Northwest Poetry Update — Mainly May Readings and More of InterestMay 8, 2014
NEW UPDATE JUST BELOW MAY 10TH ANNOUNCEMENT!
May 10th, 2014 Updated Edition
Saturday May 10 4 p.m. Seattle,
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library
7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle
Reader’s Choice features
Christopher J. Jarmick, Amber Nelson,
John Sibley Williams.
Plus open Mic
Hosted by J. Glenn Evans
* NEW UPDATE * new update *
Change to this Wednesday’s Park Place Reading
May 14 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Features- Joseph Green and Terry Persun
Spotlight feature- Tim Sherry and TBA
Quite a night will be happening this Wednesday.
Longview Wa. writer/poet — Joseph Green
Port Townsend Poet and prolific writer- – Terry Persun
Tim Sherry – – writer/poet from Tacoma
It’s part of a Moonpath Press Author reading series
I was planning for June, with a follow-up in the Fall
but needed to be moved up because
Larry Crist is unfortunately out of town and has to
deal with serious car problems. So Larry is being
re-scheduled for June and a really wonderful reading
has come together as if it was meant to be for this Wednesday
that you won’t want to miss.
Mark your calendars,
share the info with everyone you can and let’s have a special
evening to remember. There will be an open mic and it’s still
Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229
New readings, new events and more
for May 2014 and beyond..
“The courage of the poet is to keep ajar
the door that leads into madness.”
― Christopher Morley
“Anyone who says, “Here’s my address, write me a poem,” deserves something in reply. So I’ll tell you a secret instead: poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes, they are sleeping. They are the shadows drifting across our ceilings the moment before we wake up. What we have to do is live in a way that lets us find them.”
― Naomi Shihab Nye
Extract some of the words that have burned and left scars out of you and into the rest of the world. Write.
– – – Christopher J. Jarmick
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA
Wednesday May 14th, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE
An evening with MOONPATH PRESS PUBLISHED POETS
Features: Joseph Green and Terry Persun
Spotlight Features: Tim Sherry and TBA
plus Open Mic
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
June 11 — Larry Crist (rescheduled)
July and August — No Readings
September – 2014/2015 series begins.
Monday May 19th Bellingham
Christopher J. Jarmick
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue
Bellingham WA 98227
Use the back entry
by the fountain!)
Doors and Open Mic signup
at 7:30 p.m. Poetry begins
at 8:00 p.m.SHARP!
Free to the public.
A jar is passed to help pay
visiting poets and occasional
Poetrynight Website Here!
Saturday,May 24th – – Vaugn, WA.
Words and Music
Music by Claude Bourbon
Words by Christopher J. Jarmick
(and a few things together).
Words and Music Website Here
1ST THURSDAYS, BURIEN
BRAND NEW VENUE !!!
PoetsWest has a new venue in
Burien hosted by Lisa Noble!
Every First Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
at Phoenix Tea,
902 SW 152nd Street, in Burien
2 to 3 Featured readers and
Its part of First Thursday’s B-Town
Art Walk and Phoenix Tea’s owner
does a big mural outside every month
that anyone can participate in.
Then you can join in the Open Mic
hosted by Lisa Noble!
From David Fewster
BOOK — ALMOST FREE
The pilot issue of “Seattle Tales of Beatnik
Glory: The Red Sky Poetry Theater
History Project” is available at Open
Books in Wallingford .
Included in this slim volume is a
mission statement, old photos, scattered
ephemera, poems by Charlie Burks, Bart
Baxter, Nico Vassilakis, Don Wilsun,
Crysta Casey, Harvey Goldner, Roberto
Valenza, and a trip down memory lane
from Willie Smith. The price is marked $2,
but if interested parties say “Groucho,
the secret word is Red Sky” at the counter,
there will be no charge. Any inquiries can be
directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday May 17 – Puyallup
Puyallup Public Library
Ever wondered what Prairie
Home Companion would look like
with a PNW twist? If so, wonder
no further! Come see
A River & Sound Review (RSR)
Live! at the Puyallup Public
(324 S Meridian, Puyallup,
WA 98371), 7pm, Saturday 5/17!
We’ll feature readings by
Hannah Gamble (author of the
National Poetry Series winning
debut book “Your Invitation to
a Modest Breakfast”) as well as
Stan Rubin & Judith Kitchen,
founders of the low-res MFA
program Rainier Writing
Workshop out of PLU in Tacoma
. Plus, we’ll have live music and
prizes to give during our
trademark games: Name That
Book & the 4-Minute Poetry
Hope to see you there!
the things you begin.
– Hannah Gamble
Tickets: Available at Brown
Paper Tickets or at the door
($5 General Admission,
$3 Students) –
From David Horowitz
Skagit River Poetry Festival
Friday and Saturday
May 16 and 17
Book Fair Table:
David D. Horowitz
Maple Hall, 104 Commercial,
La Conner, Washington
(main festival site)
FROM JERRY LIBSTAFF
House Concerts – – Vaugn, WA
Words and Music
Saturday May 24 6 p.m.
The Words and Music program
Brings musicians and poets
together in Jerry Libstaff’s
beautiful home on the Key
Peninsula located on the water.
Food,wine beverages comfortable
seating are provided.
Local Artist Tweed Myer creates
Original portraits of the
performers during the program.
SATURDAY MAY 24TH
Music: Claude Bourbon AND
Words: Christopher J. Jarmick
Born in France, Claude Bourbon
studied classical guitar for years
in Switzerland before moving
to London. Throughout his
he has crafted an unbelievable
fusion of classical, jazz and
Spanish guitar with strains of
Western Blues. Bourbons’ finger
picking style is unmatched and
defies label. Many of his songs
begin with amazing guitar riffs
but as he progresses it sounds
as though two or three others
have joined in. His hands move
so quickly and precisely, it’s
nearly impossible to see them.
Christopher J Jarmick
A favorite, Christopher J. Jarmick
returns along with Claude Bourbon.
His works include a tome of poetry,
IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets,
Statements and Double Dog Dares.
the novel, The Glass Cocoon and
a spoken word CD collaboration he
did with Pulitzer nominee Michael
C. Ford, .
Call 253-778-6559 or
to share in this fabulous event.
Details, directions provided.
Music : Callaghan
Music: Reid Jamieson
Words: Kelli Russel Agodon
Music: Susan Enan
Words: Allen Braden
Music: David Wilcox
Music: Liz Longley
Music: Maia Sharp
Words: Dennis Caswell — October 4
Words and Music donations support
the artists. Additional funds go to
support Watermark Writers Young
(Suggested Donation: $20)
To find out more, email us at
or call 253-778-6559.
The Website is here!
From Joan Laage
Butoh Festival Announcement
Hope this spring is finding you alive and well…hope you can attend our upcoming fest and appreciate your helping spread the word…
DAIPANbutoh Collective presents
Seattle Butoh Festival 2014: Spring Solo Fest
May 30 and 31, 2014
$15/$12/$25 festival pass (2-nights)
Taoist Studies Institute
225 N 70th St, Seattle WA 98103
Contact: Joan Laage 206-729-2054 ; http://www.daipanbutoh.com
A Shunpike Partner, DAIPAN has been producing annual festivals and workshop intensives since 2010 with both local and international artists including Diego Piñon (Mexico), Atsushi Takenouchi (Japan), SU-EN (Sweden), Koichi and Hiroko Tamano (USA/Japan), and Katsura Kan (Japan). Our Spring Solo Fest will feature work by Sheri Brown, Diana García-Snyder, Kaoru Okumura, Alexander Riding, Alan Sutherland, Helen Thorsen, and Joan Laage, who created solos especially for Katrina Wolfe and Shoko Zama. The performances begin at with a line-up of four artists each night. The idea of having a solo festival was inspired by the Festival of One series curated by Seattle theater director and producer Matthew Richter that DAIPAN founding member Joan Laage performed in during the early 1990s. Our fest celebrates what has often been said of butoh — there are as many styles of butoh as there are butoh dancers. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $12 (student/senior) with a festival 2-night pass at $25. Tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets and at the door. The festival will take place at the Taoist Studies Institute in Greenwood, an inspirational refuge of harmony and natural wood surfaces.
Watch the last reading at Bookworm
PoetsWest (J. Glenn Evans) taped the
very last Poetry Reading at Bookworm
Exchange that took place on
November 16, 2012 (the store closed
its doors December 2012)
It was an evening to remember and all
2 hours and 37 minutes are on
YOUTube. (The Title Card has the
wrong date on it –but small matter).
The list of local poets participating is
impressive (and we had a dozen or
so open mic participants as well).
It was a big big standing-room only
crowd that night. The mini-features
concentrated on poets who were
hosting other venues around the Puget
Sound and on poets who were among
the first featured readers when I started
the Take a Poem From Your Heart
series in Columbia City at
Take Another Look Books in 2001.
TALB were history by 2003 and the
series (then twice per month on
Thursdays) moved to Lottie Motts which
in 2005 transformed into a Bar and the
series changed to Third Friday’s of the
month at Bookworm Exchange and Jim
(the owner) and his staff stayed open a
little later for us and made us feel very
welcomed and appreciated during our
You may also want to check out other
poetry readings that were taped/filmed
by J. Glenn which you can fine here:
POETS WEST VIDEO PAGE
check out this link to some prestigious
poetry contests that are FREE and worth
Poetry by Day of the Week
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 @
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave
USE back entry
Open mic and a featured poet. Sign-up
between 7:45-8:00. FREE
You’ve heard about this very well
attended poetryreading i nBellingham
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.
4th MONDAYS (new listing)
Easy Speak is the new Open Mic venue
in Columbia City at the Hummingbird
Saloon 4th Mondays at 8 p.m.
Spoken word, music, songs, personal
essays, short fiction
50141 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118
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
Yep ANOTHER Venue Change as of 3//14
The newly dubbed Nomadic Poetry Tribe
now gathers at
Uptown Expresso (Lower QA).
7 to 8:30 p.m.
525 Queen Anne. Ave. just north
of the Uptown Theatre.
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.
1st Wednesdays — AUBURN
Station Bistro Poetry– Auburn, WA
AT THE AUBURN STATION BISTRO
7-10 p.m. . 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.
Presented by Northwest
Renaissance Poets, Performers &
Publishers, in collaboration with
Auburn Striped Water Poets,
Admission is free.
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
(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 — 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
*NEW *new *NEW
First Thursdays – – BURIEN
POETSWEST Hosted by
Lisa Nobel every 1st Thursday
at 7:00 p.m. 2 to 3 Featured
Readers plus Open Mic
902 SW 152nd St.
Part of B-Town Art Walk
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
Muse at Morso Poetry Series
2nd Thursdays — Gig Harbor
Presented by Watermark Writers
Feature Poet, Open Mic
Starts at 7 p.m.
Is located at:
9014 Peacock Hill Ave.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
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:
The website is: