Join the Skagit River Poetry Foundation
for a summer celebration
Outdoor Picnic at Pioneer Park
La Conner, Washington
Sunday, July 24, 2022, 2:00-7:00pm
Heron & Crow, Erik Christensen Band, and Deep River Blues Band
Northwest poets plus audience open mic
Burgers, dogs, drinks, and ice cream
Family friendly
Bring a camp chair or blanket

Mark your calendar!
(and while you’re at it: make a note of
the Skagit River Poetry Festival, October 6-9, 2022)

Poetry Picnic

May 25, 2022

The Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma Creates, Write253, and The Asian Pacific Cultural Center invite you to celebrate poetry and community at a Poetry Picnic on Saturday, June 11, 2022, 11:00am to 3:00pm in South Park, Tacoma, on the grounds of The Asian Pacific Cultural Center.

The free, all-ages event will feature drop-in activities, an open mic, live readings, book sales, book giveaways, letterpress printing, oral history recording booth, the Creative Colloquy book bike, a vegetarian food truck, and more.

LiTFUSE 2022!

May 22, 2022

Great news from Tieton, Washington, this week: the LiTFUSE faculty lineup for 2022 has been announced, PLUS a new monthly reading series and open mic, Fuel, has been added to LiTFUSE programming.

For LiTFUSE 2022, September 23-25, faculty will feature keynote poet, Kim Addonizio, featured guest, Washington State Poet Laureate, Rena Priest, and additional faculty Brooke Matson, Gabrielle Bates, Robert Lashley, Xavier Cavazos, Aileen Koewn Vaux, Matt Trease, Luther Hughes, Kathryn Hunt, Lyn Coffin, Mathias Svalina, Taneum Bambrick, and Gary Copeland Lilley.

Fuel happens every fourth Wednesday at 7:00pm at the Fueling Station in Tieton. On May 25, you can hear Raúl Sánchez reading from his new book, When There Were No Borders.

Keep an eye on the LiTFUSE website or Facebook page, or get your name on the mailing list for all the latest info.

book launch: tonight!

April 13, 2022

Poet and interviewer Paul E. Nelson will launch his brand-new book, Haibun de la Serna, this evening, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at 7:00pm, at C&P Coffee Company in West Seattle and streaming live on Facebook. An open mic will follow. The event is co-produced by PoetryBridge and Goldfish Press.

readings, etc., soon

April 12, 2022

Denver poet, performer, and novelist Gregory SETH Harris is coming to Cascadia and you have a couple of opportunities to see and hear him.

On Friday, April 15, 2022, BookTree, in Kirkland, will present a live, in-person event (masked/vaxxed, please), beginning at 6:30pm with a 30-minute open mic (sign up between 6 and 6:30pm), followed by SETH Harris performing from his poetic memoir, A Black Odyssey, and from his award-winning satirical novel, The Perfect Stranger. After a short break, there will be an additional open mic until 8:25pm. Seating is very limited; email to make sure there is room for you.

On Saturday, April 23, Chuckanut Sandstone Writers presents a free in-person workshop and reading with SETH at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th Street, in Bellingham. Seth’s Performance Poetry Workshop, “Read Like a Pro,” 1:00-3:00pm, will be followed at 4:00pm by a reading and open mic. (Details in graphic, above.) To sign up for the workshop, send an email (subject: SETH the Poet Workshop) to

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.

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