All events listed here are free, unless otherwise noted. (See the Events archive here.)
Jan 18-20, Writer in the Schools, Oak Harbor High School
Jan 19, Reading and discussion, Oak Harbor Library, 3p
Jan 25, Longview Washington
Jan 26, Cathlamet Washington
Jan 28, Workshop at the MAC in Spokane
Jan 29, Olympia Poetry Network Workshop and Reading
Feb 1, Wallingford event
Feb 2, Writers in the School
Feb 8, Chewelah School visit
Feb 9, Endicott School visit
Feb 11, Bard of Sherman Avenue Booklaunch
Feb 15, Seattle University Reading
Feb 21, Palouse Library Reading
Feb 23, Reading in White River
March 1, Return to Mineral School and surrounding communities
March 1, Eatonville
March 2, Morton
March 3, Ashford
March 4, Poetry Out Loud State Finals
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
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: Events in Bellingham at Western Washington University
Sept 28, WWU, Fraser Hall 201: a poetry writing workshop entitled “Writing Poems That Speak of Home: Washington 129,” 4:00p
Sept 29, WWU, Communications 110, a public reading, 6:30p.
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, Lake Chelan Library
Oct 7, Bedtime Stories, Seattle
Oct 8, Fall Family Weekend, Gonzaga University, Spokane
Oct 9, Sammamish Arts Festival, Public Library, Sammamish, WA, 2:45-4p
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 13, Gunnar’s Bistro–Poetry Pole Reading and Celebration, Cle Elum, WA, 4p.
Oct 19, Skagit Valley Poetry Festival Dinner
Oct 20, Onalaska School District, class visits
Oct 20, Centralia College, Centralia (Washington Hall, #103), 600 Centralia College Blvd, Kirk Library, 6:30 reception, 7:30p reading. Presented by Our Literacy Council of Lewis County and Centralia College
Oct 21, Eatonville High School class visits
Oct 22, Poetry Talk, Timberland Library, Salkum Branch, 2480 US-12, Salkum, WA, 2p.
Oct 22, Mineral School presents an evening with poet laureate Tod Marshall, 114 Mineral Rd. South, Mineral, WA 98355, (www.mineral-school.org). Snacks and mingling, wine by donation. 6:30pm Diane Mapes plays original music inspired by Mineral. 7:00pm Tod Marshall reads, and a Q&A with poet Nicole Hardy and audience follows.
Oct 24, Newport School Visits
Oct 26, Broken Mic, Spokane, 6p.
Oct 27, Newport School Visits and Create Place, Newport, WA, 7p
Oct 28, Bedtime Stories, Spokane
Oct 29, Workshop and reading at the Ritzville Library, Ritzville, WA, 10a.
Nov 1, “Great Poems That Tell Tales,” South Hill Library, Spokane, 3324 S. Perry Street, 6p.
Nov 3, Tulalip Reading Series, Tulip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center, 6p
Nov 7, “Great Poems That Tell Tales” Shadle Library, Spokane, 2111 W. Wellesley, 6p.
Nov 9, YCC Pizza Poetry Party, Yakima, 11:30a
Nov 9, Hosting Yakima Coffeehouse Poets Open Mic Night, The Seasons, 101 N. Naches Ave., 7p.
Nov 10, Workshop and Reading at The Seasons, 101 N. Naches Ave. in Yakima. The hourlong workshop will be followed by a poetry reading. It’s sponsored by Yakima Coffeehouse PoetsYakima, Workshop and Reading, The Seasons, 6p
Nov 16, PoetsWest @ The Creekside Reading Series, 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, Woodinville, 7p.
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 School Visits
Nov 30, Republic Library workshop, 4 p
Dec 1, Curlew School Visits
Dec 1, Curlew Public Library, Reception 5p, Reading 6p
Dec 5, Lacey 50th Anniversary Celebration, The HUB at Woodland Square, 676 Woodland Square Loop S.E. 5p
Dec 7, Pulitzer’s in Person, Seattle
Dec 8, Soap Lake School, Soap Lake, WA, 2p
Dec 8, Ephrata Library, Ephrata, WA, 7 p
Dec 10, Puget Sound Poetry Connection Workshop, THE FEAST BUILDING 1402 s 11th, Tacoma, 10 am
Dec 14, Reading at Chewelah library, 5:30p
Jan 7, Hugo House Workshop, Seattle, 10a
Jan 8, Roslyn Reading & Workshop, Reading @ 1:30, Roslyn Public Library; workshop @ 3p
Jan 11, Mead High School, Spokane
Jan 12, Nisqually School and Library Events. School visit during the day. Youth Center event in the evening: Gather’s Rain: A Salmon’s Journey, 5:30p
Jan 13, Puget Sound Poetry Distinguished Writer Series, Kings Bookstore, Tacoma, 7p
Jan 14, Shoalwater Bay Tribal Library, workshop and poetry talk, 10a
Jan 14, Westport Timberland Library, workshop and poetry talk, 2p
Jan 15, Vancouver Poetry Moves, Vancouver Community Library (901 C. St.), 1p
Jan 15, Writers Resist! Town Hall Seattle, 7:30p
Jan 16, “Live the Change We Seek,” Snoqualmie Methodist Church, with Rebekah Demirel and Sinan Demirel, 2p