All events listed here are free, unless otherwise noted. (See the Events archive here.)
Sept 8, Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia, 2-4p.
Sept 9, KYRS Member Drive, Paulsen Building Penthouse, 421 W. Riverside, $25 per person. $25 suggested donation to KYRS. Appetizers & cash bar, 6-9p.
Sept 14-17, Twisp, Winthrop, Omak, and other locations.
Sept 19, Royal City Public Library, Royal City, WA, public reading and discussion, 5:30p.
Sept 21, Poetry Corner Workshop, Brookdale Foundation House, 32290 1st Ave S, Federal Way, WA, 10:30 to noon.
Sept 21, Words West Reading Series, C & P Coffee Co, 5612 California Avenue, SW, with wonderful writers: Kathleen Flenniken, Claudia Castro Luna, Lena Khalif Tuffaha, and Lyanda Hynn Haupt, 7p.
Sept 22, Open Books Re-launch, Wallingford, WA,
Sept 23, Benton City Juvenile Correctional Facility, Benton City, WA, w/Jordan Chaney
Sept 24 Litfuse, Tieton, WA
Sept 28-30 Bellingham, WA (WWU and public schools)
Sept 30, Public Reading, Edmonds Library, 5-5:45p
Sept 30-Oct 2, Write on the Sound Conference, Edmonds, WA
Oct 1, Poetry Camp in Bellingham
Oct 3, North Spokane Library, “A Terrible Beauty: William Butler Yeats and Paula Meehan,” 6:30p
Oct 6, Spokane Library
Oct 6, Lake Chelan Library
Oct 7, Bedtime Stories, Seattle
Oct 8, Fall Family Weekend, Gonzaga University, Spokane
Oct 9, Sammamish Arts Festival, Sammamish, WA
Oct 12, Otis Orchards Library, “Does it Explode: Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen,” 6:30p
Oct 12, Arts NW, Keynote, Davenport Hotel, Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Spokane, WA, 1-2p
Oct 19, Nisqually School
Oct 20-22, several events @ Mineral School and Lewis County
Oct 24, Create Place, Newport, WA
Oct 26, Newport school visits
Oct 26, Broken Mic, Spokane
Oct 28, Bedtime Stories, Spokane
Oct 29, Ritzville Library, Ritzville, WA
Nov 1, “Poetry for Fiction Lovers,” South Hill Library, Spokane, 3324 S. Perry Street, 6p.
Nov 2, Duvall Reading Series, Duvall, WA
Nov 3, Tulalip Reading Series, Tulalip
Nov 4-6, Orcas and other islands
Nov 7, “Poetry for Fiction Lovers,” Shadle Library, Spokane, 2111 W. Wellesley, 6p.
Nov 9-11, several Yakima events
Nov 15, Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards
Nov 16, Woodinville Reading Series
Nov 17, Lake City Rotary Club, Lake City, WA
Nov 18, RASP reading, Redmond, WA
Nov 21, Moran Prairie Library, Spokane, “My Life Had Stood: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman,” 6:30p
Nov 28, Spokane Valley Library, “The Book of Myths: Adrienne Rich and June Jordan,” 6:30p
Nov 30, Republic Library
Dec 1, Curlew events, Curlew
Dec 5, Lacey Museum event, Lacey
Dec 7, Pulitzer Prize event, Seattle
Dec 8, Soap Lake event, Soap Lake, WA
Dec 10, Tacoma Workshop with Connie Walle
Feb 9: Reading for Washington State Legislature, Olympia, 10 a.
Feb 9: Passing the Laurel: Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Elizabeth Austen and Friends, Hugo House, Seattle. 7:30 p.
Outgoing Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen “passes the laurel” to 2016-18 Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. The celebration includes brief readings by Marshall and Austen, and Pacific Northwest poets Rick Barot, Karen Finneyfrock, Jourdan Keith, Jane Wong and a surprise guest or two. Join us starting at 6:30 for an informal reception in the Cabaret.
Feb 18: Guest on KYRS Art Hour, 88.1/92.3 FM, 3p
Feb 24: Reading at Spokane Falls Community College with Laura Read Bldg 24, room 110, Spokane, 11:30 a.
Mar 2: Reading at Spokane Community College, Spokane, TBA
Mar 5: Poetry Out Loud State Final, Judge, Tacoma, 1 p.
Theatre on the Square in the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, located at 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA. Event is free and open to the public. Will get to listen to wonderful high school students recite poems!
Mar 10: Team Child Poetry Reading Fundraiser at St. John’s Church with Laura Read, Thom Caraway, and others, 5:30-7p. Open to the public.
Please join me with Thom and Laura and talented young poets as we try to help raise money and awareness for a good cause.
Mar 13: Workshop and Reading in Metaline Falls, Cutter Theater, 302 Park Street, 2 to 4p with workshop, reading and live music by Donivan Johnson
March 18: Pioneer School visit, Spokane, WA, 10:30a
Mar 30-Apr 3: Associated Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles, various events
Apr 8: Crossing the Border! Reading @ Public Library, Coeur d’Alene, ID, with other poets, doors open at 6 pm!
Apr 9: Poetry Prowl, all day festival in Ellensburg, details TBA
Apr 10: African American Writers’ Alliance, Columbia City Library, 2p
Apr 12: Periodic Table Reading, GETLIT,
Apr 13: Class visits at North Central High School, Spokane, 8a
Apr 14: “Readers Are Leaders,” Olympia, 7-9a, Keynote speaker
Apr 14: Class visits at Olympia High School, 9:30-noon
Apr 14: “Olympia People’s Mic,” Ben Moore’s, 112 4th Ave. W, 6:30p
Apr 16: Ritzville Public Library, reading and workshop, 10a to noon
Apr 16: Reading and workshop, GETLIT, Spokane Convention Center, 3:30-5p
Apr 17: Lost Horse Press Poetry Reading, emcee, featured readers include former poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken, and Washington Poets Katrina Roberts, Rob Carney, and others, Davenport Hotel Peacock Room, 12-2p
Apr 18: Class visits at University High School, Spokane, 9a
Apr 21: Gig Harbor Poetry Series, Gig Harbor Library, 7:30p
Apr 24: Book Launch for Noisy Water anthology! Going to listen to the poets read and check out the art. Special Exhibit and Reading in celebration of National Poetry Month. At the Firehouse Café, Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Bellingham, WA, 6:30p
Apr 25: Poetry Night, Mount Baker Theater’s Encore Room, 104 North Commercial Street, Bellingham, WA, 8p
Apr 26: Gonzaga Guild Speaker, Herak Club, Gonzaga University, noon
Apr 27: Poetry Month celebration! Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Richland, with Urban Poets Society founder Jordan Chaney, young poets, and others, 6 to 8p
Apr 28: Chuckanut Radio Hour, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, 6:30p
Apr 29: Downtown Seattle Public Library writing workshop, 12-2.
Apr 29: Reading at Folio, Seattle, with Heather McHugh and Lucia Perillo, 7:30p
Apr 30: Workshop at Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2-4 p
Apr 30: Louder Than a Bomb, Tacoma Community College Auditorium, 3:30p (I’ll get there by 4:30)
May 2: Taproot Lecture, SPARK, Spokane, WA, 7p
May 11: Clark College English Department Awards, Speaker, Vancouver, WA, 5:30p
May 12: Free workshop with Christopher Luna, Angst Gallery 3-5p
May 12: Ghost Town Open Mic, Angst Gallery, 1015 Main, Vancouver, WA, 7 p
May 16: Class Visits, Rogers High School, Spokane, WA, 9a-noon
May 16: Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca, SPARK, Spokane, 7p
May 18: Curtis Senior High School, Tacoma, class visits, 9a to noon
May 18: Talk on Poetry, Creativity, and Careers in the Arts, University of Washington, Tacoma, MDS 202, 1-2:30p
May 18: Reading and Conversation at Rainier Arts Center with Oliver de la Paz and Claudia Castro Luna, Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, 7:30p
May 19-22: Skagit River Poetry Festival, La Conner, WA, May 19-22 (ticket information on SRPF website)
May 26: Liberty Bell High School, class visits during the day; in the evening, a public reading at The Merc with Dennis Held and students, Winthrop, WA, 6p
May 27: Willow Springs Books Fundraiser. Spokane, Bartlett, 6 p.
June 2: Mercer Island Arts Council Events:
Morning: school visits on Mercer Island.
1-2:30PM – Poetry workshop. Mercer Island Community and Events Center.
3-4:30PM – Question and Answer session with poetry groups. Island Books.
7PM – Public reading at Mercer Island Community and Events Center