Yakima Coffeehouse Poets   

Yakima Coffeehouse Poets

A meeting place for Yakima regional writers

Celebrating Local Poetry in Central Washington

Welcome to our website!


Poets and poetry lovers who live in Central Washington State will find these pages informative. The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets is a registerered Washington State nonprofit corporation formed in 2014 to represent the interests of poets and poetry lovers of Central Washington.


Central Washington, roughly speaking, is bound by the Columbia River to the east and south, the Cascades Crest on the west, and the Wenatchee River on the north.


If you live or work in this area, or have roots here, you are eligible to participate in our annual poetry contest and to read at our regular Open Mic Night events. Original poetry only, please!


If you live outside Central Washington, we invite you to enjoy the poetry published on our website. If you are visiting Yakima, our home base, you are welcome to attend and read at our Open Mic Nights which are held at 7 p.m., the second Wednesday (new night) of the month September through May.  This year we are located at a new meeting place -- the Larson Gallery, on the YVCC Campus, corner of W. Nob Hill Blvd & 16th Ave, Yakima.


-- Next Open Mic --

March 13, 2019, 7pm
Larson Gallery, YVC Campus
(Corner of W Nob Hill Blvd & 16th Ave)

Free parking for open mic night is available in the main YVC
parking lot next to Parker Field, east of Larson Gallery.

Guest Host: Mary Crane



Call for Submissions


Shrub-Steppe Call for Submissions





 Yakima Coffeehouse Poems 

Twentieth: Selected Coffeehouse Poems

Our goal with the poems in the anthology, Twentieth, is to draw out more Central Washington poets and give courage to those who have more poems to offer for the future.

These poems represent the best of the past 19 years and include all the poets whose permission could be gained. You'll notice that some poets have several poems because they won our annual contest several times.

Visit our Publications page to see examples of our local talent. You can also Contact Us to order your own copy of available chapbooks.


Poetry Contest & chapbook

Our 2018 Poetry Contest reading event was held October 25, 2018, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Church, 225 N Second St, Yakima. Visit and enjoy samples and information about this year's successful event!

More info...

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Past chapbooks

October 15, 2015 was our first local Poetry Contest reading and chapbook poems held at our then new home in the Backroom of The Seasons of Yakima.

Our most recent Contest Readings were held in the Unitarian Church's main Sanctuary.

A gracious Thank-you for all that contributed to this wonderful event

You can read samples of the Twenty-first, through Twenty-fourth poems from their respective Publications page.

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Suggested web-sites to visit

ArtsWA - WA129

To learn more about the new Humanities Washington poetry anthology, "WA 129," click on this link. The anthology is a project developed by State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and features poems by 129 state poets. That's one poet for each year that Washington has been a state.


American Life in Poetry provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems.


A Poem Emporium  -  (206) 633-0811
2414 North 45th Street
Seattle, Washington 98103
Tuesday - Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-4


A directory of poets and poetry in the Pacific Northwest.


Take a bullet. Make a song. ~ Jim Bodeen


Bridging  global and local issues through the arts -- publishing collaborations between artists and communities since 2006.


Meet your next favorite book.
An annual week-end long poetry prowl, held each spring in historic downtown Ellensburg, featuring guest readers, craft talks, open mics, and a book fair. We cordially invite you to immerse yourself in metaphor.


with Garrison Keillor (Prairie Home Productions, LLC)


The Sea­sons Per­for­mance Hall has been in con­tin­u­ous use as a per­for­mance and arts facil­ity since the fall of 2005.



Inklings Bookshopis a community bookstore offering a variety of subjects: fiction, children's board books, picture books and early readers, young adult, travel, science, art and more.


Hours: Tue - Fri 9:30 - 5:30 and Sat 9:30 - 4:00. Email: ohartandframes@gmail.com

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Special & Seasonal Links


This special link highlights the Academy of American poets newsletter (from poets.org)and several poets thoughts.

Yakima Coffeehouse poets is not responsible for the content or availability of linked sites
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 Words that Move Me: A Winter Poetry Craft Series at Inklings Book Shop, 2pm every Sunday in March 2019


2018 Contest chapbook 

Yakima Coffeehouse Poets present

Link to our: 
Library of Publications

2018 Poetry Contest...

- 1st Prize -
Linda Brown

- 2nd Prize -
E. Hank Buchmann

- 3rd Prize -
Kathleen Smith

- Tom Pier Prize -
Kathleen Stancik

- Honorable Mention -
Lance Brender
Claire Carpenter
Phil Cibicki
Randie Gottlieb
Penny K. Johnson
Susan Johnson
Terry Martin
Samantha Mesman
Fain Rutherford
Ed Stover

- 2018 Judges -
Vicki Patschke
Jack Radosevich
Karen Troianello 


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Featured Poets...


Reading Naomi Shihab Nye
Linda Brown

Train Dreams
E. Hank Buchmann

Kathleen Smith

 —After a line by Diane Seuss
Kathleen Stancik

Natural History
Fain Rutherford