Celebrating Local Poetry in Central Washington

A meeting place for Yakima regional writers

Poets and poetry lovers who live in Central Washington State will find these pages informative. The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets is a registered Washington State non-profit 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.

YCP twenty-fifth
Twenty-fifth chapbook
“Echinacea” cover art by Barbara Smith Gilbert

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 of the month September through May.  This year we are located at the Larson Gallery, on the YVC Campus, corner of W. Nob Hill Blvd & 16th Ave, Yakima.

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— Next Open Mic Night
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
has been

Temporarily Canceled Due to COVID-19 State Mandated closures.
Temporarily Canceled Due to COVID-19 State Mandated closures.
Check back again soon for updates on May’s Open Mic Night.

At The Larson Gallery beginning at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).
Admission is free (donations welcome).

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A Winter Poetry Craft Series —

"Words That Move Me" Craft Series has been postponed.

“Words That Move Me” Craft Series has been postponed.
Check back again soon for the rescheduled dates and time.
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Submissions for the
2020 Poetry in Central Washington’s Shrub-Steppe
event are now closed.
Visit: shrubsteppepoetry.org and click on JOURNAL
for more information.

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— Annual Poetry Contest

Linda Brown, left, and Linda Pier just couldn't resist the beat of the music.
Linda Brown, left, and Linda Pier just couldn’t resist the beat of the music, Test Tube Poets, at the 2019 Contest Reading Event. (Oh yes, there was poetry, too!)

Submissions are closed for 2019! Questions, contact us at:

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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.

Email Yakima Coffeehouse Poets for more information.

Poetry Contest & chapbook
Our 2019 Poetry Contest reading event was held October 22, 2019, at the Larson Gallery, Nob Hill & 16th Ave, Yakima. Visit and enjoy samples and information about this year’s successful event! More info…

Past chapbooks
Our most Meetings and Contest Readings are held in the Larson Gallery on YVC’s campus, Nob Hill Blvd & 16th, Yakima. Current chapbooks (and some past chapbooks) are available at all meetings.

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

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

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