Archive for January, 2013


Jack McCarthy – Poet 1939-2013

January 24, 2013

One of our finest poets died in his sleep with his wife Carol by his side last Thursday (January 17, 2013). He had been battling cancer and respiratory ailments for more than a year.

Jack was a much admired, respected poet. He was also a friend and finding the right words is particularly difficult for me. I was certainly blessed with spending some time with him the last few weeks of his life.

The number of acquaintances and friends who are sharing remembrances of Jack increase every day. He was so loved, admired and respected and touched many lives.

My review of his 2012 What I Saw collection of Poetry was published at the Rattle Magazine website last November and you can link to it here:

What I Saw by Jack McCarthy–review

There are several memorial services in MA., WA, and CA.,  being planned in honor of Jack.  More information about them is right here:

Memorial Service Information

Here are a few of the many tributes and obituaries for Jack you may want to read:

Remembering Jack McCarthy

Far Field: Jack McCarthy

His Facebook page

by Jack McCarthy
for Helen

It hurts
when love dies.
When love is deep
it hurts deeply
more deeply maybe than you thought
anything would ever hurt

But with time
the spaces between the moments when it hurts
get longer
the moments themselves become
less devastating
till eventually you come to associate them
with a sad sweetness
that has as much in common with love
as it does with grief.

I will not say
Don’t grieve for me—
do I look like Saint Francis?

But I wish you long
spaces between,
and may you carry into them
all of that sweetness
and only enough sadness to attest

the risk that’s being taken
by everyone who loves you.
Every time we love we’re saying,
Let it ride
and what’s on the table
is the rent money.

And every time we stride again
out into the crisp desert night
our fists shoved deep into empty pockets
we know ourselves for losers.

But, Jesus,
what brave losers we are.
I wish you this too,
for the spaces in between,
this bravery.

Hear Jack Read his poem Victory:

Victory by Jack McCarthy (bottom of page click to listen)

(Note: Yes you may share, link to this blog page.)




New Year Poetry Reading Run-down This Week and Beyond

January 7, 2013

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesdays (except in July & August)


& Poetry Day of the Week Listings
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA

Wednesday January 9, 2012
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

William Scott Galasso
Larry Crist

plus Open Mic…

William Scott Galasso is the author of thirteen
books of poetry,including his latest book Collage
(New and Selected Poems), published in Nov.
2012. He’s won numerous awards and his work
has appeared in over 150 journals and magazines
in Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada
and the U.S. He has been a featured reader for the
PoetsWest poetry series on KSER 90.7 FM in
Everett, WA.

Larry Crist grew up in the California wine country,
moved constantly with his school teaching mother
before settling in Humboldt County where he
dropped out of high school and later went on to
earn a BA at HSU. He also attended Temple U
earning an MFA in theatre arts. Besides
Philadelphia, Larry has lived in Chicago, Houston,
London and now in Seattle for the past 19 years.
He has been widely published in print and online
journals. And he’s been accepted in the 2013 Jack
Straw Writers Program.


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
community events.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

Dennis Caswell
Keith Moul

My latest  Poetry Book Review in Rattle

The one and only Jack McCarthy’s Latest:

What I Saw


Leonard Orr’s

Why We Have Evening

Upcoming Events
Happy New Year!!!

The daylight has begun to expand
and poetry continues to be shared
throughout our Northwest land.

Consider attending a reading or two
in the coming weeks. It encourages
poets, writers, reading organizers and
might inspire something within.

Questions? Additions? Email me

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
–Robert Frost

And were an epitaph to be my story I’d have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.
–Robert Frost

Januay 7th — AUBURN 7 P.M.

in downtown Auburn


Auburn Poet Laureate
Dick Brugger
Michael Magee

Monday, January 7

Come celebrate the one year anniversary of Auburn’s FIRST Poet Laureate!

followed by coffee and conversation

Featured Poets

The Station Bistro
110 Second Street SW, # 125
Auburn, WA

The Station Bistro is located one block south of West Main Street, on the east side of the Auburn Transit Center.
be sure to ask about their coffee and apple crisps or cinnamon rolls or their delicious made-from-scratch soups!
“May all who enter as guests, leave as friends.”

Michael Magee is a lyric poet, playwright, free lance writer, and reviewer of art, film and drama who is “grounded in earth and music by his Taurean nature.” His plays, A Night In Reading Gaol With Oscar Wilde and Shank’s Mare, have been produced in England and America. His poetry collections include Cinders of My Better Angels (Moon Path Press, 2011), a collection that illuminates our ordinary lives and depicts how illness (three years of chemotherapy) makes us not less ourselves, but more so, A Trip To Jerusalem and Ireland’s Eye. His poems also appear in Tacoma in Images and Verse, a collaboration between Photographer Peter Serko and other area poets celebrating Tacoma through images and poetry. He won the Wellberry Poetry Prize and the 1998 Seattle Eisteddfod Poetry competition. He lived in England for two years, and worked with Billy Smart’s Circus in London. He is a board member of PoetsWest, and Vice President of the Puget Sound Poetry Connection. With the echo of his grandfather’s vaudeville patter and the sound of his mother’s ragtime piano, Michael Magee’s poetry is succinct and intrepidly sincere.

Auburn Poet Laureate “Wicked” Richard Brugger

Dick Brugger is a former Franciscan friar and Roman Catholic priest. For nearly 30 years he was the executive director of Auburn Youth Resources, a non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth and their families. His poetry appears in the Auburn Reporter and in his book, Do Something & Other Poems published in 2001. He has been published in the Poets West Literary Journal, Volume IV, and other journals. Dick’s Poetry has been featured several times as part of the Uniquely Auburn Art and Poetry display. Dick is regular featured reader at various venues throughout the greater Puget Sound area including, WPA annual meetings, the Distinguished Writer’s Series in Tacoma, Seattle Public Library Green Lake, Seattle Public Library Ballard, and Auburn Good Ol’ Days. Dick’s poetry has been featured on KSER Public Radio. In Spring of 2003 he won the second prize in the WPA’s Bart Baxter Performance poetry contest. You can find one of Dick’s poems was animated in a You Tube video by his daughter Jessie., and another engraved in concrete as part of the walking trail at Les Gove park. He is a founding member of the Plateau Area Writers Association (PAWA). Dick Brugger’s Poetry is witty, humorous, and sometimes poignant. His poems are always accessible and speak to the best of the human condition.

Presented by The Station Bistro:
Northwest Renaissance,
and Auburn Striped Water Poets.

From Connie Walle

2nd Friday January 11th 7 p.m. –Tacoma
Jan 11, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens)

Jeannine Gailey

Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and the author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) and She Returns to the Floating World (Kistune Books, 2011.) Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner. She teaches part-time for National University’s MFA program and volunteers for Crab Creek Review.

Featured Readers Calendar
Jan. 11th Jeannine Gailey
Feb. 8th Kelly Agadon
Mar. 8th John Milkeriet
Apr. 12th Elizabeth Austin



Joannie Stangeland and David D. Horowitz, w/open mic
Beacon Bards Poetry Reading Series
Wednesday, January 9th, 7 p.m.
The Station (cafe), 2533 16th Avenue South, Seattle (by Beacon Hill light rail station)
Telephone: 206-453-4892
E-mail: Martha Silano,
URL: http://www.rockitspace.orgbeacon-bards-html

David D. Horowitz
Thursday, January 10th, 7:00 p.m.
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle (near Seattle Central CC)
Telephone: 206-624-6600
E-mail: David,

Linda Beeman, David D. Horowitz, and open mic
Reader’s Choice, PoetsWest
Saturday, February 9th, 4:00 p.m.
Green Lake Branch, Seattle Public Library, 7364 East Green Lake Drive North, Seattle
Telephone: 206-684-7457
E-mail: J. Glenn Evans,

David D. Horowitz and open mic
Thursday, February 28th, 7:00 p.m.
Cafe Zippy, 2811 Wetmore Avenue, Everett
Telephone: 206-624-6600
E-mail: Garrett Rutledge,

Kathleen Flenniken, David D. Horowitz, others TBA
Pacific Poetry Project Editors Performance
Friday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m. (tentative)
Richard Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Seattle
Telephone: David, 206-633-2725
E-mail:; Jessica Snavlin,

Poets TBA
Thursday, April 18th, 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds
Telephone: 425-775-2789
E-mail: David,; Mary Kay Sneeringer,

Working Poet: Work About Work
J. Glenn Evans, Victoria Ford, Murray Gordon, Rebecca Hoogs, William Kupinse,
Kristen McHenry, Dobbie Norris, Douglas Schuder, Michael Spence, and Joannie Stangeland
Friday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Room 202, Seattle
Telephone: 206-633-2725
E-mail: David,

January 16th 2013 7:00 p.m. –Woodinville

Keith Moul January’s featured Poet

PoetsWest @ The Creekside
a premier venue for regional poets and guests
Readings at 7:00pm the Third Wednesday of each month.

The Creekside
18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
[Intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE]

Featuring one or two poets (and YOU at the open mic)!

Your hosts: Clark Crouch, 425-440-9786, and Virginia Cook, 425-286-1169

MC: Terry Busch
Venue and refreshments courtesy of The Creekside
[A Merrill Gardens Retirement Community]

From OPN

January 16th, 2013 6:30 p.m. OLYMPIA

The Olympia Poetry Network’s poetry reading
for January 16 features poet,
Leonard Orr.

The event starts at 6:30 pm, at Traditions Cafe,
5th and Water Streets, Olympia. An open mike
will precede the reading.

Leonard Orr is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver. His poetry has appeared in many journals including Black Warrior Review, Fugue, Poetry International, Poetry East, Natural Bridge, Isotope, Midwest Poetry Review, Pontoon, Rosebud, and Rocky Mountain Review. His poetry chapbook, Daytime Moon, was published in 2005 by FootHills Press. Cherry Grove published his book-length collections Why We Have Evening in 2010 and Timing Is Everything in 2012. He was a finalist for the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and the Blue Lynx Poetry. He has led poetry workshops at the Burning Word Poetry Festival and elsewhere, and served as president of the Washington Poets Association for three years. In recent years, he has taken up painting abstracts and had his work featured in a solo-exhibition of fifty paintings in 2007. Both his poetry and painting utilize a similar aesthetic based in spontaneity, surprise, and passion.

Duvall Poetry has a new venue!

Duvall Community Center
15619 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019 •

The Duvall Poetry Open Mic group is grateful
for the wonderful hospitality offered by
Match Coffee and Wine these last two years.
Thank you, Jolene and Charlie! We will continue
to see you for other events at Match, and while
we are in many ways sad to be moving our
readings, we know that the new venue will serve
our readers well. We at Duvall Poetry look
forward to a continued friendship with Match.

Now is the time for a larger and more private
venue. Thanks to the
Duvall Foundation for the Arts, the City of Duvall,
and the Duvall Cultural Commission, we will be
hosting open mics and readings at the Duvall
Visitor and Centennial Center, otherwise
known as the Duvall Community Center. The
center is just down the street from Match;
local folks may recognize the space as the
old library. It’s fine to bring a cup of coffee
or tea to the center. We suggest picking up
a latte from Match on the way over. As in the
past, the readings will be held on first

Our inaugural reading at the center will be
on Wednesday, February 6th, with
Michael Shein featuring. We look forward
to seeing you there!

Open mic starts at 6:30.
Featured reader at 7:00.
Duvall Community Center is an all-ages venue.
Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along
with a friend to hear you at the mic!

From Leopoldo Sequel

4th Wednesday Readings in West Seattle

(at C & P Coffee 7 p.m.4th Wednesdays)

Hello poetrybridge,
The Winter Series is now set for featured readers.

Winter Series

Jan 23
Lydia Swartz
Moreah Vestan

Feb 27
Thaddeus Gunn
Roberto Ascalon


,5612 California Avenue Southwest Seattle, WA 98136

EDMONDS Bookshop

6:30 p.m.

Poetry: Christopher J. Jarmick,
Douglas Schuder, Richard Wakefield,
David D. Horowitz, and one other TBA

Edmonds Bookshop,
111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds
Telephone: 425-775-2789

Poetry by Day of the Week
in January of 2013

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


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 Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
tel: 425-271-6700 //


at 7:00 p.m.

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

Free Ya Mind
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


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
tel: 360-385-3961

Last Fridays Port Townsend WA
Teen Writers
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
of Green Lake Branch Seattle Public
Library,7364 E Greenlake Dr. N,

There are three and sometimes four
featured readers plus an open mic.
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 you can. 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. .

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. FREE
Marianna Mears,


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 open mic

(2 songs or about 5 to 10 minutes each;
poetry acceptable,)
Tel.: 206-784-3640


Second and fourth Sunday Open Mic at
4:00 p.m.

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 & 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.
tel: 206-774-0443


MONDAY Monday Monday

Every Monday — Belllingham

every Monday night 8pm @ The Amadeus
Project 1209 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, WA

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.
It’s FREE!

For more information,
or contact
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
UPDATE 10/2012
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 is now a sign-up list to read but
drop-ins even late ones after the 9:40-ish
breaks are still welcome.
Read a poem, sing and play a song,
tell a very short story or
practice 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.

Contact Jed Meyers


Poetry Station — Auburn, WA
AKA Poetry Station or
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..

After 7:30 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

Every Tuesday

SEATTLE SLAM at 8:30 at ReBAR —
SEATTLE 1114 Howell St. Seattle WA
(206-233-9873) 21 + with I.D.


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 or contact

2nd & 4th Tuesdays — SEATTLE– Queen Anne

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.


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

NEW VENUE for reading.
beginning February 6th

Duvall Community Center
15619 Main Street NE •
Duvall, WA 98019 •

Open Mic starts at 6:30 p.m.
Featured Reader at 7 p.m.
all-ages venue.

Readings brought to you by the
Duvall PoetryGroup and the
Duvall Cultural Commission


1st Wednesdays – SEATTLE

Open Mic Night is back at The Vera Project
Every 1st Wednesday starting August 3, 2011
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.

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
(No reading in July and August)

2nd Wednesdays –Beacon Hill/ Seattle
The Station Coffee Shop, 7 p.m.
2533 16th Ave S., Seattle

Beacon Bards curated by Martha Silano
features 2 poets and an open Mic.
More info at


The Breadline

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 featuring artists, poetry,
prose-writer, music Following the
features there is an open mic.
Typically the event is on the
third Wednesday of each month, and
goes from 7-10pm.


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
or go to


C & P Coffee 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle
7 p.m. 2 featured readers plus open mic
“Poetry Bridge” reading series Leopoldo Seguel,
Tel: 206-933-3125



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 &
Tea Room

Thursday, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
1205 East Pike Street, Seattle tel: 206-588-
1079 Chase Evans, host

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
welcome! FREE.

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.
Tel: 206-324-9210

2nd Thursday SEATTLE

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
fogdog gallery 7 p.m.
fogdog poetry every second & 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 —
every second Thursday

6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate and host
Open mic Poetry every second Thursday at
7:00 p.m

3RD Thursdays @ SoulFood Books from 7:00 to
9:00 p.m. SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond FREE

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 (
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.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes,

3rd Thursdays VASHON ISLAND
Poetry Open Mic 3rd Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.
Cafe Luna
9924 SW Bank Road, Vashon Island 206-463-0777
Devon Atkins, host; restaurant,