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NorthWest Poetry Update- December 2017

December 15, 2016

Painting is silent poetry,

and poetry is painting that speaks.


Many of you know that I am now the co-owner/ manager of a new independent new and used bookstore, BookTree located at 609 Market Street in Kirkland, Wa 98033.

We had our Grand Opening on November 5th. It has been an overwhelming,                             and rewarding journey creating a new bookstore for Kirkland. A few Sunday’s ago the Seattle Times featured our store! We’ve had several author events, a holiday party and the beginning of our brand new workshop/reading/open mic series.

BookTree on Facebook here.

BookTree Website here

Seattle Times Feature on BookTree


Michael Dylan Welch -Third Saturday Workshop and PoetryIsEverything Reading/Open Mic

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016
  • 4:30pm  to 8:00pm
  • FREE

Former Redmond Poet Laureate  Michael Dylan Welch will lead a free workshop “Haiku Can Help: Focusing Your Prose and Poetry.”  from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and be the featured poet for our Third Saturday PoetryIsEverything Reading and open mic. 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. FREE

The co-feature is  Michael Schein!  (he has plans to re-locate in the near future so it may be a while before you get a chance to see and hear him).

Michael Dylan Welch has had his haiku performed for the Empress of Japan and at the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2012, one of his translations from the Japanese appeared on the back of 150,000,000 U.S. postage stamps. He was keynote speaker for the 2013 Haiku International Association convention in Tokyo, and has published his haiku, tanka, longer poetry, essays, and reviews in hundreds of journals in twenty languages, including RattleKyoto JournalRaven ChroniclesStringTownBacopaThe Writer’s ChronicleWriter’s DigestClover, and many others, the latter of which just nominated him for a Pushcart Prize. He cofounded the Haiku North America conference in 1991 and the American Haiku Archives in 1996, and founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000 and National Haiku Writing Month in 2010. He served two terms as Redmond’s poet laureate, and in 2010 was selected for the Jack Straw Writers program. His most recent books are Seven Suns / Seven Moons (with Tanya McDonald; NeoPoiesis Press), Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku (Boatwhistle Books), Fire in the Treetops: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Haiku North America, and Becoming a Haiku Poet (both Press Here).

Co-Feature Poet – Michael Schein is the author of the nonfiction history, John Surratt: the Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (September 1, 2015), as well as two acclaimed historical novels, Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011) and Just Deceits (2008). Mr. Schein taught American Legal History at Seattle University Law School from 1988-2003, served on the speakers’ bureau of Humanities Washington, and is Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from King County 4Culture, and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.

Born and raised in Vermont, Mr. Schein attended Reed College in Portland, University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, and now lives near Seattle.He is a former professor of American Legal History.

Open Mic

Bring a Poem or very very short piece of prose if you would like and sign up on our list to read for between 3 and 4 minutes.


more readings- here



Here   The Poetry Department.


As I have time I will update this blog with other readings and events of interest!





NorthWest Poetry Update OCTOBER 2016

October 24, 2016

A quick update!

The last few months has been overwhelming.  In case you haven’t heard, I decided in August to become a business partner with Mary Harris and co-own a brand new independent bookstore in Kirkland, Wa.  She is the former owner of Parkplace Books.

Creating the business entity, finding the right location, negotiating the lease happened very quickly.  And then…. the remodelling of a former beauty salon into a bookstore space. . .  The work is finally almost done.

BookTree will have its grand opening on November 5, 2016.

It’s located at 609 Market Street
Kirkland, Wa. 98033

The website is

Yes, there will be a new poetry series
at BookTree.

Stay tuned!

THIS Wednesday
10-26  C & P Coffee  7 p.m.  West Seattle

Rayn Roberts &
Christopher Jarmick
Featured @ C&P Coffee, West Seattle

Rayn Roberts & Christopher Jarmick are well known
Pacific NW Poets, seasoned performers with books
in print and publications in journals and online.
Roberts has read all over the United States.
Jarmick is known for his years of devoted organizing
& promotion of readings all over the state of Washington.
This will be an excellent and entertaining reading.

Open Mic follows features.

C&P Coffee
5612 California St. SW
West Seattle, WA 98136

Notice here
Note:  I have limited time to work on
this email blast.  Here’s a few of
the many readings and events
happening in the next few weeks.

Ekphrastic workshop
and panel discussion

at VALA, Tuesday, Oct. 25

Workshop starts at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a workshop discussing ekphrastic
poetry, facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch.
Duane Kirby Jensen, J. I. Kleinberg,
Jared Leising, and Joannie Stangeland
will share their experiences writing ekphrastic
poems and will offer writing prompts to inspire
you. Write in response to the incredible art at
the Ekphrastic Assimilations exhibit in VALA

Time: 6:30-9:00 PM
Admission: Free, no registration required
Directions: VALA
VALA (and RASP) location at Redmond Town Center

RASP meets in the new home of VALA Eastside
at Redmond Town Center, at 7325 166th Ave NE
Suite F . That’s on the southeast side
of the center circle;

November 2nd  7 pm   Duvall

Poet Laureate Tod Marshall features on
Wednesday, November 2nd, 7 PM, AT

Duvall Library *
15508 Main Street NE •
Duvall, WA 98019

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY.  His first
collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002
winner of the University of Georgia’s
Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also
published a collection of his interviews with
contemporary poets, Range of the Possible
(EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying
anthology of the interviewed poets’ work,
Range of Voices (2005).  These volumes
include interviews with and poems by
Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley,
Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim
Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa,
and others. In 2005, he was awarded a
Washington Artists Trust Fellowship.
His second collection of poetry,
The Tangled Line (Canarium Books, 2009)
was a finalist for the Washinton State Book
Award.  His most recent collection, Bugle,
was published by Canarium in 2014 and
was the 2015 winner of the Washington
State Book Award.  In 2015, he was
awarded the Humanities Washington
Award for creativity and service.
He lives in Spokane, Washington,
and teaches creative writing and
literature at Gonzaga University where
he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair
in the Humanities.

From 2016-18, he will serve as
Washington’s Poet Laureate.

Emcee: Michael Schein


Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!



Nearly NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month Readings and Updates

March 24, 2015
  1. NaPoWriMo and National Poetry Month Announcement.
  2. Poetry readings and gatherings
  3. House Concerts
  4. New book anthology just released


One must know and recognize not merely the direct but the

secret power of the word; one must be able to give one’s

writing unexpected effects. It must have a hectic, anguished

vehemence, so that it rushes past like a gust of air, and it

must have a latent, roistering tenderness so that it creeps and

steals one’s mind; it must be able to ring out like a sea-shanty

in a tremendous hour, in the time of the tempest, and it must

be able to sigh like one who, in tearful mood, sobs

in his inmost heart.”

Knut Hamsun



In less than 8 days it will be April 1st  which begins National

Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)

where you are encouraged to write a poem a day for 30 days.

I will be posting prompts on this blog to help encourage you.

A great resource for all things NaPoWriMo is Maureen Thorson’s

website.  She began posting her prompts and poems on her blog

back  in 2003. The  story here.   Check it out.

Also take a a peak at 2015 National Poetry Month poster here!


My first NaPoWriMo post will be on March 30 suggesting you might

write your first poem on the 31st because…. well you’ll have to wait

a few days to find out why. . .  Stay tuned.


“We talk so abstractly about poetry

because all of us are usually bad poets.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche


APRIL 8TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

For several years at one of my April poetry readings

we’ve had a little bit of extra fun sharing Baaad Poetry.

This includes poetry written by well-known usually good poets,

or poetry written by famously terrible poets or poetry mistakes

written by celebrities. Sometimes very brave open mic poets

share their own bright purple original mistakes too.  I bring

Baaad Poetry for people to read (if they don’t bring their

own examples) and we have fun not taking ourselves too

seriously for an evening while learning from the mistakes

and miscalculations of others.

Part of the evening includes a featured reader reading GOOD poetry

from a recently published poetry collection. This year the

featured poet is David D.Horowitz of Rose Alley Press fame

reading some excellent selections from his just published,

hot off the press brand new collection of poetry called

Cathedral and Highrise (2015). There will l be copies

available for purchase at the reading.

Rose Alley Press Website is here.

This all takes place the second Wednesday of April

at Park Place Books in Kirkland, Washington April 8th

7 pm. to 8:30.   Everyone is invited to come out,

have fun, listen and you’ll also be encouraged to join in

and read a bad poem (I’ll have several bad poems for

people to read).    We always create a fun memorable

evening doing this and I hope you’ll put it on your calendars

and plan to attend.

Note: Let me also  encourage you to read one of David’s

latest prose pieces Grit not Glamour at

Exterminating Angel Press right here.


TONIGHT!!!!  March 24  7 p.m.  Uptown Ex… Seattle

From Margaret Roncone

An informal open mic meets twice a

month in lower Queen Anne.   Drop ins

and newcomers are always welcome.


It will next happen on

Tuesday March 24th

AT Uptown Expresso

525 Queen Anne Ave.

7 pm-8:30



March 25   7 p.m.  C &P  West Seattle

From Leopoldo Seguel

Dear poetrybridge community,

You are all invited to our poetrybridge reading this Wednesday

featuring Christine Clarke and Larry Crist followed

by community mic. See our website for more information.

C & P  Coffee  is located at

5612 California Ave  in West Seattle

I hope to see you this Wednesday,


The Poetrybridge Readings at C&P …..

March 25

Christine Clarke is a molecular biologist and poet whose award-

winning poetry has been published in DMQ Review, Clover,

Randomly Accessed Poetics, Highland ParkPoetry, and

Storm Cycle 2013: The Best of: Kind of a Hurricane Press.


​Larry Crist lives and writes in Seattle where he has lived

for over 20 years, has been widely published. His first

poetry collection, Undertow Overtures is available through

Amazon and select NW bookstores.


April 22 Features


​Chris Vannoy is a promoter, editor, teacher and tireless

advocate of words both written and spoken, has been

published in City Works, The Writing Center, and Tokes

anthologies , and Ghosts of the Beatnik Poets anthology

as well as Visions and Step Jazz magazines. One of 25

San Diego poets featured on the Exploded Views CD,

he was on the first San Diego slam team to go to the

Slam Nationals in Seattle.


​​Claudia Castro Luna was born in El Salvador, came

to the United States in 1981, got serious about writing

and earned an MFA in poetry. She is ever searching for

the turn of phrase, the just word, like a bird searching for

the perfect twig to make her nest. She writes poetryand is

also working on a memoir about her experience escaping

the Salvadoran Civil War.


May 27


​Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur,

a former Wordsworth curator, has been published in

various anthologies, is the founding member of the

FloatingMountainPoets,  a performing troupe of poets

which also include dancers, aerialists, singers, percussionists

and burlesque stylists in their shows. Dobbie is best known for

being the host and curator of one of Seattle’s longest running

(now defunct) reading series: THIRD TUESDAYS POETS &

WRITERS.   Dobbie now lives And writes in Belllingham.


​ Writer/Poet Christopher J. Jarmick organizes/hosts regularly

scheduled poetry nights, and special programs in the Northwest

(since 2001).  His latest poetry collection Not Aloud (due out

September 2015) is from MoonPath Press. His last collection

was IGNITION: Poem Starters, . . .(2010). His poetry has appeared

in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, literary journals and

online. His blog is PoetryIsEverything (google it ).


March 26  7 pm. Good Shep… – Seattle


Look at the line-up of readers scheduled for this one!

Poetry at The Good Shepherd Center

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Features: Donald Kentop, Belle Randall, Marjorie Rommel,

Michael Spence, Joannie Stangeland, and David D. Horowitz

Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center,

4649 Sunnyside Avenue North,

Seattle, WA


March 26  7 p.m.  Everett

Everett Poetry Night,

Thurs. March 26,

7:00 Café Zippy

(2811 Wetmore Ave. in Everett).

The feature is John Burgess with his

brand new book!!!

Open Mic



March 27  RASP  7 pm  Redmond


March’s Featured Events!


Jim Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle

are the featured poets!!!!


Friday, March 27, 2015,

7:00 PM to 8:45 PM, gathering from 6:30 PM


RASP (Redmond Association of SpokenWord) meets monthly on the

last Friday of each month, from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM, at the

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA 9805,

and also holds a monthly writing critique group at the Redmond

Regional Library on the second Tuesday of each month. All

events are free. Please join us!


James Bertolino taught literature and creative writing for 36 years

at schools ranging from Washington State University to

Cornell University. He spent 14 years at Western Washington

University and retired from Willamette University as Writer

-in-Residence in 2006. He has received a number of national

awards for his poetry, and his 12 volumes include Ravenous

Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, MoonPath Press, 2014.

Bertolino has served as an editor for Abraxas, Epoch,

Cincinnati Poetry Review, and Stone-Marrow Press. He lives

with his wife, artist and poet Anita Boyle, on five acres

near Bellingham, Washington.

James’ Website



Anita K. Boyle is a poet, artist,and graphic designer, and the

author of three books of poetry: The Drenched, What

the Alder Told Me, and Bamboo Equals Loon. She recently

received a Poet Publisher Peace Award from the World Peace

Poets. Anita lives near an inspiring pond outside Bellingham, Wa.

with her husband, the poet James Bertolino.

Anita’s Website


March’s emcee:

Michael Dylan Welch

RASP WEBSITE is here.   


April 1 – 7 p.m.   Station Bistro  Auburn


Poetry at the Station Bistro!


presents:    James Rodgers &    Susan Rich


Wednesday April 1      no foolin!

7 pm

110 2nd Street # 125

Auburn, WA 98003

(first Wednesdays!)


James Rodgers has been writing poetry for three decades, and

besides a lot of poems, doesn’t have much to show for it. He has

been published in multiple magazines and publications,

including Ha!, Fly By Night, Cascade, and many more. He has

won numerous awards, including first place in the WPA Charles

Proctor Humor category, and third prize in a contest combining

poetry with paintings in a Puyallup Art Gallery. James’ silly haiku

can be found daily on his blog here. . James is a world traveler and

also an avid photographer, and is currently set to provide images

for Cindy Hutchings‘ upcoming first poetry book debut

from Moonpath Press.


Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including

Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, Cures  Include Travel,

and The Cartographer’s Tongue. Susan has worked as a staff person

for Amnesty International, an electoral supervisor in Bosnia

Herzegovina, and a human rights trainer in Gaza and the West Bank.

She lived in the Republic of Niger, West Africa as a Peace Corps

Volunteer. She currently lives in Seattle and teaches at Highline

Community College where she runs the reading series, Highline Listens:

Writers Read Their Work. Her poems have been published in the

Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor,

Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Northwest

Review, Poetry International and The Southern Review.


extra special thanks to:


The Station Bistro,The City of Auburn, The Auburn Arts

Commission Striped Water Poets, NorthWest Renaissance

and to our wonderful audience and our fantastic

open mic participants!


Striped Water Poets Website


“So many things I had thought forgotten

Return to my mind with stranger pain:

Like letters that arrive addressed to someone

Who left the house so many years ago.”

Philip Larkin


April 3rd    Elliott Bay Book Co.    Seattle, WA


Judith Roche  at  Elliott Bay Book

Friday April 3 at 7:30 p.m.


Celebrate the publication of ALL FiRE ALL WATER. the latest book

by legendary Seattle poet Judith Roche published by

Black Heron Press


Free Event.


Elliott Bay Website (note April Event Calendar hasn’t been

Updated yet)


Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 10th Ave,

Seattle, Washington 98122


April 9th  6:00 p.m.  Ballard, WA


It’s About Time Reading series

Second Thursdays

6:00 – 7:45 p.m.  at that

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library


Thurs. April 9, 2015 #306

Lary Christ, Kelly Martineau, Vera Shanti Giles

& Waverly Fitzgerald on the Writer’s Craft

Plus Open Mic   FREE!!!


It’s About Time Website


APRIL 10   7 PM.    TACOMA, WA


Distinguished Writer Series

Presented by the City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Connection

April 10th, Friday at 7:oo p.m.

Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)


Feature for April: Peggy Barnett


Peggy Barnett was born in 1945 and grew up in Queens,

New York in the 1950’s. She graduated from  The Cooper Union

with a degree in Fine Art. She opened a studio in NYC in 1968

and was a photographer for 45 years. In 2006 she moved to

Woodinville, WA. Her poetic memoirs dwell on the specifics of

unending change.


The goal of our readings is to bring poets of import to Tacoma

to help local poets learn and set goals for their own works.

We also provide a showcase for local poets to share their new work.

All venues are free, physically accessible, and open to the public.


April 15  7 pm  C&P  West Seattle


Death and Taxes: The National Poetry Month Special” with

Kelli Russell Agodon and January Gill O’Neil

— This event supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.


Wednesday  April 15th  7 p.m.


C & P Coffee Company (West Seattle)

5612 California Ave SW,

Seattle, Washington 98136


What is certain in life beyond death and taxes is poetry.

From the Tuareg nomads of Niger to the troubadours of

France, people from every culture connect to the spoken

word. For the April 15th, 2015 edition of WordsWest

Literary Series Washington poet Kelli Russell Agodon

and Massachusetts poet, January Gill O’Neil, will join us

for a night of poetry, including a short writing prompt.


Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and

editor from the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent collection is

Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014) and The Daily Poet:

Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she

coauthored with Martha Silano. Her second collection, Letters

from the Emily Dickinson Room was chosen by Carl Dennis for the

winner of the White Pine Press Book Prize, and was also the Winner

of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry as well as a

Finalist for the Washington State Book Prize. Her other books

include: Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An

Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry. Kelli is the

cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and is a Co-Director of Poets

on the Coast: A Retreat for Women Poets.


Visiting for one night only from Salem, Massachusetts,

January Gill O’Neil is the author of the recently released

Misery Islands (fall 2014) and Underlife (2009), both published

by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the

Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English

at Salem State University.

You can follow her at


Every third Wednesday, 7pm, at C & P Coffee Company,

WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings

by published local and national authors, to craft discussions

and guided writing explorations for every experience level.

Each week, a poetry lover from a local, independent business

shares her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project.

On March 18th, we welcome West Seattle Acupuncture.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis,

Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

Join us on FaceBook HERE

For more information, please contact or

visit their website here 



 April 16 and various dates-  Edmonds, Seattle – Readings

From David D. Horowitz


David D. Horowitz and open mic

Wednesday, April 8th, 7:00 p.m.

Parkplace Books,

348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland WA.



Thursday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m.

Edmonds Bookshop,

111 Fifth Avenue South,

Edmonds WA

Jennifer Bullis, Dennis Caswell, Erika Michael,

Bethany Reid, and David D. Horowitz

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.

Edmonds Bookshop Website



Thursday, May 14th, 7:00 p.m.

Robinson Bolkum, Susan Casey, Nancy Dahlberg,

Victoria Ford, Kristen McHenry, Raul Sanchez,

and David Thornbrugh

The Good Shepherd Center,

Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.,

Seattle  WA

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.




April 16 – 7 p.m. Jack Straw Center  Seattle

From Jeannine Hall Gailey


Book launch for Jeannine Hall Gailey‘s

The Robot Scientist

with guest readers and reception after!


April 16    7 p.m.  Jack Straw Cultural Center


The event will be MC’d by poet and publisher Evan J. Peterson

and the opening reader will be poet and publisher

Kelli Russell Agodon.


Jeannine Hall Gailey will read from her fourth book,

The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, about atomic history, robots,

pop culture, and growing up in “America’s Secret City.”


Event is Free.

With thanks to The Jack Straw Writers Program and

Poets & Writers for sponsoring this event.


Jack Straw Writers Center is located at:

4261 Roosevelt Way NE,

Seattle, WA 98105




April 25 and beyond –  House Concerts –  Vaughn WA


From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music Current Season

Melding  Authors, Poets, Singer/Songwriters and Artists

from around the country in an intimate waterfront

setting on the Key Peninsula in Vaughn, Washington


The program includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a

beautiful setting surrounded by nature.


Funding supports the entertainers.

Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.


Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.


Music and Poetry performances. . .

Upcoming  Events

4/25  Beth Wood with Matthew Lane Brouwer


5/9   LeRoy Bell  with David D. Horowitz


6/5  Ari Hest with Carl Palmer

July –   Holley McCreary

August – Rodney Branigan

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

with Christopher J. Jarmick


10/3  – Melissa Greener


Jerry Libstaff

Watermark Writers


To find out more email us at

or call  253-778-6559.


Jerry Libstaff


JUST OUT. . . .

Randomly Accessed Poetics, No. 6, Ghost House

from editor/publisher William James Lindberg and Penhead Press

now available from Amazon.


R A P  No. 6.  Ghost House

contains poetry, prose, photography, and art from

Carrie Albert, Pratima Annapurna Balabhadrapathruni,

Robert Bates, Matthew Lane Brouwer, John Burgess,

Dennis Caswell, Joanna Conom, Larry Crist, Holly Day,

J.D. DeHart, Pattie Flint, Steve de France, Tammy Gordon,

Ira Joel Haber, Christopher J. Jarmick, Erin J. Jones, Staci

Leigh, P.A. Levy, William James, Michael Mark, Bozena

Helena Mazur-Nowak, John McKernan, Levi J. Mericle, B.Z.

Niditch, Frank C. Praeger, Heather Parker, Shiloka Shankar,

and Guinotte Wise.


See the great looking cover and more info at Amazon here.






March FOURTH with Readings Readings and More Readings. . .

March 4, 2015

March Weather may not have roared in like a lion, but lots of readings and poets are making

beautiful noises worth paying attention too.   We’re full to bursting with interesting stuff going on out there!

(R.I.P. Phillip Levine)

“I believed even then that if I could transform my experience into poetry
I would give it the value and dignity it did not begin to possess on its
own. I thought too that if I could write about it I could come to understand it;
I believed that if I could understand my life—or at least the part my work
played in it—I could embrace it with some degree of joy, an element
conspicuously missing from my life.”

― Philip Levine


TONIGHT ONLY!  March 4th, 2015  7 p.m  Duvall, WA

Matthew Brouwer  Features at Duvall Poetry Night!

7 p.m  Doors open 6:30,  Open mic at 7 p.m  Feature at 7:30  followed by

more open mic.

Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing

in Bellingham, WA. His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and

literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle,

enlivening and profound. He has performed throughout the west and

been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases

such as Cirque, Phrasings, and Strands. Matthew leads workshops and

retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile Justice

Creative Writing Project , and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing circle for

people suffering chronic medical conditions. He is the author of five poetry

chapbooks: Cannonball Island, Men Who Walk with Canes, and The Gospel

According to Matthew (Parts I, II & III). Matthew Brouwer’s website is


Duvall Poetry meets once a month on first Wednesdays.

Doors open at 6:30.

Open mic starts at 7; featured reader at 7:30. Duvall Library is an

all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a

friend to hear you at the mic!

Emcee: Michael Schein

April 1-  Michael Dylan Welch   May 6- Raul Sanchez

Duvall Public Library is located at

15508 Main Street NE  •

Duvall, WA 98019

Readings brought to you by the

Duvall Poetry Group and the

Duvall Cultural Commission

 Website IS HERE:


Tonight Only  March 4th  7 p.m.  Auburn WA.

And there’s a reader UPDATE!!!!

Poetry at the Station Bistro!
Cindy Hutchings  & Michael Smeltzer

Wednesday  March 4th  – 7 pm
Open Mic.  FREE

110 2nd Street # 125 Auburn, WA 98003
(every first Wednesday of the month at the
Station Bistro!) extra special thanks to:
The Station Bistro, The City of Auburn,
The Auburn Arts Commission

NOTE: Morgan Sagdahl has had to cancel due to a last minute change
of schedule, her boss gave her the choice of going to the Bistro or
keeping her job, and she chose her job…But! we will invite her again on
another first Wednesday! I hope everyone else can make it though, and
come early and enjoy a fantastic dinner too!

Cindy Hutchings
Cindy is a member of both North West Renaissance poets and Striped

Water (she posts all the cool links about poetry related news on our

facebook page). Her day job and her sportsfan’s zeal take her to Seattle,

working for the Seattle FD and cheering on her beloved Seahawks. Cindy

writes passionately about current events and social causes, locally and

world-wide, as well as finding inspiration in the outdoors. Cindy’s first

book is due out this fall from Moonpath

Press, with photos by James Rogers.

Michael Schmeltzer
Michael earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. His honors

include numerous Pushcart Prize nominations, the Gulf Stream Award

for Poetry, and the Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. He has been

a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, Zone 3 Press First

Book Prize, as well as the OSUPress/The Journal Award in Poetry. He helps

edit A River & Sound Review and has been published in PANK, Rattle, Oyez

Review, Natural Bridge, and Mid-American Review, among others. 


My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is
here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9)


Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’
whose work appears on bus stops, on
special rapid ride buses and/or the website
throughout 2015.
Next Wednesday  March 11  7 p.m. Kirkland
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books—Kirkland, WA
Wednesday  February 11, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE


Our Featured Poets are:
Priscilla Long
Mary Eliza Crane


Plus  OPEN MIC !!!


 Priscilla Long is a
Seattle-based author and teacher of writing.She grew up on a dairy farm

on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her book of poems, Crossing Over, is

forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press. Her other books are

The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life

and  Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal

Industry. Her shorter works include science, poetry, creative nonfiction,

and fiction, and her column, Science Frictions, appeared on the website of

The American Scholar for 92 weeks (2011-2013). Her work has appeared in

The Tampa Review, Smithsonian, The Gettysburg Review, The Chariton

Review, Women’s Review of Books, Cold Mountain Review, Post Road, Raven

Chronicles, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, The Sow’s Ear

Poetry Review, New Orphic Review, Web Conjunctions, Alaska Quarterly

Review, Stringtown, Fourth Genre, Passages North,Bosque, and elsewhere.

Her awards include a National Magazine Award, and she has been a fellow

at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw Productions.

Her MFA is from the University of Washington. She serves as Founding and

Consulting Editor of

the online encyclopedia
of Washington state history
For more information please visit Priscilla’s websites: and


Mary Eliza Crane is a native of New England  who migrated to the Pacific
Northwest, and settled in the Cascade foothills many years ago. Writing poetry
since age fourteen,  Mary belongs to the poetry of Duvall. Passionately in
love with the natural world, her voice lives in the understory and fog of  the
Snoqualmie River, a fusion of the natural, personal, and political world.
A regular  feature at poetry venues in the Puget Sound  region, she has read
her poetry from Woodstock to LA, including a feature at a Graham Nash
concert in 2012.  Mary has two volumes of poetry What I Can Hold In My Hands
(Gazoobi Tales Publishing, 2009) and At First Light (Gazoobi Tales Publishing
2011). Her work has also appeared in Raven Chronicles, The Cartier Street
Review, Quill and Parchment, The Far Field, and several anthologies. Mary’s
third book is currently in process.



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


April 8th –  David Horowitz has a new book and is our featured good poet.
The rest of the evening is devoted to our annual Baaad Poetry celebratiion.
We’ll share bad poetry by good poets, celebrities and some will share worst
poems on the open mic!



March 4th  7 p.m. Seattle
Hugo House reading notice!

Three Poets, One Night, New Releases –
Hugo House, March 4, 7 p.m.

Come hear John Burgess, Jed Myers, and Stephen Roxborough read from
their new works of poetry.

Three Northwest poets take over the Cabaret at Hugo House for a night filled
with book releases, slide shows, new work, and music.

It could well be the last time they’ll read
at Hugo House, which is scheduled for
redevelopment in 2016. Of course, the
cash bar will be open!

March 4th
Hugo House is on Capitol Hill at
1634 11th Ave.
Limited Parking available behind
the House.

About the poets

John Burgess grew up in upstate New York, worked on a survey crew
in Montana, taught English in Japan and since 1985 has lived in Seattle.
Ravenna Press publishes his poetry: Punk Poems (2005), A History of
Guns in the Family (2008), Graffito (2011), and “by Land…” (2015).
He was a 2006 Jack Straw writer; co-founder of the original Burning
Word Festival; and the 2008 Words’ Worth curator for the Seattle City
Council. He’s currently editor for the online lit journal Snow Monkey,
Board member at Richard Hugo House and coconspirator with the
Band of Poets.

Jed Myers is a Philadelphian who’s lived in Seattle more than half his life
now. Two of his poetry collections, The Nameless (Finishing Line Press)
and Watching the Perseids (winner of the 2013 Sacramento Poetry Center
Book Award), are 2014 publications. Recent recognitions include
Southern Indiana Review’s Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Award, the Literal Latte
Poetry Award, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. His poems have
appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod
International Journal, JAMA, Fugue, Atlanta Review, I-70 Review, Painted
Bride Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Blast Furnace, Crab Creek
Review, Temenos, About Place Journal, and elsewhere. He works
as a psychiatrist with a therapy practice and teaches at the
University of Washington. He also hosts the long-running poetry-and
-music open-mic cabaret NorthEndForum in Seattle’s
Ravenna neighborhood, and he explores weaving music and poetry
together in the improvisational ensemble Band of Poets.

Stephen Roxborough is the author of making love in the war zone,
impeach yourself!, blurst, son of blurst, spiritual demons, the little book of
luminosity, this wonderful perpetual beautiful, and, open heart sutra
surgery. Editor and Creative Director for NeoPoiesis Press, he is currently
working on multiple books about impermanence, as well as poems he
discovered while on a recent writing retreat in New York City.
March 7 2015   2 to 5 p.m.  Seattle
From Joan Rabinowitz

Hi there, just a quick reminder about our
artist event on March 7th. I hope to see
you there!

Jack Straw Artist Showcase
An afternoon of music and readings
from Jack Straw Artists

Saturday, March 7, 2-5pm
Jack Straw Cultural Center
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
$5-$20 suggested donation

Please join us in the studios and
gallery at Jack Straw Cultural Center
for a  wide-ranging  afternoon of
performance, including music from
Jack Straw artists Tom Varner,
Alchymeia, John Teske, Michael
Owcharuk, Dunava, Bryan Smith,

and Randal Bays; and readings from
Jack Straw Writers Program alumni
Daemond Arrindell, Kate Carroll
de Gutes, Claudia Castro Luna,
Larry Crist, John Mullen, Raul
Sanchez, Anastacia Tolbert,
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, and
Kristen Millares Young.

Bring the family! A Jack Straw
engineer and teaching artist will be
in Studio 2 welcoming anyone who
wants to come in and record their
own story or song; you can also
listen to some of the many
wonderful school projects we’ve
produced over the years.

Come visit us at Jack Straw and
steep yourself in words and
music from our vibrant
community of artists while you
enjoy some refreshments and
chat with Jack Straw staff and
board members.

See you at Jack Straw
on March 7th!
in Vaughn Wa.

John Gorka (music);  Tim Sherry (poet)
(at Jerry Libstaff’s on the Key
Peninsula; details listed below)

“The miracle is this – the more we
share, the more we have.”

― Leonard Nimoy

MARCH 8TH   5 p.m.  LIT CRAWL Seattle
Rainier Valley Lit Crawl 
Sunday March 8th
Begins at 5 p.m.     FREE

Two neighborhoods. Four venues.
Fourteen writers. One night. Come to this free reading of epic proportions in a busy
corner of Southeast Seattle.

Event is free.

Each venue will have food and drink available for purchase.

5 p.m. at Union BAR .
5609 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA
(Hillman City)

Anthony Warnke lives in Seattle and teaches writing at Green River
Community College. His poetry has appeared in Sentence, The Prose
Poem Project, DMQ Review, and Burning Word.

Jeremy Springsteed is a shadow of glutenous literary endeavors,
spending much of his time making coffee work for many mouths in
Seattle. He’s thinking about moving to tea in the near future.

Fredda Jaffe propagates dandelions and conjugates verbs in West Seattle
and has been sighted with a pair of binoculars in Columbia City. One of
her poems travels daily through Bellevue with Metro’s Poetry on Buses.

Chris Crew teaches 8th grade humanities in Kent and meets his son
on the other side of Columbia City’s puddles. His poetry can be found in the
The Marlborough Review, The Sycamore Review, and Natural Bridge,
and on the back of select grocery lists.

6 p.m.  at Afrikando Banadir
5212 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA
(Hillman City)

Raul Sanchez is a translator currently working on the Spanish version of his
inaugural collection “All Our Brown Skinned Angels” nominated for the
2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He was one of the twelve
2014 Jack Straw Writers, as well as one of the mentors and judges for the
2014 Poetry on Buses Project. Last October, he participated in the TEDx
Salon event in Yakima titled: “How creativity heals” available on U-tube.

Larry Crist lives in Seattle and is originally from California, specifically
Humboldt County. He has also lived in Chicago, Houston, London, and
Philadelphia where he attended Temple U receiving an MFA in theatre.
He’s been widely published. Undertow Overtures is Larry’s first poetry
collection, published by ATOM and available through Amazon and select
NW bookstores. Larry was pleased to have been included in The Jack
Straw Writer’s Program in 2013 and has received three Pushcart

Kristen Young is a writer and journalist whose work has been
featured by the Guardian, the New York Times, KUOW 94.9-FM, City Arts
Magazine, Pacifica Literary Review the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the
Miami Herald and TIME Magazine.Hailed by The Stranger as one of the
“fresh new faces in Seattle fiction,” she was a 2014 Jack Straw Writing

Jeanne Morel is a poet who has taught in factories, hospitals,
community colleges, arts organizations, retirement centers,
and prisons. Her chapbook, That Crossing Is Not Automatic, was
published by Tarpaulin Sky, and one of her very short attempts at
fiction was nominated for a Pushcart.

7 p.m. at Flying Lion Brewing
5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA
(Columbia City)

Greg Jensen‘s poems have appeared in “december”, “Fugue”, “Bodega”, and
“Crab Creek Review”. In addition to being a poet, he is a dad, husband,
avid bicyclist, and yoga enthusiast who works for a non-profit serving homeless
adults in Pioneer Square. He is currently enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing
program at Pacific University.

Molly Mac as, a Siren-(feminist?) agent, early mid-30s,
living amidst Seattle condo explosion 2015 and anxiously passing the peak of
her Amazon(mom)Prime. Molly Mac is a video artist, performer and writer
living in Seattle.

8 p.m. at Lotties Lounge 
4900 Rainier Ave S.
(Columbia City Neighborhood)

Graham Isaac is a writer from and living in Seattle. He co-organizes
the “Claustrophobia” reading series and is the author of “Filthy Jerry
Guide to Parking Lots” on Babel/Salvage press.

Laura Shoemaker‘s recent poems are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest
and through 4Culture and King County Metro’s Poetry on Buses project. She
is also the Development Director at Hugo House, a place for writers.

Hillman City’s Paul Nelson is a poet, interviewer, and essayist. He
founded Seattle Poetics LAB & the Cascadia Poetry Festival & wrote
A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by
The Stranger.)

Barbara Erwine is a writer, mother, architect, Buddhist, sustainability nerd
and wanderer on this planet (the order of identity varies from hour to
hour). Her writing strives to capture the shared beauty, pain and humor
of simple life moments.

Hosted by Raanan David
and Greg Bem.

March 13th, Friday 7:oo p.m. TACOMA
From Connie Walle

Puget Sound Poetry Connection presents
Distinguished Writers Series at
Kings Bookstore

Feature for March: Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson founded SPLAB and
the Cascadia Poetry Festival,
published: Organic Poetry (essays),
a serial poem re-enacting history,
A Time Before Slaughter and
Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence
of Energies. He was awarded a
residency at The Lake, by the
Morris Graves Foundation in
Loleta, CA., & the 2014 Robin
Blaser Award.

American Sentences by Paul Nelson:
3.27.14 – The former Vietnam sniper’s not interested in Trigger Warnings.
4.3.14 – Nothing says Seattle like a cross-dressing bank robber shot by cops.
4.6.14 – Search for weeks for landslide victims only to find and re-bury them.
4.8.14 – Took my smart phone in my dumb car to photograph dumb guys
tip smart cars.
4.9.14 – Poor Christians who teach Easter eggs are “playing with
Lucifer’s testicles.”
5.2.14 – Once eliminated from the beer slam, Dan puts on his socks
& shoes.
4.28.14 – I call Ma to tell Pop to hang up, our cellphone connection
was lost.
5.3.14 – Collis at Cascadia: “Capitalism is a doomsday device.”
5.8.14 – A sense of accomplishment passing the vehicle emissions test.
5.11.14 – Just to take the shine off Ma one last time, my Dad dies on
Mother’s day.

King’s Books,
218 St. Helens Avenue,
Tacoma, WA
Wed. March 18th 6:30 p.m. Olympia

Olympia Poetry Network’s March event

 Liz St Louis is the featured reader for
Olympia Poetry Network’s third
Wednesday Poetry Series on March 18.

The reading takes places at
Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave. SW
in downtown Olympia
from 6:30- 8 p.m.

St Louis was born and educated in London England.  She was a Family
Medicine doc for several decades and is now a part time Medical
Consultant. She has been writing poetry since her teens, but only
“came out of the poetry closet” in 2000.  She has published three
chapbooks including Luminaria.

An Open Mic will precede
her reading.
The event is free.

For more
information call 360-701-2030

Fri. 3 27 15  7p.m.   REDMOND, WA

Friday, March 27at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Features: James Bertolino and
Anita K. Boyle

Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center
16600 NE 80th St, Redmond,
Washington 98052


Please join us! Come early to sign
up for open mic.

About the featured readers:

James Bertolino taught literature and creative writing for 36 years at schools
ranging from Washington State University to Cornell University. He
spent 14 years at Western Washington University and retired from Willamette
University as Writer-in-Residence in 2006. He has received a number of
national awards for his poetry, and his 12 volumes include Ravenous Bliss:
New and Selected Love Poems, MoonPath Press, 2014. Bertolino has
served as an editor for Abraxas, Epoch, Cincinnati Poetry Review, and
Stone-Marrow Press. He lives with his wife, artist and poet Anita Boyle, on
five acres near Bellingham, Washington. His website is here!

Anita K. Boyle is a poet, artist, and graphic designer, and the author of
three books of poetry: The Drenched, What the Alder Told Me, and Bamboo
Equals Loon. She recently received a Poet Publisher Peace Award from the
World Peace Poets. Anita lives near an inspiring pond outside Bellingham,
Washington with her husband, the poet James Bertolino.
Her website is here!
VARIOUS Dates, Times Locations

From our Washington State Poet
Laureate  Elizabeth Austen

(Note from Chris J:  Some links were
provided in original email from E.A.
but they don’t duplicate when copied
so you’ll have to look up addresses
of events listed-google them
easy to do).

Elizabeth writes:

Here it is March already, and nearly
time to “spring forward.” It’s also
year two of my term, and I’ve now
been to 25 of our 39 counties, and
learned the correct pronunciation
of “Wahkiakum” and “Pend Oreille.”
I wanted to let you know I have
several readings this month right
here in Seattle, or very nearby, with
wonderful poets including Diane
Raptosh, the Idaho Writer in
Residence (the term our neighbors
to the east use instead of
“poet laureate”).  Please share this
information with folks you think
would be interested, and I’d love
to see you at one of these events.

March 4: Poetry Northwest reading
at Phinney Books, 7:30p.
With Suzanne Bottelli, Jessica Gigot,
Laura Shoemaker and Kary Wayson.

March 14: Reading with Diane Raptosh,
Idaho Writer-in-Residence, at
Elliott Bay Books. 7p.

March 18: WordsWest Reading Series at
C&P Coffee, West Seattle.
“Saint and Sinner: Pleasures of the Poet”
reading with Michelle Peñaloza, 7p.
I’ll also give a brief talk on performance,
and Michelle will talk about collaboration.

March 21: Reading with Tim Kelly
at Orca Books, Olympia, 7p.

March 23: “Poetry for All” generative
writing workshop, Burlington Public
Library, 3 to 5p.

Also, so many events this month
(is it my imagination, or does
National Poetry Month start in March
now?). Here are a few I particularly

March 7: Jack Straw artist showcase,
2p to 5p – this party includes a stellar
line-up of writers and musicians, as well
as an opportunity for people of all ages
to record their own story or song.

March 19: Jane Hirshfield returns to
Elliott Bay Books with two new books –
one, a collection of poems, The Beauty,
and the other a new book of essays,
Ten Windows: How Great Poems
Transform the World, 7p.
(I was lucky enough to read advance
copies, and highly recommend them both.)

March 20: Lament for the Makers,
7p. Ten local poets read from the work
of 10 poets who died in the past year.
(Lots of intriguing classes at
Hugo House too.)

March 20 and 21: Claudia Rankine is
among the speakers at this year’s
Citizen University Conference. I am
heartbroken that I’ll miss it – if you go,
and hear her, please let me know.

3-7-15 AND beyond   Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff
Words and Music Current Season begins
on March 7th 2015

Melding  Authors, Poets, Singer/Songwriters and Artists
from around the country in an intimate waterfront setting.

The programs include hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a beautiful setting
surrounded by nature.

Funding supports the entertainers. Additional donations provide for
Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)
3 Non Profit corporation.

We’re nearly sold out!  (March 7th)

We have limited seating still available. Please call
253-778-6559 to reserve your place.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime
program with John Gorka and
Tim Sherry on the waterfront.

John Gorka, March 7
Words and Music presents the wonderful talents of John Gorka.
With 11 critically acclaimed albums, a collector’s edition box featuring
a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life, and a
collection of his greatest hits titled Pure John Gorka from Windham
Hill Records, John has landed on the Billboard Folk Charts multiple
times and is noted to be one of the most played singers on folk
radio. His new studio album, Bright Side of Down is his first
release in over four years. John is widely regarded as one
of contemporary folk music’s leading talents and this
album’s 12 songs are beautifully produced and sequenced from
beginning to end.

What ever you do, don’t miss this unique opportunity to see and
hear John Gorka on the waterfront in Vaughn.

This special event has a $25 per
seat donation

Words by Tim Sherry   Tim was a public high school
teacher, a coach and a high school principal. Throughout his career
poetry was always there but kept private because athletes, coaches,
principals and Scandinavian Lutherans don’t usually do that
sort of thing. With a BA and an MA in English, Tim has lived most of his
life in Tacoma where long walks quiet days, friends, family, travels,
faith and his wife, Marcia, are the inspiration for his reflections about life.
In the past ten years, with the support and encouragement of many
Northwest writers, he finally shared his poetry. Tim has been published
in Crab Creek Review, The Raven Chronicles, Seminary Ridge Review,
Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, Floating Bridge Review, and others.
A Pushcart nominee and an Artsmith Artist Resident on Orcas
Island, Tim’s most recent poem “Of Fires” was a finalist for the Rash
Award in Poetry and published in The Broad River Review. His first
full-length collection, One of Seven Billion has been critically acclaimed.

Join us for a wonderful evening with
Tim Sherry and John Gorka.

Upcoming  Events
4/25  Beth Wood with Matthew Brower
6/5 Ari Hest with Carl Palmer
July -Holley McCreary
August – Rodney Branigan
9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
10/3  – Melissa Greener

Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers

To find out more email us at
or call  253-778-6559.
Jerry Libstaff

Congratulations AGAIN to John Burgess
on the publication of his 4th collection of
poetry (from Ravenna Press) “by Land . . .”
riffs on the Journals of Lewis and Clark.

He has several reading events scheduled:
(above is the March 4th Hugo House
reading With Jed and Rox)

FROM John:

I first intersected with the Lewis & Clark Trail in 1978 when working as the third
man on a three-man survey crew in the  Gallatin Valley of Montana. Since
starting at Three Forks, I’ve explored major sites along the trail from St. Louis
to Fort Mandan, from Fort Clatsop to Lolo Pass.  “by Land…”, my fourth collection of
poetry from Ravenna Press, The book is a collage of poems, assemblages,
and drawings inspired by my westward journey, visits to the sites along the
historical trail, and the Journals as a source for text and maps.

For a preview of some of the poems
and drawings found in the collection,
check out Tumblr where I give
background and insights on selected
work. Read Shotgun & Shovel blog here:

“by Land…” (136 pp. $10) will be available at  readings in March
(see listing below). It’s also available online  from Ravenna
Press at

It would be great to see you at a reading! At some I’ll present a
slide show of maps, drawings and travel photographs during
the reading.

“by Land…” Lecture Series

Hugo House book release (the public party), Wed. March 4,
7:00 p.m. at Hugo House with Jed Myers (The Nameless and
Watching the Perseids) and Stephen Roxborough (Open
Hugo House is on Capitol Hill
at 1634 11th Ave.

Beacon Bards, Wed. March 11, 7:00 p.m. at The Station Coffee
Shop (2533 16th Ave. S).
I’ll be opening for Raul Sanchez for an evening of poetry on
Seattle’ Beacon Hill. Thanks for Billie and Martha for the chance to check
out the scene. They live here.

PoetsWest, Sat. March 14, 4 p.m.
at Green Lake Branch Seattle Public
Library, 7364 E Greenlake
Dr. N, Seattle. I’ll be reading with
Larry Crist and Joanie Stangeland.
Open mic, too.

PoetsWest, Wed. March 18, 7:00 p.m.
at The Creekside, 18200
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
Open mic.
Hosted by Clark Crouch.
Emceed by Terry Busch.

Everett Poetry Night, Thurs. March 26,
7:00 Café Zippy
(2811 Wetmore Ave. in Everett).
Thanks to Duane Kirby Jensen
for inviting me up


POETRY CONTESTScheck out this link to some prestigious
poetry contests that are FREE and worth




NorthWest Poetry Update: Spotlight on Striped Water Auburn WA

January 26, 2015

A few years back when I started this blog, I thought I might

write sometimes about Poetry.  Share my history with it,

jot down some thoughts, share some of my adventures—

that sort of thing.



I began the blog during April’s NaPoWriMo sharing prompts,

making up some original prompts and exposing my first rough

writes to those prompts.  I’ll write more about the write

a-poem-a-day during April challenge soon.  It’s a good exercise

to be part of and I enjoy encouraging people to join in.



Later I started adding the Poetry in the NorthWest pages

publicizing various readings and open mics occurring mostly in

Western Washington.  This augments the emails I send out a few

times per month to approximately 600 subscribers letting them

know about numerous readings and sometimes special events and

workshops going on in Western and NorthWestern Washington

State.   I publicize reading and events that I’ve organized or am

directly  participating in of course, but I also include many, many

events I have absolutely nothing to do with that might be of

interest to those who are open to going to readings.  Most have

little to no cost involved, so you can feed your mind and muse

pretty cheap!



I really believe I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the country

that has so many poetry and literary related events, readings and

open mics going on.  There are things going on almost every day of

every week and often two or three gatherings within a 50 mile radius

happening on certain evenings.



Most of you reading thing already know this, but I want any new

readers to feel welcomed.



I’ve seen Poetry change lives for the better.  Attending readings will

help make you a better listener, present opportunities to make new

connections and begin new friendships.






A few days ago a topical poem I wrote and completed on January 9th

was published online HERE at Penhead Press.





There’s a wonderful group of writers in Auburn who have called

themselves The Striped Water Poets. (Auburn is

about 25 miles South of  Downtown Seattle).  I get a big kick out of

the fact that they have informal gatherings almost every Tuesday in a

meeting room located in the Auburn City Hall building.



They sit around a long conference table and share poems with each

other.  They get quick honest feedback from each other about the

poems they’ve written and often get suggestions and ideas on how

they might make the poems better.  The critiques are honest but gentle

and respectful.   I wish I had the time and lived closer so that I could be

a regular (I live about 35 miles away).  They are very nice to visitors and

newcomers to the group.  Just bring 8 to 10 copies of a poem you wrote

to share with everyone (you’ll get them back too.).



It doesn’t cost anything to attend and if you start showing up on a regular

basis, you will be considered a Striped Water Poet member and would

have to emphatically tell them Groucho Marx style, I refuse to join a club

that would have me as a member to avoid such a fate (though they might

refuse to let you quit the group without singing the national anthem of

Freedonia or at least naming 5 Marx Brothers. *



About three years ago they started a regular monthly reading at the

Station Bistro which features (usually) 2 featured Poet guest readers and

around an hour devoted to open mic readers (meaning you sign up on a list

and you get to read for three to five minutes).   Many of the best poets in the

Northwest have been featured there.   It’s good form to purchase something

to eat and drink during the reading, but you are not forced to do this.

The Station Bistro is an independently owned business that plays host to the

monthly event.  There’s no cover-charge so if you can get there, you won’t be

turned away.



The group also has created a poetry event every year during the Auburn Days

Festival that happens in Downtown Auburn every August.  Streets are closed off,

classic cars and vendors selling things mix with live music and even a parade.

And then inside the Auburn Theater on a special Sunday there’s a free workshop

in the morning, special readings in the early afternoon and a poetry contest with

lots of prizes in the late afternoon.  It’s a wonderful event!



A couple of years ago, Striped Water convinced Auburn to have a Poet Laureate.

Richard Brugger was the first one, and he was so beloved they held onto him for

a couple of years (don’t blame them a bit).  The new Auburn Poet Laureate is

Marjorie Rommel whose background includes journalism.  She’s a Striped Water

member too and for many years was responsible for making poetry happen

during the Canterbury Renaissance Fair held in nearby Kent for many years.

Striped Water is associated with several readings and events.




If you don’t already know about them or haven’t been to a reading or

gathering in Auburn, let me encourage you to check it out.  I know it is possible

that you might become a semi-regular at Auburn gathering and wind up an

honorary Striped Water Poet member yourself, but that’s a risk you’ll just

have to endure.


The Striped Water Poets Critique Circle

meets every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Auburn City Hall

located at 25 West Main Street Auburn, WA.

You need to get there on time because after 7 p.m. the doors

to get into the building are locked. (Don’t worry, you can usually get out

when you want to.  There’s plenty of free street parking nearby).


Poety at the Station Bistro

happens the First Wednesday of every monthand begins at 7 p.m.


It’s hosted by SWP (you know who) and the Northwest Renaissance

with support from the Auburn Arts Commission and King County 4Culture.

The emcee is: Emilie Rommel Shimkus

Featured Poets and Open Mic!


The Station Bistro is located at: 110 2nd Street # 125

Auburn, WA 98003


Coming soon at Station Bistro in Auburn:


Wednesday, February 4 2015

Redmond Poet Laureate Michael Dylan Welch

Jennifer Bullis


Wednesday, March 4 2015

Michael Smeltzer

Morgan Sagdahl


Wednesday, April 1 2015

April Fools Day Poetry!

James Rodgers

Susan Rich


Thanks for reading.   Expect a new posting or two every week.

In April you’ll get a posting every day.


*Five Marx Brothers:  Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo

(their mother was known as Minnie—in case you need that info for

any reason I thought I’d share it.  You’ll have to watch Duck Soup to

hear the Hail Freedonia anthem).


Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2015


JANUARY 2015 Northwest Poetry and Readings Updates

January 10, 2015

“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent

then all that will be left are the soloists.

Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and

diminishes the song.”

– – ― Vera-Nazarian

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading

at Park Place Books–Kirkland  USA


Wednesday  January 14, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE


Our Featured Poets are:

Michael Spence


Sharon Hashimoto


Plus  OPEN MIC !!!




Michael Spence spent a hitch as a junior naval officer aboard the aircraft

carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), then returned to Seattle, where he

spent thirty years driving public-transit buses in the Seattle area. He has

4 poetry collections: The Spine (Purdue University Press, 1087),

Adam Chooses (Rose Alley Press, 1998),  Crush Depth (Truman State

University Press, 2009) and The Bus Driver s Threnody (2014) was a

finalist for The New Criterion Poetry Prize. In 1990, Spence was awarded

a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts,

and he has received half a dozen nominations for a Pushcart Prize.

His work has appeared in many magazines, including The American Scholar,

The Chariton Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Hopkins Review, The

Hudson Review, Literary Imagination, Measure, The New Criterion,

The New Republic, The North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northeast,

The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, Tampa Review, Tar River

Poetry, and The Yale Review.


Poet and writer Sharon Hashimoto was born and raised in Seattle. She

earned both her BA and MFA from the University of Washington. Her

first collection of poetry, The Crane Wife (2003), won a Nicholas

Roerich Poetry Prize. She has also published a chapbook of poems,

Reparations (1992). Her poetry and fiction have appeared widely in

journals such as the Rambler, Crab Orchard Review, and Shenandoah.

She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts,

the King County Arts Commission, and Artists Trust. Hashimoto teaches

writing at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington.



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


February 14thJack Remick and

Herb McClees


January 12, 2015  8 p.m. Seattle

Featured: Stephanie Kallos


Open Mic


8 p.m. (open mic signup)  Reading at 8:30

at the

Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

8515 35th Ave NE Ste A, Seattle, Washington 98115

Stephanie Kallos spent twenty years in the theatre as an actress,

coach, and teacher of voice, speech, and accents before turning her

full time attention to writing. She is the author  of numerous works

of short fiction, essays, and three novels: BROKEN FOR YOU

(selected by Sue  Monk Kidd for “The Today Show” bookclub),

SING THEM HOME  (chosen by Entertainment Weekly  as one of the

Best Books of 2009), and LANGUAGE ARTS (forthcoming in June

2015). She is a proud member  of the Seattle7Writers and its offshoot

band, The Rejections. Stephanie lives  in North Seattle with her family

and is  at work on her fourth novel.


“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with

modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This

religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the

heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today.

I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of

satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against

tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become

a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other

ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”

Salman Rushdie (responding to the previous fire-bombing of Charlie Hebdo)


Some Listings from PoetsWest . . .


Tuesday, January 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St., Seattle

All open mic venue co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and

Lainne Dexter. Sign-up not needed.



Tuesday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle

Seattle Slam features TBA. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30.

Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door.



Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr.,

Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem from Your Heart features Michael Spence and

Sharon Hashimoto. Open mic. Free. Host/MC Christopher J.

Jarmick.  Contact


Wednesday, January 14 at 8pm

Tougo, 1410 18th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle

Rain City Slam. All ages, open mic, poetry slam. Admission $3.




Thursday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM

PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is

available via streaming by going to

following the Listen Live links.



Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA

Everett Poetry Nite. All ages. Free admission. Sign up begins at 7pm.

Open mic 7:30-9pm. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen



Monday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Bai Pai lounge, 2316 NE 65th St. (Ravenna neighborhood), Seattle

Open mike poetry and music with all night happy hour prices on drink.

Contact Jed




Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of

Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE), Woodinville, WA

PoetsWest @ The Creekside features Keith Moul. Open mic. Hosted by

Clark Crouch. Emceed by Terry Busch.




Wednesday, January 21 at 7 pm

Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 5th and Water St., Olympia WA

The Olympic Poetry Network features TBA. Contact Joanne Clarkson





Next reading is February 4th.

Talena Lachelle Queen features!


Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA


We meet once a month, on first Wednesdays (check Upcoming Readers

for exceptions). Open mic starts at 7. Featured reader at 7:30. Duvall Library

is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend

to hear you at the mic!




VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you live near Duvall, have an interest in poetry, and are looking for a low time commitment but fun opportunity, join us at our next board meeting! We are looking for people interested in hospitality, emcee duties, publicity and administration, though all skills are welcome. Our board meetings are open to all. Check back for our next meeting. Come on by and say hi!


The poet, Talena Lachelle Queen, earned her MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. She specializes in poetry that infuses music. She began her creative writing practice at five years old. She majored in Creative Writing at Rosa Parks School of Performing Arts in Paterson, New Jersey and she teaches writing at a variety of elementary schools and for nonprofit organizations.


Feature is  Matthew Brouwer


Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing in Bellingham, WA.  His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle, enlivening and profound.  He has performed throughout the west and been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases such as Cirque,Phrasings, and Strands.  Matthew  leads workshops and retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project, and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.  He is the author of five poetry chapbooks: Cannonball Island, Men Who Walk with Canes, and The Gospel According to Matthew (Parts I, II & III). Matthew Brouwer’s website is


Coming Soon:


April 1, 2015: Michael Dylan Welch


May 6, 2015: Raul Sanchez


June 3, 2015: Christopher J. Jarmick


July 1, 2015: Nancy Pagh



#jesuischarlie  “I am Charlie”


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!


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

Easy Speak Seattle Facebook page

Easy Speak Seattle Website


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
at the

(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

7:00 p.m.

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)
Vancouver, WA


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
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


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 Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
tel: 425-271-6700 //


at 7:00 p.m.

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

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


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


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,


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

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


MONDAY Monday Monday

Every Monday — Belllingham
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,
or contact
Often there’s a pod-cast of the evening


(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.

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)

Featured Poet
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

Free Admission

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
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 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

Every Tuesday — Every Tuesday

SEATTLE SLAM at 8:30 at ReBAR —
SEATTLE 1114 Howell St. Seattle WA
(206-233-9873) 21 + with I.D.


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
or contact

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.

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
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
(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


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
and this is a good place to be.
Contact Juniper White
or go to

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,
Tel: 206-933-3125



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 &
Tea Room

Thursday, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
1205 East Pike Street, Seattle tel: 206-588-
1079 Chase Evans, host

*NEW *new *NEW

First Thursdays – – BURIEN

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


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

2nd Thursday SEATTLE

8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups)
Electric Tea Garden 1402
East Pike Street, Seattle
not free tel: 206-568-3972


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.

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

2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WA.-

every second Thursday

6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate
and host Open mic Poetry
every second Thursday at
7:00 p.m


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
M D W (
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.
includes refreshments.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes,

3rd Thursdays VASHON ISLAND

Poetry Open Mic 3rd Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.

Cafe Luna
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
welcome! FREE.

Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE,
Lake Forest Park , WA. More information:
Tanya McDonald
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