NorthWest Poetry Update SEPTEMBER 2014September 4, 2014
“I rhyme… to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.”
― Seamus Heaney
September 8, 2014 Seattle, WA.
Easy Speak Reading at Wedgewood Ale House
Peter Munro Hosts!!!
Featured Poet: Christopher J. Jarmick
Open Mic sign-up at 8 PM,
show starts at 8:30)
Easy Speak prides itself on being very Open Mic friendly. Experienced or not… you are welcome to sign up and step up to the microphone to share something with those in attendance. Good place to be seen and heard!
Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676
Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you
put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like
a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to
make the work visible. Even those pages you leave
out somehow remain.”
― Elie Weisel
September 10 – 2014 Kirkland Washinton
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
We are kicking off the 8th year of Readings (2014-2015)
with two poets fFom Eugene Oregon!
Wednesday September 10th, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE
Our Featured Poets are:
Laura Lehew and Roy Seitz
Laura LeHew is the author of a full-length book of poems, two chapbooks, numerous poems AND articles. She is an active
volunteer and mentor in the NW poetry community. Laura received her MFA from the California College of Arts. Her small press
Uttered Chaos focuses on poetry.
Roy R. Seitz is a poet, journeyman carpenter and Vietnam veteran
who has organized poetry readings at the Index Arts Festival
and his debut poetry collection, now back in print is called: Right Here, Right Now.
Blurb from the book: Roy was a sniper in Vietnam. The vibrancy and immediacy of his work will stun you. This is neither a political rant nor a therapeutic exercise. These poems do not say, “War is terrible” or “War is glorious,” they simply say, “This is war.” Roy’s storytelling is artful, unflinching ” definitely not for children . . . but wending through these poems is a deep respect for life, a quiet and enigmatic hope.”
Plus an 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 community events.
This poetry reading series began in 2007.
Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229
October 8th – James Bertolino and
Anita Boyle with new
books, poems and projects join us!
Congratulations to all of the 365
poets who will have poems on
Seattle area Buses or on the
Poetry on Buses website in
2014/15. (click above for more)
Another excellent FREE poetry Program is also happening
that is worth considering and takes place in Auburn, Wa
(scheduling conflict necessitated
moving the program to this date).
So Also on September 10, 2014
at 7:00 p.m.
A special thematic Poetry evening
Poems and Stories about Privacy
Poetry and Prose from
Dennis Caswell, David D. Horowitz
Judith Skillman, Michael Spence
and brief discussion about topic
plus Open Mic
The Station Bistro is at
110 Second Ave. SW #125
Auburn WA by the train/transit
Be at one of these Wednesday
Night events if possible!
From Jerry Libstaff
Thursday Sept. 11 — Gig Harbor
Tim Sherry reads from his book
One of Seven Billion at
Open Mic will follow
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Morso Restaurant and Wine Bar
9014 Peacock Hill Ave & N. Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor Open mic follows.
Thursday Sept 11 Vancouver WA.
Chris Luna host this series in Vancouver . . .
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
featuring Risa Denenberg
Thursday, Sept. 11, 7pm at
Cover to Cover Books,
6300 NE St. James St. Rd., Suite 104B,
(St. James and Minnehaha)
LITFUSE- 2014 – – Tieton, WA
Friday September 26 to
Sunday September 28th 2014
If for some reason you don’t know
About Litfuse or need to register
Or want more information about it
go to LitFuse here.
Poetry by Day of the Week
NOTE:THE LIST WAS Last UPDATED
in May of 2014
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
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 email@example.com
Often there’s a pod-cast of the evening
1ST & 3RD MONDAYS—
(North End Forum—see below)
1st Mondays & 3RD Mondays
North End Forum @ Bai Pai —
Jed Myers hosts this long-running
series that begins just after 8 p.m.@
Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE 65th St.,
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
Easy Speak at the Wedgewood Ale House
Peter Munro Hosts!!!
Open Mic sign-up at 8 PM,
show starts at 8:30)
plus very generous Open MIC
Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676
Easy Speak in Columbia City at the Hummingbird
Saloon 4th Mondays at 8 p.m.
Spoken word, music, songs, personal
essays, short fiction
5041 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
Every Tuesday — Every Tuesday
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
Sign-up between 8-8:30.
Cover charge $5.
21+ with ID required at the door.
For more information, check website at
2nd & 4th Tuesdays — SEATTLE–
Every second and fourth Tuesday
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
features 2 poets and
an open Mic.
More info at
(Most) THIRD WEDNESDAYS
THIRD WEDNESDAYS — OLYMPIA
OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK &
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.,
A very active poetry scene happens in
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,
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.
Signups begin Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
Open mic and featured reader often musical
guests and a few original singer-songwriters
now hosted by Duane Kirby Jensen whose
enthusiasm, passion and poetry community
support is impressive!.
Excellent long running North End
Poetry venue with generous open mic — new
and improved! 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 established this
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
It has been co-curated for a couple
of years now by:
The series is in good hands and
is one of the better reading series
in the NorthWest.
2ND Thursday, SEATTLE
Wild Rose Tavern
1021 East Pike Street,
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 Thursday in VANCOUVER , WA.-
GHOST TOWN POETRY
HOSTED BY CHRISTOPHER LUNA
AND TONI PARTINGTON
at COVER TO COVER BOOKS
every second Thursday
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
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.
Curated and hosted by
Michael Dylan Welch and 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.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes,
3rd Thursdays VASHON ISLAND
Poetry Open Mic 3rd Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.
9924 SW Bank Road, Vashon Island
Devon Atkins, host; restaurant,
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: