Jessica Lohafer is the featured poet at Everett Poetry Night tonight, Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Cafe Zippy. Doors open and open mic signups begin at 6:15pm. Music by Karyn Michaelson. Featured poet begins at 8:00pm. See more on Facebook. Go see Jessica.

happening in Everett

January 31, 2017

Poetry Laboratory

Perhaps you’re familiar with the long-running every-Thursday Everett Poetry Night at Café Zippy, but did you know there’s a second weekly poetry scene in Everett? The Poetry Laboratory happens every Monday at Black Lab Art Gallery, with featured poet, open mic and artwork on the walls. Visit the Poetry Laboratory Facebook page for the latest.

hear and be heard

January 8, 2017

Every Week

If you’re not getting your recommended daily allowance of poetry, here are some ongoing weekly events where you’ll hear powerful voices and where you can try out your own words on a receptive audience.

Mondays in Bellinghampoetrynight featured poet and open mic

Mondays in SeattleEasy Speak Seattle hosts a featured reader and open mic the 2nd and 4th Monday (okay, not weekly, but used to be)

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 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 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 Olympia – the Old Growth Poetry Collective presents the Olympia People’s Mic with featured reader and open mic – at Ben Moore’s Restaurant

Thursdays in Salem, ORThe Salem Poetry Project presents a featured reader followed by open mic – 7:00pm – at Barrel & Keg

Fridays in Victoria, BCPlanet Earth Poetry featured poets plus open mic – 7:30pm – at Hillside Coffee and Tea

poetrynight and Piper

It’s Monday, June 6, 2016, so that means it’s poetrynight night and Paul S. Piper features. Paul will be reading poetry from three past books, plus new poems from a book due out in late June or July. That book is entitled and Light and will be published by Good Deed Rain Press.

Join the audience and join in the open mic at the Bellingham Public Library. Doors open and sign-ups begin at 7:45pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp!

tonight in Bellingham!

April 25, 2016


Every day is a busy day for the Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, so Bellingham is particularly pleased that he is here as the featured reader for poetrynight, tonight, Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Mount Baker Theatre, in the Encore Room. There will also be an open mic. Doors open and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp! See you there!

Baudelaire's Birthday Bash

Spend a spring day in Ellensburg, Washington, and fill your eyes and ears with poetry. The first-ever Inland Poetry Prowl, aka Baudelaire’s Birthday Bash, Saturday, April 9, 2016, will populate downtown Ellensburg with readings, writing, art, open mics and nearly two dozen featured guest poets, including Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall.

See the roster of featured readers, the schedule of events, the open mic guidelines and schedule and plenty more on the Inland Poetry Prowl website and Baudelaire’s Birthday Bash on Facebook.

Thursday in Redmond!

February 17, 2016

Sheila Sondik - Canal Path II

Michael Dylan Welch and SoulFood Poetry Night will present two wonderful poets tomorrow evening, Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 7:00pm at the SoulFood CoffeeHouse and Fair Trade Emporium in Redmond, Washington.

Sheila Sondik is a Bellingham poet and printmaker. Her visual and written artwork explore the mysteries lurking just behind the surface of everyday life. Her poems, in both Asian and Western forms, have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and Egress Studio Press published her chapbook, Fishing a Familiar Pond: Found Poems from The Yearling, in 2013. For her reading at SoulFood, she will be sure to include some of her recent technology-themed poems.

Caitlin Thomson has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including The Moth, The Adroit Journal, Eleven Eleven, and Till the Tide. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net anthology. Territory Prayer, her third chapbook, was just published by Maverick Duck Press.

This should be an exciting evening of poetry, including an open mic, which follows the featured poets.
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artwork: Canal Path II by Sheila Sondik

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