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NorthWest Poetry Update SEPTEMBER 2014

September 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!

Free

Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676

Easy Speak Seattle Facebook page

Easy Speak Seattle Website

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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
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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.
FREE

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

FREE

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!

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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)

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Another excellent FREE poetry Program is also happening
that is worth considering and takes place in Auburn, Wa
at the

STATION BISTRO
(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
center.

Be at one of these Wednesday
Night events if possible!

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From Jerry Libstaff
Thursday Sept. 11 — Gig Harbor

Tim Sherry reads from his book
One of Seven Billion at

7:00 p.m.

Open Mic will follow

FREE

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Morso Restaurant and Wine Bar
9014 Peacock Hill Ave & N. Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor Open mic follows.
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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)
Vancouver, WA

WEBSITE HERE
http://printedmattervancouver.com/
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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.

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Poetry by Day of the Week
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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. .
emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

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.
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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
Zach@speakyoursoul.org

1st FRIDAYS RENTON

YOUTH SPEAKS
1st Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
tel: 425-271-6700
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
e-mail ckwalle@msn.com.
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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
http://www.Freeyamindinc.com

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
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

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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,
Seattle

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.

http://www.poestwest.com .

FREE

1st Saturdays POULSBO

First Saturday of every month at 7 p.m.
The Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. NE,
Poulsbo WA 98370
(360.779.9199)

Two to Three featured poets and
an open mic. FREE
Marianna Mears, emmj@centurytel.net
http://poulsbohemian.com

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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
http://www.conorbyrnepub.com

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
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org

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MONDAY Monday Monday

Every Monday — Belllingham
(NEW LOCATION!!!!)
Poetrynight
every Monday night 8pm @
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave
Bellingham, WA

USE back entry
by Fountain

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.
It’s FREE!

For more information,
http://www.poetrynight.org
or contact info@poetrynight.org
Often there’s a pod-cast of the evening

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.@
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
medjyers@hotmail.com.

2nd MONDAYS

Easy Speak at the Wedgewood Ale House

Peter Munro Hosts!!!

Open Mic sign-up at 8 PM,
show starts at 8:30)

Featured Poet
plus very generous Open MIC

Free

Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676

4th MONDAYS

Easy Speak in Columbia City at the Hummingbird
Saloon 4th Mondays at 8 p.m.
Spoken word, music, songs, personal
essays, short fiction

Free Admission

5041 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118

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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 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
253.735.1751 or
email mcbreenpost@aol.com.
FREE

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
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
info@seattlepoetryslam.org
NOT FREE

2nd & 4th Tuesdays — SEATTLE–
Queen Anne

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.
Seattle, WA

It’s an all open mic reading Warm friendly
reading atmosphere.It’s hosted
by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter.
Contact margaretroncone@yahoo.com.
FREE

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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

Website:
duvallpoetry.weebly.com
Contact:
duvallpoetrycontact@gmail.com

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.
Contact Openmic@theveraproject.org.

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,
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
emeraldhchris@yahoo.com
FREE
(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.
FREE
Contact: marthasilano@yahoo.com.
More info at
http://www.rockitspace.org/beacon-bards.htm

(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
halcyonmist@hotmail.com
or go to http://www.thurston.com/~yake/opn.html.

4th WEDNESDAYS — West Seattle

C & P Coffee 5612 California Avenue SW,
West Seattle
7 p.m. 2 featured readers plus open mic
“Poetry Bridge” reading series Leopoldo Seguel,
info@poetrybridge.net
Tel: 206-933-3125
http://www.candpcoffee.com

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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.
FREE

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
bluebirdseattle@gmail.com
bluebirdseattle.blogspot.com

*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

Phoenix Tea
902 SW 152nd St.
Burien, WA.

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:
Peggy Sturdivant
Katie Tynan

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.
Tel: 206-324-9210
http://www.thewildrosebar.com

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
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org
http://www.electricteagarden.com

*NEW SERIES*

2nd Thursdays
Muse at Morso Poetry Series
2nd Thursdays — Gig Harbor
Presented by Watermark Writers
(Jerry Libstaff)
Feature Poet, Open Mic
No Cover
Starts at 7 p.m.

Morso
Is located at:
9014 Peacock Hill Ave.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(253) 530-3463
MORSO EVENTS
WEBSITE HERE

2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WA.-

7:p.m.
GHOST TOWN POETRY
OPEN MIC
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)
Vancouver, WA
360-993-7777
mail@covertocoverbooks.net
http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com
christopherjluna@gmail.com
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate
and host Open mic Poetry
every second Thursday at
7:00 p.m

3RD THURSDAYS REDMOND, WA

3RD Thursdays @ SoulFood Books
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.

Curated and hosted by
Michael Dylan Welch and Tanya McDonald
Contact
M D W (WelchM@aol.com).
the website is here:
http://sites.google.com/site/soulfoodpoetrynight/Home.

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 mizfloestpt@yahoo.com.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes,
mizfloestpt@yahoo.com
http://www.facebook.com/miz.floes
http://www.naamnw.org

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,
info@cafelunavashon.com

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
welcome! FREE.

Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE,
Lake Forest Park , WA. More information:
Tanya McDonald
(haikunw1988@gmail.com),
The website is:
http://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/.

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2 comments

  1. Hi Chris how do I post my book launch celebration reading: “Confident Music Would Fly Us to Paradise” from MoonPath Press, Sunday, Sept 21st 2:00
    at The Seattle Creative Arts Center, 2601 NW Market St. Seattle WA 98107(Ballard) Secret Garden Books hosting. free
    Themes address the juxtaposition between fantasy life on the opera stage in silent roles and daily life, then, knowing which is which. They explore the tension between silence and voice, bring to life language expressing how silence is used as a tactic and how an individual finds his or her path through this obstacle. The collection is threaded on a through-line of music as well as the almost twenty years the poet was cast as a supernumerary in Seattle Opera and the fact that as a child, in the household she lived, she was seldom spoken to, in return she herself was silent but eventually found her voice through the vocabulary of dance, then theater. This book is dedicated to Seattle Opera and celebrates all Seattle arts.


    • I’ll include a notice on the blog next week and in my next literary email blast too….

      Are you interested in having an 18 minute featured reader spot the second Wednesday of December at Park Place Books in Kirkland?

      You can sell books to the audience without paying anything to the bookstore to do it as well.

      email me at emeraldchris@yahoo.com and let me know soon if you can do it!



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