Poetry by Day of the Week
Regular scheduled poetry readings in Western Washington
are the focus here.
Occasional, but not definitively scheduled readings do NOT
appear on this list. Most of these readings are open mic friendly
and most are free or very low cost. If I know of any cover charge
or mandatory admission charge it will be noted. Regardless,
do your best to support the business hosting the reading
(buy coffee, tea or food if appropriate in a cafe/coffee shop setting,
buy a book at least once in a while in a bookstore setting etc. and throw
a few bucks if there is a hat for donations to an organization or for
the featured poet.
NOTE: Although this list is periodically updated. . .
do not assume it is 100 percent accurate, 100 percent of the time.
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 . . .
If there is a regularly scheduled open to the public gathering
that includes poetry and has been running for several months. . .
let me know about it with an email. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
If you are thinking about starting a new reading look at this
list to see if there is something already established in your area
(within 20 miles or so) and if possible choose a different regular
time and day of the week for your new gathering so you add to
what is going on in the poetry community and avoid unnecessary
competition for audience or readers.
WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Wednesday
1ST Wednesdays DUVALL
Duvall Library (all ages okay)
15508 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, WA
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,
THE LAST READING OF THIS SERIES
DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF THE STORE
WILL HAPPEN ON DECEMBER 9TH, 2015
6:30 P.M. TO 9:00 P.M.
Hope YOU can make it
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 readings in July and August)
2nd Wednesdays — Seattle
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
THIRD WEDNESDAYS – – Woodinville
PoetsWest at Creekside – 7 P.M
Featured Poet and Open Mic
(A Merril Gardens Retirement Community)
The Creekside (A Merrill Gardens Retirement Community)
is located at 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE,
Woodinville, WA 98072
NOTE: NEW WEBSITE FOR THE CREEKSIDE READINGS
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.
3rd Wednesdays – – West Seattle, WA
WordsWest Literary Series
most 3rd Wednesdays
C & P Coffee Co.,
5612 California Ave. SW
7 p.m to 9 p.m.
4th WEDNESDAYS — West Seattle, WA
C & P Coffee 5612 California Avenue SW,
7 p.m. 2 featured readers plus open mic
“Poetry Bridge” reading series Leopoldo Seguel,
EVERY WEDNESDAY — Seattle
Rain City Slam at
Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Signups 7 p.m. Starts 8 p.m. $3 cover
THURSDAY: THURSDAY THURSDAY
Every Thursday –EVERETT, WA
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
First Thursdays – – BURIEN, WA
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
2nd Thursdays — Gig Harbor, WA
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)
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 – Seattle – 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:
FRIDAY Friday friday
1ST FRIDAYS –TACOMA, WA
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 WA
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 venue for poets that features a
distinguished reader and 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, WA
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
1st Saturdays – POULSBO, WA
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
2ND Saturdays – Seattle – Green Lake
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.
2ND Saturdays *NEW* – Bothell
BRAND New Venue for Poetry begins in November 2015
Featured Poets, Open Mic 7 p.m. (6:45 signup)
First Reading on November 14th!!!!
Tsuga Fine Arts at
10101 Main Street in Bothell, WA
will be hosting regular poetry readings on the 2nd Sat. of the month
starting on Nov. 14th at 7PM. They will be getting their guest poets
thru Poets West. Please spread the word.
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 – U District
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, WA
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
1ST & 3RD MONDAYS—Seattle/Ravenna
AS of October 2015
this reading is no more!!!!
(North End Forum—see below)
1st Mondays & 3RD Mondays
North End Forum @ Bai Pai —
The reading has been discontinued
Bai Pai owner has ended the long-
running series at Bai Pai that was
hosted by Jed Myers.
Monday reading in Auburn
has moved to
The Rainbow Cafe @
112 East Main
in Auburn, Wa.
Open Mic and Featured
(The Station Bistro went out of
business in Oct. 2015)
Presented by Northwest
Renaissance Poets, Performers &
Publishers, in collaboration with
Auburn Striped Water Poets,
Admission is free.
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.