Open Mic and other Reading Events, mostly poetry, mostly free, in the Northwest, mostly Seattle-Tacoma are highlighted. Enjoy, share with others.

HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS

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Wednesday APRIL 11, 2012
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kirkland Washington

Judith Roche
&
Sharon Cumberland

plus
Open Mic


FREE

PEN and Take a Poem From Your Heart
will be presenting 2nd Wednesday
Poetry at Park Place Books


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.

April:  Judith Roche  &
           Sharon Cumberland

Sharon Cumberland  has been writing
poetry since 1983 and has published
in a wide variety of magazines and
journals including Ploughshares, the
Iowa Review and many others.  After
a career in New  York as an arts
manager working for the Lincoln
Center Theater Company and the
Metropolitan Opera she earned a
Ph.D in English from City University
of New York.  She is currently the
Assistant Professor of American
Literature and Poetry at Seattle
University.

Judith Roche is the author of three
poetry collections, most recently,
“Wisdom of the Body,” which won
an American Book Award, and has
over one hundred poems published
widely in various journals and
magazines. She co-edited “First
Fish First People, Salmon Tales of
the North Pacific Rim” and has
poems installed on several Seattle
area public art projects. She has
taught poetry workshops and
residencies for over twenty years
and has been Distinguished
Northwest Writer-in-Residence
at Seattle University.

Park Place Books is  located in the Park
Place Mall off 85th Street  in Kirkland at
348 Parkplace Ctr Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

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FRIDAY April 20th, 2012

Bookworm Exchange
4860 Rainier Ave S. Seattle WA 98118 
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE

It's April... National Poetry Month!!!

Which means it's time for our
4th or 5th Annual
BAD POETRY NIGHT!!!! *

We embrace, celebrate and share
Baaad poetry from famouse poets,
celebrities, unknowns and YOU!!!
That's right... bring the worst poem
you ever wrote the ( you can't believe
you ever wrote something so awful)
poem that you haven't burned every
trace of yet.

Why?

Because we learn more from mistakes
and failures than we do our triumphs.
And we should laugh at ourselves
every chance we get or things get
waaay too serious and unbearable.

Oh sure.. we'll have some good
poetry from our featured poet too....
who this month is
Larry Ebersole

Larry Ebersole is an advocate,
semi-retired counselor, and poet
- living since 1998 in Seattle. 
He is author of “Mural Poems:
Human Rights and Antiwar Poems”
(Plateau Sigma Press, 2007); he is
one of the former website editors for
Poets Against the War; earlier work
appears in “Citizen 32/UK” “Nth
Position/UK” “Real Change News
/Seattle”; current poetry on behalf of
Troy Davis, appears in “Persephone,”
"On Teachable Moments," and 
Peter Gabriel's "Power of Many
Letters," along with Amnesty
International’s “Activist Newsletter.”

 Larry welcomes collaborations.
contact him at:
wordheath@gmail.com



OPEN MIC
(bad poetry preferred)
Special Bad Poetry readings

* It's so baaad I can't remember
if its our 4th or 5th annual Bad
Poetry Night...Thanks for not asking.

Bookworm Exchange 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 thousands
of new and used booksand have
supported our poetry reading
for  6 years and counting!  C'mon!!!

4860 Rainier Avenue S. 
  Seattle Wa 98118

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April 26th ~ Arlington Washington

Chris Jarmick 7pm ~
fogdog poetry ~ 233 Olympic Avenue,
Arlington, Washington, 98223.
w/ The Quill & Parchment Poets
on Open mic.
   FREE


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April 10, 2012
The  World of
Northwest Poetry
by Chris Jarmick
This Wednesday
April 11th
Park Place Books
Kirkland, WA.
 
Judith Roche
&
Sharon Cumberland
plus Open Mic
FREE!!!!
 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
 
5612 California Avenue Southwest
 Seattle, WA 98136
206-933-3125
 
 
AND
 
FRIDAY  APRIL 20TH
Bookworm Exchange --Seattle
 
Larry Ebersole is our
featured poet.
 
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
 
The rest of the evening is
(except Larry) is a tongue-in-cheek
BAD POETRY NIGHT
come read some of your worst
poetry on this special night.
 
We'll also read some bad poetry
from some reknowned poets and
a few celebrity poets too!!!
 
Open Mic
 
FREE
@
Bookworm Exchange
that is: Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, Wa.  98118
 
We never sit anything out. We are cups, constantly and
quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip
ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. --
Ray Bradbury :  Zen in the Art of Writing
Poetry Month,  NapoWriMo is
 here!!!!. I'm suggesting prompts
and writing a poem a day on
Facebook and  on my blog:
Poetry is Everything
 
Tacoma's Carl Palmer sent out
a TED Link worth watching
Billy Collins TED Talk
 
Many readings,
many open mics, most FREE
(EVEN A FREE WORKSHOP!!!
see below)
ENJOY.
 
More information on readings
are in columns to your left and
right and if you scroll down.
Email me at
emeraldchris@yahoo.com
regarding your event/reading
and I'll try to include it.  I can't
always accomodate but I try.
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From Michael Schein
SEATTLE
 
April 12, 7:30pm,
Couth Buzzard Books,
8310 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle.
Wry Ink Publishing and Couth Buzzard Books sponsors
a series of Thursday evening pre-release readings by
AB Bard, reclusive author of THE KILLER POET’S
GUIDE TO IMMORTALITY, a dystopian farce.
According to Jack McCarthy, prize-winning Slammer:
“To call it a ‘tour de force’ falls short. A.B. Bard
combines poetry and the novel in a whole new way,
and it works delightfully.” Admission FREE.
Pass of the writer’s beret.  206-436-2960.
 
April 19, 7:30pm, Couth Buzzard Books,
8310 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle. 
Wry Ink Publishing and Couth Buzzard Books
AB Bard, reclusive author of THE KILLER POET’S
GUIDE TO IMMORTALITY, a dystopian farce.
According to Jack McCarthy, prize-winning Slammer:
“To call it a ‘tour de force’ falls short. A.B. Bard
combines poetry and the novel in a whole new way,
and it works delightfully.” Admission FREE.
Pass of the writer’s beret.  206-436-2960.
 
 April 26, 7:30pm, Couth Buzzard Books,
8310 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle. 
Wry Ink Publishing
pre-release reading by AB Bard, reclusive author
of THE KILLER POET’S GUIDE TO IMMORTALITY
Admission FREE.  Pass of the writer’s beret.
206-436-2960.  
 
 
 
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From Jerry Libstaff
 
Vaughn (Key Peninsula)  Washington
 
Watermark Writers  and The Blend Wine Shop
 
Present A Blend of Words and Wine
Thursday, April 12 at  7:00 PM
Our featured poet, Joseph Green,
was the hit of the Words and Music
  concert in March. If you missed
him then, this is your chance to see who
everyone is talking about.
 
 
Share your writing with the community
 at an Open mic. Just sign up at the door
Come early and purchase a glass or bottle
of your favorite wine, beer or beverage
The program is free to all
 
Call 253-884-9688 For information
 
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From Marjorie Rommell
 
Auburn Washington
OTHER EVENTS YOU'LL NOT WANT TO MISS:
 
APRIL 24
State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken reads
from and discusses her new book, Plume, a
meditation on the Hanford Nuclear facility, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 24, in the Auburn Avenue Theater,
10 Auburn Way, in downtown Auburn. Reading with
her is Auburn Poet Laureate Dick Brugger.
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.
 
APRIL 22
Well-known and much-published Bellingham poet
/teacher James Bertolino, a sparkling personality,
leads a free poetry workshop 1-4 p.m. Sunday,
April 22, in the White River Valley Museum's
Muckleshoot Room. The museum is located in Les
Gove Park. 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, space is limited.
To register, please call 253/939-0571, or contact
Brendan McBreen, mcbreenpost@aol.com.
 
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From Kathleen Flenniken
 
Hello my friends.  I am so happy to announce the
publication of Plume, my collection of poems about
the Hanford Nuclear Site, just out from University of
Washington Press. 
 
I hope you will be able to join me at one of
these upcoming readings:
 
Friday, April 13  Spokane:
Get Lit! Poetry Salon, 9:00 pm,
http://outreach.ewu.edu/getlit/
 
Sunday, April 15  Tacoma:
Museum of Glass, 3:00 pm,
Reading with Rick Barot and
Michael Schmeltzer,
http://www.museumofglass.org/
 
Wednesday, May 16 Olympia:
 Reading for the Olympia Poetry Network,
 http://home.comcast.net/~yake/opn.html
 
Thank you!
Kathleen
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From Michael Dylan Welsh
 
FREE  WORKSHOP!!!!!!!!
 
Haiku in the Woods
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (free)
Beaver Lake Lodge, 25201 SE 24th St, Sammamish, WA 98075
 
Celebrate National Poetry Month by learning to write & appreciate
haiku poetry with Michael Dylan Welch, vice president of the
Haiku Society of America. Please join us on April 14, 2012,
for this free presentation and guided nature walk to learn haiku
poetry. PowerPoint presentation, handouts, writing exercises,
and more — learn about kigo (season words), kireji (dividing the
poem into two juxtaposed parts), and shasei (images from the
five senses). Adults and families welcome, including teachers
interested in teaching haiku in their classrooms. Event
sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission and
Sammamish Walks. Please bring a sack lunch, notebook,
pen/pencil, and clothing for any weather (rain or shine). Free,
but reservations requested at
http://www.ci.sammamish.wa.us/events/Default.aspx?ID=2382.
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FROM DAVID HOROWITZ
 
Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Avenue South,
Edmonds
 
Five poets read: Victoria Ford,
 Holly Hughes, Jack McCarthy,
 Joannie Stangeland, and
Joan Swift. Contact
 
 
Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
Room 202, Good Shepherd Center, 4649
Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
Five poets read:
Sharon Hashimoto,
Donald Kentop,
Belle Randall,
Michael Spence,
and Richard Wakefield.
 
Contact David D. Horowitz,
rosealleypress@juno.com.
 
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FROM JOSIE TURNER
 
As Tacoma Poet Laureate 2011 -2013, I am hosting several
poetry events in honor of National Poetry Month.  They are:
 
April 15 – A poetry reading with Washington State Poet
Laureate Kathleen Flenniken at the Museum of Glass
 
 April 26 – National Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Poets and
lovers of poetry are invited to gather at 5:00 in front of the
Washington State History Museum in Tacoma to give away
poems to passers-by and share the love of poetry.  Those
who wish to embellish their poems with artistic flare can join
me on April 22 at the Museum of Glass at 1:00 for a poem
decorating workshop.
 
 The events are free.
 
 April 29 – I will be reading with former Tacoma Poet
Laureate Tammy Robacker at the Washington State
History Museum as part of the “Hope in Hard Times:
Poets respond to adversity”  reading.
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NOTE:  Now on Most 3rd Thursdays...including
April 19th....
 
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
Over 21
Free (donate what you can...and buy a drink/food)
 
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From Phoebe Bosche
 
SEATTLE
 
READING: APRIL 20TH, FRIDAY, 7 P.M.
JACK STRAW STUDIO,
4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.
(Corner of Roosevelt & 43rd)
Raven Chronicles Presents:
"Matters of the Spirit"
Reading & CD release party
Contact Info: 206.941.2955
 
Readers Include:
 
 
Elizabeth Alexander, Anna Balint, Ginny
Banks, Jennifer Berney, Anita Feng, Esther
Altshul Helfgott, Thomas Hubbard, Carol
Levin, Michael Magee, Kay Mullen, Jean
Musser, Cynthia Neely, Tim Sherry,
M.Anne Sweet, and Ruth Whitney.
 
Phoebe Bosche
Raven Chronicles
editors@ravenchronicles.org
www.ravenchronicles.org
 
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Quill and Parchment Poets’ Pacific Northwest
National Poetry Month Tour April 2012~
and other Poetry Performances around the Sound
 
 
April 12 ~7pm ~fogdog gallery ~ 233 Olympic Avenue,
Arlington, Washington, 98223. w/ The Quill & Parchment
Poets. Ellaraine Lockie, Jane Alynn,Sharmagne,
Sandy Shreve, Mary Eliza Crane
claire@fogdoggallery.com(Thursday)
 
April 13 ~ 7-9pm ~ People's Co-op Bookstore ~
1391 Commercial Drive ~ Vancouver, BC V5L 3X5
Canada (604) 253-6442 Sandy Shreve,
Kate Braid,Ellaraine Lockie& Sharmagne
Villanelles Kickoff (Friday)shreve@shaw.ca,
 
April 14 ~ 7pm ~  A salon in the home of Dr. Annelle
Norman~ 609 Highland Dr.  Point Roberts, Wa  98281
 360.945.5070 Free but please RSVP for seating count.
Ellaraine Lockie, Sharmagne,  Sandy Shreve
NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE (Saturday)
 
April15 Travel Days.
Ellaraine Lockie back to Seattle 4/15/
 
April 16th-18th ~OPEN
 
April 19 ~ 6-8pm The Black Dog Wine Bar ~
8062 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065 ~
Sharmagne andSandy Shreve 
cris@blackdogsnoqualmie.com  (Thursday)
 
April 20th OPEN
 
April 21st ~ (1-4pm) ~ Marysville Library ~
6120 Grove St., Marysville, WA Jane Alynn,
Sharmagne and Peggy Barnett
LHanson@sno-isle.org  (Saturday)
Poetry reading and workshop
 
22-25th OPEN
 
April 26th ~ Chris Jarmick 7pm ~
fogdog poetry ~ 233 Olympic Avenue,
Arlington, Washington, 98223.
w/ The Quill & Parchment Poets on Open mic.
(Thursday)
 
April 27th~OPEN
 
April 28th~ 11am - 12pm Poetry workshop
1:30 -4pm Poetry The Next Chapter Book
Store ~721 1st Street La Conner, Washington
98257-9448.(360) 466-2665 ~ Sharmagne
  andJoannie Stangeland
 
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From Daemond Arrindell
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press contact:
 
Daemond Arrindell info@seattlepoetryslam.org
Seattle Poetry Slam Presents:The 2012 GRAND SLAM
The Seattle Poetry Slam will hold its annual Grand Slam
competition (an all ages event) at Town Hall on Friday,
April 27th at 7:30 pm.The Grand Slam will feature
Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist Airea
“Dee” Matthews.
 
The Seattle Poetry Slam’s 2012 Grand Slam is the
culmination of a year of weekly competitions at Re-bar
in Downtown Seattle. The night’s winners will be awarded
spots on the 2012 Seattle National Poetry Slam Team: the
four poets that will represent Seattle at the National Poetry
Slam in Charlotte, NC against over 80 other teams from
across the nation and Canada. Seattle has a history of
being one of the most well-respected teams having regularly
ranked in the top sixteen in previous years taking the 2nd
place trophy in 2009 in the Group Perfomance competition
.Featured Poet We are THRILLED to present our feature
this year - Airea "Dee" Matthews. Dee is a two-time
Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, a former Detroit
Grand Slam Champion and a popular performance poet on
the national touring scene. Named one of Detroit's Best
Poets by CBS, she is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at the
University of Michigan where she was recently awarded a
Helen Zell Fellowship and the Michael R. Gutterman Prize
in Poetry.
 
WHERE: Town Hall 1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101 206-324-8000
 
COST: $10-$15 Tix available at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230515
 
Note: This is an all ages event.
 
MORE INFORMATION:
 
www.seattlepoetryslam.org,
info@seattlepoetryslam.org,
(360) 818-4000
 
 
Daemond Arrindell
Seattle Slammaster
www.seattlepoetryslam.org
 
“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live
without and know we cannot live within. I use the
word “love” here not merely in a personal sense but
as a state of being, or a state of grace- not in the
infantile American sense of being made happy but
in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring
and growth” - James Baldwin
 
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From Jerry Libstaff
 
The 4th Season of
Words and Music is underway.
 
We are excited to present some of the top
entertainers in the country to perform on the waterfront
in Vaughn WA.Please call or email to reserve your
space. We are limited to a maximum of 65 guests in this
intimate setting . Your $20 donation provides for all food
and beverages plus the entertainment.
 
BUT WAIT!!!!
Special APRIL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
 
Friday, April 27, Words and Music will present the
group,Brother Sun at a special concert location;
The Longbranch Improvement Club on the Peninsula.
The concert will benefit The Mustard Seed Project and
funds will go toward programs to build an elder-friendly
community that allows our neighbors to "age in place"
with dignity, respect, self-determination and safety.
 
 
 
Brother Sun is Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks and Greg
Greenway, three top tier singer/songwriters in their
own right. The trio released their first CD in June, last
year, and it went to #1 in several nationwide charts
and was voted the "Best Of" on stations around the
country by year's end.
 
 Greg Greenway will also share his poetry at the event.
 
 Dale Goodvin and Ed Johnson will display their
wonderful photos depicting life on the Key Peninsula
and Tweed Meyer will join us to capture the group in
paint, as they perform.
 
Please join us for this special event. Advanced tickets
will be available for $15 at Sunnycrest Nursery and The
Mustard Seed Project office or purchase at the door
the night of the event for $20. There will be a social
hour beginning at 7:00 PM.  Brother Sun will perform at
8:00 PM. Call The Mustard Seed Project at  253-884-2216
or Watermark Writers at 253-778-6559 for further
information.
 
Hilarious Brother Sun YOUTUBE video here!!!
 
2012 Schedule
April        To be announced
May 5   Musc: Michael Shoup
             Words: Christopher J. Jarmick
June     No Concert
July 21   Jacob Moon
August          No Concert
September 15    Chris Castle
October 13      Mellisa Greener
 
Words and Music donations support the artists
. Additional funds go to support Watermark Writers
Young Writers' Program each summer.
To find out more email us at
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call  253-778-6559.
 
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POETRY DAY OF THE WEEK!!!!
 
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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). 
  (emeraldchris@yahoo.com).

Occasional but not definitively scheduled readings do not appear on this list. Most
of the readings are open mic friendly and are nearly or completely free. 
Cover charges/ fees  if any are listed when known.
  Do Support busines
hosts with purchases whenever possible.
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FRIDAY     Friday      friday  
 
1ST FRIDAYS  TACOMA
 
Speak Your Soul
1st Friday, 8 p.m.
 
The Den Tea Bar, at the back of Urban XChange
1932 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma 253-376-4539
Zach@speakyoursoul.org
 
 
1st  FRIDAYS  RENTON
 
YOUTH SPEAKS
1st Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee  316 South 3rd Street, Renton   tel: 425-271-6700
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
e-mail ckwalle@msn.com.
 
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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
98118(one block
north of the Starbucks on EAST side of street)
Phone 206.722.6633
 
2-3 featured readers and an open mic  FREE 
(Sign-up 6:45 p.m.)  Contact Chris @
emeraldchris@yahoo.com
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LAST FRIDAYS TACOMA   (Updated)
 
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
www.Freeyamindinc.com
 

LAST FRIDAYS --REDMOND
RASP READING SERIES 7 P.M.

At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community
Center (ORSCC) at 16600 NE 80th Street,
Redmond, WA 98052  Featured Readers plus
open Mic  FREE
 
 

LAST FRIDAYS  Port Townsend, WA
 
Lehani's Deli & Coffee House
Friday, 5 p.m.
* poetry open mic
221 Taylor Street, Port Townsend
tel: 360-385-3961

Last Fridays  Port Townsend WA
Teen Writers
Friday, 3 - 4 p.m.
writing circle and critique group for writers 12 -
18 years old Charles Pink House
1220 Lawrence,Port Townsend
 
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SATURDAY
  Saturday  Saturday
 
UPDATE!!!!!
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 !!! 
It's FREE!!!
4 to 5:30 p.m.  J. Glenn Evans
is the host.  www.poestwest.com .
 FREE
 
1st Saturdays  POULSBO
 
First Saturday of every month at 7 p.m.
The Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. NE, Poulsbo
WA 98370
(360.779.9199)
 
Two to Three  featured poets and an open mic.
FREE
Marianna Mears, emmj@centurytel.net 
  http://poulsbohemian.com
 
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SUNDAY  Sunday        Sunday
 
Every Sunday  Seattle- Ballard  

Conor Byrne Pub
5140 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle
every Sunday, 8:00 p.m. - around 11:00 p.m.
"Open Mic w/Josiah,"
sign-ups @ 7:30 p.m. * Largely a music
open mic
 
(2 songs or about 5 to 10 minutes each; poetry
acceptable,)
Tel.: 206-784-3640
www.conorbyrnepub.com
 
 
 2nd & 4TH SUNDAYS
 
Second and fourth Sunday Open Mic at
4:00 p.m.

Hosts include David Jones, Kerry Cox and
others.Seattle Mobile Expresso,  13000
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
proprietor),
info@seattlemobileespresso.com   
www.seattlemobileespresso.com
 
 
3RD SUNDAYS -- Seattle
 
Youth Speaks Seattle hosts open mic
(poetry and music)   at 7 p.m.
 
3rd Sundays at Café Allegro, 4214 University
Way (alley of 42nd and 15th
in U District  2nd Floor), Seattle. Sign up 6:30 
p.m. All ages. 
tel: 206-774-0443
www.seattleyouthspeaks.org
 
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MONDAY  Monday    Monday 
 
(Note: North End Forum  (Jed's poetry
gathering in Ravenna) is NOT Every
Monday as of June 15th, 2011)

Every Monday  --  Belllingham

Poetrynight
every Monday night  8pm @ The Amadeus Project
1209 Cornwall Avenue Bellingham, WA

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 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
www.poetrynight.org
or contact  info@poetrynight.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 -- SEATTLE

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 in Ravenna
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 medjyers@hotmail.com.

1st MONDAYS

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
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.


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TUESDAY    Tuesday      Tuesday

Every Tuesday -- Auburn

7 p.m. Auburn City Hall

Every Tuesday (except a couple Holidays) 
The Striped Water Poets of Auburn continue
the Living Room critique circle offering
a mostly gentle, helpful writer’s critique.

The group meets every Tuesday from
7 to 9 p.m.Bring several copies of your
poem to pass out to people (8 to 10
copies usually adequate—and if not
people can share) to workshop and/or
actively participate.

Striped Water Poets meet in the
Conference Room 2 upstairs at
Auburn City Hall, 25 W Main St.
in Auburn..
 
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
253.735.1751 or 
email mcbreenpost@aol.com. 
FREE
 
Every Tuesday
 
SEATTLE SLAM at 8:30 at ReBAR --
SEATTLE 1114 Howell St.  Seattle WA 
(206-233-9873)  21 + with I.D. 

COVER CHARGE $5.00  OVER 21 ONLY

sEATTLE Slam offers competitive performance
poetry with music, open mic and a featured poet
. At least six open mic poets each
week compete (if too many sign up, they do a
lottery.)You can sometimes read out of competition
Sign-up between 8-8:30.
Cover charge $5.
21+ with ID required at the door. For more
information, check website at
http://www.seattlepoetryslam.org or contact 
info@seattlepoetryslam.org
NOT FREE
 
2nd & 4th Tuesdays -- SEATTLE-- Queen Anne

NOTE THE NEW LOCATION (UPDATED 3/2012)

Every second and fourth Tuesday 

Caffe Zingaro 
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.
Contact margaretroncone@yahoo.com. 
FREE

  
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
open mic
.  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.
 
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 WEDNESDAY:  Wednesday    Wednesday

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.
Contact Openmic@theveraproject.org.
 
2nd Wednesdays   KIRKLAND
Park Place Books  7 p.m.

Second Wednesdays at Park Place Books  @
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(except July  & August)
PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart
Park Place Books, Kirkland

348 Parkplace Center, Park Place Books,
Kirkland WA

Two features and open mic at this large new and
used independent book store that has managed
to stay in business ..barely the last few years. 
Attend the free reading; support the store with
a purchase if you can.

Contact Chris Jarmick 
emeraldhchris@yahoo.com
FREE 
(No reading in July and August)

3rd WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH--Seattle

The Breadline

3rd Wednesdays
Vermillion Gallery
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
Featured poets.
Located at: 5th and Water St., Olympia WA 
 
A very active poetry scene happens in Olympia
and this is a good place to be. 
Contact Juniper White
halcyonmist@hotmail.com
or go to 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,
info@poetrybridge.net   
Tel: 206-933-3125
www.candpcoffee.com

LAST WEDNESDAY'S OF THE MONTH --
Seattle/Ravenna   Bai Pai
Mostly music
open mic starts after
8 p.m. Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE
65th St., Seattle

Contact Jed Meyers medjyers@hotmail.com.
 
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THURSDAY:   THURSDAY      THURSDAY
 
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.  
FREE
 
Every Thursday-- SEATTLE
MUSIC, prose and Poetry open mic  Every
Thursday AT  Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream &
Tea Room
 
Thursday, 7:30 - 11 p.m.
1205 East Pike Street, Seattle  tel: 206-588-
1079 Chase Evans, host 
bluebirdseattle@gmail.com 
bluebirdseattle.blogspot.com
 
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 
co-Curated by:
Peggy Sturdivant

Katie Tynan

 
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
welcome! FREE.
 
Bellevue Regional Library 1111 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA More information:Tanya McDonald
(tanyamcdonald1375@yahoo.com), 
The website is:
http://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/.
 

2ND  Thursday,  SEATTLE
 
Wild Rose Tavern  1021 East Pike Street, Seattle
Seattle Spit: Queer Spoken Word," w/open mic  8 P.M.
Tel: 206-324-9210
www.thewildrosebar.com
 
2nd Thursday  SEATTLE  

YOUTH SPEAKS Monthly Slam  
 8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups)
Electric Tea Garden 1402 East Pike Street, Seattle
not free   tel: 206-568-3972
www.seattleyouthspeaks.org
www.electricteagarden.com

2nd  &  4th  Thurdays  ARLINGTON, WA
NEW ADDRESS 1/2012
fogdog gallery
continues to offer:
fogdog poetry every second and fourth
Thursday of the month!   
One or Two Feature Readers
plus Open Mic
7pm -9pm
Arlington, WA
 
fogdog gallery
233 North Olympic Ave
 in Arlington, WA. .

www.fogdoggallery.com

 
2nd Thursday  in VANCOUVER , WASHINGTON  --
7:p.m.
GHOST TOWN POETRY
OPEN MIC
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)
Vancouver, WA
360-993-7777
mail@covertocoverbooks.net
http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com
christopherjluna@gmail.com
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate and host
Open mic Poetry every second Thursday at
7:00 p.m 

3RD THURSDAYS   REDMOND, WA
3RD Thursdays  @ SoulFood Books  from 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.
Readers are shown on streaming internet for later
enjoyment/consumption. Curated and hosted by
Michael Dylan Welch and (NEW)Tanya McDonald
Contact
M D W (WelchM@aol.com).
the website is here:
http://sites.google.com/site/soulfoodpoetrynight/Home.  

FREE but buy a beverage or more.
 
3rd Thursdays SEATTLE 
NW African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts,
Seattle Third Thursday Smokin' Spoken Wurd with
open mic hosted by Miz Floes and the Carmel Latte
Duo.  $5 ADMISSION  includes refreshments.
  Contact mizfloestpt@yahoo.com.   
tel: 206-518-5237  Miz Floes, mizfloestpt@yahoo.com 
www.facebook.com/miz.floes
www.naamnw.org
 
3rd Thursdays  VASHON  ISLAND
 Poetry Open Mic   3rd Thursday, 7 - 9 p.m.
Cafe Luna
9924 SW Bank Road, Vashon Island  206-463-0777
Devon Atkins, host; restaurant,
info@cafelunavashon.com

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
Over 21
Free (donate what you can...and buy a drink/food)


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Events

Listings in this section
courtesy of PoetsWest

Thanks PoetsWest

CHECK OUT THEIR FULL LISTING AT
HTTP://WWW.POETSWEST.COM
 
Remember to listen to the PoetsWest on
the Road Home program now airing live
every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (PT)
on  KSER 90.7 FM from Everett WA 
The broadcast is available via streaming
by going to http://www.kser.org/
and following the Listen Live links.

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Tuesday, April 10 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. Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr., Kirkland, WA

PEN and Take a Poem from Your Heart features Judith Roche, Sharon Cumberland. Open mic. Free. Host/MC Christopher J. Jarmick. Contact emeraldchris@yahoo.com.

Thursday, April 12 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 http://www.kser.org/and following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, April 12 from 6:00-8pm
Edmonds Library, 650 Main St, Edmonds, WA

EPIC Literary Series features poetry writing workshop with Judith Roche. Free event but limited space, and preregistration required  by calling Edmonds Library 425.771.1933. Contact amanda.laughtland@edcc.edu.

Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Zippy’s Java Lounge, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA

Everett Poetry Night with open mic. Contact Josh Wilson jwilson1234@comcast.net.

Thursday, April 12 at 7 pm
Fogdog gallery, 233 N Olympic Ave., across from City Hall, Arlington WA

Features 2nd Annual Quill & Parchment Poets Tour with Jane Alynn, Mary Eliza Crane, Ellaraine Lockie, Sharmagne Leland St. John, Sandy Shreve. Open mic. Contact Claire Cundiff 505.660.6825 or Claire@fogdoggallery.com.

Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA

Todd Boss, visiting writer on Georgia Poetry Circuit & co-director of Motionpoems, poetry film initiative, reads from his second poetry collection, Pitch (W.W. Norton & Company, 2012). MC Doug Murphy. Contact Patty Kennedy pcflyer@comcast.net.

Thursday, April 12 at 7:30pm
Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle

Wry Ink Publishing and Couth Buzzard Books sponsors a pre-release reading by AB Bard, reclusive author of The Killer Poet’s Guide To Immortality, a dystopian farce. A.B. Bard combines poetry and the novel in a whole new way, and it works delightfully.” Admission free. Pass of the writer’s beret. Contact 206-436-2960.

Friday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Kings Books, 218 St Helens, Tacoma WA

Distinguished Writer Series features Marjorie Rommel. Open mic. Contact Connie Walle ckwalle@msn.com.

Friday, April 13 at 7:00pm
Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham WA

"Local Author Showcase" features local poets Diana Caple and Cathy Ross in celebration of National Poetry Month. Contact chuck@villagebooks.com.

Friday, April 13 at 7-9pm
People's Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC

Quill & Parchment poets: Kate Braid, Ellaraine Lockie, Sharmagne Leland St. John, Sandy Shreve. Contact alittlehawk@aol.com.

Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Open Books, 2414 N 45th St., Seattle

Todd Boss, visiting writer on Georgia Poetry Circuit, reads from his second poetry collection, Pitch (W.W. Norton & Company, 2012). Contact 206.633.0811.

Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m.
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave. between Pike & Pine Sts. on Capitol Hill, Seattle

Features Willis Barnstone reading from his translated work, The Poems of Jesus Christ. Contact 206.624.6600.

Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Beaver Lake Lodge, 25201 SE 24th St, Sammamish, WA

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Michael Dylan Welch, vice president of the Haiku Society of America on guided nature walk to learn haiku poetry. Adults and families welcome. Event sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission and Sammamish Walks. Bring sack lunch, notebook, pen/pencil, and clothing for any weather (rain or shine). Free, but reservations requested at http://www.ci.sammamish.wa.us/events/Default.aspx?ID=2382.

Saturday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m.
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle

Reader’s Choice features Jane Alynn. Others TBA. Open mike. Contact J. Glenn Evans 206.682.1268 or send us an e-mail.

Saturday, April 14  at 7pm
Home of Annelle Norman, 609 Highland Dr., Point Roberts, WA

Quill & Parchment poets: Sharmagne Leland St. John, Ellaraine Lockie, Sandy Shreve. Please RSVP 360.945.5070 for seating count. Contact alittlehawk@aol.com.

Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner invites the public to a special reading with additional readings by Rick Barot, Kathleen Flenniken and Michael Schmeltzer. Free event. Contact Josie Emmons Turner josie.turner.poet@gmail.com or 253.678.6117.

Monday, April 16 beginning around 8 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 medjyers@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, April 17 from 4-7pm
Seattle Public Library, Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle

Seattle Celebrates National Haiku Poetry Day with Open Sketch Session with Live Haiku Poets. Free event. Bring: supplies for black and white sketches (paper, pencils, sharpies, charcoal). Sponsors: The Haiku Foundation and members of Haiku NW. RSVP, if possible by contacting garciadianne@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Ciao Thyme - In The Kitchen, 207 Unity St., Bellingham WA

Third annual Taste for Poetry to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. $75 per person. Contact boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah WA

Open mic. Contact Nancy Talley nancytalley@q.com.

Tuesday, April 17 at 7-8:30 p.m.
Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island

Field's End April Writers' Roundtable features award-winning poet Frances McCue. Q & A to follow. Free event. More info at www.fieldsend.org.

Tuesday, April 17 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. Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Wednesday, April 18 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 Clark Crouch. National Cowboy Poetry Event with appearance by Lynn Kopelke, president of Columbia Chapter of Western Music Assc. Open mic. Hosted by Clark Crouch and Virginia Cook. Emceed by Terry Busch. Contact ccrouch@thecreekside.net.

Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 5th and Water St., Olympia WA

The Olympic Poetry Network features TBA. Contact Cynthia Pratt cynthiajopratt@comcast.net.

Thursday, April 19 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 http://www.kser.org/and following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds WA
Five poets read: Victoria Ford, Holly Hughes, Jack McCarthy, Joannie Stangeland, and Joan Swift. Contact David D. Horowitz at rosealleypress@juno.com.

Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Zippy’s Java Lounge, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA

Everett Poetry Night with open mic. Contact Josh Wilson jwilson1234@comcast.net.

Thursday, April 19 at 6 pm
The Black Dog Wine Bar, 8062 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, WA

Quill & Parchment poets: Sharmagne Leland St. John and Peggy Barnett. Contact alittlehawk@aol.com.

Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond WA

Features TBA. Open mic. Contact WelchM@aol.com.

Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm
Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle

Wry Ink Publishing and Couth Buzzard Books sponsors a pre-release reading by AB Bard, reclusive author of The Killer Poet’s Guide To Immortality, a dystopian farce. A.B. Bard combines poetry and the novel in a whole new way, and it works delightfully.” Admission free. Pass of the writer’s beret. 206-436-2960.

Friday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Bookworm Exchange, 4860 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

PEN and Take a Poem from Your Heart features  Larry Ebersole
ALSO:  4th Annual Bad Poetry Night !!!!!
. Open mic. Free.
Host/MC Christopher J. Jarmick. Contact emeraldchris@yahoo.com.

Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
Jack Straw Studio, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

Raven Chronicles Presents: "Matters of the Spirit" Reading & CD release party. Contact 206.941.2955

Saturday, April 21 at 1 pm
Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St., Marysville, WA

Poetry reading and workshop by Quill & Parchment poets with Jane Alynn, Sharmagne Leland St. John and Peggy Barnett. Contact alittlehawk@aol.com.

Saturday, April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank WA (on Whidbey Island)

All day Poetry Workshop. Details & registration info online at http://www.nila.edu/wiwa_workshops.htm. Association members $75; non-members $90. $12 no host dinner and poetry open mic. Discounts available by joining the Association at sign-up or call 360-341-1861.

Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m.
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, WA

Poem in Your Pocket Workshop (April 26) with Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner. Contact snewsom@museumofglass.org.

Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, WA

Readings of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself by University of Puget Sound students. Contact snewsom@museumofglass.org.

Tuesday, April 24 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. Contact margaretroncone@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, April 24 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. Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.
C&P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave SW in West Seattle

Poetry Bridge features TBA. Open mic. Free event and open to all ages. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:45 p.m. Contact leopoldo.seguel@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m.
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, WA

Poem in Your Pocket Day. Poets gather on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and share their favorite poems with passersby. Contact snewsom@museumofglass.org.

Thursday, April 26 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 http://www.kser.org/and following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Zippy’s Java Lounge, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA

Everett Poetry Night with open mic. Contact Josh Wilson jwilson1234@comcast.net.

Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm
Fogdog gallery, 233 N Olympic Ave., across from City Hall, Arlington WA

Features Chris Jarmick. Open mic. Contact Claire Cundiff 505.660.6825 or Claire@fogdoggallery.com.

Thursday, April 26 at 7:30pm
Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle

Wry Ink Publishing and Couth Buzzard Books sponsors a pre-release reading by AB Bard, reclusive author of The Killer Poet’s Guide To Immortality, a dystopian farce. A.B. Bard combines poetry and the novel in a whole new way, and it works delightfully.” Admission free. Pass of the writer’s beret. 206-436-2960.

Friday, April 27. Doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7:30 pm.
Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle

Seattle Poetry Slam’s 2012 Grand Slam features Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist Airea “Dee” Matthews. An all ages event. $10-$15 Tix at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230515. More info at www.seattlepoetryslam.org, info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Saturday, April 28 from 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, WA

Field's End 10th Anniversary Writers’ Conference features speakers David Guterson, Barry Eisler and Susan Wingate and workshops. Registration closes April 19 - $165. Register online at www.fieldsend.org or pick up forms at the Bainbridge Public Library or Eagle Harbor Books. More info at www.fieldsend.org or contact Becky Marshall 206.842.0291.

Saturday, April 28 Poetry workshop at 11am - 12pm / Poetry 1:30 -4pm
The Next Chapter Book Store, 721 1st St., La Conner, WA

Features Sharmagne Leland St. John. Contact alittlehawk@aol.com.

Sunday, April 29 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA

Hope in Hard Times—Tacoma Poets Respond to Adversity: Talk, Exhibit Walk & Poetry Reading with Tammy Robacker, Maria Gudaitis and NW poets, including 2011-13 Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, Allen Braden, Elijah Muied and Hans Ostrom. $6 per person. Refreshments. All proceeds go to the Washington State History Museum. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/362728650438263/

Sunday, April 29 at 4:30 p.m.
Lake Forest Bar & Grill, Lake Forest Park shopping center, Ballinger Way NE & Bothell Way, Seattle

Happy Hour to celebrate! Like Water for Quarks, edited by Bruce Taylor and Elton Elliott, former editor of the Science Fiction Review. Contact bbtaylor@drizzle.com.

Sunday, April 29 at 7:00 pm
The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave., Portland OR

Reading by Bay Area poets Andrew Joron, Joseph Noble, and Brian Lucas, followed by concert by Cloud Shepherd. $5.00 suggested donation. Contact 503.367.3182.

Tuesday, May 1 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. Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Wednesday, May 2: Sign-up at 6:30 PM & Open mic 7- 10 PM
Vera Project, on Seattle Center Campus, corner of Republican and Warren, Seattle

Open Mic night. All-ages. Contact Openmic@theveraproject.org.

Thursday, May 3 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 http://www.kser.org/and following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Zippy’s Java Lounge, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA

Everett Poetry Night with open mic. Contact Josh Wilson jwilson1234@comcast.net.

Saturday, May 5 at 7 pm
Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, 19003 Front St., Poulsbo WA

Features Mike Dillon, Holly Hughes, Everett Thompson. Open mic. Contact Nancy Rekow at 206.842.6908.

Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.
The Station Bistro, 110 Second Street SW, St. 125, Auburn, WA

The Station Bistro, NW Renaissance & Auburn Striped Water Poets feature poets & Open Mic. Contact marjorie.rommel@gmail.com or mcbreenpost@aol.com.


The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek   ποιέω (poieō), ‘I make’,
 poiesis, meaning a "making" or ‘creation’.
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