Currently all Poet Laureate events are online only.

All events listed here are free, unless otherwise noted. (See the Events archive here.)

April 2021

Passing of the Laurel

April 14, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

You are invited to a celebration of Rena Priest’s appointment by Governor Jay Inslee as Washington State’s 6th Poet Laureate. This very special event is organized and hosted by the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, Humanities Washington, ArtsWA (the WA State Arts Commission), and the Washington Center for the Book. Past Laureates Claudia Castro Luna, Tod Marshall, Elizabeth Austen, Kathleen Flenniken, and Sam Green (in absentia) will be honored guests as we gather to pass the laurel in an evening of poetry, speech, and song. Produced by Children of the Setting Sun Productions. Register to attend here.

2021 Artsmith / Darvill’s Bookstore Salon Series

April 15, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 pm

Featuring: Keetje Kuipers, Rena Priest, Jasmine An, Quinn Bailey, and Jory Mickelson.

Hugo House: Find Your Feet: The Metrical Foot in Poetry

April 17, 1:10 p.m. – 4:10 pm

All Levels | “Meter has been called the heartbeat of poetry,” Paul Kiparsky wrote. “But like language itself, and music and dance, it pulsates more intricately than anything in the biological or physical world.” Controlling meter allows you to build tension to ecstatic release, deep dive into sober solemnity, or gently lay an epiphany on the brow of your reader. In this class, we’ll examine stress, pitch, length, and other features of speech to see how they affect the feel and sound of particular works.

SpeakEasy Poetry Series

April 24, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SpeakEasy poetry reading series has been invited to locally showcase the new Washington State Poet Laureate in a Zoom event on Saturday, April 24th at 7 pm.

Skagit River Poetry Foundation Virtual Reading

April 25, 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Skagit River Poetry Foundation will host a virtual reading on April 25, 3-4:45 PM. Poets Gail Davern, Jessica Gigot, Rena Priest and Nikki Wallschlaeger will each read for 20 minutes with some time for Q & A from the host and the audience. We are also planning to highlight your life as it has shaped your poetry.

November 2019

November 19th, Hugo House 7 p.m.

November 9th Writing Workshop at the Toppenish Library, Yakama Nation, 1-3 p.m.

November 7 and 8th Visit to Mattawa schools

October 2019

Saturday, October 26th

9:00- 10:00 Meet for coffee at CAFE (The Community for the Advancement of Family Education) 766 S. Mission Street

12:30-1:30 Workshop and poetry session with community at Community Center

2:30-3:30 Worksop and poetry session with local artists

Friday, October 25th

Visit and writing with Wenatchee High School students

Reading and book singing from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at Leavenworth Library with Derek Sheffield organized by A Book for All Seasons

Thursday October 24th

Classroom visits at Wenatchee Valley College

5-6pm – Workshop in room 1519 in the Music and Arts Center

7-8:30pm – Reading with Derek Sheffield and WVC students in The Grove Recital Hall in the Music and Arts Center

Sunday, October 20, 10-noon, workshop at Methow Arts, 204 N. Glover St, Twisp, WA –

Saturday, October 19, 1-3pm – workshop and 4-6pm public reading at the Pateros Fire Hall

Friday, October 18 Visit and writing with students at Okanogan High School

Thursday, October 17, Visit and writing with students at Brewster High School

Friday, October 11, Bedtime Stories Fundraiser for Humanities Washington

Saurday, October 5th, Onalaska Apple Festival reading 6 p.m. at The Mason Jar, (637 Leonard Road)

September 2019

September 27-28-29  LitFuse – Poetry Conference -Tieton – Fee required

September 21 Olympia Laureate Fest – Five Poets Laureate of WA State – St Martin’s University – Lacey    Panel Discussion 1 -3 p.m.    Readings 7 – 9 pm

September 14 Kettle Falls Library free writing workshop 10-2 pm

September 13 Kettle Falls Library reading with Poet Lynn Rigney Shott- 6 p.m. 

September 13 Kettle Falls High School

September 11 Poetry in Translation – Northwest Film Forum, Seattle – 6:30 p.m

September 8 Town Hall Seattle – 4:00 p.m. – Fee required

June 2019

June 29th Taller de Poesia – Vancouver Community Library – Vancouver, 10 – 12 a.m.

June 28 With Clark County Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Morgan at Magenta Theater Vancouver 7 p.m.

June 20 – 22 Chuckanut Writer’s Conference – Bellingham

June 19 Words West Final Reading – C&P Cafe West Seattle 7:00 p.m.

June 15 Poetry With Gary Copeland Lilley – Workshop and evening reading Writer’s Workshoppe and Imprint Books     Port Townsend – Reading at 7 p.m.

June 13 With Jorge Pech, Fulgencio Lazo at Elliott Bay Books – Seattle 7 p.m.

June 5 Poetry in Translation 6:30 Northwest Film Archive, Seattle  6:30-7:30 p.m.

June 1  Poetry workshop Book Tree Bookstore – Kirkland 4:30-6:00 p.m.

June 1 Noon. Book Fest Eagle Harbor Books (157 Winslow Way East) -Bainbridge Island

May 2019

May 24-25 North Olympic Library System (Clallam County)

May 23 Reading Central City College Library – Seattle 12:00

May 19 Black Dog Arts Coalition – Poetry Hike – Snoqualmie

May 17-18 Yakima Valley College

May 13 Squalicum HS – Bellingham

May 9-11 Cascadia Poetry Festival

May 5 Olympia – Evergreen College

April 2019

April 28 Cleveland HS – Seattle

April 27th Yes! Media event

April 22 -26 Get Lit! Festival, Spokane

April 18 – Soul Food Poetry Night reading with Alex Gallo Brown – Redmond, 7 p.m.

https://Soul Food Reading Redmond

April 16 – Reading with Seattle Youth Poet Laureate and Seattle’s Civic Poet Anastacia

Renee, Writers in the Schools 7 P.M.

April 12 –  The Center Salon, Olympia, 7:30

April 11 – South Sound Reading Foundation, Lacey 7 a.m.

Reading at Vancouver Community Library, 7 p.m.

April 10 – Poetry in Translation – Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, 7 p.m.

April 9 – Contemporary Reading Series – Mills College, Oakland, CA

April 6 – Inland Poetry Prowl – Ellensburg

April 1 – Bellevue Children’s Academy 9 A.M.

University of Puget Sound Reading with Glenna Cook – 7 p.m. Thomas Hall,

                Tahoma Room     

March 2019

March 27 – 30 AWP – Portland

March 19: Interview Michael Straus .The Summit on Pike (Capitol Hill) 7:30 p.m. Seattle

March 19: Presentation – reading: Discovery School, Gig Harbor

March 8: Reading: Lower Columbia Valley College, Longview 7 p.m

March 6: Workshop. Momentia group.  Camp Long. 9:30 -12:00 West Seattle

March 2: Reading -Poetry and Democracy. Mount Baker Theater, 7 p.m. Bellingham

February 2019

Unfortunately because of the weather many events scheduled for this month were cancelled.

Hopefully this one will not be:

February 27: Reading – Seattle U, Seattle 4 – 5:30 Casey Commons introducing Laura Da, Cedar Sigo and Casandra Lopez

January 2019

January 18: Reading – Peninsula College, Port Angeles 12:30

January 14: Opening of the Senate, State Capitol: Olympia 12 noon

January 12: Sedro-Woolley Library poetry workshop 1 p.m.

January 11: Puget Sound Poetry Connection – Tacoma, Immanuel Presbyterian 5th and I (eye) St  6 p.m.

January 10: Words and Writer’s SouthWest Branch of Seattle Public Library, West Seattle 5 p.m.

January 9: Poetry Bridge reading at C&P Cafe, West Seattle with Shankar Narayan, 7 p.m.

December 2018

December 19: Burlington-Edison High School
December 6: Hugo House Seattle. Reading with Kim Stafford, Oregon State Poet Laureate 7 p.m.
December 5: Oak Harbor Library – Whidbey Island 3 p.m.
December 3:  Western Washington University 4 p.m.
November 2018
November 28: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
November 9: Mineral School – Mineral, Reading 7 p.m.
November 8: Eatonville High School, Eatonville
November 7: Centralia College East Campus, Morton  12 noon

November 6: Mossyrock Middle and High School, Mossyrock

November 4: Killing Marias, A Staged Reading – Centilia Cultural Center, Seattle 2 p.m.
November 2: Hollow Earth Radio Interview with Alex Gallo Brown, Seattle 2 p.m.
October 2018
October 29-30: Highline College, DeMoines (classroom visits)
October 26: Humanities Washington’s Bedtimes Stories, Spokane 6 p.m
October 22: Optimism Brewing Company with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Celebrate Get out the vote, Seattle 7 p.m.
October 21: Killing Marias, A Staged Reading – Rainier Arts Center, Seattle 2 p.m.
October 20: Mixed Bag at Hugo House, Seattle 7 p.m.
October 18: Spanish Writing Workshop: Las Memorias Hablan. King County Library,                                Tukwila 6:30 p.m
October 13: Keynote for Washington Language Arts Council. Centilia Cultural Arts. Seattle
October 12: Writing Workshop and Reading: Anderson Island 2-8 p.m.
October 11: Seattle’s Lit Crawl with Jane Wong, Natalie Martinez and Samar Abulhassan
October 6: Workshop. Write on the Sound. Edmonds
October 5: Auburn High School, Auburn
October 5: Edmonds Library Reading, Edmonds 5 p.m.

September 2018

Sept 8: Poets on the Coast, Writing Retreat, Fee required, La Conner

Sept 15: Open Books, 7 p.m. Seattle

Sept 16: Benaroya, Writers in the Schools 2018-2019 Anthology Launch, 2 p.m. Seattle

Sept 19: Freeland Library reading, 2 p.m. Whidbey Island

Sept 19: Coupeville Library reading, 5:30 p.m. Whidbey Island

Sept 20: Margin Shift Reading, 7 p.m. Seattle

Sept 22: Poetry writing workshop  in Spanish, 10: 30 a.m. Renton Library

Centro de la Raza annual gala – keynote, Fee required, 7 p.m. Seattle

Sept 24 – 28: Methow Valley -readings, workshops, school visits – Methow Arts

August 2018

Aug 2: Vashon Bookshop, Raising Our Voices for Compassion, 6 p.m. Vashon Island

Aug 4: Open Books, 7 p.m. Seattle

Aug 6: Elliott Bay Books, 7 p.m. Seattle

July 2018

Jul 31: Washington Corrections Center for women, Gig Harbor

April 2018

Apr 15: Studio Lazo, Seattle – International Children’s Day

Apr 17: Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla

Apr 17: Walla Walla Univerity

Apr 18: Walla Walla Community College

Apr 18: The Foundry Vineyards – Words and Wine with Walla Walla Public Library

Apr 22: Open Books, Seattle – Bilingual Reading

Apr 23: Federal Way Library – Workshop

Apr 25: Highline Community College

Apr 26: Lopez Island High School

Apr 26: Community Poetry Workshop, Lopez Island

Apr 26: Lopez Island Library – Reading

Apr 26: Put a Poem Your Pocket Day – List of Bookstores carrying mini broadsides of the poem “The Tree Inside Me” by Michelle Carranza

Apr 27: American Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park – Poetry Walk

Apr 28: Lopez Island – Poetry Walk

One thought on “Events

  1. I am interested in the event in Longview, WA March 8. I am not familiar with Lower Columbia Valley College. In Longview, I know only of Lower Columbia College. Is this where the event will take place? Thank you!

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