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 of the month September through May in the Reception Hall of The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave., Yakima (use the Pendleton Way entrance).


Open Mic Night
May 10, 2017  ~  Chuck Forster
 ~~ 7:00pm ~~

The Seasons Performance Hall -- 101 N Naches Ave, Yakima

Events are free, however, donations to YCP are welcome.
(This is the last Open Mic Night until September -- Have a great summer!)




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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 email us to order your own copy of available chapbooks.

Next Poetry Contest & chapbook

Our 2017 Poetry Contest and chapbook is scheduled for Thursday, October 19, 2017 at The Season's Performance Hall.

Deadline for submitting entries is:
July 5, 2017.

More info...

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Twenty-first & Twenty-second

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

The twenty-second was even better. We are happy to report that the entries for 2016 represent an increase of 25% over our 2015 YCP Chapbook contest.

A gracious Thank-you for all that contributed to this wonderful event and to The Seasons for hosting it.

You can read samples of the Twenty-first and Twenty-second poems from their respective Publications page.

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Suggested web-sites to visit


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.

Visit this small group of writers and visual artists, living and working in Central Washington.


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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2016 Contest chapbook
Library of Publications - Twenty-second chapbook for Yakima Coffeehouse Poets
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Library of Publications


2016 Poetry Contest...

1st Prize - E. Hank Buchmann

2nd Prize - Kathleen Smith

3rd Prize - Jim Thielman

Tom Pier Prize - W.D. Frank

- Honorable Mention -
Dorothy Armstrong
Randie Gottlieb
Susan Johnson
Terry Martin
Rod Nelson
Larry Peterson
Fain Rutherford
Jo Shafer
Kathleen Stancik
Karen Troianello


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Featured Poets...


E. Hank Buchmann

Land's End

Kathleen Smith

Jim Thielman
Finding Relief

Karen Troianello

Susan Johnson