Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life.
It’s an empty basket; you put your life
into it and make something out of that
.– Mary Oliver
Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings @ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
and @ Bookworm Exchange in Seattle 3rd Fridays
& Poetry Day of the Week Listings
Wednesday, May 9th @ Park Place TONIGHT!!!
Wednesday May 9, 2012 7 to 8:30 p.m. Kirkland Washington
Kathleen Flenniken and Molly Tenenbaum
plus Open Mic
Kathleen Flenniken has been named the 2012 – 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate. Her new collection, Plume (University of Washington Press), is a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site. Her first book, Famous (University of Nebraska Press), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Flenniken’s awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust.
Molly Tenenbaum is the author of three full-length poetry collections: The Cupboard Artist (Floating Bridge Press, 2012) Now (Bear Star Press 2007), and By a Thread (Van West & Company, 2000). My chapbooks are Blue Willow (Floating Bridge Press, 1998), Old Voile (New Michigan Press, 2004), and Story (Cash Machine, 2005).
Her poems have appeared in various journals, including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Best American Poetry 1991, Black Warrior Review, Crab Creek Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cranky, The Diagram, Fine Madness, In Posse, Nimrod, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Shenandoah, and Swivel.
Honors include residencies at Hedgebrook and at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center, participation in the Jack Straw Writers’ Program, and a 2009 Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship.
Molly is also a musician, playing old-time banjo music who has recorded 2 solo CDs and is a member of two bands The Queen CIty Bulldogs and Dram County, and she does duets with her brother, Dan Tenenbaum.
Molly lives in Seattle teaches banjo in her living room and English at North Seattle Community College.
PEN and Take a Poem From Your Heart PRESENTS 2nd Wednesday
Poetry at Park Place Books
Park Place Books is one of the few remaining full sized new and used independent bookstores on the East
Side.Consider supporting their efforts to stay in business in the near future. They host many reading clubs and
June Readers: Robert Lashley
& Dobbie Reese Norris
Park Place Books is located in the Park Place Mall off 85th Street in Kirkland at
348 Parkplace Ctr Kirkland, WA 98033-6229
Friday May 18, @ Bookworm Exchange — Seattle
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE
Bookworm Exchange is a warm friendly new and used bookstore located in the
beautiful Columbia City retail district surrounded by Art Galleries, Bakeries,
Excellent Restaurants, and coffee shops. Owner Jim and his staff have thousands
of new and used booksand have supported our poetry reading for 7 years and counting! The store may
be closing in early 2013!!! C’mon!!!
BookWorm Exchange @ 4860 Rainier Avenue S. Seattle Wa 98118
JUNE– David Horowitz (new book release!!)
and Don Kentop (!!!!)
JULY– NO READING SCHEDULED
SEPTEMBER– Christine Swanberg
Tuesday May 15, 2012–SEATTLE
I’m reading at Dobbie Norris’ Third Tuesday Wrtiers & Poets (and music too) Reading
@ Seattle Mobile Expresso !!!
Third Tuesday Poets and Writers @ 7:00 P.M. @ Seattle Mobile Espresso,13000 Linden Ave
N #106 (Bitter Lake neighborhood),Seattle Hosted by Dobbie Norris.
Monday June 4th, 2012 — Auburn
Jack McCarthy !!!!
Christopher J. Jarmick
plus Open MIC
The Poetry Station@ Station Bistro in Auburn!!!!
The Auburn Station Bistro is located at 110 Second Street SW, Ste. 125, one block
south of West Main Street on the east side of the Auburn Transit Center, in the big brick
building below the green metal vine. Parking is plentiful, the event is free and open to all.
This brand new (as of April 2nd, 2012) Series is Presented by Northwest Renaissance
Poets, Performers & Publishers, in collaboration with Auburn Striped Water
Poets, with generous support from the Auburn Arts Commission.
Admission is free.
Poetry by Day of the Week
NOTE:THE LIST WAS Last UPDATED
in April of 2012
However, things change, sometimes without notice. If you have updates, and/or additions to this list
please email me as soon as possible so this list can be kept as current as possible. .
Occasional but not definitively scheduled readings do not appear on this list. Most
of the readings are open mic friendly and are nearly or completely free. Cover charges/ fees if any are
listed when known. Do Support busines hosts with purchases whenever possible.
FRIDAY Friday friday
1ST FRIDAYS TACOMA
Speak Your Soul
1st Friday, 8 p.m.
The Den Tea Bar, at the back of Urban XChange
1932 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma 253-376-4539
1st FRIDAYS RENTON
1st Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org // http://www.vivaharambee.com
2ND FRIDAYS — TACOMA
Second Friday KINGS BOOKS TACOMA at 7:00 p.m.
DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES
Kings Books, 218 St Helens, Tacoma, Washington.
The Puget Sound Poetry Connection (PSPC),
based in Tacoma sponsors the Distinguished
Writer Series,a venuefor playwrights, short story
writers and others. This mixedvenue features a
distinguished reader and an open mic.
It is usually Poetry. It includes an open mic.
All Open MIC in July and August unless special
feature is booked.Tel: 253-272-8801 Contact
Connie Walle via
3RD FRIDAYS– SEATTLE
Bookworm Exchange at 7 p.m.
Long running Poetry Series in the South
of downtownSeattle neighborhood of Columbia
City at a very comfortable new and used
bookstore is hosted by Christopher J.
Jarmick and happens every 3rd Friday
of the month (except July).at 7:00 p.m.
PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart present
3rd Friday Poetry at Bookworm Exchange,
4860 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle 98118(one block
north of the Starbucks on EAST side of street)
2-3 featured readers and an open mic FREE
(Sign-up 6:45 p.m.) Contact Chris @
LAST FRIDAYS TACOMA (Updated)
Free Ya Mind
4th Friday, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.Featured
Reader and Open Mic
Tully’s Coffee 9th & Broadway, Tacoma
tel: 253-921-1160 Stella Haioulani, host
LAST FRIDAYS –REDMOND
RASP READING SERIES 7 P.M.
At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community
Center (ORSCC) at 16600 NE 80th Street,
Redmond, WA 98052 Featured Readers plus
open Mic FREE
LAST FRIDAYS Port Townsend, WA
Lehani’s Deli & Coffee House
Friday, 5 p.m.
* poetry open mic
221 Taylor Street, Port Townsend
Last Fridays Port Townsend WA
Friday, 3 – 4 p.m.
writing circle and critique group for writers 12 –
18 years old Charles Pink House
1220 Lawrence,Port Townsend
SATURDAY Saturday Saturday
2ND Saturdays SEATTLE
PoetsWest readings at Green Lake Library 4 p.m. Lower level meeting room or
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle
Note, The PoetsWest Readings at Green Lake Library now happen on
the 2nd Saturday of the month at 4 p.m. (and only on the 2nd Saturday of the month).
There are three and sometimes four featured readers plus an open mic. It is free.
Hosted by J Glenn Evans who has been curating and hosting poetry readings in Seattle
for over 15 years !!! Attend the readings as often as youcan. Get up and read a poem and
you might wind up being on a radio program too !!! It’s FREE!!!
4 to 5:30 p.m. J. Glenn Evans is the host. http://www.poestwest.com .
1st Saturdays POULSBO
First Saturday of every month at 7 p.m.
The Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. NE,
Poulsbo WA 98370
Two to Three featured poets and
an open mic.
Marianna Mears, email@example.com
SUNDAY Sunday Sunday
Every Sunday Seattle- Ballard
Conor Byrne Pub
5140 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle
every Sunday, 8:00 p.m. – around 11:00 p.m.
“Open Mic w/Josiah,”
sign-ups @ 7:30 p.m. * Largely a music
(2 songs or about 5 to 10 minutes each; poetry
2nd & 4TH SUNDAYS
Second and fourth Sunday Open Mic at
Hosts include David Jones, Kerry Cox and
others.Seattle Mobile Expresso, 13000
Linden Avenue North (corner of 130th and
Linden a few blocks west of 130th and Aurora
Open mic.. Hosts vary tel: 206-420-4719
Clarissa Silvestre (a very generous cafe
3RD SUNDAYS — Seattle
Youth Speaks Seattle hosts open mic (poetry and music) at 7 p.m.
3rd Sundays at Café Allegro, 4214 University Way (alley of 42nd and 15th
in U District 2nd Floor), Seattle. Sign up 6:30 p.m. All ages.
MONDAY Monday Monday
Every Monday — Belllingham
every Monday night 8pm @ The Amadeus Project 1209 Cornwall Avenue
Open mic and a featured poet. Sign-up between 8-8:30.
No Cover. hosted by Robert Huston
You’ve heard about this very well attended poetryreading inBellingham
right? Audiences from 20 to nearly 100 come out to the readings
and a good time is had by all.
For more information, http://www.poetrynight.org
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Often there’s a pod-cast of the evening too.
1ST & 3RD MONDAYS—Seattle/Ravenna
(North End Forum—see below)
1st Mondays & 3RD Mondays North End Forum @ Bai Pai — SEATTLE
Jed Myers hosts this long-running series that begins just after 8 p.m. at the
Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE 65th St., Seattle in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle.
There’s no sign up, just an open invitation to stand up and get behind the mic with a
poem or two, a song, or a short monologue. Everyone is encourage to participate and
some nights a lot of people show up to share, listen and be part of The Forum.
Your expected to buy a drink or some food but there’s no cover and everything is kept
loose and informal. Drop ins…even late ones after the 9:40 ish break are welcome too…
NOT Quite FREE.
Contact Jed Meyers email@example.com.
Poetry Station — Auburn, WA
FIRST MONDAY POETRY AKA Poetry Station or AT THE AUBURN STATION BISTRO
7-10 p.m. Started in April 2012 continues
first Mondays…. usually hosted by
Emilie Rommel Shimkus
Featured Poets; Open Mic;
After reading social
The Auburn Station Bistro is located at 110 Second Street SW, Ste. 125,
one block south of West Main Street on the east side of the Auburn Transit Center,
in the big brick building below the green metal vine. Parking is plentiful, the event
is free and open to all.
This brand new (as of April 2nd, 2012) Series is Presented by Northwest
Renaissance Poets, Performers & Publishers, in collaboration with
Auburn Striped Water Poets, with generous support from the Auburn Arts Commission.
Admission is free.
TUESDAY Tuesday Tuesday
Every Tuesday — Auburn 7 p.m. Auburn City Hall
Every Tuesday (except a couple Holidays) The Striped Water Poets of Auburn continue
the Living Room critique circle offering a mostly gentle, helpful writer’s critique.
The group meets every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.Bring several copies of your
poem to pass out to people (8 to 10 copies usually adequate—and if not
people can share) to workshop and/or actively participate.
Striped Water Poets meet in the Conference Room 2 upstairs at
Auburn City Hall, 25 W Main St. in Auburn.
If you arrive without a crowbar later than 7:30 pm, you won’t be able to
get in; the doors to City Hall doors are locked at that time.It’s free but donations
are welcome. Contact Gerald McBreen 253.735.1751 or
SEATTLE SLAM at 8:30 at ReBAR —
SEATTLE 1114 Howell St. Seattle WA (206-233-9873) 21 + with I.D.
COVER CHARGE $5.00 OVER 21 ONLY
sEATTLE Slam offers competitive performance poetry with music, open mic and a featured poet
. At least six open mic poets each week compete (if too many sign up, they do a
lottery.)You can sometimes read out of competition Sign-up between 8-8:30.
Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. For more
information, check website at http://www.seattlepoetryslam.org or contact
2nd & 4th Tuesdays — SEATTLE– Queen Anne
NOTE THE NEW LOCATION (UPDATED 3/2012)
Every second and fourth Tuesday
Caffe Zingaro 127 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109
Caffe Zingaro is across the street from Metropolitan Market, free 2 hour parking
at the Market. Our new time is 6:30-8 p.m. Metropolitan Market (in the Cafe)
(Free underground parking accessed from Warren Avenue)
It’s an all open mic reading Warm friendly reading atmosphere.It’s hosted
by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter.
3RD TUESDAYS –SEATTLE
Third Tuesday Poets and Writers @ 7:00 P.M.
@ Seattle Mobile Espresso,13000 Linden Ave
N #106 (Bitter Lake neighborhood),Seattle
Hosted by Dobbie Norris.
FEATURED POETS and Writers This is a place to come and listen to poets, (and sometimes
essayists, journalists and novelists too). It is NOT an open mic. Excellent poets share their work with you.
Dobbie’s Poets and Writers series remains one of the best series in town. (often having SRO
audiences) . It is FREE but try to buy a beverage or more from SME.
Contact dobbie through his Facebook page or SME.
WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Wednesday
1ST Wednesdays DUVALL
MATCH Coffee & Wine Bar (all ages okay) 15705 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019
6:30 P.M. • Open mic sign-ups begin at 6 p.m.
Featured reader at 7 p.m.; open mic before & after . Attendees encouraged to purchase
a drink, snack, or dinner at MatchReadings brought to you by the Duvall Poetry
Group and the Duvall Cultural Commission
1st Wednesdays – SEATTLE
Open Mic Night is back at The Vera Project Every 1st Wednesday
The Vera Project is located on the Seattle Center Campus, corner of Republican and Warren,
Seattle. Sign Ups at 6:30 PM & Open Mic 7- 10 PM.
All-ages. Equipment: PA system. Contact Openmic@theveraproject.org.
2nd Wednesdays KIRKLAND
Park Place Books 7 p.m.
Second Wednesdays at Park Place Books @ 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(except July & August)
PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart Park Place Books, Kirkland
348 Parkplace Center, Park Place Books, Kirkland WA
Two features and open mic at this large new and used independent book store that has managed
to stay in business ..barely the last few years. Attend the free reading; support the store with
a purchase if you can.
Contact Chris Jarmick firstname.lastname@example.org
(No reading in July and August)
3rd WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH–Seattle
3rd Wednesdays Vermillion Gallery 1508 11th Ave
(between Pike & Pine) Seattle, WA 98122
The Breadline is a free multi-media, multi-arts performance series based in Seattle. It features
artists and presenters of diverse styles, backgrounds, and flavors, performing poetry,
prose, and music, and . Following the features there is an open mic. Typically the event is on the
third Wednesday of each month, and goes from 7-10pm.
(Most) THIRD WEDNESDAYS
THIRD WEDNESDAYS — OLYMPIA
OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK & TRADITIONS —
OLYMPIA at 6:30 p.m. * *
Fitting that OPN has become a long running tradition at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe every
3rd Wednesday of the month . Open mic and Featured poets.
Located at: 5th and Water St., Olympia WA
A very active poetry scene happens in Olympia and this is a good place to be.
Contact Juniper White email@example.com
or go to http://www.thurston.com/~yake/opn.html.
4th WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH — West Seattle
C & P Coffee 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle
7 p.m. 2 featured readers plus open mic
“Poetry Bridge” reading series Leopoldo Seguel,
THURSDAY: THURSDAY THURSDAY
Every Thursday –EVERETT
*update *AT THE NEW ZIPPY * update
Everett Poetry NIght has MOVED (from 3231 Creatives to the NEW CAFE ZIPPY!!! 2811
Wetmore Ave, Everett, the new Cafe Zippy.
Same day and time.Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
Open mic and featured reader with humble host Garrett R. Good long running North End
Poetry venue with generous open mic. 1 Feature Poet (usually). FREE but support Cafe Zippy
and buy a beverage or more.
Every Thursday– SEATTLE
MUSIC, prose and Poetry open mic Every Thursday AT Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream &
Thursday, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
1205 East Pike Street, Seattle tel: 206-588- 1079 Chase Evans, host
2nd THURSDAYS SEATTLE-BALLARD
IT’S ABOUT TIME READING SERIES at the Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave.
NW, Seattle.Second Thursday of every month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Esther Helfgott’s Long running series that features readers and a 10 to 15 minute teaching mini-lecture
usually featuring helpful tips and suggestions for writers from teachers/writers PLUS an open mic
AND it’s FREE !!!! NOTE: book sales not allowed at reading on site co-Curated by:
Peggy Sturdivant Katie Tynan
2nd Thursdays BELLEVUE
Haiku Northwest (usually 2ND Thursdays) at the Bellevue Regional Library Now meeting most 2nd
Thursdays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. but sometimes the location changes (call or email to
confirm date and location). Read and discuss your haiku and related poetry (senryu, tanka,
haibun) in a friendly workshop environment. Haiku Northwest has been around for 22 years. Everyone
Bellevue Regional Library 1111 110th Avenue NE Bellevue, WA More information:Tanya McDonald
The website is:
2ND Thursday, SEATTLE
Wild Rose Tavern 1021 East Pike Street, Seattle
Seattle Spit: Queer Spoken Word,” w/open mic 8 P.M.
2nd Thursday SEATTLE
YOUTH SPEAKS Monthly Slam
8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups)
Electric Tea Garden 1402 East Pike Street, Seattle
not free tel: 206-568-3972
2nd & 4th Thurdays ARLINGTON, WA
NEW ADDRESS 1/2012
fogdog gallery continues to offer:
fogdog poetry every second and fourth Thursday of the month!
One or Two Feature Readers plus Open Mic
7pm -9pm Arlington, WA
fogdog gallery 233 North Olympic Ave. Arlington, WA.
2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WASHINGTON —
7:p.m. GHOST TOWN POETRY
OPEN MIC HOSTED BY CHRISTOPHER LUNA
AND TONI PARTINGTON
at COVER TO COVER BOOKS every second Thursday
NOW IN A NEW AND IMPROVED LOCATION!
COVER TO COVER BOOKS 6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha) Vancouver, WA
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate and host
3RD THURSDAYS REDMOND, WA
3RD Thursdays @ SoulFood Books from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way,
The Soulfood Poetry Night reading series is a free monthly event. At this series, one featured reader
chooses her/his own co-feature, promoting a spirit of community – with an open mic reading to follow.
Readers are shown on streaming internet for later enjoyment/consumption. Curated and hosted by
Michael Dylan Welch and (NEW)Tanya McDonald
M D W (WelchM@aol.com).
the website is here:
FREE but buy a beverage or more.
3rd Thursdays SEATTLE
NW African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts,
Seattle Third Thursday Smokin’ Spoken Wurd with open mic hosted by Miz Floes and the Carmel Latte
Duo. $5 ADMISSION includes refreshments. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes, email@example.com
3rd Thursdays VASHON ISLAND
Poetry Open Mic 3rd Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.
9924 SW Bank Road, Vashon Island 206-463-0777
Devon Atkins, host; restaurant,
Most 3rd THURSDAYS Seattle–Ballard
Now THAT’S Variety! @ Egan’s Jam House
address: 1707 NW Market St. Ballard, WA zip 98107
Phone Number (206) 789-1621(reservations for limited table seating are advised.)
7 p.m. to 8:30p.m.
Poetry/Music/Comedy & Burlesque Variety Show
No open mic. Invited performers co-hosted by Larry Crist Regular Performers usually include:
Susan Harper, Larry Crist, Mike Murdock, Hugh Sutton, Kylie Coyote
Free (donate what you can…and buy a drink/food)
From Dobbie Norris:
SEATTLE MOBILE ESPRESSO
Third Tuesdays Poets & Writers
MAY 15th – 7-8:30pm
Dobbie Reese Norris
Guest Wordsmiths –
*MARY KELLY GREENE*
*TRACY LEE *
*CHRISTOPHER J> JARMICK*
Musical Guest – Sara Depp
13000 Linden Avenue North –
one block west of Aurora
Sandwiches, Salads, Pastries,
Coffee, Teas, Beers, Wines and
Bring a date.
Improving lives one cup at a time
Wednesday May 16th — Olympia
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Kathleen Flenniken’s new collection, Plume, is
a search for identity, a bout with betrayal, and
a coming-to-terms with the Hanford Nuclear site,
where her scientist father worked for nearly 35
years and she worked for three, as an engineer
and hydrologist. Plume will be released in
February by University of Washington Press.
Flenniken’s first book, Famous, won the Prairie
Schooner Book Prize and was named a Notable
Book by the American Library Association and
a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.
She is an editor for Floating Bridge Press,
dedicated to publishing Washington State Poets,
and a teacher for Writers in the Schools and
She will be reading. Wed. May 16th
Includes half-hour open mic
At Traditions Café
5th Ave. and Water St.
OPN Publicity Chair
From Phoebe Bosche
RAVEN HOUSEPARTY: MAY 27,
3pm, Memorial Weekend
OPEN TO ALL WRITERS/
FRIENDS OF RAVEN CHRONICLES.
Elizabeth (Beth) Myhr’s house
532-30th Avenue, Seattle.
Print & CD Issue of “Matters of the
Raffle of Artwork:
tickets $5.00 each.
Original photos/art; books and
chapbooks from Raven
Contributors Music; Readings;
Hijinks. Potluck. Bring a dish to
feed spirit and body.
firstname.lastname@example.org if you can join us!
FROM DAVID HOROWITZ
Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
Room 202, Good Shepherd Center, 4649
Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
Five poets read:
and Richard Wakefield.
Contact David D. Horowitz,
June 4, 2012 — Auburn, WA
Northwest Renaissance and Striped Water Poets
presents 1ST Monday Poetry Bistro at
The Station Bistro in Auburn 7 p.m.
June 4th– Jack McCarthy
Christopher J. Jarmick
The Station Bistro is located at
110 2nd Street Southwest Auburn, WA 98001
right by Auburn’s Transit Center
Program is FREE but you should buy something
to drink and eat.