Open Mic Venues in the Puget Sound Area ~2011

Last year, my friend and poetic colleague David Horowitz of Rose Alley Press put together a list of open mic poetry venues in the Seattle area. Many people wrote to say thank you for the information or to update listings for their venues. It seemed so popular and necessary, that David updated the list for 2011, and…here it is!

David spent many hours calling venues and organizing the information in a usable format, but he knows THIS MAY NO BE 100% ACCURATE! If you plan to go to a venue, you might want to call and double check before attending. Also, as always, we welcome comments updating venue info.

Open Mic Venues in the Puget Sound Area

IN SEATTLE

SEATTLE POETRY SLAM

every Tuesday, 8 p.m. sign-up, 8:30 show

open mike, featured reader, poetry slam: 3 minutes each

21+ w/ID, $5 admission

ReBar, 1114 Howell Street, Seattle

Tel: 206-233-9873

http://www.seattlepoetryslam.org

HUGO WORKS IN PROGRESS

first Monday monthly, 7- 9 p.m.

6:30-7 p.m., add your name to lottery. Read when your name called. 5-min. max. All genres welcome.

Admission is free.

Richard Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Seattle, in “The Cabaret”

Brian McGuigan, brianmcguigan@hugohouse.org

Tel: 206-322-7030

VERBAL GRAFFITI

every Friday, 7 p.m.

Sign-up, 6:30-7 p.m. All ages. Poets, MCs, musicians, comedians all welcome. Amp, mic, turntables.

Admission is free.

Rainier Valley Community  Center, 4600 38th Avenue South, Seattle

“Shan,” verbalgraffitipoetry@gmail.com

Tel: 206-386-1919

POETSWEST @ GREEN LAKE BRANCH, SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

1st & 2nd Saturdays monthly, 4-5:30 p.m.

Three featured readers w/open mic. Usually five minutes per open mic performer.

Admission is free.

Green Lake Branch, Seattle Public Library, 7364 East Greenlake Drive North, Seattle

J. Glenn & Barbara Evans, JGE@poetswest.com

Tel: 206-682-1268

www.poetswest.com (check out the “Live Poetry Venues” link on this site)

CUP OF FLOW

last Monday monthly, 8 p.m.

The Faire Gallery & Café, 1351 East Olive Way, Seattle

Host: ceDRIC

Tel: 206-652-0781

RADIOBEDLAM           

every Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Bedlam Café, 2231 Second Avenue, Seattle

Contacts: “Luke & Jonny”

Tel: 206-910-2300

OPEN MIC at The Teacup

2nd and 4th Tuesday monthly, 6:45-8:15 p.m.

No featured reader. Each open mic performer reads twice for about 8 to 10 minutes total.

Admission is free.

The Teacup, 2128 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle

MCs: Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter, margaretroncone@yahoo.com

Tel: 206-283-5931

“OPEN MIKE” at Skybox Sports Lounge

every Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Skybox Sports Lounge, 315 First Avenue North, Seattle

Contact: storm cloud (the native sun)

Tel: 206-588-2070

POETRYBRIDGE

4th Wednesday monthly, 7 p.m.

Featured reader w/open mic for poets and storytellers.

C & P Coffee, 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle

http://www.poetrybridge.net

Tel: 206-933-3125

www.candpcoffee.com

IT’S ABOUT TIME READING SERIES

2nd Thursday monthly, 6-7:30 p.m.

Three featured readers; one speaker on writing craft; open mic (read once up to three minutes). Note: book sales not allowed at this venue.

Admission is free.

Ballard Branch, Seattle Public Library, 5614 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle

MC: Esther Helfgott, eahelfgott2@comcast.net

Tel: 206-684-4089

www.spl.lib.wa.us/

“OPEN MIKE” at Stepping Stone

every Tuesday, 9 p.m.

Music, poetry.

Stepping Stone, 5903 24th Avenue NW, Seattle

Contact: Colin

Tel: 206-420-3723

“THAT THING”

last Wednesday monthly, 8-10 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry.  Seven minutes or less. 21 +

Admission is $3

Coppergate, 6301 24th Avenue NW, Seattle

Hosts: Roo Forrest, “Jaedia,” “Jena”

Tel: 206-706-3292

GREEN TORTOISE “OPEN MIKE”

every Wednesday, 8 p.m.

1525 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Tel: 206-915-2757

TAKE A POEM FROM YOUR HEART

3rd Friday monthly, 7-8:45 p.m.

Three featured readers w/open mic. Open mic performers typically read one poem/2-3 minutes twice.

Admission is free.

Bookworm Exchange, 4860 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle (Columbia City)

MC: Christopher Jarmick, emeraldchris@yahoo.com

Tel: 206-722-6633

www.bookwormexchange.com

YOUTH SPEAKS SEATTLE OPEN MIC

3rd Sunday monthly. Sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m.

Featured poet and musician. Youth-focused, but performers of all ages and genres welcome. Has been called “mini-BNV” by out-of-towners; aka “hella dope.” Longest running youth poetry event in the city!

Admission is free.

Café Allegro, 1408 NE 42nd Street, Seattle (in alley between University Way and 15th Avenue NE)

Contact: info@youthspeaks.org

Tel: 206-633-3030

NORTH END FORUM

1st and 3rd Monday monthly, 8-11 p.m. (varies a bit, from evening to evening)

Music, poetry. Open mic (usually about five minutes). Some expectation of food purchase to help venue.

Admission is free.

Bai Pai Restaurant, 2361 NE 65th Street, Seattle

Jed Myers, medjyers@hotmail.com

Tel: 206-527-4800 (Bai Pai)

“OPEN MIKE” at Woodland Park Presbyterian  Church

2nd Friday monthly, 7 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry. Secular, though at church. All are welcome. No profanity. Onsite piano, organ, light snacks and coffee. Reportedly has exceptionally good acoustics.

Woodland Park Presbyterian  Church, 225 North 70th Street, Seattle

Tel: 206-612-3787

“LIVING ROOM” AT SPLAB

every Tuesday (with a few exceptions; check schedule), 7 p.m.

Poetry performance, critique group, workshop, sharing. Try to bring 8 copies of work you plan to read to share with those present.

$5 donation requested.

SPLAB (Spoken Word Lab), 3651 South Edmunds, Seattle (in the “Columbia Cultural Corner”)

Contact: Paul Nelson

Tel: 206-422-5002

http://www.splab.org

SMOKIN’ SPOKEN WURD

3rd Thursday monthly, 6 p.m.

Open mic.

Admission: $5

Northwest African American Museum, 2300 South Massachusetts, Seattle

Hosts: Miz Floes (mizfloestpt@yahoo.com) and The Carmel Latte Duo

Tel: 206-518-5237; 206-518-6000 (Museum)

SEATTLE SPIT: QUEER SPOKEN WORD

2nd Thursday monthly, 8 p.m.

Features open mic.

1021 East Pike Street, Seattle

Tel: 206-324-9210

www.thewildrosebar.com

OPEN MIC at Inner Chapters

3rd Thursday monthly, 6 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry.

419 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle

Tel: 206-262-9297

OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE

POETSWEST @ THE CREEKSIDE

3rd Wednesday monthly, 7-8:30 p.m.

Typically, one featured reader w/open mic.

Admission is free.

The Creekside: A Merrill Gardens Community (assisted living and retirement home)

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE, Woodinville

MC: Terry Busch

Clark Crouch and  Virginia Cook, thecreekside@crouchnet.com

Tel: 425-354-3784

www.poetswest.com

TAKE A POEM FROM YOUR HEART

2nd Wednesday monthly, 7-8:30 p.m.

Two or three featured readers w/open mic. Open mic performers read once for 3to 4 minutes each.

Admission is free.

Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland

MC: Christopher Jarmick, emeraldchris@yahoo.com

Tel: 425-828-6546

www.parkplacebookskirkland.com

RASP (Redmond Association of Spoken Word) READING SERIES

last Friday monthly, 7-9 p.m.

One featured reader; open mic, w/each performer reading for about 3 minutes

Admission is free.

Auditorium of Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond

Contact: Michael Heavener and RASP committee, including Michael Dylan Welch, WelchM@aol.com

www.rasp.cc; site includes hyperlinks for sending e-mail

THIRD THURSDAY at SoulFood Books

3rd Thursday monthly, 7-9 p.m.

Two featured readers (one primary picks the second) w/open mic (3 to 5 minutes each)

Admission is free.

SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond

Hosts: Lana Ayers, lana.ayers@yahoo.com; Michael Dylan Welch, WelchM@aol.com

Tel: 425-881-5309

www.soulfoodbooks.com

“OPEN MIKE” at SoulFood Books

1st Saturday monthly, 3 p.m.

Admission is free. Live Web stream, http://ustream.tv/channel/hope-hum-stomp-strum!

SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond

Contact: Clint McCune

Tel: 425-881-5309

www.soulfoodbooks.com

ARMCHAIR POETRY READING SERIES

1st Saturday monthly, 7-9:30 p.m.

Three featured readers w/open mic.

Admission is free.

Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, 19003 Front Street, Poulsbo

Marianna Mears, emmj@centurytel.net

Tel: 360-779-9199

http://poulsbohemian.com

OPEN MIC at Zippy’s

every Thursday, 7-9 p.m.

Featured reader w/open mic.

Admission is free. Hat is passed for donations (paid to featured reader).

Zippy’s Java Lounge, 1804 Hewitt Avenue, Everett

Garrett Rutledge, garrettrutledge@gmail.com

Tel: 425-258-4940

www.zippysjava.com

POETRY AT FOG DOG GALLERY

2nd and 4th Thursday monthly, 7-9 p.m.

Featured reader w/open mic. Music, poetry. Open mic slots are for about five minutes each. Set in a café/gallery in downtown Arlington.

Admission is free.

fog dog gallery, 318 North Olympic Avenue, Arlington

Claire Cundiff, Claire@fogdoggallery.com; Sharmagne, ALittleHawk@aol.com

www.fogdoggallery.com

“OPEN MIKE” W/HARMONICA DAVE

every Sunday, 5-8 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry.

Manchester Pub, 2350 Colchester Drive East, Manchester

Tel: 360-871-2205

http://www.manchesterpub.biz

“OPEN MIKE” in Maple Valley

2nd and 4th Saturday, 7 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry.

Maple Valley Creative Arts Center, 23220 Maple Valley Highway, Suite 15, Maple Valley

Contact: Jim Hanna

OPEN JAM at the Hi-Tide Tavern

every Sunday, 7 p.m.

Music, poetry.

Hi-Tide Tavern, 1371 Bay Street, Port Orchard

Host: The Wheels (www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wheels/137922609568425)

Tel: 360-286-7618

“OPEN MIKE” at Coffee Oasis

1st Thursday monthly, 7-9 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry. Several coffeehouses owned by same company; supports Christian outreach to homeless and at-risk youth, recovering addicts.

Coffee Oasis, 1140 Bethel Avenue, Port Orchard

Contact: info@thecoffeeoasis.com

Tel: 360-876-6311

www.thecoffeeoasis.com

OPEN MIC at The Liberty Café

every Wednesday, 7 p.m.

The Liberty Café, 926 South 3rd Street, Renton

Contact: KT and Hoops

Tel: 425-235-1400

www.thelibertycafe.com

“OPEN MIKE” at The Golden Steer

2nd Sunday monthly, 5 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry. “Professional-quality sound system.”

Golden Steer Steak and Rib House, 23826 104th Avenue SE, Kent

Contact: Steve Beck

Tel: 253-852-1144

www.thegoldensteerrestaurant.com

“THE LIVING ROOM”: THE STRIPED WATER POETS

every Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.

Critique group. Great place to recite and share new work.

2nd Floor, Auburn City Hall, 25 West Main Street, Auburn

Tel: Gerald McBreen, 253-735-1751

Contact: Gerald McBreen, mcbreenpost@aol.com

DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES

2nd Friday monthly, 7 p.m.

Featured reader w/open mic.

King’s Books, 218 Saint Helens Avenue, Tacoma

Contact: Connie Walle, cwalle@comcast.net

Tel: 253-272-8801

www.kingsbookstore.com

OPEN JAM at Stonegate

every Tuesday, 9 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry.

Stonegate, 5419 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma

Contact: Rafael Tranquilino, www.reverbnation.com/rafaeltranquilino

Tel: 253-473-2255

“OPEN MIKE” at The Hub

every Thursday, 8 p.m.

Music, comedy,  poetry.

The Hub, 203 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma

Contact: Rafael Tranquilino

Tel: 253-683-4606

“OPEN MIKE” at Malarkey’s Pool and Brew

every Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry.

Malarkey’s Pool and Brew, 445 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma

Contact: Nate Boyt

Tel: 253-383-3301

SINGER/SONGWRITER OPEN MIC

every Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Music, comedy, poetry.

Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market  Street, Tacoma

Tel: 253-282-7203

FREE YA MIND

last Friday monthly, 7-9 p.m.

Poetry open mic.

Tully’s Coffee, 9th & Broadway, Tacoma (downtown)

Host: Stella Haioulani

Tel: 253-921-1160

www.freeyamindinc.com; www.speakyoursoul.org (with online form for e-mail)

POETRYNIGHT

every Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Poetry open mic, with occasional featured reader. Sign-up, 8 p.m.

The Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham

Contact: TheAmadeusProject@yahoo.com

Tel: 360-815-1825

www.poetrynight.org; www.theamadeusproject.org

OPEN MIC NIGHT at Café Caffe

2nd Wednesday monthly, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“Musicians, poets, or other free style performers.”

3908 Meridian, Bellingham

Contact: Stephanie Guy Cell, Stephanie.marie.guy@gmail.com; 206-992-5919

Tel: 360-647-0686 (café)

www.infodrop.info/caffe/

BOOK FARE CAFÉ

4th Monday monthly, 7 p.m.

Open mic on the second floor of a great, iconic bookstore.

Village Books, 1200 Eleventh Avenue, Bellingham

Tel: 360-734-3434

http://www.villagebooks.com

 

OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK

third Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Featured reader, with open mic.

Traditions Fair Trade Café, 300 Fifth Avenue SW, Olympia

Cynthia Pratt, cynthiajopratt@comcast.net

Tel: 360-705-2819

http://www.traditionsfairtrade.com

ADDITIONAL NOTES FROM DAVID:

For a listing of upcoming events, visit J. Glenn and Barbara Evans’ www.poetswest.com, and click on “Live Poetry Venues.” Also, you might request Christopher Jarmick send you his “Poetry Is Everything” newsletter. His e-mail address is emeraldchris@yahoo.com. If you have an event to promote or want to relate news about a new or changed venue, please contact J. Glenn and Barbara and Chris. Their efforts to promote others’ events are much appreciated.

For a website featuring national listings of open mics, including those in the Puget Sound region, visit www.poetry.openmikes.org. Simply type in the search field the name of the location about which you are curious, and relevant listings will appear.

Various reading series in the Puget Sound region do not feature an open mic. Such series still merit support. These include Poetry in Fremont, hosted by Seattle poet Donald Kentop (kentops@comcast.net) and Third Tuesday Poets & Writers, hosted by Seattle poet Dobbie Norris (dobbiesankh@gmail.com).  Seattle storyteller and arts impresario Mary Ann Moorman also hosts various events and is worth contacting for information about them (Mamoor@aol.com; www.auntmama.com).

Some series featuring an open mic have occurred regularly and might do so again, but presently their occurrence seems sporadic. These venues include “After Long Silence” at North Seattle Community College and the open mic at Little Red Studio, with its focus on eroticism.

Many writers’ conferences, literary festivals, and book fairs occur in the Northwest, and some in the Puget Sound feature an open mic. Northwest Bookfest, in particular, does so; for more information about Bookfest, contact Christopher Jarmick at emeraldchris@yahoo.com. Burning Word, which returned this year after a lengthy hiatus, also features an open mic. For more information, contact Michael Schein at wryink@comcast.net.

This list is not comprehensive but does include many of the major open mic venues in the Puget Sound region. It is always best, though, to double check by calling a venue or inquiring via e-mail to make sure an open mic still occurs.

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