POETRY DAY OF THE WEEK!!!!
NOTE:THE LIST WAS Last UPDATED IN December of 2011
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. It is my hope that the list will be verified every 4 to 6 months(or less).
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 tel: 425-271-6700
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, Tacoma, Washington.
The Puget Sound Poetry Connection
(PSPC), based in
Tacoma sponsors the Distinguished Writer Series,a venue
for playwrights, short story writers and others. This mixed
venue 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 downtown
Seattle 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 (except July).at 7:00 p.m.
PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart present
3rd Friday Poetry at Bookworm Exchange,
4860 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle
north of the Starbucks on EAST side of street)
2-3 featured readers and an open mic FREE
(Sign-up 6:45 p.m.) Contact Chris @
LAST FRIDAYS TACOMA
Free Ya Mind
4th Friday, 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, 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
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 or
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library,
7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle
Note, The PoetsWest Readings at
Green Lake Library now happen on
the 2nd Saturday of the month at 4 p.m.
(and only on the 2nd Saturday of the month).
There are three and sometimes four
featured readers plus an open mic. It is free.
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 !!!
4 to 5:30 p.m. J. Glenn Evans
is the host. www.poestwest.com .
1st Saturdays POULSBO
First Saturday of every month at 7 p.m.
The Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. NE, Poulsbo
Two to Three featured poets and an open mic.
Marianna Mears, email@example.com
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
(2 songs or about 5 to 10 minutes each; poetry
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 and 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.
(Note: North End Forum (Jed's poetry
gathering in Ravenna) is NOT Every
Monday as of June 15th, 2011)
Every Monday -- Belllingham
every Monday night 8pm @ The Amadeus Project
1209 Cornwall Avenue Bellingham, WA
Open mic and a featured poet. Sign-up between 8-8:30.
hosted by Robert Huston
You've heard about this very well attended poetry
reading inBellingham 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, check website at
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
This series begins JULY 18TH!!!! July 4th is
holiday...recent changes in series means it skips
rest of June. Beginning July 18, 2011 1rs and 3rd
Mondays at Bai Pai...beginning just after 8 o'clock at
Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE 65th St., Seattle
neighborhood Jed Myers hosts this loose, very open
open mic without sign ups, without a set structure,
poets, monologuists, musicians, are invited
to grab the mic for 5 or 6 minutes and do your thing
for an appreciativeaudience. Your expected to buy a
drink or some food but it’s informal. Drop ins...even late
ones after the 9:40 ish break are welcome too...
NOT Quite FREE
Contact Jed Meyers email@example.com.
Poetry Station -- Auburn, WA
FIRST MONDAY POETRY
AKA Poetry Station or Poetry in Transit or just
POETRY AT THE AUBURN STATION BISTRO
7-10 p.m. Started in April 2012 continues first
Mondays.... usually hosted byEmilie Rommel
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.
If you arrive without a crowbar later
than 7:30 pm, 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
NEW VENUE AS OF FEBRUARY 2011
MATCH Coffee & Wine Bar (all ages okay) 15705
Main Street NE • Duvall
, WA 980196:30 P.M. (6:00
p.m. sign-ups featured Reader
begins at 7 p.m.
Open Mics before & after. Snack, refreshments,
dinner available.Curator: Katherine Grace Bond
Hosts: Bond & Mary Crane
1st Wednesdays - SEATTLE
Open Mic Night is back at The Vera Project
Every 1st Wednesday starting August 3, 2011
The Vera Project is located on the Seattle Center
Campus, corner of Republican and Warren,
Seattle. Sign Ups at 6:30 PM &
Open Mic 7- 10 PM.
All-ages. Equipment: PA system.
2nd Wednesdays KIRKLAND
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. It features
artists and presenters of diverse styles,
backgrounds, and flavors, performing poetry,
prose, and music, and . 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,
LAST WEDNESDAY'S OF THE MONTH --
Seattle/Ravenna Bai Pai
open mic starts after
8 p.m. Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE
65th St., Seattle
Contact Jed Meyers firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
NEW ADDRESS 1/2012
continues to offer:
fogdog poetry every second and fourth
Thursday of the month!
One or Two Feature Readers
plus Open Mic
233 North Olympic Ave
in Arlington, WA. .
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,
Most 3rd THURSDAYS Seattle--Ballard
Now THAT'S Variety! @
Egan's Jam House
address: 1707 NW Market St.
Ballard, WA zip 98107
Phone Number (206) 789-1621(reservations
for limited table seating are advised.)
7 p.m. to 8:30p.m.
Poetry/Music/Comedy & Burlesque Variety Show
No open mic. Invited performers co-hosted by
Larry Crist Regular Performers usually include:
Susan Harper, Larry Crist, Mike Murdock, Hugh
Sutton, Kylie Coyote
Free (donate what you can...and buy a drink/food)