Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings
@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesdays (no reading July & August)
and @ Bookworm Exchange in Seattle
3rd Fridays (Ending November 2012)
& Poetry Day of the Week Listings
Bookworm Exchange one of the very best
independent bookstores (and my favorite)
in South Seattle is unfortunately closing
at the end of the year. We have just 1 more
reading scheduled at this wonderful store.
November 10th (Saturday) 7 p.m.
Grape Choice Wine Shop/Bar
What you should know and why should you go:
Also several other gifted poets.
Details in the left hand column!
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books
Wednesday November 14, 2012
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE
Through extraordinary arrangments
and negotiations I am particularly
honored to have a unique program
for November involving the participation
of writer-poet--Lit Fuse founder/facilitator
Michael Schein and the mysterious
author of The Killer Poet's Guide to
Immortality known as A. B. Bard.
(we will also have an Open Mic)
Mr. Bard is not now, nor has he ever been, a member of the Republican Party. Mr. Bard does not Tweet. He was once nominated to push a cart, but he never got to push the cart so he went home. He was awarded a sheepskin (BAaa) from Reed College Sleeper Cell. He is way too classy to make a Bachelor or fart joke in his bio. He has never been a Creative writing adjunct. His one super power is the ability to repel all conventional measures of literary success. Lap to a cat. Pal to a girl. God to a dog. Dog to the man.
Michael Schein is the author of at least two novels and a slew of poems. His confirmed novels are Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011), and Just Deceits (2008). Despite slanderous innuendo to the contrary, Michael allegorically abjures authorship of The Killer Poet’s Guide to Immortality by “AB Bard” (2012). Michael has taught poetry and fiction at a number of venues. He is Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from 4Culture; it has been nominated for the Pushcart twice, and stuck to refrigerators by magnets.
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
Park Place Books
is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229
November 16th--7 p.m. Seattle
Third Friday Take a Poem From Your
Heart Reading at Bookworm Exchange
THIS IS IT!!!!! THE FINAL FAREWELL
TO COLUMBIA CITY'S BOOKWORM
EXCHANGE POETRY READING.
Friday NOVEMBER 16TH, 2012
7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. FREE
Our October reading was certainly
an amazing evening and it's
expected another will happen
on this very special evening.
The Last Take a Poem From Your
Heart reading in Columbia City.
Our distinguished feature poets
David Thornbrugh, Garrett Rutledge,
Nancy Dahlberg , J. Glenn Evans,
Carlos Martinez, David D. Horowitz,
Peter Ludwin, Stephen Roxborough,
Brendan McBreen, Gerald McBreen
Murray Gordon, Dobbie Norris &
Plus a limited open mic.
The Proceedings may be taped
for future radio program broadcasts!
is a warm friendly
new and used bookstore located in the
beautiful Columbia City retail district
surrounded by Art Galleries, Bakeries,
Excellent Restaurants, and coffee
shops. Owner Jim and his staff
have supported our poetry
reading for over 7 years.
The store closes in December 2012.
BookWorm Exchange @
4860 Rainier Avenue S.
Seattle Wa 98118
Poetry by Day of the Week
NOTE:THE LIST WAS Last UPDATED
in October of 2012
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 busines
hosts with purchases whenever possible.
FRIDAY Friday friday
1ST FRIDAYS TACOMA
Speak Your Soul
1st Friday, 8 p.m.
The Den Tea Bar, at the back of Urban XChange
1932 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma 253-376-4539
1st FRIDAYS RENTON
1st Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
www.seattleyouthspeaks.org // www.vivaharambee.com
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
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
3RD FRIDAYS-- SEATTLE
Bookworm Exchange at 7 p.m.
Long running Poetry Series in the South
of downtownSeattle neighborhood of
Columbia City at a very comfortable new
and used bookstore is hosted by
Christopher J.Jarmick and happens every
3rd Friday of the month.at
7:00 p.m. The store is closing in
December and the last poetry reading
is scheduled for November 16th, 2012.
PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart
presents 3rd Friday Poetry at Bookworm
Exchange, 4860 Rainier Ave. S,
98118(one block north of the
Starbucks on EAST side of street)
2-3 featured readers and an open mic
(Sign-up 6:45 p.m.) Contact Chris @
LAST FRIDAYS TACOMA
Free Ya Mind
7 p.m.-9:30 p.m
.Featured Reader and Open Mic
Tully's Coffee 9th & Broadway, Tacoma
tel: 253-921-1160 Stella Haioulani, host
LAST FRIDAYS --REDMOND
RASP READING SERIES
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
2ND Saturdays SEATTLE
PoetsWest readings at Green Lake
Library 4 p.m. Lower level meeting room
of Green Lake Branch Seattle Public
Library,7364 E Greenlake Dr. N,
There are three and sometimes four
featured readers plus an open mic.
Hosted by J Glenn Evans who has been
curating and hosting poetry readings in
Seattle for over 15 years !!! Attend the
readings as often as you can. Get up
and read a poem and you might wind
up being on a radio program
too !!! It's FREE!!!
4 to 5:30 p.m.
1st Saturdays POULSBO
First Saturday of every month at 7 p.m.
The Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. NE,
Poulsbo WA 98370
Two to Three featured poets and
an open mic. FREE
Marianna Mears, firstname.lastname@example.org
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;
2nd & 4TH SUNDAYS
Second and fourth Sunday Open Mic at
Hosts include David Jones, Kerry Cox and
others.Seattle Mobile Expresso,
Linden Avenue North (corner of 130th and
Linden a few blocks west of 130th & Aurora
Open mic.. Hosts vary tel: 206-420-4719
Clarissa Silvestre (a very generous cafe
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.
Every Monday -- Belllingham
every Monday night 8pm @ The Amadeus
Project 1209 Cornwall Avenue
Open mic and a featured poet. Sign-up
between 8-8:30. No Cover.
hosted by Robert Huston
You've heard about this very well
attended poetryreading inBellingham
right? Audiences from 20 to
nearly 100 come out to the readings
and a good time is had by all.
For more information,
or contact email@example.com
Often there's a pod-cast of the evening too.
1ST & 3RD MONDAYS—Seattle/Ravenna
(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. at the
Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE 65th St., Seattle
in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle.
There is now a sign-up list to read but
drop-ins even late ones after the 9:40-ish
breaks are still welcome.
Read a poem, sing and play a song,
tell a very short story or
practice a short monologue.
Everyone is encourage to participate and
some nights a lot of people show up to
share, listen and be part of The Forum.
Your expected to buy a drink or some food
but there's no cover and everything is kept
loose and informal.
NOT Quite FREE.
Contact Jed Meyers firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry Station -- Auburn, WA
FIRST MONDAY POETRY
AKA Poetry Station or
AT THE AUBURN STATION BISTRO
7-10 p.m. Started in April 2012 continues
first Mondays.... 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.
This brand new (as of April 2nd, 2012) Series
is Presented by Northwest
Renaissance Poets, Performers &
Publishers, in collaboration with
Auburn Striped Water Poets,
with generous support
from the Auburn Arts Commission.
Admission is free.
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
at 8:30 at ReBAR --
SEATTLE 1114 Howell St. Seattle WA
(206-233-9873) 21 + with I.D.
COVER CHARGE $5.00 OVER 21
SEATTLE Slam offers competitive performance
poetry with music, open mic and a featured poet
. At least six open mic poets each
week compete (if too many sign up, they do a
lottery.)You can sometimes read out of competition
Sign-up between 8-8:30.
Cover charge $5
21+ with ID required at the door. For more
information, check website at
http://www.seattlepoetryslam.org or contact
2nd & 4th Tuesdays -- SEATTLE
-- Queen Anne
NOTE THE NEW LOCATION (UPDATED 3/2012)
Every second and fourth Tuesday
127 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Caffe Zingaro is across the street from
Metropolitan Market, free 2 hour parking
at the Market. Our new time is 6:30-8 p.m.
Metropolitan Market (in the Cafe)
(Free underground parking
accessed from Warren Avenue)
It’s an all open mic reading Warm friendly
reading atmosphere.It’s hosted
by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter.
3RD TUESDAYS --SEATTLE
Third Tuesday Poets and Writers
@ 7:00 P.M.
@ Seattle Mobile Espresso,
13000 Linden Ave
N #106 (Bitter Lake neighborhood),Seattle
Hosted by Dobbie Norris.
FEATURED POETS and Writers This is a place to
come and listen to poets, (and sometimes
essayists, journalists and novelists too). It is NOT an
. Excellent poets share their work with you.
Dobbie’s Poets and Writers series remains one of
the best series in town. (often having SRO
audiences) . It is FREE but try to buy a beverage or
more from SME.
Contact dobbie through his Facebook
page or SME.
1ST Wednesdays DUVALL
MATCH Coffee & Wine Bar (all ages okay)
1st Wednesdays - SEATTLE
15705 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019
6:30 P.M. • Open mic sign-ups begin at 6 p.m.
Featured reader at 7 p.m.; open mic before
& after . Attendees encouraged to purchase
a drink, snack, or dinner at Match
Readings brought to you by the Duvall Poetry
Group and the Duvall Cultural Commission
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
Park Place Books 7 p.m.
Second Wednesdays at Park Place Books @
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(except July & August)
PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart
Park Place Books, Kirkland
348 Parkplace Center, Park Place Books,
Two features and open mic at this large new and
used independent book store that has managed
to stay in business ..barely the last few years.
Attend the free reading; support the store with
a purchase if you can.
Contact Chris Jarmick
(No reading in July and August)
3rd WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH
1508 11th Ave
(between Pike & Pine)
Seattle, WA 98122
The Breadline is a free multi-media,
multi-arts performance series based
in Seattle featuring artists, poetry,
prose-writer, music Following the
features there is an open mic.
Typically the event is on the
third Wednesday of each month, and
goes from 7-10pm.
(Most) THIRD WEDNESDAYS
THIRD WEDNESDAYS -- OLYMPIA
OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK & TRADITIONS --
OLYMPIA at 6:30 p.m. * *
Fitting that OPN has become a long running
tradition at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe every
3rd Wednesday of the month . Open mic and
Located at: 5th and Water St., Olympia WA
A very active poetry scene happens in Olympia
and this is a good place to be.
Contact Juniper White
or go to www.thurston.com/~yake/opn.html.
4th WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH
-- West Seattle
C & P Coffee 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle
7 p.m. 2 featured readers plus open mic
"Poetry Bridge" reading series Leopoldo Seguel,
Every Thursday --EVERETT
*update *AT THE NEW ZIPPY * update
Everett Poetry NIght
has MOVED (from 3231
Creatives to the NEW CAFE ZIPPY!!! 2811
Wetmore Ave, Everett, the new Cafe Zippy.
Same day and time.Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
Open mic and featured reader with humble
host Garrett R. Good long running North End
Poetry venue with generous open mic. 1 Feature
Poet (usually). FREE but support Cafe Zippy
and buy a beverage or more.
Every Thursday-- SEATTLE
MUSIC, prose and Poetry open mic Every
Thursday AT Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream &
Thursday, 7:30 - 11 p.m.
1205 East Pike Street, Seattle tel: 206-588-
1079 Chase Evans, host
2nd THURSDAYS SEATTLE-BALLARD
IT’S ABOUT TIME READING SERIES
at the Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave.
NW, Seattle.Second Thursday of every month
from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Esther Helfgott's Long running series that features
readers and a 10 to 15 minute teaching mini-lecture
usually featuring helpful tips and suggestions for
writers from teachers/writers PLUS an open mic
AND it's FREE !!!! NOTE: book sales
not allowed at reading on site
2nd Thursdays BELLEVUE
Haiku Northwest (usually 2ND Thursdays) at the
Bellevue Regional Library Now meeting most 2nd
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 for 22 years. Everyone
Bellevue Regional Library 1111 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA More information:Tanya McDonald
The website is:
2ND Thursday, SEATTLE
Wild Rose Tavern 1021 East Pike Street, Seattle
Seattle Spit: Queer Spoken Word," w/open mic 8 P.M.
2nd Thursday SEATTLE
YOUTH SPEAKS Monthly Slam
8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups)
Electric Tea Garden 1402 East Pike Street, Seattle
2nd & 4th Thurdays ARLINGTON, WA
fogdog gallery 7 p.m.
fogdog poetry every second & fourth
Thursday of the month!
One or Two Feature Readers
plus Open Mic
233 North Olympic Ave.
2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WASHINGTON
GHOST TOWN POETRY
HOSTED BY CHRISTOPHER LUNA
AND TONI PARTINGTON
at COVER TO COVER BOOKS
every second Thursday
NOW IN A NEW AND IMPROVED LOCATION!
COVER TO COVER BOOKS
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate and host
Open mic Poetry every second Thursday at
3RD THURSDAYS REDMOND, WA
3RD Thursdays @ SoulFood Books
from 7:00 to
9:00 p.m. SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way,
The Soulfood Poetry Night reading series is a free
monthly event. At this series, one featured reader
chooses her/his own co-feature, promoting a spirit
of community - with an open mic reading to follow.
Readers are shown on streaming internet for later
enjoyment/consumption. Curated and hosted by
Michael Dylan Welch and (NEW)Tanya McDonald
M D W (WelchM@aol.com
the website is here:
FREE but buy a beverage or more.
3rd Thursdays SEATTLE
NW African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts,
Seattle Third Thursday Smokin' Spoken Wurd with
open mic hosted by Miz Floes and the Carmel Latte
Duo. $5 ADMISSION includes refreshments.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes, email@example.com
3rd Thursdays VASHON ISLAND
Poetry Open Mic 3rd Thursday, 7 - 9 p.m.
9924 SW Bank Road, Vashon Island 206-463-0777
Devon Atkins, host; restaurant,