 6:00pm PDT) includes a featured poet in conversation with Rattle editor Timothy Green as well as an “open mic” of recorded poems submitted by listeners. Sixteen episodes have been recorded to date. Browse or subscribe on YouTube.


October 30, 2019

Get your Halloween started at Open Books with a spirited lunchtime open mic featuring haunting words from Poe to Plath to Notley, plus your favorites, or find something to share from the shelves of Open Books. Local poets Samar Abulhassan and Sierra Nelson get things started. Costumes optional.

Thursday, October 31, 2019, Noon-1:30pm.

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image: Tom Hundley

new spoken word venue

October 7, 2019

Duck Lake Books, which publishes books, chapbooks, and a quarterly journal, has announced a new spoken-word gathering: The Lighthouse Poetry Society of Ocean Shores. The open mic event will happen the second Saturday of each month, beginning October 12, 2019, at The Lighthouse in Ocean Shores, Washington.

been to Everett lately?

August 21, 2019

If it’s been a while since you visited Everett, Washington, you might want to check out the lineup at Everett Poetry Night. There’s poetry on tap every Thursday — featured poet plus open mic — at Café Zippy. See link above or find more Everett Poetry Night on Facebook.

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