When you want to fool the world, tell the
—-Otto von Bismarck
There are no dull subjects. There are
only dull writers.
—H. L. Mencken’
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have
to go after it with a club.
— Jack London
Walk on air against your better
— SEAMUS HEANEY, from his
Nobel Lecture on Dec. 7, 1995
September 10 Seattle, WA
Tuesday, September 10, 7pm:
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle
Daemond Arrindell, Larry Crist,
and Jeannine Hall Gailey.
Hosted by Stephanie Kallos
September 11 Kirkland, WA
‘Wicked’ Dick Brugger
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA
Wednesday September 11, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE
plus open Mic
Raúl Sánchez has lived nearly thirty five years in the Pacific Northwest. His inaugural collection “All Our Brown-Skinned Angels” published by MoonPath Press is filled with poems of cultural identity, familial and personal, a civil protest, personal celebration, completely impassioned. His book has been nominated for the Washington State Book Award in Poetry for 2013.
Dick Brugger was executive director of Auburn Youth Resources for twenty-one years prior to his retirement in 1997. In 1983 he was named Auburn Area Citizen of the Year. For another twenty-one years before coming to Auburn, Brugger was a Franciscan Friar and Roman Catholic priest. His poetry has appeared n the Plateau Area Writers Association Quarterly, the Doylestown (Pennsylvania) Intelligencer and PoetsWest Literary Journal and monthly in Auburn Reporter since 2012. His Prose has appeared n Heart of the Matter and nine PAWA Anthologies, he was a 2nd place performance poet winner at the Washington Poets Association annual meeting in the Spring of 2003 in Tacoma, Washington, Brugger’s poetry has been animated in Father and Daughter productions with his daughter, Artist Jessie Brugger. In January, 2012 Brugger was named the first Poet Laureate of the City of Auburn, Washington. In April of this year Brugger appeared along with his daughter Jessie Brugger at the Auburn Avenue Theatre in Auburn, WA. wherein they discussed Poetry & Art to a capacity audience.
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
This poetry reading series began
Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229
Coming in October: Jared Leising &
Coming in November: RASP Anthology
Here, There and Everywhere Readers
(limited open mic)
Saturday, September 14 at
4:00 p.m. – 5:45
Christopher J. Jarmick
Green Lake Branch
Seattle Public Library,
7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle
Thursday September 26th
Christopher J. Jarmick
at Cafe Zippy
2811 Wetmore Ave. in
downtown Everett, WA
Everett Poetry Nite.
All ages. Free admission.
Sign up begins at 7pm.
Open mic and Feature 7:30-9pm
Sept 13 – Tacoma, WA
From Connie Walle
DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES
Sept 13th , 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore, (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)
Christine Swanberg has published poems in journals such as “The Beloit Poetry Journal, “The Louisville Review”, and Spoon River Quarterly”. Among her seven collections are “The Tenderness of Memory” Plainview, 1995, “Who Walk Among the Trees with Charity” Wind 2005, and “The Alleluia Tree” Puddin’head 2012. A full length interview appears in Poet’s Market 2008.
September 18th Woodinville
Herb McClees Featured at The Creekside,
7:00pm, September 18th ~~
Born in New England and raised in Texas and Singapore, Herb McClees has lived in the Northwest for more than thirty years and now makes his home in Shoreline, WA. With a bachelor’s degree from M.I.T. in Electrical Engineering, his electives were in philosophy and Eastern religion and his career spans geophysics, software engineering, organization development and marketing.
Herb began writing poems at fourteen and now appears at readings throughout the Seattle area. He is a member of the Washington Poets Association, RASP (the Redmond Association for Spoken word) and Haiku Northwest. His poetry performance has been selected for the weekly PoetsWest program on KSER-FM. His first published chapbook is The Catch (2008).
PoetsWest @ The Creekside a premier venue for regional poets
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, and Virginia Cook,
MC: Terry Busch
Venue and refreshments courtesy of The Creekside
[A Merrill Gardens RetirementCommunity]
September 20th — Bellingham, WA
From Egress Studio
Alaskan Poet Joan Kane and Seattle Poet Kelsea Habecker
will read poetry in the Rotunda Room of the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall building
Friday, September 20 at 7PM.
Free to the public.
Suggested $5 donation.
This reading is special, not are the award-winning poets Joan Kane (who is flying in from Alaska) and fellow poet Kelsea Habecker sharing this reading, but this event is the first in a series of collaborations between the Whatcom Museum and the The Poet As Art, and is in response to the museum’s two exhibits: Nature in the Balance and Vanishing Ice.
Award-winning poets Joan Kane and Kelsea Habecker will be our guest speakers, and will read their poetry as the final event of the museum’s Nature in the Balance exhibit. Kane, of Alaska has received the John Haines Award, and a Whiting Writers’ Award, and among other honors. Habecker received her MFA from Bennington College’s Writing Seminars. Her book, Hollow Out, was chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic, and published by New Rivers Press in 2008.
Whatcom Museum address is:
121 Prospect St Bellingham, WA 98225
September 25 West Seattle, WA
From Leopoldo Seguel
Pomes and Tails
Poetry Bridge Readings
C & P Coffee Shop
5612 California Ave SW in
L. Scott Bastian
(Both are West Seattle poets and first time featured readers at Pomes & Tails)
(Both are West Seattle poets and first time featured readers at Pomes & Tails. Georgie will be 93 soon,
November 27 (Thanksgiving Eve)
(Moreah -West Seattle resident returns. Judy will be a first time featured reader at Pomes & Tails)
From Michael Schein, LiTFUSE Director:
LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop, Sept 27-29, Tieton, featuring Dorianne Laux, Jennifer Sweeney, Christopher Howell, Lauren Zuniga, Andre Feriante & MORE. Only $160 till 8.16, then just $170 – including the Saturday Poets’ Banquet!
Announcing SEVEN LiTFUSE scholarships: 4 for younger poets (under 35) & 3 for poets in need. Apply to michael [at] litfuse [dot] us, stating your age (if applicable), your need (if applicable), why LiTFUSE will make a difference to you, and please send up to 3 pages of poetry.
* * *
“Friends tell friends about LiTFUSE!”
Poetry by Day of the Week
NOTE:THE LIST WAS Last UPDATED
in August 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 business
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
2ND FRIDAYS — TACOMA
Second Friday KINGS BOOKS TACOMA
at 7:00 p.m.
DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES
Kings Books, 218 St Helens,
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
LAST FRIDAYS TACOMA (Updated)
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
LAST FRIDAYS –REDMOND
RASP READING SERIES 7 P.M.
At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center (ORSCC) at
16600 NE 80th Street,Redmond,
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
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, 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 open mic
(2 songs or about 5 to 10 minutes each;
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 Black Drop,
300 West Champion
(note Black Drop is new venue
for this long-running series!)
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,
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 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.
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,
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
Striped Water Poets meet in the
Conference Room 2 upstairs at
Auburn City Hall, 25 W Main St.
After 7:30 p.m.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
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
Every second and fourth Tuesday
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.
WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Wednesday
1ST Wednesdays DUVALL
Duvall Visitor Center (all ages okay)
15619 Main Street NE •
Duvall, WA 98019
7PM • Doors open at 6:30
Readings 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 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,
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
3rd WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH–Seattle
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.
(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
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 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
Everett Poetry NIght
CAFE ZIPPY!!! 2811
Wetmore Ave, Everett,
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
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
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
233 North Olympic Ave.
2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WASHINGTON —
GHOST TOWN POETRY
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)
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate and host
Open mic Poetry every second Thursday at
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.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes, firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
***NEW UPDATED 9/5/13
4th Thursdays LAKE FOREST PARK
Haiku Northwest (usually 4th Thursdays) at the
Lake Forest Park Library. Meeting most 4th
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 since 1988, and
celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013. Everyone
Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE,
Lake Forest Park , WA. More information:Tanya McDonald
The website is: