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March 26, 2017

National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) begin on Saturday, April 1, 2017. You can anticipate an extra serving of readings, book signings and other poetic events. Here are a few other items of interest:

  • Get daily prompts at NaPoWriMo.
  • Two Sylvias Press invites you to celebrate National Poetry month with 30 prompts delivered directly to your inbox each day, PLUS you can also have one of your 30 poems critiqued by the editors of Two Sylvias Press, Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy.
  • April is also National Letterwriting Month. Check out the event lineup at Write_On.
  • At Writers Digest, Robert Lee Brewer once again offers up the Poem-A-Day Challenge.
  • Thirty Thirty Poetry posts a prompt a day for the month of April.
  • The Academy of American Poets has a nice list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.

In addition to the usual weekly events… poetrynight, Poetry Laboratory, Easy Speak Seattle (2nd and 4th Monday), Vancouver Poetry Slam, Seattle Poetry Slam, Write Time Poetry, Rain City Slam, Broken Mic, Watermark Writers’ Workshop, Everett Poetry Night, Olympia People’s Mic, The Salem Poetry Project, Planet Earth Poetry, Portland Poetry Slam (every other Sunday)

…and the many scheduled appearances of Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody

…here are a few of the National Poetry Month events that are showing up on Cascadia calendars (Washington state unless otherwise indicated):

1 and 2 – Manzanita, ORPoetryFest 2017 – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

1 – Port TownsendPoetry reading with Gary Lilley and Matthew Nienow – 7pm – at Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

1 – SeattleReading with Tom Aslin and Michael Spence – 7:00pm – at Open Books

3 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

3 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents open mic plus featured readers – 6:30pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Reading Room

4 – SeattleReading with Jenny Johnson and JM Miller – 7:00pm – at Open Books

4 – Springfield, ORSpringfield Library Foundation presents a reading by poets Elizabeth Woody, Joe Wilkins, and A. Molotkov – 7:00pm – at Springfield Public Library

5 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

5 – BellinghamMary Pneuman reads from her collection of poems, Nature of Things – 7:00pm – at Village Books

5 – DuvallDuvall Poetry presents Jenessa Hope, Ginna Luck, and Kara Simon – 7:00pm – at Duvall Library

5 – Seattle – Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Alice Notley – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall

6 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books

7 – Corvallis, ORA reading by poet and nonfiction writer Ellen Bass – 7:30pm – at Oregon State University, Valley Library Rotunda

7 – SeattleLiterary Series: Anis Mojgani, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Rick Barot – 7:30pm – at Fred Wildlife Refuge

8 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness, Poems of Light – 7:00pm – Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

8 – EllensburgInland Poetry presents “Edna’s Second April,” a poetry prowl – all day – in downtown Ellensburg

8 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

9 – EdisonNational Poetry Month Group Reading with Georgia Johnson and Jessico Gigot – 5:00pm – at i.e.gallery

9 – Portland, ORThe Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

10 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

10 – SeattleHugo House Ask the Oracle with Jordan Scott, Doug Nufer, & Megan Snyder-Camp – 7:30pm – at Hotel Sorrento in the Fireside Room

10 – SeattleEasy Speak Wedgwood presents featured poet Erin Fristad plus open mic – open mic at 8 (signup prior), featured performer around 8:40 – at Wedgwood Ale House

11 – Redmond – Joannie Stangeland facilitates this month’s Poetry and Prose Circle – 6:30pm – at Redmond Regional Library

12 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

12 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Lois Rosen – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

12 – TacomaPoetry Book Club – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

13 – Bellingham – Poet Rick Hermann reads from his new collection, Nooksack: Poems and Prose – 7:00pm – at Village Books

13 – OlympiaCelebrate a New Washington Poetry Anthology: Washington 129 – 5:00pm – Washington State Capitol

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with TWO SYLVIAS PRESS: Natasha Moni and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

13 – SeattleIt’s About Time Writers Reading Series (every second Thursday) with featured readers and open mic – 6:00pm – at the Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

13 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring April Bullard and Ian Frederick Caton – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

14 – Portland, ORJohn Beer and Gabe Urza: Faculty Reading – 6:30pm – Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294

14 – SeattleBook Launch: Molly Tenenbaum’s Mytheria – 7:00pm – at Open Books

14 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet Rick Barot and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

15 – KirklandRobert Lashley – 3rd Saturday Workshop & Reading – workshop 4:30pm, reading/open mic 6:15pm – at BookTree

15 – Manzanita, OR – The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop taught by John Sibley Williams – Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays – 10:00am – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

15 – Port TownsendPriscilla Long leads a one-day workshop, Becoming a More Effective Creator – 10:00am-4:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe

15 – SeattleBook launch for Vancouver poet, composer, musician Leanne Dunic’s new book of short prose pieces, To Love the Coming End – 3:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

15 – SeattleReading by poet Gabriel Jesiolowski and C. Davida Ingram – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

16 – BellinghamDaniel Edward Moore reads poems from Confessions of a Pentcostal Buddhist – 4:00pm – at Village Books

17-23 – SpokaneGet Lit! Festival

18 – Eugene, OR – Poets Deborah Akers and Darlene Pagán read – 6:00pm – at Eugene Public Library

18 – SeattleWord Works: Terrance Hayes – 7:00pm – at Washington Hall

18 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books

19 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

19 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

19 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series, featuring Terrance Hayes and Jane Wong – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Company

19 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

20 – Anchorage, AKReading & Craft Talk Series presents Julie LeMay, An Alchemy of Words: Mystery and Clarity in a Poem – 7:00pm – at Indigo Tea Lounge

20 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books

20 – Portland, OR – Third-Thursday Comma series presents Melissa Madenski and Christine Colasurdo – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

20 – RedmondSoulFood Poetry Night presents readers from Two Sylvias Press: Jeannine Hall Gailey, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Michael Schmeltzer, and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at SoulFood Coffee House

21 – SeattleBook Launch: Jason Whitmarsh’s The Histories – 7:00pm – at Open Books

22 – Everywhere – Earth Day

22 – BellinghamSusan J. Erickson reads poems from Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine – 7:00pm – at Village Books

22 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

22 – SeattleLena Khalaf Tuffaha celebrates publication of her first full-length collection, Water & Salt – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

23 – BellinghamSandra Noel reads poems from Into the Green – 4:00pm – at Village Books

23 – LangleyPoetry Month Celebration with Matt Gano: TWO events: Poetry workshop 1:00-3:00pm, Special reading and interview 7:30pm – at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

23 – SeattleReading & Conversation with Katie Ford – 6:00pm – at Open Books

24 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

24 – BellinghamOpen Mic with Laurel Leigh, 7:00pm – at Village Books

24 – SeattlePoetry on Buses Launch Party – 6:30pm – at Moore Theatre

27 – EverywherePoem in Your Pocket Day

27 – Anchorage, AKSavor the Rising Words broadside invitational reading – 7:00pm – at Great Harvest Bread Co.

27 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Sibyl James and Judith Roche – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

27 – Portland, ORVerselandia! the annual citywide youth poetry slam – 7:00pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

28 – RedmondRASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword featured poet plus open mic – 7:00pm – at at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center

28 – SeattleReading with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lauren K. Alleyne & Jamaica Baldwin – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

29 – NationwideIndependent Bookstore Day (check your local indie store for scheduled events and author appearances)

29 – SeattleA reading by poets Gary Lemons and Felicia Gonzalez – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

30 – SeattleAfrican-American Writers’ Alliance Reading – 4:30pm – at Open Books

Check the lineup for the rest of the year on the CALENDAR page. Updated (almost) daily!

If you’d care to share your Cascadia-region National Poetry Month event (open to the public and not on this list), leave a Comment.

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Poster artwork by Maira Kalman

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.

tonight in Seattle

March 10, 2017

Open Books will host a book launch this evening, Friday, March 10, 2017, 7:00pm, for Kevin Craft’s second full-length collection, Vagrants & Accidentals (University of Washington Press 2016). The event will include a reading by Kevin Craft, as well as a reading by Portland poet Jessica Johnson. Join the celebration, hear some beautiful poems, and stick around afterward to get your very own signed copy of Vagrants & Accidentals and browse the wonderful selection at Open Books.

Here’s a link to a recent Skagit River Poetry Foundation interview with Kevin Craft.

Poetry series

February 18, 2017

Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive

Join Michael Dylan Welch for another new series of FREE “Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive” presentations this year, starting soon at the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, Washington. Here’s the line-up for 2017:

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 pm
Issa: Japanese Haiku Poet

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 pm
William Carlos Williams: American Poet

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Denise Levertov: Seattle Poet

Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 pm
Dylan Thomas: British Poet

All presentations are free! Plus on March 1 (7:00 pm) Michael will be doing a Dr. Seuss presentation for children and families, also at the Redmond Library.

These presentations will feature biographical information, videos, poems, discussion, and more! You are also welcome to bring your own favorite poems by these authors to share, perform, and discuss.

12 for 12 on 12

February 8, 2017

Clover: A Literary Rag

Come celebrate the publication of Volume 12 of Clover: A Literary Rag on Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4:00pm, at Village Books in Fairhaven (Bellingham).

Twelve of the issue’s authors will read: Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Douglas Cole, Victoria Doerper, Susan Chase-Foster, Stephanie Cosky Hopkinson, Paul Hunter, Ramon Ledesma, Laurel Leigh, Jim Milstead, Sara E. Simard, and Harvey Schwartz. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

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

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